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3.0 out of 5 stars Unlikely allies, 13 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: A Rising Thunder (Honor Harrington) (Mass Market Paperback)
Latest novel in the 'Honor Harrington' series of military science fiction novels. The thirteenth to feature the title character. And there have been those in which she didn't feature, so this makes it the seventeenth book in all.

Thus it's not really a good jumping on point. New readers should go to On Basilisk Station (Honorverse).

Regular ones can read on.

The last book, 'Mission of Honor', saw the ongoing story about the sinister Mesans trying to force war between Manticore and the Solarian league continue, with the start of an alliance between former long time enemies Manticore and Haven.

In the meantime, as this volume starts, the situation between Manticore and the Solarian league continues to steadily escalate. And the latter may not be able to afford to back down.

As former enemies start to become friends, the march to war continues...

Despite being billed as an Honor Harrington novel, she only pops up every so often. And is absent for just over the first hundred pages. Those involve chapters which show the continuing escalation to conflict. Often with new characters. All of whom tend to talk in a very similar style.

And once again, as with other recent books in the series, talking is something they do a lot of. Discussing their situations in great detail.

Despite a quick bit of space action early on this bringing in new characters and the way of talking means it doesn't quite grab from the off. And it's rather ironic that an early chapter begins with a character complaining about things being boring. Because the early chapters are. They simply do not grab. It's very easy to skim the prose when reading them.

Things do perk up when Honor finally appears. But her chapters, despite some interesting developments with the tree cats, do get a bit bogged down in cosy domesticity.

However...

Hang on in there. Because we then build to a major set piece, the end of which you will not see coming. Although there is some clever writing in it which does make you reappraise something that takes place earlier. Then after that, even though it's all conversation and no action, and it's still prose that it's easy to skim, it does start to get more involving. With a real feel of making you want to know what will happen next.

Not a lot of what does actually involves Honor. It's nearly all Solarian politics. But it develops in an interesting way. And although as mentioned all the characters do tend to talk the same, one rather astute Solarian investigator does make an impression in two short appearances.

There is a promise of action come the next volume by the end of this one. Which the series could do with. This one is nearly all set up. But it is at times quite interesting set up. So it may try the patience of long term series fans on occasion, but it should make you want to find what happens next.

Thus not the best of the series by any measure, but a volume that needs to be read.
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Initial post: 19 Feb 2014 22:54:22 GMT
Another brilliantly written review Paul.
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