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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Overall, this book is a nice continuation of the story. The story arc allows for an interesting mix of action, politics, and character development. Having said that, the author seems to be developing some annoying habits if you have followed his writing style from book 1.
There is far too much filler material. For example there are long boring sequences where he describes conversations between humans and tree cats, where he describes in detail the tree cat's hand movements as they use sign language. Describing hand and finger position and the motion of the gestures as the tree cat spells a word letter by letter is excruciating. Imaging watching a closed-captioned broadcast with someone speaking in your ear who explains with as much detail as they can, what the person signing is doing. This would test anyone's patience. Normally a translator would simply tell you that the person is signing followed by the translation. Five minute descriptions of hand gestures is massive overkill and I found myself using the fast-forward key frequently, lest I fall asleep.
Ditto the author's annoying tendency to have us attend entire religious services where he takes us through a complete religious service with lengthy scripture readings and pastoral comments, rather than simply giving us the first few lines like any author who wants to keep us engaged would do, followed by a synopsis of what was said so we can get back to the story. Again, making us sit through complete sermons is massive overkill and again, thanks for the fast-forward button. I probably skipped 20-30 minutes of this novel.
Lastly, the author has for the last 2 books picked up the annoying habit of everyone's lip twitching and tightening whenever they are surprised. That never happens to me so I can't relate to it. And since it happens over and over and over, it gets irritating. There are other ways to depict surprise in writing but the author seems to be getting lazy.
I still like the story a lot but each novel seems to move more slowly and there are several bad habits the author is picking up that make me pinch my nose and press on. Since this story is not entirely self-contained and ends abruptly with several important things dangling, I'm sure there will be another soon. I just hope negatives don't get worse or I will probably tune out.
I've read all the books in the Honor Harrington saga multiple times. Some are better than others. At one point, it seemed like they were getting so incredibly long and so little happened, that I decided to stop reading the series, but at some point I gave in and got the books I had missed and started again, and the series has actually improved again. In the early books, the exciting action was carried mostly by Honor. Now that she is a bigwig, a lot of the better action sequences are carried by other people. But the story is interesting and exciting again. I got this book yesterday and have listened to it almost non-stop. And as it neared its end, I felt like groaning. Two days of intense involvement in the story and then 363 days waiting for the next installment. It's sheer torture.
If you have never read any of the Honor Harrington books, this is not the one to start with. The series should definitely be read in order. The first book is "On Basilisk Station." If you have been a fan of the Honor books, be glad. Weber has produced another worthy entry into the series.
I am an artist and I love to listen to books while I work. Books have always been an important part of my life. Audible Rocks!
yes. It is part of a memorable series. The author had built an amazingly complete and complicated universe. I would like the story to move a little faster and have more battles. In this book there was only one and it was not detailed. The politics were more important. and they are important to the story, but I wish for less emphasis on the politics. Never the less. I will grab anything in this series or from this author. Great stuff!! most of all I hate the wait for the next installment.
The treecats make a decision.
Honor, of course.
I wish it did not ring so true how vulnerable we are to the lies we are told by our leaders.
Start at the beginning of the series or you will be lost! but it is well worth the many hours of reading. I love the long books!!!!!
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
"THE NEW CHAPTER"
"June 1922 Post Diaspora: Protector Benjamin Mayhew IX makes first interstellar state visit to Manticore to sign Manticore-Haven Peace treaty on behalf of Grayson".
The war is over, and from the ashes of this war the "NEW ALLIANCE" is born.
The alliance of two enemies who now understand that they became enemies not by their own Will. Now they finally understand that for more than Twenty years they were puppets of the third party, party who wanted to destroy them both all along. And now one more Puppet of the same master is used to Finish them. But perhaps this NEW ALLIANCE has some friends it doesn't even know about.
"EW" gets a new meaning.
Previously "EW" Electronic Warfare but now it's time for Economical Warfare!!!
It's been taking a bit longer than expected to complete this book , originally it supposed to be around 1200 pages long, but publisher decided to cut it in two, and publish them separately. This book is around 440 pages long and the next one is 610.
NEXT BOOK IS "SHADOWS OF FREEDOM"
Expected publication march 5th 2013
No, as the title states Mr. Weber has stopped writing novels and started writing episodes of a soap opera. It's a shame because he has interesting material and he is a very capable writer. I love the early Harrington series, but the later half of the series seems to be a single run-on story rather than several distinct novels.
Ms. Johnson is an excellent narrator. One of the best I've heard in many years of listening to audio books. It would be hard to say what character she does best. They are all excellent.
I'm not the only one noticing this problem with Mr. Weber's most recent works. I've seen others make the very same comments. I wish he would take note and get back to writing novels the way he used to. He is not a bad author; he is, in fact, a very good author, but he has slipped into some very bad habits.
I am a blind lawyer and aspiring writer, trying to read a little bit of everything but partial to sci-fi and military fiction.
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.
The story fit the title. A rising thunder is designed to build up all the causation for the push in the second half of this installment due later this year. The story is actually made up of several short stories interlinked by the main common theme. I liked the quick pace of multiple events happening in succession all over the the galaxy and being interlinked with the "rising" plot. I am salivating for the missile crescendo that will spell the end of Manpower....
As For JOHNSON's narration. Ok one Good compliment and one little criticism. The critical first: Johnson had a tendency to confuse scenes a bit in this one. For example: At the end of a certain Board meeting in old Chicago (towards the end of the book) she cuts away to a conversation between a powerful Male and Female character without a breath, it was a little disorienting. On the bright side, People have been hating on Johnson for her changing of the pronunciation of Manticorian. She used to say Man-Tic -or-n. BUT she has grown as a narrator and now pronounces it Manticorian, which is the correct phoneme structure. The old way was 4 distinct Morphemes while the proper (new say she says it) is only 3. Proper pronunciation is defined "Communicating a words intent using the least morphemic units" SO major kudos to Johnson for this.
THIS IS NOT for the first time Weber reader, it would be like trying to read Lord of the rings and getting irritated because you choose to start in the last half of the third book.
Overall I enjoyed it for its purpose; to build up for the coming storm and it was needed synopsis for the major events enveloping every major and most of the minor star nations in the series.
This book is primarily seting up the series for a new set of books. It actually starts prior to the end of the previous book in order to give aditional background information to frame the New struggle about to envelope the varius star nations.
The performance is better in this one. I think she's getting better. I enjoy the story. The thriller/intrigue elements are interesting. One thing, it's "delta vee" not "delta five", as in change in velocity. Not a big one, but it does shatter the suspension of disbelief.
The story, performance and how they work so well together is an outstanding piece of listening pleasure. In fact, I DID listen to the entire Honor Harrington series leading up to this one, just to get refreshed on the the story. Honor's story line is well thought out, and continues to expand to the point some people found it trying or boring. Not in the least, if you want to delve into a whole new world, that is painstakingly crafted, then listen in sequence to all the books (including the Saganimi and Torch side series) as they ALL tie together into a large, vast universe.
Hard to decide, Honor has strength of character, almost to the point of a flaw, but adapts rapidly to whatever changes in her environment, Mike Henke is a good, solid friend, but has the same abilities as Honor, just tested in a different fire. Albrecht Detweiler and his sons are just out to save their collective butts and you have to appreciate their ability to keep the Mesan Alignment going. Weber's characters all have flaws, and strengths, and it makes it very hard to pick "the one".
Allyson Johnson makes the audio books a treasure. Her perfect pitch and voice changes make you wonder how many people they actually had record this thing. I am still not sure if she does all the characters or what, if she does, she should get an Audible Oscar.
If I had the time, I would, but I listen going to and from work (1.5 hrs each way, 3-4 days a week), and I want to stretch them out endlessly if possible.
A great book in a great series. If you want to comprehend it all, start with book 1 (On Basilisk Station) and follow through with all of them. You will not be disappointed if you like science fiction, military, or just good story telling.
"Great story, good narration"
I have enjoyed the entire Honor Harrington series thus far, and "A Rising Thunder" is one of the best books in the series. It mixes just the right amount of battlefield tactics, personal interaction, and global politics to make an engaging story.
If you're a Harrington fan you'll definitely want to listen to this episode; if you haven't heard of Honor Harrington you'd better start at the beginning and enjoy all the episodes in this excelleent series.
"Good book and excellent narration"
It's a great book in the genre
The complex characterization, politics and in depth explanation of military tactics.
Top notch voice acting consistent on all books of the series.
"If you enjoy meetings...."
The first section of this story was one meeting after another. I don't recall even as much action as someone getting up from a chair. Add to that that many of these meetings were of people who don't reappear and I'ld have been happier to have received an extract of the minutes.
Matters did pick up in the second part, but I felt it could almost have stopped there as we moved back to the meetings plus a lengthy section relating to a wedding of two people who hadn't appeared up to now. They may have been in the previous book, which I realised I hadn't read, but it would have been nice to get some back story.
The Honor books will never be great literature, but the earlier stories have a wonderful over the top melodrama which is lacking from this, leaving a husk which attempts to be a future history and fails.
"Running out of steam"
I have enjoyed this series very much especially the earlier books, but this last one gives the very strong impression that the author has run out of steam, there are huge overlaps on the previous book with some parts being verbaitum repeats of previous material. The plot is drawn out and you get the impression of one of those episodes in a sitcom where the writers simply paste together scenes from previous episodes in a "o yes remember when " type format. Much of the dialogue is jaded with phrases that initially sounded novel and interesting in book one now sounding tired, over used and lacking the freshness of the origionals. 3 or 4 hours of waffle and literary padding could easily be edited out without any noticeable difference.
"All that is bad about his wtiting"
I was a huge fan of the Honnor Harington series. But as the story has gone on Mr Weber has increasingly lost his touch. Now his books are bloated slow and devoid of all the action that made the early books so good. He is not a skilled writer and his dialogue has always been uncomfortable. This did not matter when surrounded by clever fast paced story lines and what he is good at Action! Now his books are all dumb dialogue, slow politics, and flimsy almost comic book protagonists. He needs a good editor to remind him what he,s good at and what he is truly bad at and this book is a truck load of the latter!!!!!!!
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