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A Call to Vengeance

Book III of Manticore Ascendant
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
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After the disastrous attack on the Manticoran home system by forces unknown, the Royal Manticoran Navy stands on the brink of collapse. A shadowy enemy with the resources to hurl warships across hundreds of light years seeks to conquer the Star Kingdom for reasons unknown, while forces from within Manticore's own government seek to discredit and weaken the Navy for reasons very much known: their own political gain.

It's up to officers like Travis Long and Lisa Donnelly to defend the Star Kingdom and the Royal Manticoran Navy from these threats, but the challenge is greater than any they have faced before. Weakened but not defeated, the mercenary forces and their mysterious employer could return at any time, and the anti-Navy faction within Parliament is growing. The situation becomes even more dire when fresh tragedy strikes the Star Kingdom.

While the House of Winton faces their enemies at home, Travis, Lisa, and the other officers of the Royal Manticoran Navy must reunite with old friends and join new allies to hunt down and eliminate the forces arrayed against them in a galaxy-spanning conspiracy.

Manticore has learned that the universe is not a safe place, but the Star Kingdom's enemies are about to learn a lesson of their own!

©2015 Words of Weber, Inc., Timothy Zahn, and Thomas Pope (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Finding it's stride.

The series has been thoroughly enjoyable. The third entry in the series is, in my opinion, the best of the three.

This book seems to have really found it's stride. The balance between character development, politics, espionage, and combat is really well is much better in this entry than the previous two.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 01-13-19

Great

This is book three in The Manticore Ascendant Series. In this story we are following the naval career of Lieutenant Travis Uriah Long and the beginning of the reign of Elizabeth II in 1544 PD. There has been a disastrous attack on the Manticoran Home System and the Royal Manticoran Navy stands at the brink of collapse. Weber provides the history of the House of Winton in this book. Weber reveals the politics that is going on, both civilian and navy, as well as the space battles.

This book is well written. This is in many ways a typical Weber story with a bit more talk than needed. There is action and suspense along with a great space battle. Weber is a terrific storyteller. I am looking forward to book four.

The book is sixteen hours and forty-six minutes. Eric Michael Summerer does an excellent job narrating the book. Summerer is a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. He has won the Audie Award and many Earphone Awards for his narration.

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Go (RM) Navy!

I certainly hope there’s going to be another book in the “Manticore Ascendant” series soon! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed following the space battles, political machinations, and the careers and relationships of the major characters! The stories are very well written and superbly narrated.

I can’t help but see similarities between the fortunes and misfortunes of the Manticoran Navy and that of the Navy of the USA. And in my opinion, it’s a stupid and treasonous government that doesn’t keep its navy (and other branches of the military) in top condition, because you never know when the very survival of your nation is going to depend on it.

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  • Mark Darbe
  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States
  • 06-06-18

dont want to wait.

I now have to wait for David Weber to finish the next one, then for it to be recorded.... ugh WRITE FASTER.

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Such a great book

Another David Weber collaboration masterpiece. Short of the Honor Herrington series this is the next must read David Weber book.

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A real page turner

so to speak and s great cliff hanger. I hope LT commander young figures it out.

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Thought it was the conclusion...

Apparently not. Lot of good stuff, but still a ways to go. Great listen, though.

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Great Story - bring in the next one

Funny. thrilling and just not long enough. I really can't wait to get my hands and ears on the next book

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The best of the Manticore Ascendant Series

The best of the Manticore Ascendant Series. Makes me want to know what comes next and how do they discover the worm hole junction.

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Streamlined Weber is a good thing.

The narrator...phenomenal as always.

If you are a fan of Weber, as I have been for decades, by the time you reach this third book in the Manticore Ascendant series you are probably as happy as I am that Zahn and Pope help influence the, entertaining yet rambling consciousness that is Weber. It's nice that the chapters can be paired down from fifty pages to a more entertainingly paced twenty-five pages.

There is noNo longer the data minutia of some story bit that will play out four hundred pages later. Also, the ship battles are no longer mathematical nightmares of KPS proportions leaving the reader drooling as they did in 8th grade algebra, but dynamic visualizations of interstellar battles that allow the reader to reminisce of the sailing ship battles of history. Now, don't get me wrong, I'll read anything Weber writes, but he does suffer from forms of Asimov-isms where authors take forty pages to describe something that can be summed up in ten, or twenty, so that the story can continue without jarring interruptions due to bouts of literary hyperactivity.

Love the Honorverse, and you'll adore these books.

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  • Paul
  • 04-25-18

ok but not one of the best

This lacked that 'grip the arms of the chair' hold on the reader that compels you to keep going. At times i found myself thinking 'ok i have got it, there is no need to keep labouring the point with a he said she said narrative.

Am i going to download subsequent books....no.

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  • A C Bennett
  • 03-16-18

Not my style of writing

The story line jumped a lot and I couldn’t keep up with who’s who and I probably would have read more but in the end I just went to the end. Probably won’t bother with the next book if this is the style of writing to be expected. My old brain can’t keep up with all the different characters and scene. It seemed more like it was setup like a screen play switching from different characters and scene. Too bad it is still a great story.