A Call to Duty : Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant

  • by David Weber, Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer
  • Series: Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant
  • 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life...the two things his neglectful mother couldn’t or wouldn’t provide. So when Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted so desperately.
But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected. Boot camp is rough and frustrating; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is possibly on the edge of budgetary extinction.
The Star Kingdom is a minor nation among the worlds of the Diaspora, its closest neighbors weeks or months away, with little in the way of resources. With only modest interstellar trade, no foreign contacts to speak of, a plague ravaged economy to rebuild, and no enemies looming at the hyper limit, there are factions in Parliament who want nothing more than to scrap the Navy and shift its resources and manpower elsewhere.
But those factions are mistaken. The universe is not a safe place.
Travis Long is about to find that out.


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Astronautical adventure story

When I first read “On Basilisk Station” in 2009 David Weber had me hooked. I have read all the Honor Harrington series and now all the sub series. This book is to be book one in a new series about Manticore star system prior to the time of Honor. In fact the book starts not long after the founding of the Star Kingdom of Manticore. The Manticore wormhole junction has not been discovered yet.

Our protagonist is Travis Uriah Long who has just enlisted in the Royal Manticore Navy at the age of 17. The existence of the Navy is under threat from political and budget problems. Travis is assigned to a ship going out of the Star system to check out the Havenit military surplus ship sale and to check out their shipbuilding capabilities. Then they meet the pirates and the action begins.

Long’s brother Gavin is a junior peer in the House of Lords who wants to do away with the Navy. We are introduced to naval officer Edward Winton heir to the Manticorean Crown who is fighting to keep the Navy. The ending is a cliffhanger getting ready for the next book.

The book is well written, full of action and interesting characters. The book contains technical details, military protocol, intrigue and political drama that you would expect in a Weber book. I think there is less world building political info dumping with Zahn as a co-author. The book is a fun read. Eric Michael Summerer did a good job narrating the book. If you enjoy military sci-fi or are a fan of Honorverse you will enjoy this book.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

Interesting mix of political intrigue & military

The book is an interesting mix of character story, political intrigue story, and military sci-fi adventure.
For me, it moved a bit slow in places and grew overly technical here and there, but on the whole, a satisfying read. I'm just bummed that I have to wait for the next volume to come out. The story is well resolved, but also ends with a few new starts on the next installment.

I hope to read many more Weber-Zahn collaborations in the (hopefully very near) future!

(Summerer's performance is more than adequate, though--as with so many readers--the faux British accent used for some characters does't quite work. Most Americans can't get the terminal r's right. Hint: the key to a good British--and probably any other--accent is what you do with the vowels. Get those right and you don't have to worry about those r's much. They tend to take care of themselves.)
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-07-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios