The Manticore Ascendant Series (Honorverse)

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Sep 30, 2020
Hi all. I just wanted to put a plug in for the Manticore Ascendant series of novels by David Weber. There are currently 3 books in the series, all available on Audible. A 4th book is upcoming, and will initially only be available on Kindle and Hardcover. I always use Audible, so I'll wait for that. This is a space opera style set of stories with pretty plausible descriptions of the physics involved. I don't know if it's hard sci fi, but it's at least medium hard.

For me personally, I like hard sci fi fine, but my ultimate model is Star Trek or Star Wars. I want a story to be consistent within the universe that the author creates. But, if they need plot devices of transporters, warp speed, and subspace communications; then that's fine with me. I don't care if we think humans can do such things. Besides, you can't very well have a space opera if it takes a thousand years to get to your neighbors.

In the case of Manticore Ascendant, they have the concept of hyperspace, but no transporters or faster than light communications. These novels say they're part of the Honorverse / Honor Harrington stories, which I haven't read. Apparently these are prequels. I looked at some those and didn't like some of the foul language in them. To each his own. But, these don't have that, for whatever reason. One of the authors for these is Timothy Zahn, who also writes Star Wars novels. Other authors include David Weber and Thomas Pope. I'll leave it up to y'all to read the descriptions of each novel and the reviews. But, I think the crew here would like these stories.

A Call to Duty (1) (Manticore Ascendant) Paperback – September 1, 2015

[Call to Arms] (By (author) David Weber) [published: August, 2016] Paperback

A Call to Vengeance (3) (Manticore Ascendant) Mass Market Paperback – December 18, 2018
Note that this link is for a mass market paperback, the little 4" x 6"
format with very small fonts. I couldn't find the regular paperback on Amazon.

A Call to Insurrection (4) (Manticore Ascendant) Hardcover – February 1, 2022

Note also that Abe Books is a really good source for all kinds of new and used books
from many different independent dealers.

Here are links to Abe Books with filters for "new", "soft cover", and "North American sellers". I'm sure you could find more options if you choose used, hardcover, or foreign sellers. One advantage of printed books, vs Kindle or Audible, is that you can buy used books, often at very discounted prices. You can also sell your used books.

A Call to Duty (Mass Market Paperback)

A Call to Arms (Mass Market Paperback)

Call to Vengeance (Paperback)


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Just as an addition to this, Baen books also sells the lot as ebooks, and they come DRM free, so you can read them on any device you own, and they often also have the entire catalogue of the writer as well. Plus they also have had them as a free weekly serial, which is how i got to know them, and you get to sample all the authors in the stable as well, plus a lot of the writers also have made a book or two as free downloads.

Another writer is Scott Sigler, who actually reads almost all of his books in the audible formats. He is not that bad as a reader, with plenty of inflection on the read. He also gives the books on his site, and there at least if you buy them there, he also makes more than the publisher pays normally.
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