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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (14 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476736847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476736846
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 saga, a science fiction and fantasy hybrid. Weber is 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. Timothy Zahn is a Hugo award winner, and author of the #1 "New York Times" best seller "Heir to the Empire." Born in Chicago, Zahn earned a B.S. in physics from Michigan State University and an M.S. in physics from the University of Illinois. He sold his first story to "Analog" magazine in 1978, and immediately attracted attention as a new writer of science fiction based on real, cutting-edge science. Other Zahn creations include the Conqueror and Dragonback series. His books for Baen include his popular Cobra SF adventure series and now the Manticore Ascendant series, cowritten with David Weber. The Timothy Zahn author page on Facebook has received over 50,000 likes and can be visited at http: //www.facebook.com/TimothyZahn.


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To be honest I haven't been a great fan of all the Honor Harringtonverse spin-offs and this is another that just doesn't hit the spot. Whilst it has potential, it just lacked the punch you expect from this world (it's no longer w series but a world). Has potential and I'll look forward to the next book, but DW should put us out of our misery and release the next Honor book.
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A Call to Duty (Manticore Ascendant #1) by David Weber & Timothy Zahn is a new book in a new series set in Weber’s expansive Honorverse. Many people will know this setting from the Honor Harrington novels, starting with On Basilisk Station, of which there are now over twenty from differing series. I’ve read the first ten of these, up to War of Honor, but left it there when it all seemed to get a bit, well, confusing. I enjoyed them, but after War of Honor two new series – Wages of Sin and Saganami – were introduced that added backstory and further detail to the universe. Plus there are all of the short stories that take place in the setting. When these novels are added to all of the short stories that take place in the setting, keeping up started to feel like hard work rather than for enjoyment.

A few years back Weber started a YA prequel series, the Star Kingdom novels, with Jane Lindskold that focused on a teenage Stephanie Harrington, an ancestor of Honor, and looked at the first meeting and bonding between human and treecat. I thoroughly enjoyed these books for what they were and once again felt comfortable stepping into the Honorverse. Now Weber is going even further back to the early days of the Manticore system with A Call to Duty, teaming up with Timothy Zahn to tell a story that is a perfect starting point for readers new to this vast, and frankly daunting, series of books.

Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life . . . the two things his neglectful mother couldn’t or wouldn’t provide. So when Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted so desperately.
But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected.
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I've been a fan of Timothy Zahn for a long time now, so when I found out he was going to be writing in the Honorverse I got rather excited. Some of you may be concerned that David Weber has top billing on the cover, because no doubt, like myself, some of you have likely gotten rather tired of the direction Weber's writing has been heading in for a while in all his current series.

Thankfully that concern is misplaced, long and largely pointless exposition is almost entirely absent, and the feeling of hearing the same thing for the third time from yet another source is not to be found. The story is tightly plotted, and races along to a gripping conclusion which has left me really looking forward to the sequel.

Frankly I'd say this books is a good deal better than the last four of the main Honor Harrington books.
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Another wonderful piece of the Honorverse by the brilliant David Weber assisted by the equally brilliant Timothy Zahn.

It's as you would expect from a Honorverse novel, space battles, the science behind them and brilliantly writteb characters, from the main character Travis Long to petty officer's who appear for less than a couple of pages.

It's interesting to see the Star Empire of Manticore when it was barely the Star Kingdom and when their navy wasn't not only the envy of Known space but barely a navy at all, it's also interesting to see Haven and Manticore getting along without any of the history in the main line of stories.

If you like military sci-fi you will enjoy it, if you like good story writing you'll enjoy it. Couldn't recommend it more than as a Honorverse fan saying that it's in my top 5 of all the books.
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"A Call to Duty" is the first in the "Manticore Ascendant" naval Science Fiction series which is set in the same Universe as the "Honor Harrington" books but nearly four centuries earlier. The second book in the trilogy, A Call to Arms (Manticore Ascendant) has just been published.

The Honor Harrington Books are set about two thousand years in the future, this series begins in 3532 AD, or 1529 "Post Diaspora" in the Honorverse calendar.

That puts this story in the same century as the trilogy featuring Honor Harrington's ancestor Stephanie, which begins with "A Beautiful Friendship (Star Kingdom (Quality))" and starts in 3521 AD/CE by our calendar.

"A call to duty" has two names on the cover but in fact is a collaboration between three authors - David Weber who originally created the Honor Harrington universe, Timothy Zahn whose substantial output includes some of the best "Star Wars" novels and "The Cobra Trilogy (Baen Books Megabooks)" and successors, and Thomas Pope. There is an author's note in which Weber and Zahn explain the contribution of Thomas Pope, who is one of the "BuNine" Honorverse fan club.
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