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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 Travis Long and Lisa Donnelly to defend the Star Kingdom and the Royal Manticoran Navy from these threats, but the challenge is greater than any they have faced before. Weakened but not defeated, the mercenary forces and their mysterious employer could return at any time, and the anti-Navy faction within Parliament is growing. The situation becomes even more dire when fresh tragedy strikes the Star Kingdom.

While the House of Winton faces their enemies at home, Travis, Lisa, and the other officers of the Royal Manticoran Navy must reunite with old friends and join new allies to hunt down and eliminate the forces arrayed against them in a galaxy-spanning conspiracy.

Manticore has learned that the universe is not a safe place, but the Star Kingdom's enemies are about to learn a lesson of their own!

©2015 Words of Weber, Inc., Timothy Zahn, and Thomas Pope (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Not my style of writing

The story line jumped a lot and I couldn’t keep up with who’s who and I probably would have read more but in the end I just went to the end. Probably won’t bother with the next book if this is the style of writing to be expected. My old brain can’t keep up with all the different characters and scene. It seemed more like it was setup like a screen play switching from different characters and scene. Too bad it is still a great story.

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  • @tone0189
  • 07-03-2018

Finding it's stride.

The series has been thoroughly enjoyable. The third entry in the series is, in my opinion, the best of the three.

This book seems to have really found it's stride. The balance between character development, politics, espionage, and combat is really well is much better in this entry than the previous two.

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  • Laura G.
  • 18-06-2018

Go (RM) Navy!

I certainly hope there’s going to be another book in the “Manticore Ascendant” series soon! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed following the space battles, political machinations, and the careers and relationships of the major characters! The stories are very well written and superbly narrated.

I can’t help but see similarities between the fortunes and misfortunes of the Manticoran Navy and that of the Navy of the USA. And in my opinion, it’s a stupid and treasonous government that doesn’t keep its navy (and other branches of the military) in top condition, because you never know when the very survival of your nation is going to depend on it.

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  • Mark Darbe
  • 06-06-2018

dont want to wait.

I now have to wait for David Weber to finish the next one, then for it to be recorded.... ugh WRITE FASTER.

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  • gerry
  • 24-05-2018

Such a great book

Another David Weber collaboration masterpiece. Short of the Honor Herrington series this is the next must read David Weber book.

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  • Matthew S. Hall
  • 08-05-2018

A real page turner

so to speak and s great cliff hanger. I hope LT commander young figures it out.

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  • Airshark
  • 10-04-2018

Thought it was the conclusion...

Apparently not. Lot of good stuff, but still a ways to go. Great listen, though.

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  • bluehawk1976
  • 22-03-2018

Great Story - bring in the next one

Funny. thrilling and just not long enough. I really can't wait to get my hands and ears on the next book

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  • Linda Gordon
  • 16-03-2018

The best of the Manticore Ascendant Series

The best of the Manticore Ascendant Series. Makes me want to know what comes next and how do they discover the worm hole junction.

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  • Shaun Pagels
  • 30-07-2018

The main arc is a little drawn out.

The book is written and performed well, but the main story is a little drawn out. We already know from Weber's other books where this story needs to end up. So some of the will they succeed, or will they fail, is a little tiresome. However, the backstory on how Manticore became a power is quite interesting. it is also amusing to listen to the characters be so concerned about what we could consider antiquated weapons and technology. It gives the reader more appreciation for the books that happen in the "future" and the power that the ships wield of that time.

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  • Susan Hoover
  • 08-04-2018

Oh how the young Star Kingdom is!

I lkied the personal bits and polictical stuff more than the battles. That's because I can visualize those things.

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  • Paul
  • 25-04-2018

ok but not one of the best

This lacked that 'grip the arms of the chair' hold on the reader that compels you to keep going. At times i found myself thinking 'ok i have got it, there is no need to keep labouring the point with a he said she said narrative.

Am i going to download subsequent books....no.