A Rising Thunder (Honor Harrington Series #13)

A Rising Thunder (Honor Harrington Series #13)

by David Weber

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476736129
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Series: Honor Harrington Series , #13
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 99,574
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.60(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 series have appeared on seventeen 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 bestsellerThe 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 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 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 More than 1 year ago
David Weber spins a solid story of the little guy against the big, corrupt, scheming bad guys. Of course quite a lot of what the bad guys want to do are bad news, and entirely possible. And then he pulls out his usual cliffhanger, to leave us wanting more. Obviously, the good guys will win in the end, but Mr Weber gives himself plenty of roadblocks to overcome, before the big surprise (probably a lot of surprises) to enable us to be relieved that, somehow, the good guys when.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like the other recent Honors - a very rich story, several convoluted plots (in both senses - the structure of the book and plans within the story) twining around each other, and politicians (Terrans, this time, rather than the previous Manticoreans, Havenites, etc.) being utter and complete idiots to keep from 'losing face'. Much better to allow soldiers to be slaughtered... Mesa's plots advance, more or less, with some serious stumbling blocks imposed by Zilwicki and Cachat (we get their side of their long trip home), Queen (I mean Empress) Elizabeth, and President Prichart. And Honor, of course. We get to see some of the battles that have been impending for at least a book previous (poor Filareta! Nasty as he was, he didn't deserve that). Treecats assert their right to put themselves at risk to save humans as well as vice versa. Oh, and Michael gets married. And the story ends at...well, call it a breathing space. Political idiocy is about to hit the real world in several directions, but nothing's imminent, so it's not _quite_ a cliffhanger. These books require a lot more attention and thought than the early ones in the series - On Basilisk Station, despite all the factors involved, reads like light adventure compared to this. And don't skip any - there are quite a few bits where you get the same events from a different viewpoint, and it's rather important for full understanding (to my mind, anyway) that you know both/all sides of the story. If you've got the time and attention, though, they definitely reward the reader. Next, please!
Guide2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Overall an Ok book that ties up many many loose ends into one more cohesive storyline, but there's really not much that stands out in terms of new plot elements or interesting ideas. Still looking forward to the next book(s?), but hopefully there's going to be a bit more action or movement going forward...
superant on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read the ARC version in January 2012. I did see a small number of typos and miss-spellings. I am a long time Honor Harrington reader, so I've been reading the series since the beginning. Like other long time readers, I felt the stories later in the series are different. Honor is older and different. Weber the author has not frozen Honor chronologically, but has has her age. So it has made the stories different, because her position, role, physical fighting activities have all changed. I was feeling in the last 2 years that I would not be enjoying the future books in the series. I did enjoy this book. I enjoyed the technical run-up to the battle conflict between the Sollie Space Navy and the Mantie Navy. I enjoyed the political maneuvering between the two sides, and increasingly more sides. I am curious about the plans and actions of the Mesa Alignment. I enjoy hearing how political leaders try or fail to work through difficult conflicts. I am fascinated by the human side of warfare. As was stated in an earlier book in the series: battles are fought by real humans, with human feelings, failures and decisions. And I always like to read about treecats. It is great that treecats are being given an important roll to play in the series. All in all, a very good entry into the series. Thanks.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you like political intrigue and political maneuvering, this is the story for you. There is relatively little action of the space-ship battle sort in this episode of the Honor Harrington series and not very much of Honor either. This story takes us all around the universe but seems to concentrate on the actions of the handful of upper level bureaucrats who really run the Solarian League. I feel that Permanent Senior Undersecretary Kolokoltsov of the Solarian League, one of those bureaucrats, got the most "page-time" of any of the individual characters in this story. The story concerns the growing and escalating conflict between Manticore and the Solarian League that has been fomented partially by the maneuvering of the Mesan Alliance and partially by the egocentric attitudes of the Solarian League. This story also cements the new alliance between long-time enemies Manticore and the Republic of Haven. A new alliance is forming that also includes Beowulf, a long-time League member who has close financial and person ties with Manticore. In fact, the Chairman of the Board of Directors (the governing body) is Honor's uncle. Reading this one was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. All the various actions are leading to a fall for the Solarian League. As detail piles on detail the bureaucrats in charge are doing all they can to spin events their way and try to find something that will save their jobs and power and, incidentally, save the Solarian League. To throw in another metaphor, the bureaucrats are "rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic."There weren't a lot of things of a personal nature in this one. We could see the growing friendship between Empress Elizabeth of Manticore and Eloise Pritchart, the President of the Republic of Haven. We got to see a little of the relationship between Honor and her husband Hamish and wife Emily. We got to see Crown Prince Roger marry his commoner love Rifka in a combination Roman Catholic and Jewish ceremony! But most of the relationships were brief and political.This is an episode for those who are very familiar with the Honorverse. Newcomers would be both baffled and bored with the constantly shifting scenes between people who come and go with great rapidity. Hopefully, this one is leading up to something with more excitement and more face time for Honor. It did have brief moments of humor and poignancy but they were almost buried by political maneuvering. I rank this one "for devoted fans only."
seekingflight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read the Advanced Readers Copy of this from Baen - so yes, I'm a fan of this series. I don't like the later books in this series as much as the earlier ones. From my perspective, Weber's canvas has gotten way too big, and these books would be more to my taste if he focused back in on a smaller number of characters but made me care more about them. But the scale of the story has changed as well, and perhaps this is an inevitable consequence. I'm still reading the series, because I still want to know what happens next. (As an ARC, this did contain some typos and other errors, but they didn't detract significantly from my overall enjoyment.)
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the aftermath of the Mesa Alignment's attack on Manticore, surprising new alliances are formed, and the Solarian League blunders arrogantly into a real war with Manticore.This is officially an Honor Harrington book, but she's not actually in it all that much. The book is all the better for it, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by David Weber
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read quite a few of this series. This is the only one that left me hanging. Great plot,great characters kept the pages turning. Then splat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always an excellent book by David. weber
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another amazing book in Honor Harrington universe. And futhers the universe that we know.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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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