On Basilisk Station begins the story of Honor Harrington, whose tale can be traced through multiple books. Honor Harrington is a member of the Royal Manticoran Navy, the space navy that is. In fact, she is one of their best and brightest, although in this book she is a low ranking officer who has been exiled to an end-of-career station because she couldnâ€™t make a new weapon work better than it was able to in exercises.
When she arrives, her whole crew is sulking and her immediate superior decides to hand her total responsibility for a situation that calls for five ships, while she only has one. Honor Harrington, however, does not know the meaning of the expression â€œcanâ€™tâ€ and she insists on carrying out her orders. This must-be-done attitude whips her crew into shape and sends them scurrying all over the system to cover their responsibilities without a full complement of ships.
Despite the handicap, they do such a great job that they discover a problem no one knew about. A BIG problem. With one ship and more work than five ships could do, how will they solve the problem? Only Honor knows. And Iâ€™m not telling.
Note: This review was written in 1999 for a soon-to-be defunct website.