A Rising Thunder (Honor Harrington Series #13)

A Rising Thunder (Honor Harrington Series #13)

by David Weber
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A Rising Thunder (Honor Harrington Series #13) by David Weber

New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling phenomenon David Weber delivers book #17 in the multiple New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series. Honor Harrington faces down the powerful attack by a corrupt and powerful star empire while rooting out a deadly plot to enslave the entire human-inhabited galaxy. Strict lay-down date: 03/06/2012.

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 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 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 Mission of Honor, #15 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 15th 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451638714
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Series: Honorverse Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 1,319,293
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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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A Rising Thunder 3.7 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.
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.
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.
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 10 months ago
Love this series but 80% of this book just retells previous books. I cant say anything new happened at all. Very underwhelmed.
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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.