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Freedom's Landing (The Catteni Sequence)

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

Anne McCaffrey
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The first of the brilliant new Catteni sequence.

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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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  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,122 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
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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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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Ms. McCaffrey has once again delighted us with outstanding
Science Fiction in the vein of her earlier "Powers that Be"
and "Ship" series. The entire adventure utilizes good plot
and character schemes without over-aweing the reader with
scientific jargon and explanations. Even in a genre so
overpopulated with titles, Anne McCaffrey has even managed
to add a few new twists to the plot.

This new novel will surely become the pilot of a new series
and I look forward to the next installment.

The stage is set, Earth has been enslaved and, as a show of
force, the populations of several large cities have been
captured and carted off to be slave labor to the masters,
the Catteni. One captured Terran is bent on escape but got
a bit more than she bargained for in gaining her freedom.
"Dropped" on a hostile planet with (over time) several
thousand other Terrans and a variety of alien races the
group must band together and struggle for survival, they
think. The exiles quickly learn that the planet provides
for them well, but they also learn that the entire planet
looks like someone's garden. Survival now depends on
avoiding the "gardeners" (both organic and mechanical) left
behind by the previous owners, and learning just who would
set up an entire planet to be a self-maintaining food
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 21 Feb 2000
By A Customer
I first read this book in 1997 and started to enjoy it immediately. I had never picked up any 'Sci-fi' before and this was a plesant surprise. It encouraged me to choose more books of different genres to my usual read. Im glad the sequential books are here because I really want to carry on where I left off.
This book has something for everyone. You have the adventure (appeals to lads) but written as a female (and what do all women like! A hint of romance!) so you have a classic versatile book! Enjoy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic flotsam fable! 23 Oct 2004
By Fantasy Lore TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Before reading this book I was daunted by the prospect of science fiction. Fantasy I've always found easy to get into, without being too demanding or intellectual, but I'd always expected sci-fi to be pure cerebral hell. This completely changed my expectations of the genre.
You've got the Ray Mear's style of survival going on- only in an utterly alien landscape, a great central character in Kris who's never anything other than compelling and a very unique set-up for exploring the fraught relationships between strangers forced to depend on each other.
This was also my first experience of this author and I couldn't help but be stunned by her remarkable ideas and by their execution- never have characters and a setting been so evocative, you can see it all in your mind as you read- very impressive. Anne McCaffrey has an excellent understanding of human nature and deftly manipulates her characters, so we as readers get to see the best and worst of all they can be.
You don't need to be a fan of sci-fi, fantasy or any genre at all to appreciate 'Freedom's Landing', you just have to enjoy reading about people. There's no question you'll be devouring this and the following 3 books in the series in double-quick time in order to find out how these people get on, the only question long you'll be able to wait between books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 3 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 6 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 17 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 20 months ago 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 20 months ago by T. J. Hogg
4.0 out of 5 stars great series of books
First in series of 3 books, great story line and well writen. sci fi fantasy. kidnapped for slavery on allien worlds. Read more
Published 21 months ago by jamesgym
5.0 out of 5 stars Catteni Sparkler!
The first in a brilliant sequence. Totally believable and the writing really carries you along for the ride. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2010 by S. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars An old theme, but very well written
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. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2010 by Peri
1.0 out of 5 stars Freedom Is Easy
This is my first read of an Anne McCaffrey novel and I am frankly quite disappointed. The basis for the story being the adventures of a group of humans and aliens deposited on a... Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2010 by Mr. Michael Nunley
4.0 out of 5 stars A well paced, nicely developed sci-fi read that's highly enjoyable
The Catteni race have travelled across the universe taking over various worlds and establishing dominion over the people inhabiting them. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2008 by Jessica
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