A Call to Arms

Lieutenant Travis Long of the Royal Manticoran Navy is the ort of person who likes an orderly universe. One where people follow the rules. Unfortunately he lives in the real universe. The ba news is that Tyler is one of those rare people who may like rules but has a talent for thinking outside them when everything starts coming apart. That talent has stood him—and the Star Kingdom—in good stead in the past, and it 's one reason he 's now a " mustang " —an ex-enlisted man who 's been given a commission as a king 's officer. The ad news is that two of the best ays of making enemies ever invented are insisting on enforcing the rules ... and thinking outside them when other people do n't. Travis learned that lesson the hard way as a young volunteer in basic training, and he knows that if he could just keep his head down, turn a blind eye to violations of the rules, and avoid stepping on senior officers' toes, he 'd do just fine.

But the one rule Travis Long absolutely ca n't break is the one that says an officer in the Royal Navy does his duty, whatever the risk. At the moment, there are powerful forces in the young Star Kingdom of Manticore 's Parliament that do n't think they need him. For that matter they 're pretty sure they do n't need the Royal Manticoran Navy, either. After all, what does a sleepy little single-system star nation on the outer edge of the explored galaxy need with a navy? Unhappily for them, the edge of the explored galaxy can be a far more dangerous place than they think it is. They 're about to find out why they need the navy…and how very, very fortunate they are that Travis Long is in it.
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Published October 6th 2015 by Baen
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I know ots of people like the political intrigues in David Weber ’ s ovels and in fact I ’ m quite partial to a good political thriller, but why does it have to be so long-winded, he can write pages and pages and say so little.I have several other issues with this novel, the main one beginning; ( view spoiler) [ The author has worked very hard to try to make the anti-navy arguments seem logical, but they just aren ’ t.

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hich is weird for a novel that is mostly battles.

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Well, simply put -- too many characters doing too many things, attending too many staff meetings and dinner parties while the main baddies are super duper brilliant and amazing and can launch long-term multi-year complex plans that come together like clockwork, virtually undetected.

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I found parts of it a little fas and don ’ t think it would hold anyone ’ s interest unless they were a fan of the Honor Harrington series.

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And while we get a bit more development on some of the many characters none of them is as complex as I would perhaps like.

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