A Rising Thunder (Honor Harrington Series #13)

A Rising Thunder (Honor Harrington Series #13)

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by David Weber, Allyson Johnson

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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

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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

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Editorial Reviews

In David Weber's Honor Harrington epic, peace serves only as an entrée to brutal aftermaths. In this case, the hard-fought Star Kingdom campaigns against the People's Republic of Haven have quieted, but in its place, an even more ominous threat looms. The latest strike by the Mesan Alignment threatens to bring down the Kingdom, but the old enemy Solarian League also unleashes its machine of devastation. Battle sci-fi at its best; a hit in hardcover; now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

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A Rising Thunder 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge David Weber fan and have been anxiously waiting for the latest chapter in the Honor Harrington series so i really hate to write a bad review. With that being said, this book was a huge disappointment. I think there are a lot of different reasons for this but will only mention a few. 1) Who is the protagonist? If I didn't know this was a Honor Harrington book and she wasn't on the cover there really isn't any way to tell. We see many different characters but spend very little time with most of the them and see little character development in the rest. In my opinion you need to be emotionally engaged with the characters(both good and bad) for the story to hold any interest at all. 2) Talk Talk Talk. I'll date myself a little here but I'm reminded of the old Wendy's commercial where the old lady kept saying "Where's the beef?". It felt like the entire book was meeting after meeting that didn't advance the storyline or contribute to character development. Most of the book I was thinking enough talk, time for some action. 3) Weber does such a good job writing gripping battle scenes that I can't for the life of me figure out why he wouldn't include some in this book. The only combat scenes were boring because the outcome was never in doubt. I remember reading the very first Honor book and literally being on the edge of my seat during the final battle. I know this was originally supposed to be two books but if its sold as a single book it should be worth reading on its own. I hope the next book is better but I think I'll wait to read reviews before i buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a usual , good entry in the series. it does little with the Mesa line , but moves the plot on other lines. not his best , but good.
sturmhafen More than 1 year ago
Clearly the story lines are becoming more complex and distance between books longer. In any case the story is not degrading and the wirting is still great even if the book ends abruptly. It leaves me wanting more which might be the point.
kcarch76 More than 1 year ago
I thought is was a good book that advanced the plot in preporation of the next main series book due to come out later this year.
Sysafus More than 1 year ago
Even the most die hard fan (and I am one) has to have some reservations about the latest Honor Harrington novel - exposition passages are lazy, and the ending owes more to the ability of a software word count app than an authors intent. As any reader of series fiction knows there is the inevitable need to cover some backstory in any new addition to an authors canon-unfortunately Weber chooses to lift entire scenes verbatim from earlier works rather than do some heavier lifting and move the story forward from the viewpoints of a current cast of characters that now numbers in the hundreds. "Cut and Paste" functions are handy in any word processor program, but I wish Weber had used those pages to give some characters not otherwise heard from a chance to do the background brief. The ending is abrupt. As in I have 2676 characters left for this review abrupt. Clearly driven by word count this is the weakest ending of any Honorverse work. My recommendation is a two parter-if you are a Honorverse junkie, go ahead and buy it as nothing I say is going to stop you, but if you can hold off for another year or so wait.
Jobeleca More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this continuation of the many stories that make up the universe, unfortunately it is only the first half of a much larger novel. David Weber recently tweeted that he is still trying to find out when the second part will be published :( which means it won't be anytime soon.
Anonymous 1 days ago
The tom sits and waits for new up and coming cats.
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RCBMO More than 1 year ago
If you are into the Honorverse series it was an excellent book. The section with the wedding drug on a little. I kept waiting for one of those mind controlled people to show up and was a little disappointed when they didn't. I am ready for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Either you're a fan or you're not - the David Weber series continues and, in my opinion, it's excellent - couldn't ask for anything more in the undated version of classic Space Opera - Bravo David
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Eruvanna More than 1 year ago
Wonderful addition to the series...
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
I waited a year for this book and got more than I expected. Mission of Honor ended with the expectation of a massive Solarian League fleet taking the long road to the Manticoran star system to force our heroes into submission. I expected the new Manticoran/Haven alliance to handily defeat that fleet, but how they were going to do it has been on my mind for the past year. Weber had the foresight to see that for that battle to be properly appreciated, he needed to build up to it in the second book. So he took a few steps back in time and laid the groundwork for the battle by showing how the badly damaged and overstretched Manticoran forces were preparing for the coming war with the Solarians by pulling their shipping home while fending off the opposing forces who still can't quite believe the Manticorans are standing up to them. This build up was very thoughtfully done and artfully constructed. There is also an economic and political background being developed here that is the backdrop that makes Weber's military thrillers so believable and exciting. Most writers can't pull off this level of depth in their works but I've come to expect it from Weber and he doesn't disappoint. The battle I waited for was even better than I had anticipated. It's hard to build tension into what should have been a completely one-sided affair without making your heroes look like fools, but Weber accomplished this perfectly. He then went on to deal with the aftermath in a believable fashion, showing that even with their disastrous economic problems and horrendous technological disadvantages, the Solarians are going to be a very dangerous opponent. I only gave this book four stars for two reasons. First, and this may be unfair, as much as I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one, it didn't hit the absolutely stellar heights of so many other books in this series. Had I not enjoyed those thoroughly, this one probably would have gotten five stars. Second, I would have appreciated a glossary of characters. There is a lot of history here, and I was surprised how well I remembered some of the less important members of the supporting cast, but there are a couple of scenes where I still only have a vague idea of who the heck I was reading about. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series.
GWFrog More than 1 year ago
Interesting developments in the ongoing story. HOWEVER... As the, what? 13th? in the series, a whole lot of stuff has gone on before, and even the most dedicated follower will find it hard to keep track of the entire Honorverse history. This actually seems almost like an Honorverse book, with Honor not appearing until well into the story.  It also needed to be written more as a stand-alone volume, with more explanatory references made to  prior happenings. 
Carla59 More than 1 year ago
This book is the setup of the climax of the upcoming "Shadow of Freedom". The story is very complex and may not be for those new to the plot line. Please go back to "Storms from the Shadows" for a spin-up to this universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series
naslund More than 1 year ago
Terrific, complex and a series that I still enjoy.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good one David.
Tangledwebs More than 1 year ago
This is essentially the same story he's told over and over again, though he's gotten better at it over time, and we're talking maybe 30 years or more. The value here is not the plot line. The value is in the telling of it. If I wanted a unique storyline I'd absolutely go somewhere else. But this is a pleasant, rendering of an expected story. I'll get the CD and listen to it for the next time I drive to Ohio.