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A Call to Duty

(2014)
(The first book in the Manticore Ascendant series)
A novel by

 
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-selling author Timothy Zahn. FIRST TIME IN PAPERBACK.

Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order in his life . . . some 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.

Praise for 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

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

Genre: Science Fiction
 
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Hardback Editions

October 2014 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: A Call to Duty (Manticore Ascendant)
Author(s): David Weber, Timothy Zahn
ISBN: 1-4767-3684-7 / 978-1-4767-3684-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Baen
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

June 2016 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: A Call to Duty (Manticore Ascendant)
Author(s): Timothy Zahn, David Weber
ISBN: 1-4767-8168-0 / 978-1-4767-8168-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Baen
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2015 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: A Call to Duty (Manticore Ascendant)
Author(s): David Weber, Timothy Zahn
ISBN: 1-4767-8081-1 / 978-1-4767-8081-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Baen
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

September 2015 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: A Call to Duty (Manticore Ascendant)
Author(s): David Weber, Timothy Zahn
ISBN: 1-5113-3605-6 / 978-1-5113-3605-5
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2015 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: A Call to Duty (Manticore Ascendant)
Author(s): David Weber, Timothy Zahn
ISBN: 1-5012-2142-6 / 978-1-5012-2142-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 2014 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: A Call to Duty: Book I of Manticore Ascendant
Author(s): David Weber, Timothy Zahn
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

October 2014 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: A Call to Duty: Book I of Manticore Ascendant
Author(s): David Weber, Timothy Zahn
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

September 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: A Call to Duty (Manticore Ascendant series Book 1)
Author(s): David Weber, Timothy Zahn
Publisher: Baen Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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