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Torch of Freedom

by David Weber, Eric Flint

Baen | November 17, 2009 | Hardcover

Torch of Freedom is rated 2 out of 5 by 2.
The Direct Sequel to Crown of Slaves. Two New York Times Best-Selling Authors Again Join Forces in a New Novel in David Weber’s Honor Harrington Universe.     

As the slavemasters of Mesa plot against the Star Empire of Manticore and the newly liberated slave planet of Torch, Anton Zilwicki and the notorious Havenite secret agent Victor Cachat set off on a dangerous mission to uncover the truth concerning a wave of mysterious assassinations that have been launched against Manticore and Torch. Most people are sure that the Republic of Haven is behind the assassinations, but Zilwicki and Cachat suspect others of being the guilty party.

      Queen Berry of Torch was one of the targets of the unknown assassins. The former head of the Ballroom slave liberation organization, Jeremy X—now one of Torch''s top officials, but still considered by many the most dangerous terrorist in the galaxy—calls in some past favors owed to him. In response, a security officer from Beowulf arrives in Torch to take charge of Queen Berry''s security—a task made doubly difficult by the young monarch''s resentment of bodyguards and the security officer''s own growing attachment to her.

      Meanwhile, powerful forces in the Solarian League are maneuvering against each other to gain the upper hand in what they all expect to be an explosive crisis that threatens the very existence of the League itself.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 608 pages, 9.5 × 6.12 × 1.3 in

Published: November 17, 2009

Publisher: Baen

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439133050

ISBN - 13: 9781439133057

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Marginal. This excessively wordy conglomerate of characters from the Honor Harrington series is only for those whom have memorized all the material from the entire pre-series. There are some neat little scenes with a space dwelling 'carney' family and of course a good space battle but almost no resolution to any of the enveloping situations. A great deal of political back fill would be needed for any of the quite boring posing and jesturing to be meaningful. An 'OK' read for someone whom has read everything else of this series.
Date published: 2010-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eh.. It wasn't terrible I just finished reading an advanced readers copy of the novel and I was somewhat bored actually. This book is the latest in the spin off series from the Honor Harrington novels. The series relies heavily on the events in the main series. Too the point that if haven't read the main series some of the events in the spin off make little sense. Most of the story takes place before the battle of manticore. A good chunk of it actually takes place before the assasination attempt of Queen Berry. If those names mean nothing to you, then you should probably read the main series of Honor Harrington novels. This novel follows the development of the planet of Torch and it's war with manpower of mesa. The freed genetic slaves are creating their own society and are under constant threat. The intelligence services allied with Torch have come to the conclusion that something isn't right with the way Manpower has been acting. It's been acting more like a government(throwing away money) then a corporation(hording money). This belief crystallizes with the results of the battle of monica coming in. Anton Zilwicki and Agent Cachet go to Mesa to investigate. This book is a little long. The author basically copy and pasted a couple of scenes straight from the main series. A lot interpersonal relationships are established. And as always with a Weber book, there was techno-lingo up the wazoo.
Date published: 2009-08-15

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Torch of Freedom

by David Weber, Eric Flint

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 608 pages, 9.5 × 6.12 × 1.3 in

Published: November 17, 2009

Publisher: Baen

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439133050

ISBN - 13: 9781439133057

About the Book

In the sequel to "Crown of Slaves," the slavemasters of Mesa plot against the Star Empire of Manticore and the newly liberated slave planet of Torch. Anton Zilwicki and the notorious Havenite secret agent Victor Cachat set off on a dangerous mission to uncover the truth concerning a wave of mysterious assassinations.

From the Publisher

The Direct Sequel to Crown of Slaves. Two New York Times Best-Selling Authors Again Join Forces in a New Novel in David Weber’s Honor Harrington Universe.     

As the slavemasters of Mesa plot against the Star Empire of Manticore and the newly liberated slave planet of Torch, Anton Zilwicki and the notorious Havenite secret agent Victor Cachat set off on a dangerous mission to uncover the truth concerning a wave of mysterious assassinations that have been launched against Manticore and Torch. Most people are sure that the Republic of Haven is behind the assassinations, but Zilwicki and Cachat suspect others of being the guilty party.

      Queen Berry of Torch was one of the targets of the unknown assassins. The former head of the Ballroom slave liberation organization, Jeremy X—now one of Torch''s top officials, but still considered by many the most dangerous terrorist in the galaxy—calls in some past favors owed to him. In response, a security officer from Beowulf arrives in Torch to take charge of Queen Berry''s security—a task made doubly difficult by the young monarch''s resentment of bodyguards and the security officer''s own growing attachment to her.

      Meanwhile, powerful forces in the Solarian League are maneuvering against each other to gain the upper hand in what they all expect to be an explosive crisis that threatens the very existence of the League itself.

About the Author

David Weber is author of the New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series as well as In Fury Born and other popular novels. With Steve White, he is the author of Insurrection, Crusade, In Death Ground, and the New York Times best seller The Shiva Option, all novels based on his Starfire SF  strategy game.

 

Eric Flint, with  David Drake, has written six popular in the Belisarius series, now being reissued in hardcover omnibus volumes, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War, novels in the Ring of Fire series and on Crown of Slaves, the prequel to Torch of Freedom and a best of the year pick by Publishers Weekly. Flint received his masters degree in history from UCLA and was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in East Chicago, IL with his wife and is working on more books in the best-selling Ring of Fire series.
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