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A Rising Thunder (Honor Harrington #13)

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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-dow...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 458 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Baen (first published March 1st 2012)
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Mike
May 01, 2012 Mike rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf
Book number 13 in the Honor Harrington series and substantially shorter than the most recent volumes. Unfortunately, not much happens in this book, and much of that action that does take place, happens off camera with the reader only hearing about what happened and not actually witnessing the events. The title seems to indicate that it is a precursor to the next volume(s) but I cannot say that I am interested enough to continue. After 17 books, I’ve realized that I no longer like Harrington, I c...more
***Dave Hill
MARCH 2012

On the positive side, I can always count on a new Weber Honorverse book to grab my attention and give me a few days of plain ol' popcorn-munching fun. I can also count in them making want to go back and reread the whole series.

Unfortunately, "A Rising Thunder" is more like the bottom half of the popcorn bowl -- cooled off, not as salty, still absently enjoyable but not as satisfying as you'd want it to be.

The Honorverse is space opera, straight up -- massive space battles interspersed...more
Ted
I think David Weber has reached the breaking point. "A Rising Thunder" is continuing a trend that I find distasteful -- the stretching of a multi-book storyline to a point where the reader no longer cares. In my opinion this book should have been condensed to maybe three chapters and put at the beginning of his next Honorverse book -- one that I hope puts an end to the whole arc.

The earlier Honorverse books were always part of a larger story, but each was a fairly self-contained . . . chapter ....more
Jim
13 books into the series and I'm done. The first several books are not too bad, if you can see beyond the main character who is the best there is at everything. At least the first few books have a somewhat tight character focus. The last several books in the series are nothing but conference room meetings with people we only know from other conference room meetings, with one utterly predictable set piece battle per book.

If you like "Space Opera" kind of stories you'll probably enjoy the first fe...more
Jim
Another great addition to the series. A lot more time is spent in the Sol system on the politics there. Weber's points on how the bureaucracy is running the system are extreme, but too believable. The ghostly hand of Manpower is in evidence & very well done.

On the downside, there is a LOT of politics without nearly the action that made the earlier novels so enjoyable, so be warned. If the growing political complexity is turning you off, this one won't make you happy. I know it got to me the...more
Jeff Hebert
I think I've finally reached my David Weber "People sit around talking and talking and talking until the part where stuff goes boom" limit. Nothing happens in this book that couldn't have happened in a tenth of the pages with a hundredth of the endless, droning, repetitive verbiage.

And the eyes -- my god, the eyes. They twinkle, they narrow, they offer insights into the soul with a crinkle, they're the goddamn full-wall windows into the soul.

All while nothing much really happens, and you'll nee...more
Michael
Feb 07, 2012 Michael rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Impatient Honorverse Junkies
David Weber continues to write the best space battles in the business. Unfortunately, every poor habit he has just keeps getting worse. He badly needs an editor, and we have yet another half-book. There are pages and pages of 'behind the scenes' plotting, very little of which is interesting, and very little meat. The plot then cuts out mid-book. Apparently there is a cross over novel (another in Eric Flint's Crown of Slaves series) which is supposed to take place in the middle of this novel's ti...more
Joe Martin

This is the 13th book in David Weber’s Honor Harrington series. When the series started, back in 1992, it was pretty easy to follow. Sequel followed sequel and each book picked up where the last left off. More recently, in 2002, Weber approved the creation of two sub-series. The result is that the plotline and scope of the “Honorverse” expanded dramatically

The first sub-series was “The Wages of Sin”, starting with Crown of Slaves, which follows book #10, War of Honor. The second sub-series was

...more
Matthew
When I realized that the eARC for this had come out, I (figuratively) dashed out to get my copy. I devoured it rapidly, and now I have some thoughts.

1. I liked it just fine. It moved along at a good pace, and Weber paid off his promises fairly well (to keep your precious eyes from spoilers, I shan't say anything more specific). I don't think I would say that it's my favorite installment in the series*, but it's, at the very least, adequate.
2. For a book ostensibly about Honor Harrington, there w...more
Jeffrey
A veritable snoozefest. Weber's pontificating style of long extended conversations between political leaders and military leaders knows no bounds. One has to employ the art of skipping huge swaths of the book to get to through it to the maybe makings of a good story. Except there really is no great story here. Its obvious that this book is solely designed to set the stage for more new books in this long series.

Weber needed to transition to a new enemy. This book is clearly a transitioning volume...more
Meghan Fidler
I LOVE the Honor Harrington series. About time a strong, smart female character takes political and military lead.

This book was a tiny disappointment, if only because the others have excelled all expectations. First, there were a number of copy editing errors (boo!), and the book spent more time on political development than with any people. To this point, Weber has phenomenal with his ability to balance talk on technology and politics with moments of delightfully well executed social interactio...more
David
Well, that was boring. What happened to spaceships blowing up? We had exactly two bits of space ships possibly trying to blow each other up. One finished with a "thrilling" "Tada! We didn't!" and the other happened completely off screen. The rest of the book was meetings of Snidley Whiplash and Dudley Do-Right topped off with a pretty, pretty princess wedding.
Christopher
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Steven
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 feel...more
Pctrollbreath
Not too sure what to say about this book. I got addicted to the Honor series a few years ago, and I do have a habit of keeping on reading a series once I have started, but sometimes you have to wonder why.

An appreciable percentage of this is devoted to different characters telling Honor how wonderful, honest, clever, morally superior, beautiful and above all how RIGHT she is about everything, and how stupid / genetically inferior anyone who opposes her is. Big yawns... When did the population of...more
Jesse
For some reason, I still find the central character, Honor Harrington, compelling, and keep reading these. What's bothersome, however, is that David Weber does not seem to know his own strengths, nor his weaknesses. He is among the best in the business in writing battle scenes, right alongside someone like Bernard Cornwell, for example. He is also interesting in his imaginings of future technologies and the tactical situations that result from them.

Unfortunately however, these talents are littl...more
Kathy Davie
Thirteenth in the Honor Harrington military science fiction series revolving around Honor Harrington and the strategies required to keep the Kingdom of Manticore free.

You may want to wait and read A Rising Thunder after the next installment is published in 2013...2013??!!…'cause it is just making me nutso cuckoo to have to wait for Shadow of Freedom and find out what happens next...the pins and needles are just killin' me!!


My Take
It's a lovely tale of a corrupt government system being taken dow...more
Gilbert M.
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....more
John
A Bridge To Bear Between the Manticoran Alliance and the Solarian League

“A Rising Thunder” reads like the unfinished prelude to the grand finale of the “Honor Harrington” saga; not surprisingly, it is the first half of a manuscript Weber has written already chronicling the war between the Solarian League and the Star Empire of Manticore and its allies. While this isn’t by far the best in the “Honor Harrington” series, it is not the worst, and is commendable to the extent in which Weber describes...more
Ed
#13 in the Honor Harrington series (#17 in the 'Honorverse') This 2012 novel follows A Mission of Honor (2010) which ended in a cliff-hanger. After 132 pages of back story and sub-plots, you arrive at the paragraph that ended the previous book. This entry is for completists and fans of the series. Although there is a naval engagement, of sorts, to complete the long talked about invasion of Manticore, it is an anti-climax designed to further show the perfidy of the puppet-masters of Mesa. This en...more
Kathy Martin
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, g...more
David Broussard
I was prepared to only slightly like this book because the prior ones have been lacking and this is in the primary story arc involving Honor. I was pleasantly surprised with this volume, although Mr Weber has fallen into a pattern with lots of background characters and with the main plot spanning multiple books. We spend a fair amount of this book waiting to hear from Victor Cachat and Anton Zilwiky and their adventures in Torch of Freedom. The results of the massive attack by the Mesan alignmen...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
At first I gave this two stars. Then I gave it one, as I thought of some things that bugged me.

Perhaps I'm being too harsh; after all, this is only half a book. (The other half will be issued as Shadow of Freedom.) But ... this seems to have all the Weberian flaws, and none of the enjoyable things. Nothing in here feels personal, even the wedding. Granted that we barely know the principals, but the mother of the groom has been a viewpoint character before. It's all political, and intellectual, a...more
Betsy
Dec 01, 2011 Betsy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Honorverse fans
This is an ARC, e-book copy.

This book is a little unusual for Weber. No lengthy descriptions of technology or weaponry. No lengthy space battles; what confrontations do occur are averted or resolved quickly. Also, not very much Honor Harrington.

However, it's well written and engrossing as usual. And it's a logical progression in the saga of the Star Empire of Manticore and the very complex political situation of human space.

I enjoyed this book. My two complaints are:

(1) It's lack of focus on...more
Andrew Morris
So far, the worse and most disappointing of the novels in a series I usually like. About 3/4 of the novel is review of events that have already happened. I was really looking forward to seeing the aftermath of the battle with the Solarian League, etc... but we barely get into the League's reaction. Almost nothing new happens in this novel. Instead of cutting this novel in half and turning it into two novels, what Weber should have done is cut most of the material in this novel as review, assumed...more
Mayank Agarwal
Nothing really significant happen and Weber is just basking on his success of Honor Harrington's earlier book.

Earlier his books use to be full of info dump and recap which were difficult to read. But at lest the plot was interesting and the climax always great.

Now he has got into the habit of stretching a event into three books which seem's more like historical notes. I have become a expert at skipping. The sad part is the plot is not interesting anymore and there is no thrill in reading the bo...more
Jack
Oct 28, 2012 Jack rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: skiffy
Sigh. This is another of Weber's 'talk the reader to death' mistake books. My advice on Weber is still 'read the first six books, they're good to great'. The next two are OK, but have to be read together. Beyond that, you have to be a masochistic optimist like me*. This book is more for masochists than optimists. It's a shame, the previous one showed a little promise of going back to good-Weber. In additon to far too much tell and too little show, the events of this book just aren't beliveable.

*...more
Jim

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 esta

...more
John Olsen
I'm being generous with two stars, but I did actually finish reading it.

I've read at least a couple other books in the Honor Harrington series, and really enjoyed them (On Basilisk Station and The Shadow of Saganami). Unfortunately this book just didn't appeal to me. It was overloaded with so many undeveloped characters that I couldn't keep them straight, let alone care about them. The story seemed to ramble forever, consisting mainly of extremely long conversations designed to tell me why I oug...more
Tony Hisgett
I have not enjoyed, yet been so frustrated, reading any other series of books as the Honor Harrington Series. This should be such a brilliant SiFi series, but I often find myself wanting to shout at the editor to just get a grip of the author and make him keep to the story.

The first 100+ pages of this book are just a repeat of the previous book ‘Mission of Honor’, including some sections that are word for word the same. However, I should say that once the story actual develops I started to enjo...more
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David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952.

Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.

One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name...more
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