A Call to Vengeance (Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant, #3) by David Weber

A Call to Vengeance (Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant, #3)

After the disastrous attack on the Manticoran home system by forces unknown, the Royal Manticoran Navy stands on the brink of collapse. A shadowy enemy with the resources to hurl warships across hundreds of light years seeks to conquer the Star Kingdom for reasons unknown, while forces from within Manticore’s own government seek to discredit and weaken the Navy for reasons very much known: their own political gain.It’s up to officers like Tra...

Details A Call to Vengeance (Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant, #3)

TitleA Call to Vengeance (Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant, #3)
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherBaen Books
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, War, Military Fiction, Military Science Fiction, Space, Space Opera

Reviews A Call to Vengeance (Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant, #3)

  • Kathy Davie
    Third and last in the Manticore Ascendant science fiction military soap opera series, a prequel in the Honorverse, revolving around the kingdom of Manticore, as we follow the career of Lieutenant Travis Uriah Long, and introducing us to the start of Elizabeth II’s reign in 1544 PD.My TakeUnderhanded greed is what it’s all about. On both sides. What can I say, politics are involved. It does help that Weber/Zahn use third person omniscient poin...
  • MAB LongBeach
    Third in the prequel series to the Honor Harrington saga. Manticore is a young kingdom, still forming traditions in government and navy. It has been targeted by a corporation that wants control of the newly discovered wormhole to Manticorean space--which Manticore doesn't know about yet. New threats, new explorations, and new alliances follow two waves of invasion, in an exciting adventure.I was hoping that this would be the final book in a trilo...
  • Dan
    Very good read, in a very good series
  • Kathy Martin
    The events in this third entry into the Manticore Ascendant series follow closely on the events of book 2. The Royal Manticoran Navy is trying to pick up the pieces remaining after the battle with pirates was won and the politicians, especially Lord Breakwater, are trying to further reduce the power and influence of the Navy. When a second wave of attack comes just weeks after the first, it is up to the RMN to defend Manticore with a very damaged...
  • Daniel
    Second half is much much much better than the first half. In fact, the second half is so much better it almost makes the awful first half palatable. Almost.
  • Nokomis.FL
    Been waiting quite a while for the third book in the Manticore Acsending prequel series to David Weber's Honorverse and was happy to see it up on the Baen Publishing eARC page. Because this is a co-authored series with Timothy Zahn and Thomas Pope is doesn't suffer from the usual Weber bloat. The story picks up a few weeks after the ending of the last book, without the usual lengthy recap, gets going quickly and stays on point until the end. This...
  • Per Gunnar
    This is what David Weber does best, military space opera. His Honor Harrington series was probably the first real space opera that I read. I liked it greatly and Weber has stayed as one of my favorite authors of military science fiction ever since.His latest works have frequently suffered from a bit of verbosity overkill and have been dragged down by talk, talk and more talk. This book is not entirely free from this but it is, luckily, not too ba...
  • John
    Very cool addition to the seriesThis book gives you a good rollercoaster ride and as it has it's ups and downs and continues the excellent character development from the other books and i really enjoyed the story and can not wait for the next one in the series
  • Bjoern
    A solid continuation of the "prequel" Series set early in the Kingdom of Manticore's History.although I must say that Travis Uriah Long has become pretty boring, compared to his first appearances where he was constantly grating against expectations and social mores, meaning I much preferred the Wintons that made it into this novel and a few of the Extra Characters than our "protagonist" that had turned into a pretty Sue-ish character who cannot e...
  • Christopher
    A Call to Vengeance kicks off after the previous book with Travis and Lisa back on Manticore! :D At the same time Breakwater is up to his political games! :D As the story progresses the reader gets put through the ringer again as one disaster after another seems to strike the Royal Family of Manticore! :D There is a little plot twisting as those who have read the previous books know that an Elizabeth ends up on the thrown and we are thrown a few ...
  • Leons1701
    Not bad. This series is a lot more approachable than the most recent entries in the main Harrington series. And I'd guess either Weber agrees or his co-authors on this series are pushing the pace, because these books have been popping out the way Honor books did back in the day. Anyhow, this is the third, but presumably not final, book in the Manticore Ascendant series, so by now you should know what you're getting. A bit of military action, some...
  • Michael
    This is book three in the Manticore Ascendant series. This series is a prequel to the Honor Harrington saga. This one is by David Weber, Timothy Zahn and Thomas Pope. This book is simply a great read. It is a fine example of Space Opera/Military Science Fiction. Travis Long and Lisa Donnelly are once again thrust into the forefront of defense for the young Star Kingdom of Manticore. Manticore is still reeling from an unprovoked attack which nearl...
  • Brian Martin
    A collaboration of three great writers? Where can you go wrong? What one misses, the others pick up and run with it. I will say that space opera science fiction is primarily defined by its VILLAINS rather than their heroes (or anit-heroes, as the case may be), and ACtV does not disappoint here. Some villains are two dimensional, whereas here.... Mr. X (as I call him, since his real identity is, rightly so, concealed) really makes you want to hate...
  • kenneth ballard
    Pretty good third volume in this prequel series, but a slight disappointment on technical grounds - it was announced more than a year ago, so there was some initial confusion about whether it would come out in 2017 or 2018. But despite the long lead time the proof reading wasn't as good as it should have been. Example: Travis's (possessive) is underlined throughout the book, for no reason I could see. There were a few continuity glitches as well....
  • Dan'l Danehy-oakes
    (Volume 3 of "Manticore Ascendant")In two previous books, Travis Long has demonstrated his freak talent for tactics by saving the day in several battles. In this book, he demonstrates his freak talent for tactics by saving the day in a couple of battles - though in one case he actually saves the day by avoiding a battle and scaring the enemy off.Plus, there's politics. Bad old Earl Breakwater, the Chancellor of the Kingdom of Manticore, is out to...
  • Jaye
    I had hopes that this would be a quick series to read in between Weber's main storylines, but the authors seem bent on another long series.It's some six months after the events of the last book. The Royal Manticoran Navy is reeling from the aftermath of the attack on the home system. The Legislature is tied up between factions who want to shore up the Navy, and those who want to gut the service in favor of an upgraded police force.Meanwhile the N...
  • Terje Fokstuen
    Manticore is under attack. In the previous book, Manticore was attacked by mercenary forces, who were in an exciting battle, defeated. But at great cost to the Manticore Navy. Travis Long is now a Lieutenant in the RMN, and played an important role, as tactical officer, in defeating the mercenaries. Now another group of bad guys, try to enter Manticore's space but withdraw rather than face what looks like a significant Manticoran defense force. I...
  • Josh
    Nicely crafted. The ongoing characters remain engaging. Some of the loose ends of the series get tied up, but there is clear opening for a fourth book in the series. I can only hope the lag between books 2 and 3 is not representative of what we can expect this time around!It is not needful for one to have read the Honor Harrington series, set many years later in this universe, to enjoy this series, but reading the two before this within the small...
  • Ananda
    Definitely a step down in this series. The space battles aren't as exciting as the ones in the previous two books, but are just as long. The political intrigue is a step up, but there isn't enough of it, and it fizzles out strongly at the end (embarrassing information about two of Breakwater's allies? That's it?). Don't get me wrong - there are important events in the book - but it feels bloated.It's hard for me to explain why I found this book a...
  • Jeffrey
    Read on I may never get tired of this series. Having Hung on all the books of the Honorverse we are now in the prequel Stages- this being the third in a series with Travis Long as the central protagonist. The Honorverse series is still spinning out of control in the future but this one is building its foundations. As in most of Weber’s latest writings it moves at about 0.000000001 KPS squared but manages to hold our attention and develop charac...
  • Colin
    Another good book in the Honor Harrington universe. Unfortunately I’m starting to find this series a little repetitive and just repeating the formula set out in the first two. Where’s the connection to the overall universe? These are supposed to be a prequel series that gives greater insight into the backstory of Manticore, but any connections to the main series are pretty weak and tenuous. I’ll continue to read anything I can get from this...
  • Stephen Maguire
    Satisfying space operaWeber has this formula down pat. He sets up a half dozen plot lines, keeps them all interesting, the juggles them well. It keeps my interest up very well. It is clearly the third book in the series. The reader is warned to approach them in order. (About 7% of the way in, I realized I needed to know more of the first two than my memory supplied. So I reread them.) Recommended.
  • Vincent Archer
    Weber is, and remains, the undisputed master of mil-fi.But, oh boy, does he stretches his books. Even a collaboration with no less than 2 authors has plot barely advancing, minor milestones crossed, and what I expected to be a good enjoyable prequel trilogy looking like it's going to stretch until... no one knows.So, only 4 stars instead of 5. Because it's taking a bit too long. And the hiatus of a year didn't help.
  • Conal
    Thoroughly fun read that hit all the high points of the previous two books. Would have rated this a five star book if I had not thought I was reading the 3rd book of a trilogy but turned out to a book that moved the story a certain distance but was not the ending I has hoped for. 4.5 Stars for a great read. Can't wait for more in this series...
  • Warren
    SuperbWeber delivers again. The tale conveying the birth of Manticore and the Manticore Navy is entertaining and engrossing. Who was the genius before Harrington? The politics of Manticore remain the same, but new allies (both official and unofficial) and new threats. Great read.
  • Kei
    Good continuance - though it definitely leaves you wanting to know more about this timeframe for Manticore (and allies) (and enemies).Definitely neat to see the beginnings of so many aspects of the later universe.
  • Adam Gordon
    Quick readEnjoyed more info on early manticore. Although Travis is more flawed then Honor he still feels a little too, just trust your gut and things turn out. I think the main series has had better space battles.
  • David Hyder
    The Fog is LiftingI like Travis Long almost as much as Honor Harrington. I do wish the social construct was more 17th C than it is but it is interesting to see how Manticore and Haven developed.
  • Lisa
    Continues to be an enjoyable series to read. Unfortunately the ending was kind of splattered, I am sure as a lead in to the next book, but for me it detracted from the feeling of completeness that usually marks these authors. Will still look forward to the next story.
  • Joseph Kralich
    Another good one by Weber.Another good space opera in the Honor verse. Showing the problems or the early day's of the Kingdom. Got it this morning as it was released. Finished it tonight. Waiting for the next one.