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A call to duty : a novel of the honorverse /

by Weber, David; Zahn, Timothy.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Weber, David, Manticore Ascendant: bk. I.Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2014]; ©2014Description: viii, 384 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781476736846; 1476736847.Title notes: $25.00 11-2014 (db)Subject(s): Space warfare -- Fiction | Life on other planets -- Fiction | FICTION / Science Fiction / Military | FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Opera | FICTION / Science Fiction / Adventure | Science fiction | Science fictionSummary: "Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life...two things his neglectful mother couldn't or wouldn't provide. So when Travis enlists 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 as expected. Boot camp is rough; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is on the edge of extinction. The Star Kingdom is a minor nation among the worlds of the Diaspora, its closest neighbor months away and with little resources. With only modest interstellar trade, no foreign contacts to speak of, a plague ravaged economy and no enemies looming at the hyper limit, factions in Parliament want nothing more than to scrap the Navy and shift its resources elsewhere. But those factions are mistaken. The universe is not a safe place as Travis is about to find out"-- Provided by publisher.
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NEW SERIES FROM NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHORS. Book #1 in Manticore Ascendant, a new series set in David Weber's best-selling Honorverse from multiple New York Times best seller David Weber and #1 New York Times best seller Timothy Zahn. 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. About 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 Weekly "VERDICT: The "Honor Harrington" books . . . get some backstory in this new series set in the early years of the Star Kingdom . . . [which] features the action and military details for which the "Honor" titles have long been known. Fans will want to get in on the ground floor of this series of prequels." - Library Journal About 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 About Timothy Zahn: "Zahn keeps the story moving at a breakneck pace, maintaining excitement."-Publishers Weekly "[Y]ou can count on Timothy Zahn for three things: clean, sparse prose; good pacing; and great action scenes. The first book in the Cobra War series hits all those marks in admirable style and makes for a quick, entertaining sci-fi novel." -Blogcritics "[Conqueror's Heritage] is another finely wrought space adventure . . . [with] social, political and emotional complications, all of which Zahn treats with his usual skill."-Booklist "Zahn paints every detail [in Angelmass] with gleamy realism . . . scientific dialogue that streams with starship hardware and military trooper talk . . . immensely appealing."-Kirkus Review.

$25.00 11-2014 (db)

"Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life...two things his neglectful mother couldn't or wouldn't provide. So when Travis enlists 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 as expected. Boot camp is rough; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is on the edge of extinction. The Star Kingdom is a minor nation among the worlds of the Diaspora, its closest neighbor months away and with little resources. With only modest interstellar trade, no foreign contacts to speak of, a plague ravaged economy and no enemies looming at the hyper limit, factions in Parliament want nothing more than to scrap the Navy and shift its resources elsewhere. But those factions are mistaken. The universe is not a safe place as Travis is about to find out"-- Provided by publisher.

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Library Journal Review

Travis Uriah Long has picked a difficult time to join the Royal Manticoran Navy. The Star Kingdom of Manticore hasn't faced an enemy in a century, and forces in the government are trying to dismantle the navy. But Travis just wants to survive boot camp where his penchant for following the rules has gotten him the nickname "Stickler" and most of his instructors and fellow enlisted men hate him. There are those who see his potential, though, and Travis finally finds his place aboard a decent ship only to be thrust into a dangerous conflict with a ruthless band of pirates. VERDICT The "Honor Harrington" books (A Rising Thunder; Cauldron of Ghosts) get some backstory in this new series set in the early years of the Star Kingdom. Writing duties are shared between series creator Weber and Zahn (author of the "Star Wars Thrawn" trilogy) and feature the action and military details for which the "Honor" titles have long been known. Fans will want to get in on the ground floor of this series of prequels. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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