The Solarian League, manipulated by Mesa, becomes more and more foolhardy in its attempts to hold on to its power. Manticore and Haven make an alliance, previously supposed impossible. New weapons, many characters, machinations by the Mesan Alliance, nanotechnology....
Strangely, I was involved as I read this one, while at the same time thinking that there was nothing much to hang on to.
Honor has taken a smaller role in recent novels (perhaps this is a good thing), but the number of characters has increased exponentially over the thirteen or so books in the series.
The result (for me, at least) is that by giving approximately equal time to all characters and situations, it becomes difficult to develop a rapport with any of them, to latch on to their particular stories, to even sort them out as to planet, star system, history, etc.
Someone mentioned that A Rising Thunder is a kind of "bridge" to the next H.H. installment. Hopefully, the next one will give us some time with a set of characters.
Don't get me wrong, Weber is a mastermind in creating characters and worlds. Having my attention spread so thin, however, didn't allow me to become attached to a particular plot wrinkle or its participants.
Fiction. Science Fiction. 2012. 464 pages.