A Rising Thunder

A Rising Thunder

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# 3 New York Times bestseller in hardcover. David Weber New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling phenomenon delivers book # 13  in the multiple New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series. Honor Harrington faces down a powerful attack by a corrupt and powerful star empire while rooting out a deadly plot to enslave the entire human-inhabited galaxy.



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 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 ancient and corrupt 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!

About A Rising Thunder :
"Intrigue and counter-intrigue heighten the tension in Weber's 13th Honor Harrington novel. . .as the author highlights the complex maneuverings of government leaders in this politically savvy. . .novel that bridges the gap between the last novel and the expected sequel."-- Publishers Weekly

About Mission of Honor , #12 in the Honor Harrington series:
"Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection and a deep understanding of military bureaucracy in the long-awaited 12th Honor Harrington novel...Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice to see Honor back in action."-- Publishers Weekly

"This latest Honor Harrington novel brings the saga to another crucial turning point...Readers may feel confident that they will be Honored many more times and enjoy it every time."-- Booklist

About David Weber and the Honor Harrington series:
". . .everything you could want in a heroine....excellent...plenty of action."-- Science Fiction Age

"Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!"--Anne McCaffrey

"Compelling combat combined with engaging characters for a great space opera adventure."-- Locus

"Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection. . .Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice. . ."-- Publishers Weekly
Publisher: Riverdale, N.Y. : Baen Pub., [2013], c2012.
ISBN: 9781451638714
145163871X
Characteristics: 470 p. --

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mammothhawk229e
Apr 11, 2017

Author self-plagiarize by group of four from safehold series with different names as Solarian League fall-guys.
I wish he didn't copy whole chapters from other books to pad word count.
Yech.
David Weber spreading himself too thin & his quality suffered.

theorbys Apr 25, 2014

The book focuses on galactic plots and counterplots through an endless series of conversation modules in which 5 or 6 basic conversations get repeated again and again and again in almost the same language. And the 626 pages of this book are almost entirely a set up for what is going to come next.

jrozehnal Oct 29, 2012

This book was awesome as all the others. Of course, Honor is now Grand Fleet Admiral, she cannot go any further up, so obviously he had to concentrate on the development of other characters.
I totally admire how deeply he gets involved in political systems (so many different systems he had to create), economic analysis and individual characters. It is all so BELIEVABLE, one would almost forget it is sci-fi. Anyway, hope next book is coming soon, can't wait to read it.

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cat_the_dragonfly
May 27, 2012

Most of Weber's other books stand up pretty well on their own.This one didn't, but one of out his many written is a pretty good record.

Braxxarb Apr 25, 2012

I enjoyed this book immensely. I know that Mr. Weber is concentrating less on Honor and more on the other characters, but I stll enjoy Honor and the situations she gets in and out of. I personally would like to see a book about Grayson with Honor in the background for support. I would recommend this book for any sci-fi fan.

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Kelticat
Apr 15, 2012

Give the poor man a break! This might not be his greatest book ever,but its not abbyssmal. You have to take into account that he has 4 series in the Honorverse; Honor/Nimitz/Elizabeth/Eloise; Helen/Mike/Paul/GWEN; Berry/Jeremy/Victor/Anton; and Deathfang's Bane/Lionheart/Darkness Foe/Fisher. And he's slowly phasing Honor out. And then you have his wargod series(new book in summer), and his safehold series(fall), and whatever single titles he may publish. I think that gives him a free pass for a not so good book.

Spqrxxi Mar 27, 2012

It is more of the same for Honor and the friends and family who survived her previous adventures. Mr. Weber seems to realize everyone is bored by the story at this point and that the ever expanding conflict between the Manticorans and the Solar League isn't going to renew the series. He, as much as his protagonists, seems to be looking for a way out. Yet he shines in the small action details and the chapters dealing with non-essential characters are all very good. Still, the endless staff meetings where the bad guys make mistake after mistake instead of coming up with sensible ideas are ever more tedious.At this point, the only reason to read the book is to know enough to finally be appreciate the last volume of the series if and when it comes out.

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rtwanow
Mar 18, 2012

Disappointing. A Rising Thunder is 458 pages of scene setting marketed as a novel and feels more like a fulfillment of a contractual obligation than a story the writer cares about. Character is more two dimensional than ever, description is lazy and the plot is mechanical.

Nevertheless, unless you're giving up on the Honor Harrington series, you may as well read this just to help you follow later (and hopefully better) volumes.

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Kelticat
Jun 23, 2012

Victor was extraordinarily capable, even gifted, in certain very specific, very narrow types of human endeavor. You needed someone killed? Victor was your man. A counterespionage sting run with consummate artistry, a planetary regime destabilized? Pish-tush! Mere bagatelles! Any of those minor challenges, and he was literally in a league of his own. Step outside those...call them his 'core copentencies' and his expertise disappeared rapidly. Thandi Palane had been known to observe that he was the only man in the universe who could make a standard wrist chrono explode...accidentally.

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