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A Call to Vengeance

(Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant #3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,624 ratings  ·  113 reviews
After the disastrous attack on the Manticoran home system by forces unknown, the Royal Manticoran Navy stands on the brink of collapse. A shadowy enemy with the resources to hurl warships across hundreds of light years seeks to conquer the Star Kingdom for reasons unknown, while forces from within Manticore’s own government seek to discredit and weaken the Navy for reasons ...more
Published March 6th 2018 by Baen Books
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Nigel Shaw I believe it is underlined because it is a grammatical error. The possesive for Travis is Travis' not Travis's. I assume that it was missed in the…moreI believe it is underlined because it is a grammatical error. The possesive for Travis is Travis' not Travis's. I assume that it was missed in the final editing and not corrected. (less)

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This is book three in The Manticore Ascendant Series. In this story we are following the naval career of Lieutenant Travis Uriah Long and the beginning of the reign of Elizabeth II in 1544 PD. There has been a disastrous attack on the Manticoran Home System and the Royal Manticoran Navy stands at the brink of collapse. Weber provides the history of the House of Winton in this book. Weber reveals the politics that is going on, both civilian and navy, as well as the space battles.

This book is well
MAB  LongBeach
Third in the prequel series to the Honor Harrington saga. Manticore is a young kingdom, still forming traditions in government and navy. It has been targeted by a corporation that wants control of the newly discovered wormhole to Manticorean space--which Manticore doesn't know about yet. New threats, new explorations, and new alliances follow two waves of invasion, in an exciting adventure.

I was hoping that this would be the final book in a trilogy, but it's still very open-ended. While I will
Kathy Davie
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Third and last in the Manticore Ascendant science fiction military soap opera series, a prequel in the Honorverse, revolving around the kingdom of Manticore, as we follow the career of Lieutenant Travis Uriah Long, and introducing us to the start of Elizabeth II’s reign in 1544 PD.

My Take
Underhanded greed is what it’s all about. On both sides. What can I say, politics are involved. It does help that Weber/Zahn use third person omniscient point-of-view, and we know the thoughts and feelings of a
Tony Hisgett
In many ways this is a typical David Weber book, there is a great story, but it is just too long winded. To be fair, it is better than some of the recent Honor Harrington books, but I just wish he would get to the point.

The book develops slowly as several different storylines gradually evolve, the problems is that nothing really happens until right at the end of the book.

Unfortunately, the end of the story was a bit of an anticlimax. There were a couple of potential battles that were really
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very good read, in a very good series
Definitely better than first 2 volumes - here the story should have started imho with the first two volumes compressed into about a half novel; intrigue, action and cool naval battles finally (the battle in Call to Arms wasn't new as it has already been published as a novella)

Restarted my interest in the series (this one I mean, not the hoped-for going forward into the Honorverse beyond the current point) so will get and read the next one asap for once
Kathy Martin
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The events in this third entry into the Manticore Ascendant series follow closely on the events of book 2. The Royal Manticoran Navy is trying to pick up the pieces remaining after the battle with pirates was won and the politicians, especially Lord Breakwater, are trying to further reduce the power and influence of the Navy. When a second wave of attack comes just weeks after the first, it is up to the RMN to defend Manticore with a very damaged Navy. Luckily, a bluff suggested by Travis Long ...more
Per Gunnar
This is what David Weber does best, military space opera. His Honor Harrington series was probably the first real space opera that I read. I liked it greatly and Weber has stayed as one of my favorite authors of military science fiction ever since.

His latest works have frequently suffered from a bit of verbosity overkill and have been dragged down by talk, talk and more talk. This book is not entirely free from this but it is, luckily, not too bad.

As usual with this author the book is very well
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Second half is much much much better than the first half. In fact, the second half is so much better it almost makes the awful first half palatable. Almost.
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Been waiting quite a while for the third book in the Manticore Acsending prequel series to David Weber's Honorverse and was happy to see it up on the Baen Publishing eARC page. Because this is a co-authored series with Timothy Zahn and Thomas Pope is doesn't suffer from the usual Weber bloat. The story picks up a few weeks after the ending of the last book, without the usual lengthy recap, gets going quickly and stays on point until the end. This book wraps up the immediate story of the trilogy, ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am quite enjoying this series about the early days of the star kingdom of Manticore. In this story as the title implies, Manticore is out for revenge against those who attacked it. They are also desperately trying to discover why some shadowy entity wants to conqueror the star kingdom -- remote and relatively unimportant as it is.
Travis Long and Lisa Donnelly head out on separate missions to try to achieve those goals. Minor spoilers: (view spoiler)
T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)
Travis Long is back, and I found myself wondering why I had delayed so long (see what I did there?) before reading this latest instalment in the earlier history of the Star Kingdom of Manticore. This is not, perhaps, the most exciting of the Manticore Ascendant books, but it's a thoroughly enjoyable read. One might consider the narrative a little fragmented as it follows three more-or-less separate storylines: Travis himself, Lisa Donnelly, and the royal family. However, it works well.

There are
That was disappointing. It was fine, but definitely didn't continue the trajectory of the first two books. And yes writing to a formula is bad, but writing messy isn't necessarily better. And what's with Travis and Lisa's relationship anyway - as written it doesn't ring true. Too complicated and not believable enough and still a bit too obvious. Not bad, but not as good as I was expecting.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very cool addition to the series

This book gives you a good rollercoaster ride and as it has it's ups and downs and continues the excellent character development from the other books and i really enjoyed the story and can not wait for the next one in the series
I wasn't as excited about this as other reviewers. The storylines didn't seem to intersect well, and while the battles were conclusive the personal development was largely through telling rather than showing.
Joe Jungers
Its nice finding out what the Star Kingdom of Manticore was like in the early days of the Royal Manticoran Navy.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This continues to be an excellent series in the Honorverse.
A solid continuation of the "prequel" Series set early in the Kingdom of Manticore's History.

although I must say that Travis Uriah Long has become pretty boring, compared to his first appearances where he was constantly grating against expectations and social mores, meaning I much preferred the Wintons that made it into this novel and a few of the Extra Characters than our "protagonist" that had turned into a pretty Sue-ish character who cannot ever fail or do wrong, except being TOO eager and
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book three in the Manticore Ascendant series. This series is a prequel to the Honor Harrington saga. This one is by David Weber, Timothy Zahn and Thomas Pope. This book is simply a great read. It is a fine example of Space Opera/Military Science Fiction. Travis Long and Lisa Donnelly are once again thrust into the forefront of defense for the young Star Kingdom of Manticore. Manticore is still reeling from an unprovoked attack which nearly destroyed the Navy and conquered the Star ...more
[July 22, 2018]
This is the third installment of the Manticore Rising series and it was a pretty good space adventure. The struggling Star Kingdom of Manticore sends off two different ships in different directions to try to find out what they can about who recently attacked them. One ship houses Lt. Travis Uriah Long, and the other has Travis' friend Lisa as it's new XO. Meanwhile at home the Monarchy has it's own crises to weather.

It's a good tale. Several different arcs to keep things
Pat Patterson
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WINNER of 2018 Dragon Award for 'Best Military Science Fiction'

I obtained this book directly from the publisher's (Baen's) website.
I picked this one to read, because it was a finalist fer the 2018 Dragon Award for 'Best Military Science Fiction Novel;' and it WON! Congratulations to the team!
You can get a more exhaustive treatment of the book at my blog,Papa Pat Rambles.
This book, like many others on the list, is a single installment in a series. However, unlike the other finalists, the three
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Alex Shrugged
This is third in the Manticore Ascendant series which are essentially prequels to the Honor Harrington series.

Background: The Star Kingdom of Manticore has existed for only a few decades at this point. They have managed to fight off an attack of space pirates, but these pirates have been hired by a trans-stellar corporation that wants to control the wormhole junction located at Manticore. (The Star Kingdom has no idea that a wormhole junction exists yet.) Wormholes make space travel
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Not bad. This series is a lot more approachable than the most recent entries in the main Harrington series. And I'd guess either Weber agrees or his co-authors on this series are pushing the pace, because these books have been popping out the way Honor books did back in the day.

Anyhow, this is the third, but presumably not final, book in the Manticore Ascendant series, so by now you should know what you're getting. A bit of military action, some political skullduggery, a hint of romance, the
Erik Sapp
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About halfway through this book, I realized what bothered me so much about this series. I REALLY dislike Travis Long. He is an annoying character who feels like he should develop and grow, but never does. In the first book, it made sense for him to be hidebound and rules-obsessed, but in the 10+ years since, he should have mellowed. Although it seems at times like he has, he'll turn around and do something to show he has not.

So why, if I dislike the main character, did I rate this book 4 stars?
Michael Brown
There is a problem with the Honor Harrington series --- Manticore is a huge and for the most part successful kingdom. A few hints have been dropped about a troubled past but not much else. With the Ascendant series we see a very young and naïve Manticore with little if any strengths in place.

No wormhole commerce domination. No real industry. No military to speak of. And the self centered politicians starting to build their clicks which in decades to come cause much trouble in the Harrington
Cynthia Dalton
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 in the Manticore Ascendant series. Following an attack on the planet which killed the crown prince. Manticore must regroup and decide whether to concentrate on rebuilding the Navy or expanding the Patrol and Rescue Service (think Coast Guard in space) both of which performed admirably during the recent attack. While the two factions fight this out in Parliment, another crisis hits the royal family that affects the succession. Travis Long and Lisa Donnelly (both naval officers) who were ...more
Andy Zach
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
With the third prequel of the series leading to the Honor Harrington series, David Weber and his co-authors, Timothy Zahn and Thomas Pope, have written their best novel yet. 'A Call to Vengeance' is the most action-packed and the most riveting characters.

Lead characters Travis Long and Lisa Donnelly continue to progress within the Manticoran navy through innovative thinking and bold action, risking their lives. Meanwhile, shady politics combine with shocking plot twists, and ironic results to
Brian Martin
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A collaboration of three great writers? Where can you go wrong? What one misses, the others pick up and run with it. I will say that space opera science fiction is primarily defined by its VILLAINS rather than their heroes (or anit-heroes, as the case may be), and ACtV does not disappoint here. Some villains are two dimensional, whereas here.... Mr. X (as I call him, since his real identity is, rightly so, concealed) really makes you want to hate him, makes you want to see all his well-laid ...more
kenneth ballard
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty good third volume in this prequel series, but a slight disappointment on technical grounds - it was announced more than a year ago, so there was some initial confusion about whether it would come out in 2017 or 2018. But despite the long lead time the proof reading wasn't as good as it should have been. Example: Travis's (possessive) is underlined throughout the book, for no reason I could see. There were a few continuity glitches as well. And there was no Author's note, as in the first ...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

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Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant (4 books)
  • A Call to Duty (Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant, #1)
  • A Call to Arms (Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant, #2)
  • A Call to Insurrection (Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant, #4)
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