Lieutenant Travis Long of the Royal Manticoran Navy is the sort of person who likes an orderly universe. One where people follow the rules. Unfortunately he lives in the real universe. The good news is that Travis 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 bad news is that two of the best ways of making enemies ever invented are insisting on enforcing the rules...and thinking outside them when other people don'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 can't break is the one that says an officer in the Royal Navy does his duty, whatever the consequences. At the moment,there are powerful forces in the young Star Kingdom of Manticore's Parliament that don't think they need him. For that matter they're pretty sure they don'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.
What members say
What made the experience of listening to A Call to Arms the most enjoyable?
It is the start of Manticore the star nation/empire
What was one of the most memorable moments of A Call to Arms?
it is a good read with expected details
Any additional comments?
I am not slamming the book but for new readers you have to expect the same political storyline, which if it was actually true the politicians would be made accountable, instead we get the weber bias for politicians who are blind to the reality the book is trying to portray.the technology available would soon sort out the bad from good (spying which it seems does not happen), but it would then shorten the book a little, I don't know the political side is part of all weber books but the intrigue that this is supposed to create is a little lacking...overall it is a good read, but be aware of the political overtones to these books