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A Call to Duty by David Weber
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May 01, 2014

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I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. While not as good as Weber's usual endeavors, it was better than Zahn's A Call to Arms in the Beginnings anthology.
The story is set in the early Kingdom era before the Manticore Wormhole Junction and Manticore is friends with Haven (pre-People's Republic). A "pirate" group with possible government support is attempting to steal two for sale Havenite warships. At the sale Haven, and others, attempt to set up an anti-pirate alliance, or, at least, pave the way for one.
It is also the coming of age story of one Travis Long. Travis is ignored by his mother; his brother is a minor member of the peerage; and, Travis is on the road to delinquency and criminality. He is saved by being in an RMN recruiting office while his friends are engaged in robbery and gun-play.
Travis enlists looking for limits and boundaries. His sticking to the rules attitude clashes with the easy going attitude of both his fellow recruits and instructors and gets him into trouble. The same occurs when he is finally posted to a ship.
Some of his superiors see promise in Travis and eventually he is posted to a ship with officers and enlisted personnel who take things a bit more seriously and Travis begins to fit in. He has a big part in "saving the day" at the end of the book. Travis is now destined to bigger and better things: college and OCS (and another book or two).
The action section of the book is the last third which contains the warship sale at the Secour System. At Basilisk Harrington runs the action and at Marienbad (Secour's inhabited planet) the action is run by lower ranking officers (as the ship's captain is a captive of the pirates) with major input by Travis. The entire section reminded me of Basilisk.
It's a good book, well worth reading but, unless you've just got to have it now, wait for the paperback edition.
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Reading Progress

May 1, 2014 – Shelved
May 1, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
October 21, 2014 – Started Reading
October 24, 2014 – Finished Reading
October 25, 2014 – Shelved as: military-sci-fi

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