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Crown of Slaves (Crown of Slaves, - Honor Harrington universe Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Weber , Eric Flint
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"Flint handles serious ethical questions seriously and offers a double handful of memorable characters. . . . [1632 is] an intelligent page-turner."

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A NEW SERIES SET IN THE "HONORVERSE" OF HONOR HARRINGTON

The Star Kingdom's ally Erewhon is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs. Added to the longstanding problem of a slave labor planet controlled by hostile Mesans in Erewhon's stellar backyard, which High Ridge refuses to deal with, the recent assassination of the Solarian League's most prominent voice of public conscience indicates the growing danger of political instability in the Solarian League—which is also close to Erewhon.

In desperation, Queen Elizabeth tries to defuse the situation by sending a private mission to Erewhon led by Captain Zilwicki, accompanied by one of her nieces. When they arrive on Erewhon, however, Manticore's envoys find themselves in a mess. Not only do they encounter one of the Republic of Haven's most capable agents—Victor Cachat—but they also discover that the Solarian League's military delegation seems up to its neck in skullduggery.

And, just to put the icing on the cake, the radical freed slave organization, the Audubon Ballroom, is also on the scene—led by its notorious and ruthless assassin, Jeremy X.

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With over seven million copies of his books in print and seventeen titles on the New York Times bestseller list, David Weber is the science fiction publishing phenomenon of the new millennium. In the hugely popular Honor Harrington series, the spirit of C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower and Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander lives on–into the galactic future. Books in the Honor Harrington series have appeared on seventeen best seller lists, including those of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today. While Weber is best known for his spirited, modern‑minded space operas, he is also the creator of the Oath of Swords fantasy series and the Dahak science fiction saga. Weber has also engaged in a steady stream of bestselling collaborations, including his Starfire series with Steve White, which produced the New York Times bestseller The Shiva Option among others. Weber’s collaboration with alternate history master Eric Flint led to the bestselling 1634: The Baltic War, and his planetary adventure novels with military science fiction ace and multiple national best‑seller John Ringo includes the blockbusters March to the Stars and We Few. Finally, Weber’s teaming with Linda Evans produced the bestselling Multiverse series. David Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife and children.

Eric Flint is a new master of science fiction. His alternate-history novel 1632 received lavish critical praise from all directions and enjoyed high sales. The sequel, 1633, written in collaboration with David Weber, has also been highly praised and popular. His first novel, Mother of Demons, was picked by Science Fiction Chronicle as a best novel of the year. He has also shown a powerful gift for humorous fantasy adventure with Forward the Mage and The Philosophical Strangler, which Booklist described as "Monty Python let loose in Tolkien's Middle Earth." With David Drake he has collaborated on five novels in the popular "Belisarius" series, and is working on the sixth, The Dance of Time. A longtime labor union activist with a master's degree in history, he currently resides in Indiana with his wife Lucille.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 843 KB
  • Print Length: 720 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (4 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AP91PIC
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Start! 16 Oct 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although set in the same universe as David Weber's Honor Harrington books, this book tells the story of Berry Zilwicki, formerly a street child from Old Earth, and her friend Ruth Winton as they are introduced to the political scene in the interregnum between the cease-fire and resumption of hostilities between Manticore and Haven. Ruth is sent as the Crown's personal representative to the funeral of a prominent member for political reform within the Solarian League and Berry goes along with her for company and a bit of camouflage. Berry's father, the star kingdom's premiere intelligence agent, is sent along to keep them out of trouble (hah!). With Anton out of the way, the two girls are drawn into a whirlpool of events that appear to be spiralling out of control!
As this has all the hallmarks of being written mainly by Eric Flint, the political background and interactions between the various parties have a greater depth than is usually present in the Honorverse. However, the military actions are also generally at a lower key than Weber's, though no less intense. The authors have brought in elements from earlier novels to build up a new generation's story while still keeping familiar elements from earlier stories.
I only hope that any further books in this series keep up the standard of this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Espionage in the Honorverse 21 Oct 2006
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Set in the same Universe and timeframe as David Weber's "Honor Harrington" novels, sometimes nicknamed the "Honorverse." The events take place at approximately the same time as the early chapters of "War of Honor."

If you have not read any of the other books in the series: this novel is set in the far future and is the story of how men and women from planets who are normally bitter enemies - indeed, technically at war with one another - collaborate against an unholy alliance of terrorist religious extremists, and corrupt corporations profiteering from a vile form of slavery and who are rich enough to buy governments.

If you are familiar with the rest of the series, be aware that this books has several differences from them.

With the most recent group of short stories and novels in the "Honorverse" Weber and his collaborators seem to be establishing three groups of characters and storylines, which they are all linked in a reasonably consistent manner into one history.

There is the main sequence featuring Honor Harrington herself, in which the first novel, and the best one to start with, is "On Basilisk Station." The most recent novels in the main sequence are "War of Honor" and "At All Costs." There is a "next generation" sequence featuring some younger officers in the Haven and Manticoran navies such as Helen Zilwicki and Abigail Hearns. And there is a series of spy stories, in which "Crown of Slaves" is the first full length novel. Honor Harrington does get a cameo part in the book, but the central figures are Anton Zilwicki, his adopted daughter Berry, Princess Ruth Winton, and the Havenite agent Victor Cachat.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weber does it again! 3 Sep 2003
Format:Hardcover
“Crown of Slaves” is a wonderful embellishment of the ‘smaller’ but no less infamous characters of the Honorverse and I for one loved it. The truly convincing characterisation and witty bantering humour that marks Weber as an exceptional writer of the Sci-Fi genre are present as always, and lighten the otherwise grim but spectacular space-warfare and devious intrigue flavoured by Eric Flint. Take one Captain Anton Zilwicki, ex-spook, the spy wannabe (Ruth) who also happens to be the daughter of the Queen's sister-in-law Judith Winton and Ruth’s partner in crime (pun intended) the body double in the form of Berry Zilwicki. Add Cathy Montaigne’s foul language and political savvy. Political minefields in the systems Erewhon and the Solarian League. Snippets into Virginia (Ginny) and Kevin Usher’s own sly agendas, with their notorious friend, the ruthless Victor Cachat on the ball. Add the slave extremists, the Audubon Ballroom, the assassin, Jeremy X into the mix and you get one hell of a book. I’m not going to tell you more because that would spoil the fun of it – but it’s definitely NOT one to miss!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Back to the honorverse 14 Dec 2006
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
David Weber has made quite a name for himself in recent years with his 'honorverse' novels. Set in the future far out in space, these are basically horatio hornblower in space, as heroic space navy captains fight dastardly enemies.

The universe is a pretty intriguing creation, and has gotten large enough now that supporting characters can go off and have tales of their own. And that's what we have here, as several head off to a space station on diplomatic missions, and come into contact with a nasty band of slave traders.

There are some fascinating characters here, not least victor, an ultra loyal spy who is very good at his work, and thandi, a tough earth marine who is looking for love. But the book takes over one hundred pages to get going, being bogged down in all the minutae that diplomatic stuff requires.

And at seven hundred pages, it's just a bit too long. There are some good action moments in the middle, and some of the character relationships are quite appealing, but there's also an annoying sense of boy's own adventure about it. 'Let's all band together and have a go at those nasty slavers'. And that's what pretty much happens.

Quite a decent read, but would have been better if it was shorter.
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