Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Call to Arms by David Weber, Timothy Zahn and Thomas Pope.

A Call to Arms (Manticore Ascendant series Book 2)A Call to Arms by David Weber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A "Long" Saga... but where and when is #3 coming?!?

Travis Uriah Long's career continues, along with the struggles of Manticore's royal navy. Facing a mysterious foe - a mercenary force aimed at toppling the royal house - the odds are not good. Lots of action and intrigue. As a fan of the Vorkosigan saga, I'm used to "good" mercenaries (i.e. Miles's Dendari), so it was interesting to follow the planning and attacks of the force hired to take over Manticore.

A good read (and listen - I had it paired ebook/audio)... but when does the next one come out?

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Monday, May 23, 2016

A Call to Duty by David Weber

A Call to Duty (Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant, #1)A Call to Duty by David Weber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great fun! Off into the black with the Royal Manticorean Navy!

It had been some time since I strayed into the Star Kingdom, home of Honor Harrington - I've got quite a few yet-unread ebooks in the series, but spying the audible book for this new entrant, David Weber paired with Timothy Zahn(!), I decided to give it a try and I'm glad I did.

It's well before Honor's time, and gives some interesting perspective and background to Honor's world. And it was a good caper story, building the mystery slowly about what the bad guys (no spoilers here) were up to and how the good guys slowly pieced it together. I've already started volume #2 (hm - when is #3 coming?), as well as the first two of the Honor stories for a re-read.

As Space Opera, these are satisfying - the good guys *mostly* good, and the bad guys from evil to misinformed or deluded. Weber's world of ships and technology are well defined enough that (though I admit I am not master of all the details) there is the ring of a "real" world to it - something one sees in the better Star Trek and Star Wars novels - sort of the illusion of Hard SF in the midst of space opera.

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