About the “Man of War” Series

H. Paul Honsinger’s “Man of War” series is a Military Science Fiction saga set in the year 2315.  Young Lieutenant Commander Max Robichaux is given command of the Union Space Navy Destroyer USS Cumberland, a state of the art vessel with a crew possessing a fleet-wide reputation for cowardice and incompetence.   These novels follow the daring and tactically brilliant but green skipper as he tries to whip the crew into fighting shape while dealing with a series of dangerous missions that could change the course of mankind’s 30 year old war against the Krag, implacable foes who seek nothing less than the eradication of every human in the galaxy.  Max is aided in his efforts by his Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ibrahim Sahin, a brilliant and insightful physician, linguist, naturalist, and budding diplomat who, despite his conspicuous intelligence, is woefully ignorant of naval ways and handicapped in his interpersonal relationships by a cool, aloof, and sarcastic personality.  The series is written with a tone reminiscent of classics from the Golden Age of Science Fiction, drawing elements from the Age of Sail novels of Patrick O’Brian and C. S. Forester, the techno/military thrillers of Tom Clancy, and the modern naval fiction of Patrick Robinson.

The two volumes now in print have sold more than 13,000 copies (which is considered quite successful for an independently-published author) and received more than 350 customer reviews on Amazon.com, more than 250 of which are five star (on a five star scale).  In terms of customer reviews in Amazon’s Kindle Store, both books rank in the top 30 Hard Science Fiction books ever published.  In the Military Science Fiction, Space Fleet category, For Honor We Stand is (as of this writing) rated #3 by Amazon readers (it was #1 for nearly six months) and To Honor You Call Us is rated #8.

The first two volumes of the series were originally issued as self-published eBooks and print on demand paperbacks.  The entire series has been picked up by 47North Publications, an imprint of Amazon Books.  As a result, those volumes will be re-issued in newly edited and revised 47North editions with new cover art, new scenes, and various other revisions, on the schedule below, with the earlier editions being withdrawn from availability in early 2014.  The all new third volume of the series, Brothers in Valor is expected to be available in Summer-Fall 2014 time frame.

Publication History and Schedule:

To Honor You Call Us (Man of War Book 1), Self-Published Edition, 4 November 2012

For Honor We Stand (Man of War Book 2), Self-Published Edition, 12 February 2013

To Honor You Call Us (Man of War Book 1, Revised), 47North Edition, 18 February 2014

For Honor We Stand (Man of War Book 2, Revised), 47North Edition, Planned Release 11 March 2014

Brothers in Valor (Man of War Book 3), 47North Publishers, Planned Release Summer-Fall 2014–Current target is Winter 2014-2015.

Future novels featuring the adventures of Max Robichaux and Ibrahim Sahin are planned in an indefinite series after Brothers in Valor.  The author hopes to release further books at the rate of approximately one or two a year.

Praise for the Man of War books:

This novel is the best independently published military sci-fi book that I have read and ranks, frankly, among the best professionally published ones as well.  (Amazon Customer, November 21, 2012).

Clever, well thought out and captivating. (Amazon Customer, November 25, 2012).

I gave this five stars because in five decades of reading military SciFi I have not enjoyed a book as much as this and the previous volume. I am ex military and agree that the authors have captured the military culture to perfection.  (Amazon Customer, October 5, 2013).

This book reads like Master and Commander on the Far side of the World in space, with a mix of Red October. The Cumberland is like a age of sail space ship crossed with an attack sub. The Characters in the book are well written and the space combat is fun too! I highly recommend reading this book and the next one also.  (Amazon Customer, September 9, 2013).

153 comments on “About the “Man of War” Series

  1. I really enjoyed this series and was glad that Amazon had featured the series recently. As a retired Navy member, I totally understood everything and loved all the reference to other stories/series. I cannot wait to read more stories of what happens to the CO, MDR and crew of the CUMBERLAND.

    I made sure I recommended the series to another former shipmate of mine.

  2. After rereading all three books I felt a little like Oliver Twist asking “More Please….” i have seen no mention but will there be a fourth book?

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed all three books and await word on the fourth novel in the series. You can’t leave Max (and me) just floating around in space behind enemy lines.

    My vision is such I rely on the audio book format which adds the element of the reader/narrator into the evaluation. I particularly enjoy Ray Chase’s dramatic reading. His interpretation of the various characters and their voices is very entertaining since you always know which character is speaking. His use of Cajun accents must be good … I can barely understand it at times. Luckily, most of the narration is in a neutral, midwest USA speech pattern.

    Keep’m coming!!

  4. I own the entire MEN OF WAR series on audiobook. It is one of my favorite series. I include Mr. Honsinger as one of my favorite author along side David Weber and John Ringo. I will be a lifelong fan of your work.

  5. Hello and i just wanted to say thank you for this wonderful books well AudioBooks 🙂 still thank you, and also i was wondering any news on the new adventures Max and Ibrahim ? its already 2016 and i canT wait for more books like the previous 3 , Hello from a fan of your books from Mexico ^_^

  6. Hi,
    I haven’t seen an update about the next trilogy release date, any word. I can’t wait to read book 4.

      • Mr. Honsinger sir, I hope you are doing okay. We are eagerly awaiting your next book and I have not found a suitable substitute for my cravings yet. I don’t want to resort to using Chill just because I’m bored. 🙂

        More power to you!

  7. I dont often find a book, or series of books that grips my interest these have. I eagerly await the next in the series. And do hope that the author is doing ok.

      • First let me beg/nag/harass you to do what the doctor orders, I have you in my thoughts and pray for your recovering health. Also, Listen To Your Wife.
        Second…… Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! I have been checking to see if audible has it listed in the coming soon and not finding it. I’m happy to know a book is on the way. Thank you and please pen more.

  8. Paul, No updates on your health issues since March. Your fans are concerned and hope you are dealing with them and getting better. Please update us when you are able. All the Best – Jesse

    • I’m still here and still writing. The heart issues got worse for a while, then got better, then got worse, and now are getting better again. Doctor keeps threatening to twist my wife’s arm into twisting my arm into going on one of those physician supervised weight loss programs where they basically starve you for three or four months–you get nothing but protein shakes. My love affair with food would make that very difficult. Anyway, I’m writing and hanging in there. I will have a next book in the hands of readers as soon as I cam manage to do so.

      • I have enjoyed your series very much Paul. I read the MaC series quite a while back as a younger man and it was amazing to me, like RAH or Asimov. I find your character development is on par with them, high praise indeed. I wish you well in your health and I hope your zeal for a life well lived outweighs anything that you have the ability to alter, before it becomes beyond serious. Hang in there good sir and fight the good fight, maybe you can try a month or even a few weeks of a program, step by step, day by day. Wishing you the best that life has to offer, and looking very much forward to your being around for a long time and using that beautiful imagination of yours to take this to fruition! Thank you for the many hours of outstanding reading pleasure and wishing you well on your journey.

      • I’m glad that you are hanging in there. If several months of drinking shakes helps your health improve, well so be it. Health first. We can wait for more books after that is taken care of.

      • Paul, As a fellow heart disease sufferer (triple bypass, 11 stents) I can tell you that you don’t need to give up your love affair with food – just change what you love. I gave up all forms of sugar and drastically reduced wheat and starches. I just eat eat whole food – meat and veggies and nothing from a can or box. Lost 20 lbs without doing anything else. Exercise is the other thing – walking will do wonders for your health and weight. Having 2 Golden Retrievers and 2 little Black mongrels I’ve no choice, 🙂

        I’m sure you’ve heard it all before. All the best! – Jesse

      • Paul, I’ve read all 3 Man Of War books back-to-back in a very short period of time. Looking much forward to Book 4 with Max and crew. God bless you with improving health. Thanks for the tread reads!

      • I too have had a constant fight with weight. In 2002 I had a gastric bypass and it saved my life. It is drastic but I was in a place that drastic was necessary. It worked and it lasts. I still love food but not as much at any sitting. Consider it

      • I’m not a candidate for any kind of elective surgery, as my my coronary arteries were scarred by radiation treatments I received about 20 years ago, I’ve had a quadruple bypass, and am susceptible to congestive heart failure. My father had a lap band, and it probably added ten or so years to his life. Indeed, he was healthy as a horse until three months before he died of hepatocellular carcinoma at age 78–a strange thing to happen to a man who gave up smoking on 1965, had about one alcoholic beverage ever two or three months, and had a scrupulously healthy diet for the last 10 years of his life. He was a better writer than I am, too, but he never managed to find an audience for his work.

      • I guess it is a little selfish to say get well soon so we can read/listen to more adventures of Max Robichaux but as someone said, “it is the best of the jenre. Get well soon!

  9. Walk, Paul. Do some swimming. Maybe join a family-friendly gym (they’re usually less judgmental and more fun). Get better. WRITE THE FOURTH BOOK! 😊

  10. I hope you are doing well. Is there any chance of listening to Deadly Nightshade on audible With Ray Chase? I know it is short but I am perfectly willing to use my credit on it!

    -Adam

    • Thanks for your concern. I am doing better, if not exactly well. I’m afraid that there is very little chance of Audible producing an audio version of “Deadly Nightshade.” The novella is self-published while Audible produces books published by Amazon imprints (of which 47North is one), and by others to which it acquires the audiobook rights. The audience for this kind of publication is too small to justify the many thousands of dollars that it takes to produce one of these things.

  11. Lover your series. I very rarely “listen” to books more than once (no time to read), but I have listened to your at least three times. Ray Chase and does a glorious job with your fantastic story and characters. Any of you out there that have read the books really should listen to the audio version, that are very, very well done. Anxiously awaiting the fourth book and any confirmation that you are well.

    • Thank you for the very kind comment. I can’t exactly confirm that I am well, but I’m not particularly in a bad way, either. I won’t bore you with details, save to say it has been a difficult time and it continues to be difficult, if somewhat less so lately. I think I’ve turned the corner, but I’ve said that before, only to find that the next road was even longer. I agree that Ray Chase is an asset to the franchise and, if Brilliance Audio suggests him as Talent for the next book, I will certainly not object.

  12. The three books are hard to put down and I enjoyed reading them… long may the adventure continue….i cant wait to see the next installment.

  13. hi enjoy the books . I was wondering if you had thought about a prequel when max was a young midshipman alone on the warship .?
    regards geoff

    • Thanks for the very kind comment. I assume you’re talking about the time Max spent on the San Jacinto after the Krag took it. The idea of using that episode as the basis for a prequel has occurred to me, but I’m not leaning that way right now. I think that the story is more useful as back story and can come out in flashbacks, serving as a metaphor for Max dealing with his own fears. As you will see in Book #4 (if I ever finish it), Max’s time on that ship will be particularly relevant to events in that novel, so a lot of that narrative will come out then.

  14. Hello Mr. Honsinger. I do hope your health has improved. As you can see I do work for NASA and have been a sci-fi fan for well, ever. I am also former military so the military aspect only improves the books so much more for me. Best of luck and please, please , please write the next one.
    P.S. I am the one in the flight suit….not the space suit!!

  15. Sir,

    As someone who spent time in the Marines on a Naval vessel, I found the accuracy of life aboard ship accurate. Having said that, I re-read your books at least once a year and I love the characters, the way you stage the interactions between the different races, and your particular story telling method. These quickly became some of my favorite books, I am a prolific reader and one of the hallmarks of a fantastic story is the desire to periodically revisit the stories to try and gleam some new detail, or recapture an old feeling.

    I honestly hope and pray that you will get better. Not just because I crave future installments of the series, but because it would be a shame to deny the bibliophiles of the world a chance to further dive into the amazing universe you’ve created for us.

    Thank you for the stories.

  16. Hi Paul, first I hope you are doing well. Second, as a Louisiana native, a sci-fi fan, and an engineer/physicist, this series has been stupendously interesting. The character development, the excellent food descriptions, and especially the technical detail are all outstanding. As with everyone else, I am eagerly awaiting book 4 (or book 1 of trilogy 2) but most certainly not at the cost of your health or writing quality. I wish you well in your in your dual pursuit of healthy & tasty cuisine, life, and writing the next entry into the story of Max & Ibrahim. Cheers!

  17. Really enjoyed the man of war series, hoping Max doesn’t spend the rest of the war in a shuttle and that you find a way out for him. Having said that, take care of yourself first!!! Thanks for your work!

  18. Any update on the book? I have enjoyed the Man of Series and look forward to the next adventure. Would like to see Max and Vaach hybrid ship kick Rat butts.

  19. I greatly enjoy your books and their audio versions as well. I have purchased all of them and have read/listened to them multiple times.

    I hope your health continues to improve. It is never fun to be on the receiving side of the doctors knife. I am looking forward to reading your next book.

    Dr. M
    Anesthesiologist

  20. There was one part of these stories that really upset me … sometime shortly after finishing the 3rd book … when I found out that there were only 3 books so far! Many people seem to be waiting for book 4. Not me. No, I’m waiting for book 5, 6, then hopefully even more! OK, I lied, I am waiting for book 4, just like everybody else.

    There are 3 other books including “Wezwal nas honor”, are these Polish tranlations of the Man of War series?

    • Thank you for your kind comment. The Polish books are translations of the Man of War books into that language. There are also French translations and, soon, Japanese. The identical cover art is the give away on that.

    • Thanks for letting me know your feelings about these books. And, yes, Wezwal, etc., are polish translations. There are also French and soon to be Japanese.

      As for book 5 etc., I certainly plan to write them. My goal is to equal Patrick O’Brian in number of books, if not in other areas. That means 20. Working on it.

      • Hello just wanted to let you no that I to am a fan of your writing an ,of course hope you are doing better.I served in the navy an your man of war series brings me back I hope you are able to keep on writing and thank you for the other books.

  21. Paul,
    I hope you are feeling better and are on the mend? Have you turned that last corner?
    I just wanted to say that I have listened to your books three times, and every time they are excellent and I can’t put them down. I love the character building and watching them grow.
    PLease take care, and finish the 4th book! I can’t wait!
    Gavin

  22. Sir,

    I’ve read the books at least half a dozen times each.. and there are always those few moments that choke me up and really delve into the effects that trauma can have on you… Not just the military trauma I’ve experienced, but the trauma of my childhood… and when he asks, Well Boys, how does it look like I’m doing… I usually have a take a minute to collect myself.

    I really love these books, for the characters, the story, and the attention to detail paid to the daily ins and outs of military service. I was in the Marines myself and appreciate Major Kraft immensely.

    I do hope you’re doing well, and was hoping to get an update as to when the fourth book will be out?

    Be well.

    • I appreciate very much your kind words about my books. It means a lot to me that I was able to touch your emotions. You may be interested to know that the passages you cry when reading . . . well, I was shedding tears when I wrote them. I really pour myself into this stuff. If you have read my books attentively, then you know a great deal about my values and my character.

      Major Kraft is something of a favorite of mine, too. While I never had the privilege of serving in our armed forces (weak heart, small feet) I spent some years working in close association with all of our services (except the Coast Guard) doing things that I can’t tell my wife about (not that she would want to hear, anyway, although I was in “intelligence” I never did any cloak and dagger stuff, mostly it was sit in a cubicle and make sense of stuff). I spent time on naval vessels, including submarines, which is why I am able to convey accurately the feel of being on a warship and got to meet so many “military personalities” to inform the creation of my characters in the book.

      I have particular affection for the Corps, as they saved my happy pink ass one fine day about 30 years ago in a typical Marine way–some spooks in a rear area guarded only by a squad of very green Army types and that was supposedly cleared of hostiles came under attack from some unspecified bad guys. The corporal commanding the Army squad radioed for assistance. There was a Marine unit about ten klicks away and an Army unit about six or seven klicks away. By the time the Army guys had managed to get themselves and their gear loaded into a truck and on the road, the Marines were on the ground with half of them deployed between the bad guys and the spooks and half hitting them from the left/rear and putting lead in the air. It was the particular “Marine-ness” of these Marines that did it–ready for anything, ready to do it right now, ready to find the enemy and put him in the ground. So, I have a bottomless well of affection for the United States Marine Corps. November 10 is celebrated in my home, if only face Arlington, VA (roughly ENE from here) and raise a glass of Wild Turkey in recognition of some great Americans.

      My writing is, at least to some degree, an homage to the great Americans who serve in our armed forces, particularly the Navy and Marines. I think this aspect shows through pretty clearly.

  23. Paul,
    Its been several months since your last update. I know your fans would love to hear how you are doing.

    • I plan to post a thorough update in the next week or so. I just had vascular surgery on my leg and can’t sit at the computer for very long at a stretch, but I’ll be back banging the keyboard in a few days. The idea that I have “fans” who follow my welfare is still something that I’m trying to wrap my brain around.

      • Paul, have you looked into Dragon speech to text? You can have a wireless or Bluetooth mic, and just dictate your book, you could also hook up a large flat screen TV as a monitor, just lay back, and even close your eyes and walk through your story, like a dream. Then all you need to do is run through it and clean up any typos (Dragon is not quite perfect but I would say once it is used to you, gets it right 98% of the time or better). This is a classic use case for it.

      • That would be great except that I don’t dictate worth crap. I worked at a law firm where the senior partner insisted that we dictate and not write on a keyboard. My writing suffered greatly–so much so that I almost got fired because my writing was the reason I was hired in the first place. They gave me my computer back.

  24. Dear Paul,
    came upon your books by accident as I was desperately trying to find a worthwhile book and I really thought I struck gold with yours! Truly hard to put down and am actually found a number of quotes and principles espoused in the book really invaluable in application to my work – I’m in a line or work where leadership and tactical principles are a big deal to achieving our missions.

    Really looking forward to your next book and will pray for your health to be better soon.

    God Bless.

    Alex from Singapore

    • I appreciate the comment. I had no idea that my work was being read in that part of the world. I am very happy that you (and others) are finding guidance on leadership. I have studied the subject at length and have been a leader in many situations myself. Best of luck in achieving your missions.

  25. Every week I look with anticipation for the next Man of War book. I thoroughly enjoyed the series – and love Ray Chase’s narration. Honsinger is my favorite military sci-fi author.

    • Thanks. Honsinger is pretty high on my list as well :). If only he wrote faster. The next book will be a while, though. Probably next year sometime. My writing has been severely disrupted by some serious health issues. In fact, I just had vascular surgery on my leg three days ago to deal with a venous insufficiency that was causing chronic infections and swelling down there.

  26. Paul,

    I sincerely hope you are doing well and I fully expect(!), you are doing your physical therapy following the surgery! You’ll be glad you did. I just experienced a Pulmonary Embolism (PE) a few months ago myself following shoulder surgery, and still not feeling quite right yet. In any case, I am a long time (and aged) sci-fi fan who especially appreciates a great “space opera.” Believe me when I say I have read many, many . . . many! . . . different variations of the genre from Barsoom to the Lensmen, to the Honorverse to the Expanse, to the Lost Fleet, the Commonwealth and numerous others. However, your MOW series rate top three in my mind. Why? Being a a West Point Grad, former Army officer, and amateur military historian, your series touches more on the “Duty, Honor, Country” credo that few authors seldom do. I appreciate that aspect of the MOW. Needless to say, I too want you to write more books, but your first obligation is to get healthy! Take your time, get your stuff together, get fit and then, and only then, think about writing again. We’ll just reread, gnash teeth out here waiting for the next book. Good health to you.

    • Thank you for the very kind words about my work. It is always particularly gratifying to hear from veterans that my take on the 24th Century military life rings true. I’m fortunate in that, although I never served, I did work with all branches of our armed forces in a professional capacity (someone like you can probably figure out what I did, more or less, from your reading of the books) and got to spend time with ground forces in the field, on surface ships and submarines, and other places that gave me insight into the military way of life–that is the insight you are seeing in these books. I appreciate your taking the time to write and hope that your physical issues resolve themselves.

  27. We recently took a two week , 3000+ mi trip by car to Florida and North Carolina. I told my husband it would be a great time to try Audible. I asked what series he would like to listen to and he chose “Man of War” series. We listened to Max and the crew with great interest The stories really helped pass the time driving. We have both already appreciated the Kindle versions. I hope we will find out that the Phelung “priceless artistic ” glass was not lost with the Cumberland. I truly hope your leg is healing well and you are truly on the mend. I worry about you. Please let us know how you are progressing and if there is anyway we can help you. Do you need/want anything we can send you? Looking forward to hearing about your improved health

    • I think I’m not giving away too much when I tell you that a fitting place has been found for “The Birth of the Waters.” After all, I wrote the most beautiful prose I have ever penned (at least in my opinion) describing it, so I’m sure not gonna blow that dang thing up.

    • I should have also said, there is no need to worry about me. I am well taken care of between my excellent doctors and my dear and loving wife. I’m very pleased that my humble prose made the miles go by. I can’t think of anything I want or need unless you happen to be passing through south Louisiana anytime soon. I could sure use some boudin (just kidding–that stuff is too much of a pain to ship).

  28. Keep getting better, that is the most important thing. As an old navy man, and a history buff, I really appreciate those touches that you put into your stories. They really humanize the characters, and the story. This separates your work from so much of the current crop of scifi, which in my estimation is hyper-technical to the detriment of character/story development. Thanks for all that you have already given us. Get well soon so we can read more.

  29. Hi Paul
    I have greatly enjoyed reading your fine books in the Man series. Thank you for taking the care and time to produce 3 great books. I was saddened to read about your health issues. I like the characters in your stories. Are any of them based on real people? Hoping you keep well, warm regards from Neil in Australia.

    • Thank you for your very generous comment and the good wishes contained therein. I always get a big smile when I get an email or comment from your part of the world. First, because I am still amazed that my feeble forays into the world of science fiction would be picked up and read by folks who are literally on the far side of the world. Second, because when I was a young lawyer, my firm had an corporate client that was an Australian firm. Several executives from that company spent months in my home town in South Louisiana and, by happy accident, I wound up working with these blokes because I was the lawyer they got along with best. I think that my colleagues were tricked by the accents (“Accents? It’s you lot who got the accents!”) into treating them like they were English. But, my father’s family are Texas cattlemen going back to when Texas was Tejas and belonged to Mexico, and I recognized a similar character in these guys, so I just did business with them like they were Texans from my grandfather’s or great grandfather’s generation and we got on famously.

      Brief anecdote: the President of my law firm (a truly outstanding attorney, but who had to be in charge of everything that took place in his presence and who was on the short side) came in on the middle of one of my meeting with the Aussie execs, sat down at the table like he owned the joint (which, to a large extent, he did) without introducing himself, interjected a few orders to me, and then got up and left. After the door closed behind him, one of the executives turned to me and said, “Say, Paul, just who was that cheeky little bastard?” For the rest of our association, they insisted on calling this gentleman the “cheeky little bastard” or simply CLB. For years, every time I ran into this guy in town, I would think of that incident before anything else. I liked those guys so much I’ve been left with a desire to visit your fair country, but have never had the time and the resources to do so. Maybe someday.

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