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Freedom's Landing (The Catteni Sequence Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Anne McCaffrey
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When the Catteni ships descended on earth it was one of the most terrifying experiences humankind had ever known. Kris Bjornsen, along with thousands of others, found herself herded by forcewhips into the hold of giant spaceships to be transported to the slave compounds of an alien planet. And even then it wasn't over. For, after a partially successful escape attempt, Kris was once more shipped across space - to an apparently empty and untamed planet. The Catteni just dumped an assorted load of humans and aliens on the strange world and left them to see what would happen.



Brilliantly the refugees began to organize themselves into a pattern of survival. The planet was eerie and not as empty as it seemed. For someone - something - had built giant storage barns - the planet was being used as a huge larder - for an entity they could not comprehend.



As Kris and her patrol set out to explore the enigmatic world she had yet another problem to contend with - the presence of Zainal, the high-ranking patrician Catteni who had been abandoned with the rest of them. Zainal was strong, brilliant, and...kind, and Kris was puzzled by his presence, his personality, and above all by the tenuous tie she felt towards this man - who was not a man but one of the hated Catteni.



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The first of the brilliant new Catteni sequence.

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The first of the brilliant new Catteni sequence.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 476 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (31 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KYWMU4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,609 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anne McCaffrey was one of the world's leading science-fiction writers, and has won both the Hugo and Nebula awards as well as the Margaret A. Edwards' Lifetime Achievement Literary Award. Born and raised in the US, although of Irish extraction, she lived in Ireland, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, where, as well as writing, she bred horses. She was the creator of the Dragons of Pern series. She died in November 2011.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
After reading many science fiction books and becoming bored by the same old routine this book relit my spark of interest.
As a purely impulse buy to widen my knowledge of writers I selected Freedom's Landing and Freedom's Choice.
By the end of the first chapter you feel you know Kris, and Zainal intimately and that the world Barevi is a world you live on.
The characters you meet are interesting and believable - you wouldn't be suprised to meet them walking down the street after you have read this book.
The book allows you to read the story on many levels whether simply taking it at face value or noting the 'equality for all' thread that runs through the book.
In closing as soon as I had finished 'Freedom's Landing' I immediately started 'Freedom's Choice' and I hope to review it soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An old theme, but very well written 13 Feb. 2010
By Peri
Format:Paperback
So an old theme - aliens invade earth, humans taken capture.... etc. What makes this sequence enjoyable is the general quality of writing, and the interesting twists.

So without trying to give too much away...
(Oh and if you've read - get of the unicorn - it isn't the quite same story (although very very similar)

Book opens with an earth girl Kris, living out in the jungle of a foreign land, an escaped slave, she ends up saving a catteni, and gets dumped in a transport colony ship for her trouble, and finds herself with many others on a strange planet.
The rest of the books deals with the colonies who were 'droppped' on this planet finding they were not here first,.... (and that's where i can't give too much away or it might ruin the sequence)

Now a series of 5 books - when i first met this sequence it was only 1 book, and I am still enjoying each and every book. Although the viewpoints do get twisted (not Mrs McCaffreys finest work, I admit), but if you enjoyed Powers That Be (Petaybee sequence), and the Crystal Singer Sequence, then you'll probably enjoy this.
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By Jessica
Format:Paperback
The Catteni race have travelled across the universe taking over various worlds and establishing dominion over the people inhabiting them. When they arrived on Earth straight away they removed some of its people taking them to other worlds as slaves and workers, they also stayed on Earth to govern the remaining civilisation with a forceful hand.

Some of the humans taken from Earth and placed on alien worlds are taken again and `upgraded' from slaves and prisoners to lab rats. To find new habitable planets the Catteni take a selection of different species and place then on a prospective new world, they leave them there with the bare essentials and don't interfere, only returning years later to see how the differing life forms have faired. If any have survived the Catteni take control of the planet. One of these humans is Kris, she gets taken along with a Catteni male - Zainal - whilst trying to save his life. She becomes a key player in running the new settlement, whilst trying to survive she must unlock the secrets of Botany and those of Zaniel, the Catteni who she feels drawn to but doesn't understand.

Although there are various troubles and mysteries for the assorted settlers it seems like the perfect Utopia. The planet on which they are placed becomes a symbol for a new way of living, a world that they can name, can shape, can idealise with all the thrills of a new beginning, where different alien races away from the control and distain of the Catteni can live together and make their own civilisation. This civilisation is based around cooperation and agriculture, to survive they must understand and work with the land. What supports this further is the cultivated look of the landscape when they first arrive and the strange presence of silos and farming equipment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Once it got me interested, it was a great read. 23 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Plots are interesting things. They can kill a good book or make a bad book ok (case in point, The Mandelorian Armor, good plot, bad writing), and this book's plot makes it unique. Said plot is about a woman who is abducted by aliens, and then deposited on a planet that the Cateni (abductors) want to have colonized. The aliens keep dropping more and more humans until they manage to get the planet under control, then they come back and take over again. The humans are given only short knives, ration bars, and some med kits to help them. About 1-2 hundred are dropped at one site, with many sites all over the planet.
One of the guys dropped is an ex military fellow who organizes people, gets them to all do one thing instead of one person trying to get all of the knives, or food, or whatever. Once this is accomplished, and everybody who isn't dead is awake, they start out for some rocks, someplace that would be safer than where they are. After a whole day of marching they ! arive at their destination and find some caves that they use to set up a sort of apartment for everyone to be in. While all this is rather interesting, it gets a little slow when they are marching along, and I began to wonder when they will get to something that will be interesting. Some of the characters at this point are rather annoying, and I find it difficult to not just skim over that part.
It does take them a while to actually start doing things that are interesting, like exploring, making their cave convenient, establishing who else is on the planet and things of that nature. While it does take close to half the book to really draw me in, I was pleasently suprised until the end, where it pretty much just cut off and ended. It was rather annoying. However, I can't wait to read the sequel. Maybe it wil get interesting earlier than the middle of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Space yarn
Good Space yarn, and the two follow up books maintain the standard, although the fourth book is a bit weak.
Published 1 month ago by R J DUNCOMBE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 4 months ago by anubz
4.0 out of 5 stars in all the books and was transported to Botany and enjoyed the...
Having read these series of books away back when, I decided to re read them while on holiday, Years later I was reintroduced to Kris, Zanial, and the rest of the cast. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Adrian Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars a good start ... shame the rest of the series deteriorates
this series starts really well, with an unusual twist to the usual humanity brutally subjugated basis for the story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ant Newson
5.0 out of 5 stars A new start
I love this series. Fantastic characters and a good story line.
Published 6 months ago by Julie-Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the whole Catteni Sequence - un-put-down-able!
Recommend this to anyone who likes their SF uncomplicated and imaginative and full of surprises.

I have read a few of AM's books, most of which I have enjoyed. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michael Hoyland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a great series by a great writer. Love all her works, Sci-Fi lost a great writer when she died
Published 13 months ago by Lucy Blaker
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Awful
Sadly, having enjoyed many of Anne McCaffrey's books, this is an utter disaster.

Admittely, her books are rarely difficult or challenging, but usually enjoyable. Read more
Published 24 months ago by harpoon guns to 'safe', please
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Can't put it down, really looking forward to the subsequent stories. Already bought the whole set, there are four. Done.
Published on 31 Dec. 2012 by Gemma
5.0 out of 5 stars First time flies
Don't waste time thinking you've seen it all, pick this book up and read it. Very grand series to read!
Published on 30 Dec. 2012 by T. J. Hogg
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