A Rising Thunder by David Weber


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...politically savvy but militarily uneventful novel that bridges the gap between the last novel and the expected sequel.
-Publishers Weekly


Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington has rooted out a plan designed to enslave the entire human species. Behind that plan lies the shadowy organization known as the Mesan Alignment. Task number one for Honor is to shut down and secure the wormhole network that is the source of the Star Kingdom's wealth and power—but also its greatest vulnerability. Yet this is an act that the ancient and corrupt Earth-based Solarian League inevitably takes as a declaration of war.

The thunder of battle rolls as the Solarian League directs its massive power against the Star Kingdom. And once again, Honor Harrington is thrust into a desperate battle that she must win if she is to survive to take the fight to the real enemy of galactic freedom—the insidious puppetmasters of war who lurk behind the Mesan Alignment!

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A lifetime military history buff, David Weber has carried his interest in history into his fiction.  In the New York Times best selling Honor Harrington series, the spirit of both C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower and history's Admiral Nelson are evident.  With over five million copies of his books in print, David Weber is the fastest rising star in the Science Fiction universe.  His Honor Harrington series boasts over 3 million copies in print, and Weber has had over thirteen of his titles on The New York Times Best Seller List.  War of Honor, book 10 in the series appeared on over twelve Best Seller lists, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA TODAY.

While he is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he has also developed a fantasy series, of which two books have been published:  Oath of Swords and The War God's Own.  David's solo work also includes three novels of the "Dahak" series, and the stand alone novels:  Path of the Fury and The Excalibur Alternative.

Weber's first published novels grew out of his work as a war game designer for the Task Force game Starfire.  With collaborator Steve White, Weber has written four novels set in that universe: Insurrection, Crusade, In Death Ground, and The Shiva Option.

Recent bestsellers in planetary adventures also include the teamwork of John Ringo in the best selling Empire of Man series where the titles March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few have made appearances on The New York Times List.

Weber's proliferation continues with author Eric Flint, where they joined forces in the Best Selling "Ring of Fire" alternate history series, for 1634: The Baltic War, coming in May.

A popular guest at science fiction conventions, Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife Sharon, three children and a passel of dogs.

About David Weber

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David Weber is a food truck advocate and entrepreneur. He is founder and President of the NYC Food Truck Association (NYCFTA), which brings together small businesses that own and operate premium food trucks in New York City. David is also a cofounder of Rickshaw Dumplings, a growing fast casual chain that operates multiple food trucks. Prior to his experience in hospitality, David was a technology and business consultant. He holds an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business and a BA in English literature from Yale University.
Published December 30, 2013 by Baen Books. 464 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Mar 25 2012
Weeks as Bestseller
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Publishers Weekly

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Mar 19 2012

...politically savvy but militarily uneventful novel that bridges the gap between the last novel and the expected sequel.

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Reviewed by Jeffrey Wendler on May 11 2012

One has to employ the art of skipping huge swaths of the book to get through it.

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Reviewed by Liz Bourke on Mar 06 2012

Less-committed souls, on the other hand, are likely to walk away with a creeping sense of dissatisfaction.

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Reviewed by Beth Revers on Feb 29 2012

A lot of intrigue and some blazing space war action make this a satisfying read, but leave me wanting more.

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Reviewed by Bill Lawhorn

I look forward to the continuing action in forthcoming novels as the Manticorian Alliance squares off against the Sollies and the Mesan Alignment.

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Inside of a Dog

Reviewed by Kathy Martin on Mar 17 2012

Newcomers would be both baffled and bored with the constantly shifting scenes between people who come and go with great rapidity.

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Alternative Worlds

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Reviewed by Harriet Klausner

The latest Honor Harrington military science fiction (see Mission of Honor) is an entertaining tale though the action is muted compared to the past entries...

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King of the Nerds!!!

Reviewed by Mike Ferrante on Apr 04 2012

A Rising Thunder is both a satisfying conclusion and an exciting beginning to whatever lies ahead for this series.

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Reviewed by Joe Martin on Apr 01 2012

Perhaps the most damning indictment I have is that most fans would be best served by reading a plot summary of this book rather than reading the book itself.

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Reviewed by David F on Jan 01 2012

Overall, for a series that was supposed to end with the 12th book... the Honorverse now shows the potential to keep going for quite a few more books.

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