Second and last in the Manticore Ascendant science fiction military soap opera series, a prequel in the Honorverse, revolving around the kingdom of Manticore, as we follow the career of Lieutenant Travis Uriah Long, and introducing us to the start of Elizabeth II ’ s reign in 1544 PD.My TakeUnderhanded greed is what it ’ s all about.
It does help that Weber/Zahn use third person omniscient point-of-view, and we know the motivation and fears of a number of characters from the self-righteous to the greedy to the patriotic.It 's full of politicos with their pet projects and egos that need stroking — all the brouhaha over separate training facilities!?
Weber/Zahn make good use of the better ships of the navies surrounding them to point up how bad off the Royal Manticoran Navy is as well as demonstrating the changes Manticore is likely to make in future.There ’ s definitely too much telling going on, and I wish Weber/Zahn had made Travis ’ social ineptness more obvious along with his need for structure and discipline.
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.
The situation becomes even more dire when fresh tragedy strikes the Star Kingdom.While the House of Winton faces their enemies at home, Ashle, 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 niverse is not a safe place, but the Star Kingdom ’ s enemies are about to learn a lesson of their own! The CharactersIt 's truncated with the full list on my blog.The socially awkward Lieutenant Travis Uriah Long is a stickler for the regs AND a brilliant tactician aboard the HMS Casey.
Miggles is one of her dogs.Travis is friendly with Lieutenant Commander Lisa Donnelly who will become tactical officer aboard Damocles.
Petty Officer Charles “ Chomps ” Townsend has a grudge against Travis and is in MPRS at the start of this story.Manticore is……a tiny kingdom far from the Solarian League ( what we think of as Earth).
Heinrich Hauptman, assistant manager to Countess Barbara Acton who owns a shipbuilding company, joins the ship 's company.HMS Damocles is……sent to Haven and captained by Captain Hari Marcello; Commander Susan Shiflett is the executive officer; Chief Wrenner; Commander Papadakis is the engineer; Chief Ulvestad and Lieutenant Vespasiano Guiccardini share the com.
Lieutenant Commander Wanda Ravel is the new Tactical Officer.
Maggie will be its new XO for the journe to Haven.HMS Vanguard is……a battlecruiser, which is captained at the start by Captain Trina Clegg ( she ’ s terrible with people), and serving as Rear Admiral Kyle Eigen ’ s flagship.
Lieutenant Messner is on the com.Perseus, a heavy cruiser, is commanded by Captain Pierre Conroy; Eriyne, a destroyer captained by Timberlake; Gryphon, a cruiser; and, Bellerophon, a ruiser, which is under Captain Stillman.Red Force is……charged with protecting the planet Gryphon.
RMS Hyderabad is registered to a Samuel Tilliotson and chartered as a Navy transport with Captain Estelle O ’ Conno in command.
Lieutenant Slocum is one of her officers.Admiral Carlton Locatelli ’ s flagship is Invincible; he ’ s also on Excellent.
Two corvettes will be left behind as the System Reserve Force: Aries and Taurus on which Lieutenant Brian O ’ Higgins ( Estelle ’ s daughter) is tactical officer.
Commander/Captain Vincent Carpenter is the master chief.
The incompetent Karina Alexander, Admiral White Haven, has the HMS Nike as her flagship with Captain Ermolai Beckett in command.The King ’ s Own security force includes……the obsessive Sergeant Robert Herzog, Major Blackburn, Major B.A. Felton, PFC Patricia Gauzweiller, Sergeant Sara Felton ( B.A. is one of her aunt) and PFC Bridget Keating are two of the divers, Major Fergueson, and Colonel Petrov Jackson who is their leader.
Lieutenant David Bozwell commands the CGC Jackstraw; it and Argus are patrolling the waters.
Lieutenant Bastonge, the Team One commander, leads a 40-man platoon; Captain Danzer and Sergeants Gnoli and Cochran are also leaders.
Admiral Dorvelle ’ s ships being repaired include Artois, Provence, and Poitu.Daval Weissman is a representative of the Jerriais Consortium board, a major development group, building shipyards in Bergen.
And Basaltberg ’ s son-in-law.HMS Vergeltung is Admiral Gotthold Riefenstahl ’ s, Graf von Basaltberg 's, flagship; its captain is Luitpold Huschens.
Commander Anholt is the operations officer.The Axelrod Corporation is……a Transstellar corporation who wants the hidden wealth of Manticore.
Captain Lionel Katura, a good astrogator, commands Pacemaker.
At the mercenaries' public base, Lieutenant Commander Syncho is their public liaison.
Walther ’ s Schmiede is an orbiting space station commanded by Captain Soeren/Soren Hauser.