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A Rising Thunder: Honor Harrington, Book 13 | [David Weber]

A Rising Thunder: Honor Harrington, Book 13

Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy. And as if that weren’t task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League.
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Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy. And as if that weren’t task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League.

The war between the People’s Republic of Haven and the Star Kingdom is finally won and peace established, but grave danger looms - for there is a plan well on its way to completion designed to enslave the entire human species. Behind that plan lies the shadowy organization known as the Mesan Alignment.

Task number one for Honor is to defend against another devastating Mesan strike - a strike that may well spell the doom of the Star Kingdom in one fell blow. It is time to shut down and secure the wormhole network that is the source of the Star Kingdom’s wealth and power - but also its greatest vulnerability. Yet this is an act that the Earth-based Solarian League inevitably will take as a declaration of war.

The thunder of battle rolls as the Solarian League directs its massive power against the Star Kingdom. And once again, Honor Harrington is thrust into a desperate battle that she must win if she is to survive to take the fight to the real enemy of galactic freedom: the insidious puppetmasters of war who lurk behind the Mesan Alignment!

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    William Emerson, MB, Canada 04-21-12
    William Emerson, MB, Canada 04-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding Story"

    Keep writing David. This a wonderful story filled with rich and detailed worlds and interesting characters. If you are a fan of suspence, war, love, hope, trechury, subtrifuge and more this series is a must read. When I read the first book I just had to read the rest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aser Tolentino Vacaville, California USA 04-11-12
    Aser Tolentino Vacaville, California USA 04-11-12 Member Since 2014

    I am a blind lawyer and aspiring writer, trying to read a little bit of everything but partial to sci-fi and military fiction.

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    "Okay, now we're getting somewhere"

    I don't think I'd be considered unreasonable for suggesting that the Honorverse has begun to sprawl a bit of late. Don't get me wrong, having the galaxy in which David Weber has orchestrated a dazzling, decades long interstellar war fleshed out and populated with a diverse cast of characters has been worth some of the plodding pace, but I do emphasize, some. This is because many recent outings have taken after Tom Clancy's geopolitical thrillers of the late 90s, in the worst way possible. So it was with some trepidation that I looked forward to listening to this latest installment. Suffice it to say, I feel the series is back to a pace more like earlier books, which is to say, I'm eager to get the next one.

    The summary tells you about all you need to know as far as details go. What I would add is that since so many of the original characters have reached such lofty rank, the ship captain's perspectives have shifted to a new generation of RMN officers, which upped the tension for me quite a bit since we don't have the reassurance of knowing that our viewpoint character is certain to survive, even more than before. Also, though still present, I think the number of scene sequences involving conversations where people react to events in the previous chapter, before making a decision that is discussed by another set of characters operating under a painful misconception in the next have been reduced somewhat, or are less onerous at least.

    As for another long running concern in recent novels, the unwieldy conspiracy that appears to be driving all this madness, the author has done a respectable job of papering over some of the glaring nitpicks leveled at the sheer magnitude and inefficiency involved. It's still a bit too much to take at times however. Luckily, it's moving forward at a good clip now and the promise of a real payoff to all the drama is something I now honestly look forward to. The narration has also grown on me, even though I still find the choice of accent for the various foreign powers a bit silly. If you're into it this far, I suppose like me, you'd keep going regardless; but for anyone on the fence, I'd urge you to dive in once again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Shawnee, Ok, United States 03-23-12
    James Shawnee, Ok, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, But not for a first time Harrington Listener"

    This was like the start of a new series for me. I Love the harrington series so this was ok for me. But a new listener should start out with On Basilisk Station and go thru the series. In this one, It felt to me like the battles were good but more background than the usual core of the book. It was even more heavily invested in statistics and setting the story than usual. Having said that, it held my attention throughout and I will get the next one.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Josiah Modesto, CA 03-11-12
    Josiah Modesto, CA 03-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A great and satisfying addition to the saga."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Rising Thunder?

    The most memorable moments in my mind was when one of the major trouble makers came to a realization of the truth moments before being forced to kill himself.


    What does Allyson Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Allyson Johnson has kept the integrity of the characters throughout the series. When I hear a dialog between characters, just from her intonation, I know which character is speaking - she has kept the voice and manner of the characters throughout the entire series. This makes the story more believable - it enhances the suspension of disbelief.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is another great addition to the series - The whole series is an interesting read, although all the books are not equally interesting. Some of them take patience and endurance to read, others are a joy. In all, the series is worth the time, but it takes patience. This last book was a good continuation of the series. It was interesting and continued the story well.

    If you are like me and are constantly looking for a new series and have done the greats (Wheel of Time, A song of Ice and Fire by G. R. R. Martin) you might like the Dresden Files - OK, I know there are some people that really love the Dresden Files, and there are others that are turned off it after watching the series on the SciFi channel. I was one of those that wasn't really interested in reading this series at all. First, I thought the series on TV weren't interesting, so why read the books? Then I thought - who wants to read about modern wizards who live in Chicago anyway? When I ran out of series to read, I bought the first one: Storm Front. I couldn't finish it at first. But I overcame my bias and finished listening to it. I decided to try the second and third books. After the third book, I was completely hooked on the series. This series may not be for you. Then again, it may. If you can overcome some of that bias, you might find this series quite interesting. Another recent series I read that was interesting was Artemis Fowl - it was an interesting read and held my interest throughout. Yet another interesting series I recently read was: Kris Longknife - the entire series was very enjoyable.

    I will say that although I enjoyed the above series as I have described, everything is NOT for everyone. Before you decide, please read other reader's comments first to see if they will be good fits for you. If you have a series you have enjoyed, please share it. Thank you.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Randall 06-15-13
    Randall 06-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "What a horrible continuation"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This has to be one of the most unorganized, ill conceived ideas for a novel yet. It is very disjointed and hard to follow. Far too many "side" characters that nobody but the author care about. Don't waste your money.


    What could David Weber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Ended the series


    How could the performance have been better?

    .


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Rising Thunder?

    All of them.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 03-14-12
    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 03-14-12

    If I am not reading I am listening to a story sometimes both.

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    "Moved the story along"

    This book finally moved the story along quite a bit after all the set up in the last book.
    I listened to all three parts in two days and most of the time could follow who was who.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Bargmann 03-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Cause and Effect Novel"
    What did you love best about A Rising Thunder?

    I'm glad David Weber finally tied all the spinoff series back into the main Honor Harrington series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm glad Honor and the treecats had important parts in the series again.


    Which character – as performed by Allyson Johnson – was your favorite?

    Elizabeth, Empress of Manticore


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, unfortunately it felt like Weber rushed through or abruptly ended many of the events or scenes that could of had a major impact on the readers. If I remember correctly its happened in previous novels of his too. The best example in this novel was the battle in the Manticore system when the Solarian League attempted to force the Manticoren Empire into surrendering. As soon as the battle started, the scene ended and went into the effect the one sided battle had on everyone.


    Any additional comments?

    Most of this novel is cause and effect. There would be an event (usually a short scene) and then there would be the effect which would be reflected by multiple viewpoints from various characters all over the galaxy. Frankly, I was disappointed once again due to fact there was only one actual space battle but plenty of dialog from many characters all concerning the same subject matter. Despite being on the brink of war, the fact that the tech is one sided and the battles will be just opportunistic ambushes might just led the series away from the military sci-fi genre for good. However, it may not matter since the series is probably almost finished anyway.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    keith Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-12-12
    keith Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Unlike others, enjoyed narration"
    What did you love best about A Rising Thunder?

    This addition moves the epic in a necessary direction, becoming Sol-centered. However, the key drivers of the events, the guys behind Mesa/Manpower, etc, were given short shrft here. Maybe the next installment will give them more focus.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Evolving role of Beowulf


    Have you listened to any of Allyson Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think A. Johnson's performances are quite good. David Weber has clearly attempted to develop a female-centered story line, and Johnson's readings support this well. I find the use of accents helpful to keep character differentiation.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I believe that David Weber is a great writer of stories, especially when he gets in to the interactions of the rules of physics he sets up in this series and the tactics/strategy of space warfare. And I enjoy the political intrigue in his novels. That being said, like some other writers (Stephen King comes to mind) his work would benefit from more aggressive editing to decrease bloat, increase pace, and allow for more substance moving the stories along.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ray 03-22-12
    Ray 03-22-12 Member Since 2009

    I tend to lean toward military sci-fi and sci-fi in general as well as some fantasy and a mystery/thriller once in a while - just to round things out a bit.

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    "Good continuation of the series"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I spend a lot of time listening to audiobooks and I have listened to all of the other Honor Harrington novels that are available in audio. The time I spent listening to this book was not as enjoyable as it was with most of the other books in the series but it was still worth doing so just for the continuation of the series.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More battle action and character development, less of the frustrating political BS. The Sol political leadership seems to be infested with dilusional idiots and I found myself tuning out thier dialogue. I may listen to it again because of this but I don't think I missed much. Some might think that becoming familiar with these Sol bureaucrats would be the character developement I wished for but how can you become invested with characters that seem to be complete fools? To me, this book almost seemed to be a prelude for something bigger. I was left wanting more of some plot lines and less of others.


    Have you listened to any of Allyson Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As I said earlier, I have listened to all of the other Honor Harrington novels and she does a good job with all of them. I agree with another reviewer that the accents can be distracting at times and I wouldn't mind a male voice for some of the male characters but overall I think she does a good job with these books.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not. I'd wait for it to hit the movie channels. Other books in the series would make a better movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though my review sounds negative, I have enjoyed this series. There are a lot of good characters in these books, excellent space battle scenes, good sci-fi tech, drama from many directions, and an interesting collection of societies and planetary systems. This particular book fell short of my expectations but if you are a fan of the series then you should get it. Even if it's just to continue the story. :)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-20-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Oh Boy, Book 13 of the Series is here!!"

    I have been anxiously waiting for this installment in the Honor Series and dropped everything to read it. We knew from the last book that Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven were going to ally themselves to fight the Solarian League and most important enemy the Mesa Alignment. In this book that comes about in a dramatic way. Weber had a great space battle scene between Honor's fleet and the Solarian League. Queen Elizabeth son got married. The surprise was Beowulf problems with it's fellow members of the League. Looks like the next book Shadow of Thunder will be the battle of Beowulf, I can hardly wait for the book to come out. Anyone thinking of starting to read this series I advise you to start at the beginning and read the books in order or else you will get totally lost. Allyson Johnson does a great job narrating the book. She is Honor to me. Hurry up David Weber and get book 14 out to us.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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