A Call to Insurrection By David Weber
A Call to Insurrection: Book IV of Manticore Ascendant (Manticore Ascendant series 4) By David Weber
Book/Novel Author: David Weber
Book/Novel Title: A Call to Insurrection
Book four in the nationally best-selling Manticore Ascendant series, set in the world of David Weber’s multiple New York Times best-selling Honorverse series.Yesterday, the Star Kingdom of Manticore was a small, unimportant interstellar backwater. A quiet little star nation, only recently recovered from the devastating blow of the Plague Years. More affluent than some, perhaps, but with little to attract trade or interstellar commerce, it had little need for a navy . . . and even less interest in paying for one.But Manticore has now become a target. The Star Kingdom isn’t certain who is attacking it, or why, or what its mysterious foe can possibly want, but Queen Elizabeth I knows she has to find out. And she knows that whatever some of her subjects think, Manticore does need a navy. And it needs allies, friends like the dynamic Republic of Haven and the Andermani Empire. It needs their trade . . . and to learn from their more experienced and powerful navies.It is the job of officers like Travis Long and his wife, Lisa, to acquire that experience. Of utterly inexperienced diplomats like Travis’s brother Gavin, Earl Winterfall, to build those alliances.They have been sent to the powerful Andermani Empire to do just that, for the Imperial Navy is one of the most potent and experienced fleets in the galaxy. But the Andermani have problems of their own. Their Emperor’s death is the trigger for insurrection, and now that powerful and experienced navy is locked in civil war.The Manticoran visitors find themselves squarely in the path of the storm, and before Travis, Lisa, and Gavin can accomplish anything else, they first have to survive.At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).About A Call to Arms:“The plotting is as solid as ever, with smaller scenes building to an explosive, action-packed crescendo, and the authors strike a nice balance between technical details of space flight and the human cost of war.”—Publishers WeeklyPraise for prequel A Call to Duty:“This exciting book marks the first collaboration of two powerhouses . . . fans of both writers should be quite pleased with the result. Like Robert A. Heinlein and Orson Scott Card, Weber and Zahn are telling a story about a teenage character but writing for readers of all ages.”—Booklist“A new series set in the universe of Weber’s popular heroine Honor Harrington gets off to a solid start. . . . Cowriters Zahn and Weber do an excellent job alluding to events known to longtime fans. . . . [T]his astronautical adventure is filled with . . . intrigue and political drama.”—Publishers WeeklyAbout the Honor Harrington series:“Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection and a deep understanding of military bureaucracy in this long-awaited Honor Harrington novel . . . Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice to see Honor back in action.”—Publishers Weekly“. . . everything you could want in a heroine. . . . Excellent . . . plenty of action.”—Science Fiction Age“Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!”—Anne McCaffrey“Compelling combat combined with engaging characters for a great space opera adventure.”—Locus“Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection . . . Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice . . .”—Publishers Weekly
As is normal, great memorable characters in a multiple story line format. The book kept me interested and eager to read on. Took me half my normal time to read. Can’t wait for the next book
Good reading. I hope book 4 is not the last before HONOR and a 5th is coming?Thank you and God bless
I was worried when I started this, but it came out strong. The naval combat scenes are just as good. Travis and his supporting cast get some great character development. The Andermani Empire finally gets a day in the limelight and is pretty entertaining, especialyl with new reveltions about their founder which aren’t exactly what they seem. The main villain of that plotline is quite nuanced, while Jeremiah Llyn from the previous books is also around and gets more characterizaiton than the grating corporate mercenary he’s been in the last three books.There’s a murder mystery subplot that maintains some good suspense and dialogue but has a painfully lazy solution.
I was counting the days before this book’s release. The Manticore Ascendant Series is set in the early days of the Manticorian Empire, after the Great Plague that nearly wiped the space kingdom out, but before the Stephanie Harrington or Honor Harrington eras. We get to see relatively primitive ships and weapons, and a Manticorian Space Navy that barely deserves the name. Young Travis Long, the protagonist, was a young man seeking order and stability in his troubled life and joins the infant Manticorian Navy. Throughout the four books in the series, he rises above his personal limitations and rises to the occasion in crisis after crisis. We see the Manticorian Navy interact with the Haven Navy back when they were all friends and before they were mortal enemies. We see the beginnings of the Corporate take-over of the Solarian League, doing what they want, when they want, without any reprecusions. And, in this fourth volume the characters move onto a new stage – the Aramanti Emprire, whose ships, weapons and navy far outclass the Manticorian navy in every way. I can’t say much more without giving too much away, but we see the seeds planted for what each empire will become in this novel.
This is another great story from the Honor Harrington universe. I would still love more books to finish the main storyline with Honor Harrington. Getting into some of the history is just as fun to read