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A Rising Thunder (Honor Harrington) Hardcover – March 6, 2012
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Previously the owner of a small advertising and public relations agency, Weber now writes science fiction full time.
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Sadly, this series is also a wonderful example of a storyline that has been extended far past the original scope. David Weber seemed to be flailing around more than a bit as he tried to hold the pieces of the plot together.
There are many things that have gone wrong in this world. At first it was about one person and her uncanny ability to get a ship's crew to excel in combat. Yes, the combats were in some ways simple. Originally missles were described as more of a standoff weapon while energy weapons and fighting in a line like 18th century warships was the standard. However, the technology kept becoming more and more powerful, and missiles have become the uberhammer in the universe. This book not only notes it, but emphasizes it with many of the discussions the characters get involved in.
And sadly, the bad guys are showing almost no character development. Haven and its people were textured and deep with many of the characters showing shades of gray in their personalities and motivations. The "five mandarins" of the Solarian League and the Detweiler clones who run the Mesan Alignment are extremely 2-dimensional. Sure the supposed plots that Weber has them conducting might appear complex, but the foundations are simple and the motivations are just too obvious. There is no attempt by David Weber to add nuance to the characters.
And as others have said, this read like a very long setup for later books.Read more ›
This book has battle set pieces that fizzle; yes, we get that war is hell and the Mesans are really, really evil.
There are lots and lots of repetitive political machinations, which consist mainly of the good guys reacting to external forces and the bad guys and incompetent guys proving that they are bad and/or incompetent. At length. And on and on and on.
There are myriad brief check-ins with various good guys and bad guys (but not necessarily the ones you care about) to keep them in mind, one assumes, for later books. We also get glancing views of various naval officers, space station crew, etc., each of whom is given rank/title and full first name(s) and last name(s), carefully chosen to represent the multi-national origins of the galaxy of the far future. The character list for this series--including all minor characters--must be enormous. Most of these people are spearcarriers and don't need names.
We have an improbable seemingly instantaneous complete trust between two sets of good guys formerly sworn enemies. Once the leaders become best buddies, the people fall in line. The people in all these books, especially the later ones, always go along because they are completely manipulated by government-run propaganda machines. This is convenient for plot.Read more ›
Second - well, this had better not be your introduction to the Honorverse, because you'll be confused as hell.
In reading the other reviews, I think what many of the readers are missing is that this is, literally, a bridge work. Right now we've SO much going on from a political stand point that David had two choices. He could blow things off in a couple of paragraphs - or he could lay things out. And since, effectively, this entire book is research that had to be done by Weber to make and keep things consistent in the Honorverse - well, here it is. Not two paragraphs, but an entire novel dedicated to all the back story and notes that an author must do when such a detail story is written.
So that sums this book up in a nutshell. This is a foundation work on where the next book in the series are going to go, and gives you background so that, two books down the line when the suddenly a group of four Solarian officers and police take over, you won't go, wait, what? You'll know why and when things started.
I also can't see this series going much past two more decent sized novels. Not because I don't WANT it to continue - it's just that it's reaching a crescendo. Mesa is going to get blown up, the Solarian League is going to break apart, and the new force in the galaxy will be the Grand Alliance.
Quick edit: I came up with the name "A Breaking Storm" on my own. It's nice to see that other Weber readers think the same way I do - which is scary...
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This series hasn't been too bad, and the first books were pretty good. But this book was absolutely awful. The editing was incredibly bad. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
As all David Weber books, it is a political, military, and personal story. It is rich with detail. Love his work. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Fiona Yukiko
Too much Personality development. Characters who don't matter go on and on, apparently to fool out pages. It really made the flow very uneven.Published 28 days ago by Dewey Henize
As usual David Weber enthralls and entertains with his all-viewpoints style. My only complaint is that the ending comes entirely too soon!Published 1 month ago by megthornton
Great follow up of the previously fought wars
The characters grow more involved and credible
As the story continues to draw in the reader
Despite what other reviewers have said this is an interesting book with plenty of action. There is some background details but I enjoyed this book.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like how this book ties some parts together but wish it alluded to what books some of the side plots came from. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Kraft