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A Call to Duty - eARC
by David Weber & Timothy Zahn
Publisher: Baen Books

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 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.

Published 10/1/2014
SKU: A20131224C2D
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1. James on 12/30/2014, said:

I enjoyed the book. I liked a lot of what was NOT there.... The characters were NOT literally super human. (The main character is his flaws and is decidedly human) There wasn't the obsessive fawning over the Royalty/Monarchy. It didn't depend on other stories. I'm looking forward to the next on in this series.
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2. Ian on 2/12/2014, said:

A new character with lots of integrity and potential. The hint of interesting challenges in the future. Great start to a new thread in the Honorverse with a new set of interesting people we can care about. Would have given it five stars if it had included a few more kick ass chicks.
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3. Bradley on 1/28/2014, said:

I'd rate this at 4.5 stars, but that's not an option. Timothy Zahn does an excellent job of fitting his writing inside the Honorverse. We're given a view of the very early days of the RMN when they didn't have a long tradition of duty and victory at all cost, or much of a purpose at all other than to deter pirates. It's nice to see the Havenites as they were before the Republic collapsed into the People's Republic, and there's some pretty good action. A couple of events stretch military protocol a bit, but this is FICTION so I won't complain too much. The ending makes clear that we'll hear about the first major battle the RMN fought in the next book, and the background, infighting, and discovery of the Manticore Junction will be interesting reading. We aren't left hanging - if you've read all of the latest infodumps and background books that have come out on the early Honorverse that is. The plot is solid and well worth reading, and entirely devoid of tree-cat marines in battle armor!
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4. Steinthor on 1/27/2014, said:

Loved it, it felt like I was reading one of the first Honor books, lots of action and a very good story.
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5. José Pedro on 1/23/2014, said:

Good and easy reading book
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6. Cliff on 1/22/2014, said:

I bought this Book because it was written by Timothy Zahn, NOT David Weber. Unlike most of David Weber’s book, it is a complete story; it has a beginning, middle and an ending. The characters are well developed and it has a tightly plotted storyline. This tells the story of the origin of the RMN. One that is just finding its identity and starting to develop its traditions. The story follows the beginning of the military career of the protagonist Travis Long. Thank goodness we are not bombarded with endless Treecat subplots. I can only remember one tree cat reference in the entire book. As a first in a series it does a good job of establishing the main characters, the problems People’s Republic of Haven and Manticore have with defining their role and vision in their stellar neighborhood before the discovery of the Manticore junction. It shows the beginning of the Anderson Empire and how it is beginning to affect the stellar region. As a fan of Timothy Zahn, I hope he gives us the next installment soon
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7. Todd on 1/20/2014, said:

The dreaded prequel, we know how it ends get back to the main series.
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8. Roger on 1/15/2014, said:

Good now and it will be great when the next book is ready to be read.
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9. michael on 1/5/2014, said:

Just was not that good was below expectations paid to much also wait for it to become cheaper ir go to the local library
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10. scott on 1/4/2014, said:

I'm a Huge fan of David's but this one left me scratching my head. The description is off a little. Its more a book about the birth of the Manticoran Navy as seen thru the eyes of its officer corp centered around Travis Long. Not really about him. I enjoyed it, but, mainly because in was in the "Honorverse". Not at the top of my Hit parade. Wait for the Paperback. Sorry
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