I've complained about that one before. Of late he seems to have had his characters talking about events rather than living them. This has also happened a lot in the Safehold books as well as the HH ones. It's particularly frustrating for me because I originally came to Weber for my very necessary periodic dose of serious action and for me he always provided it right from On Basilisk Station. But now I moving more towards authors like Jack Campbell.I've realized that my problem with the recent books (post Book 8 or so) has less to do with politics than with general bloat: boring conversations between meaningless characters discussing ad nausea events already know to the reader. As a result, you get maybe one event per 2-3 books and the rest is fluff (ok, maybe I'm exaggerating somewhat, but it just feels like that to me).
Which author do you honestly reckon is responsible for which bits, Timba? My suspicion with these joint efforts is that Weber might be providing guidance and his not insignificant marketing weight whilst the co-author is doing most of the actual writing. That might be a little cynical of me but...I have read the first two books in the new Honorverse series with Timothy Zahn and enjoyed them both. The second book had material I am sure I had read before though although I cannot pin down in my mind where I read it before. Sometimes a sample shows up on Baen and that may have been it or possibly a short story from one of the collections now expanded into a more full story, just not sure. I enjoyed it either way but the question of where I had read it before kept niggling at me. They definitely are more action and less politics although not totally.