"Your Grace," Honor said, "I have only one question. Do you wish this man crippled, or dead?"
"My Lady," the Protector of Grayson told his Champion, "I do not wish him to leave this room alive."
-- from Flag In Exile, the fifth Honor Harrington novel
David Weber is a science fiction writer who specializes in military science fiction. He's best known for the Honor Harrington series, which currently numbers somewhere around twenty novels and half a dozen short-story anthologies. I have the first nine novels and the first three anthologies in paperback, e-book copies of the next four novels, and hardcover copies of a couple as well. Weber also has some stand-alone SF novels, and a collaborative series with Steve White.