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A Rising Thunder (Honor Harrington Book 13) [Kindle Edition]

David Weber
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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 has rooted out a plan 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 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 takes 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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A lifetime military history buff, David Weber has carried his interest in history into his fiction.  In the New York Times best selling Honor Harrington series, the spirit of both C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower and history's Admiral Nelson are evident.  With over five million copies of his books in print, David Weber is the fastest rising star in the Science Fiction universe.  His Honor Harrington series boasts over 3 million copies in print, and Weber has had over thirteen of his titles on The New York Times Best Seller List.  War of Honor, book 10 in the series appeared on over twelve Best Seller lists, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA TODAY.

While he is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he has also developed a fantasy series, of which two books have been published:  Oath of Swords and The War God's Own.  David's solo work also includes three novels of the "Dahak" series, and the stand alone novels:  Path of the Fury and The Excalibur Alternative.

Weber's first published novels grew out of his work as a war game designer for the Task Force game Starfire.  With collaborator Steve White, Weber has written four novels set in that universe: Insurrection, Crusade, In Death Ground, and The Shiva Option.

Recent bestsellers in planetary adventures also include the teamwork of John Ringo in the best selling Empire of Man series where the titles March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few have made appearances on The New York Times List.

Weber's proliferation continues with author Eric Flint, where they joined forces in the Best Selling "Ring of Fire" alternate history series, for 1634: The Baltic War, coming in May.

A popular guest at science fiction conventions, Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife Sharon, three children and a passel of dogs.


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With over seven million copies of his books in print and seventeen titles on the "New York Times" bestseller list, David Weber is the science fiction publishing phenomenon of the new millennium. In the hugely popular Honor Harrington series, the spirit of C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower and Patrick O'Brian's "Master and Commander "lives on-into the galactic future. Books in the Honor Harrington and Honoverse series have appeared on fourteen best seller lists, including those of "The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times," and "USA Today." While Weber is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he is also the creator of the Oath of Swords fantasy series and the Dahak science fiction saga. Weber has also engaged in a steady stream of bestselling collaborations, including his Starfire series with Steve White, which produced the "New York Times "bestseller "The Shiva Option" among others." "Weber's collaboration with alternate history master Eric Flint led to the bestselling "1634: The Baltic War, "and his planetary adventure novels with military science fiction ace and multiple national best-seller John Ringo includes the blockbusters "March to the Stars "and" We Few. "Finally, Weber's teaming with Linda Evans produced the bestselling" "Multiverse series. David Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife and children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1212 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (30 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AP987T2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,327 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Honorverse 17: another bridge novel 9 Aug. 2012
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the 17th of a group of novels set about two thousand years from now in the future which David Weber initially created for his character Honor Harrington. Of these "A Rising Thunder" is the thirteenth novel in which Honor Harrington herself is the most important character. Currently (Summer 2012) there are seventeen full-length novels set in the same universe at the same approximate time, and this does not include a prequel series set only fifteen hundred years in the future and featuring Honor's ancestor Stephanie Harrington.

The preceding book in the series, "Mission of Honor: Honor Harrington, Book 12" concluded with a handshake between Queen Elizabeth of Manticore and President Pritchard of Haven which marked the final end to the series of wars between these two star nations which dominated the first eleven Honor Harrington books.

I refer to "A Rising Thunder" as a bridge novel, however, because it more or less completes the transition or bridge from a "Ms Hornblower in Space" storyline about a conflict between Manticore (clearly inspired by Britain at the time of Nelson) and Haven (an enemy power which has elements inspired by nazi Germany and soviet Russia but is mainly equivalent to Revolutionary/Napoleonic France), to a different story arc in which the sinister Mesan Alignment is trying to manipulate pretty well the whole galaxy into a gigantic series of wars, including one between Manticore and the vast "Solarian Republic."

During the past few books the situation between Manticore and the Solarian Republic, which is the biggest star nation in the galaxy, has been getting worse and worse.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More or less what was expected sadly... 24 Aug. 2012
By TomCon
Format:Hardcover
First off, 'A Rising Thunder' is not bad. It's not great and I suspect it'll be a much better read in hindsight, but it is somewhat awkward, as it spends so much time trying to tie together all of these separate strands and people together rather than just getting on with it. In turn, this is due to the spectacular quantity of arc-welding that Weber's having to do to bring the originally planned storyline forward by about forty or so years.

The result is a bridging volume, much like the other reviewers have said. It has no real beginning, starting as it does somewhere nebulous in the beginning of the previous book, and it has no real end due to publishing constraints (A Rising Thunder and Shadow Of Freedom were intended to be all one book, but then got split because it all got too long). Hence why I'm reckoning it'll be much better in hindsight, i.e. when the rest of the series is here so we can just merrily read on through it to the next book.

All that being said, the book does have some stand out moments (the Beowulfan speeches before the Chamber of Stars come forcibly to mind, both of which rival Queen Elizabeth's speech at the end of the last book), and fills in a LOT of plot and setting.

My advice to prospective purchasers, if you haven't bought this already, wait for the paperback and the next one to have come out, then read them all at once. (Also, if you were as psyched as I initially was for the second battle of Manticore, remember that the agressors are Solarians and calm down some...)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, back to one book 14 Mar. 2012
Format:Hardcover
I have read all the other books in this series and was looking forward to this one and even ordered it before it was published...

Did it deliver? I was a little concerned with the first couple of chapters which revealed details of actions which were obvious from the last book, but that seems to be the case in most series, however the book picked up and was very enjoyable.

Not as fast paced solid action as some of the early books in the series, but this one is much more complex, I would say you really need to have read the entire series to get the most out of it.

I think David has got the right mix of action v political story in this one, hence the 5*.

The story arches have finally come back together and I'm already looking forward to the next book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Building a foundation for the next few books 10 Mar. 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I think that this is another 'political' - like "Field of Dishonor" - to bridge between more-active stories.
I suspect that Weber is also still mentally 'changing gear'. He commented in an earlier book that he was now trying to achieve his ultimate aim within Honor Harrington's lifespan, instead of leaving the finale to her children; this is to be done by taking up an idea that came from an 'Honorverse' collaborator. As started in "Mission of Honor" he now groups chapters by month (like the 'Safehold' novels); this means that the various threads of the story each advance a little bit at a time in parallel. The mental disconnect this can cause to the reader is best dealt with by reading the whole book (all 450-odd pages) at one sitting. I will admit that I did skip one apparent action sequence during my first reading, because the month-dating showed that it was just a simulation exercise. Once you have the whole picture, you can afford to go back and re-read the bits you want, in whatever order you want, to cement the story in your mind.

It surprised me, when I looked back, that the writing of this series now spans 19 years. It still seems to have some way to go, and this book is as essential and gripping as any, but sufficiently complex to daunt some readers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good long sustained, exciting reading
This is a very good series. I have read them all and over a period of time have come to expect a sustained forward looking story that is exciting and builds to a good climax whilst... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ron Robson
5.0 out of 5 stars worth buying
D.W. is back on track with this story very enjoyable.
Published 1 month ago by Francis.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.
Love the Honorverse, can't get enough of it. O.K. I know it's a bit cliche ridden and predictable, but it's still very absorbing with multiple plot lines feeding into and out of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nick C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The story moves forward - roll-on book 14!
Published 3 months ago by DL Bevan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A rollicking good read
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
excellent as always. like visiting a member of the family.
Published 6 months ago by charles hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another action packed novel involving Honor Harrington, bring on the next one
Published 7 months ago by MR D F HILL
4.0 out of 5 stars Work a day entry to the series
This one is a filler, albeit with some new developments to follow. The war drums are sounding, and no doubt the next in the series will fire up some more. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Top Tec
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review
Arrived in good order in appropriate packaging. An excellent addition to a marvellous series which I would highly recommend. Read more
Published 12 months ago by P. A. Schofield
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read
Typical David Weber, absolutely enjoyed this book, but hope I don't have to wait a whole year for the next instalment. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jam1eXY
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