Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Rising Thunder - David Weber

A Rising Thunder
David Weber
Baen Books
Copyright Date: March 6, 2012
978-1451638066

The amazon.com product description:
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!
This is the fifteenth installment in the Honor Harrington series.There are times when I don't know if that is a good thing or not - the thought of starting a re-read of the series beginning with On Basilisk Station is downright terrifying now. Both because of the number of book in the series, and also because of the way the series has grown. The sheer number of point of view characters is staggering, and trying to remember them from book to book is getting close to impossible. Honestly, I'm rather looking forward to the new Honorverse companion (House of Steel) - in hopes there will be a character list included.

That said, the minute I finished reading Mission of Honor, I absolutely had to get my hands on this book. Lately David Weber's been laying on the cliff-hanger endings. Unfortunately for my curiosity, there's another one at the end of A Rising Thunder - and this time I have to wait until next year before I can find out what happens next.

David Weber has written some of my favourite military science fiction with the Honor Harrington books. I only wish I could review this series better. At the moment, I find myself more reviewing the whole series rather than the specific book, and even then, I'm worried about giving away spoilers.

I think it's fair though to say that a lot of things change through the course of A Rising Thunder. A lot of things. And whether or not those changes are going to be for the better or for the worse isn't completely clear in a lot of cases - after all, there is somebody (or a group of somebodies) pulling strings.

Overall, I think this was a good book - just not one you can pick up without the knowledge gained from reading the previous books in the series.
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