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Shadow Of Freedom (Honorverse) [Paperback]

David Weber
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11 Mar 2014 Honorverse (Book 18)
David Weber delivers Book #18 in the multiple New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series! Michelle Henke, Queen Elizabeth of Manticore's first cousin, Honor Harrington's best friend, and the commanding officer of Manticore's Tenth Fleet, is just a bit surprised when a messenger arrives from the Mobius System to inform her that the Mobius Liberation Front is prepared to rise in rebellion against the hated regime President Svein Lombroso. She can understand why anyone would want to rebel against someone like Lombroso, but why tell her about it? After all, she has problems of her own, like the minor matter of a life-or-death war against the Solarian League.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (11 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476736286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476736280
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 15.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Third in the Honorverse "Shadow" series 15 Mar 2013
By Marshall Lord TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the 18th of a group of novels set about two thousand years from now in the future which David Weber initially created for his character Honor Harrington. Within that group this is the third in a sub-sequence of novels, after "The Shadow of Saganami" and "Storm from the Shadows" which are set in an area of space known as the Talbott Quadrant.

Honor Harrington does not appear at all in this book, despite the fact that she is prominently featured on the cover illustration. (Which was naughty of Baen Books.) The central character of "Shadow of Freedom" is her best friend, Michelle Henke.

Currently (March 2013) there are eighteen full-length novels set in the same universe at the same approximate time, not including a prequel series set five centuries earlier, (e.g. fifteen hundred years in our future) and featuring Honor's ancestor Stephanie Harrington.

The first eleven Honor Harrington books delivered a "Ms Hornblower in Space" storyline which told the story of a conflict between the star nations of Manticore (clearly inspired by Britain at the time of Nelson) and Haven (which has elements inspired by the nazi and soviet states but is mainly equivalent to Revolutionary/Napoleonic France). However, the major battle at the end of book eleven, "At All Costs" which very roughly corresponds to Trafalgar, effectively completed that story. Over the last few books the narrative has been gradually shifting to a different story arc in which a sinister conspiracy, unknown to most of the galaxy but referred to by its' inner circle as the Mesan Alignment, is trying to manipulate pretty well the whole of human space into a gigantic series of wars, including one between Manticore and the largest power in known space, the vast "Solarian Republic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of people talking 19 Mar 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
And very little of what they say is interesting. This has been a problem of a lot of Weber's books of late, partly I suspect because he doesn't have an editor with the gumption to sit him down and tell him to cut the excess fat. Shadow of Freedom as a Novella is pretty good, not quite as good as the early Honorverse stories, but not bad. Note I say the Novella, not the novel. I say this because there is an awful, horrible in fact, lot of conversation and counter-conversation where things that the reader already knows are repeated by myriad characters. It doesn't help that there are at least two plot-lines that go absolutely no-where, one which starts as a single chapter and then is never mentioned again, and one which gets three of four chapters and is left hanging in waiting for the next book. The end result is a story that feels like not a lot happens. Which is where the novella comment comes in, because I'm fairly certain that if Weber had been able to cut some of his bad habits when it comes to constant exposition via essentially meaningless dialogue that Shadow of Freedom could have been completed, as a story, in a hundred and fifty pages. Maybe less.

It doesn't help, as well, that everything going on in the novel is happening after, or at least only just after the characters in Shadow of Freedom have found out what happened. Which leads to a lot of bits and pieces where events that previously played out to the reader as actual story are transformed into info-dumps.

Anyway, at this stage I think Shadow of Freedom is the last Honorverse book I'm going to buy Hardback, and it may well be the last one I buy new. I like the universe, I like some of the characters, and I wanted to like this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 11 Nov 2013
Set roughly simultaneously with "A Rising Thunder", this book continues with the heroic (naturally) actions of Michelle "Mike" Henke in confronting the Solarian League and ultimately the Mesans who are operating behind them. She actually possesses a considerable force (and able subordinates in Michael Oversteegen and Terekov Khumalo, amongst others) so she has little problem in dealing with what's thrown against her.

It's amazing when a fight against the biggest navy in the Galaxy actually comes across as boring. Each confrontation goes something like:
"Surrender your ships!"
"No way, we're the Solarian League, you ignorant Neobarbs!"
"You do know I can kill you without breaking a sweat?"
"You wouldn't dare!"
"On your head be it..." BOOM!
... which gets tedious pretty quickly. David Weber needs to either find a Solarian Admiral who can actually use his material advantage effectively, despite the technological imbalance (which the Peeps managed in earlier books with Thomas Theisman, Shannon Forraker and Esther McQueen) or bring the Mesans/Renaissance Factor through more quickly as the real enemy. The Sollies are meant to be scarily big, but no matter how strong denial is, they can hardly fail to notice that every encounter between the RMN and the SLN has been a disaster for the League and still persist in believing the Manties will back down (we even get Commodore Terekov quipping to his SLN counterpart that given the ratio of losses, the Grand Alliance could destroy the entire SLN three times over). The Peeps really did pose an existential threat to Manticore - as currently presented, the League is a complete cream puff and never could.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Great read. Typical of David Weber. Love reading a series. Will buy the next one when it comes out, hopefully soon.
Published 14 days ago by Cherie Plamping
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Masterpiece!
No review will ever do justice to a David Weber novel, especially one belonging to the Harringtonverse. You definitely won't go wrong with this novel. Lots of action and intrigue.
Published 3 months ago by Oludare Senbore
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
excellent read ,good story line don't know what else to say I enjoyed it thank you. can't think of any think else to say.
Published 7 months ago by ron caswell
5.0 out of 5 stars More More More
Good book. It leaves a lot of loose ends which need tying up. Its a great 3rd book in the series.
Published 8 months ago by Laura Smallwood
4.0 out of 5 stars shadow of freedom
although this is put out as a part of the Honour Harrington series it concentrates on events away from the main story line and unfortunately does not seem to push the main story... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Holy joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Honorverse
What can I say but when can I get my hands on the next volume in the series, either with Honor herself or Mike Henke et al David Weber writes a brilliant adnventure stories no... Read more
Published 11 months ago by alan crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars From where we started I could never have predicted where we are !
The expanse of the Honorverse gets bigger and better . This satisfied my need for a short while but I need to know what is happening back at the barn or is it now barns . Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dr. I. A. Dunn
4.0 out of 5 stars .
i'm hoping that this is setting the sence for the next book to come along and that the war with the league will be as rivating at the one with haven
Published 11 months ago by Damian Lunt
3.0 out of 5 stars This book is a fill-in
This book seems almost at a tangent for the rest of the books in the series. However I can see how it relates to the other books. Read more
Published 12 months ago by anthony bromley
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as ever
Its great that David Weber is now on Kindle although I must admit I did like the idea of the DVD given away with the hardback version of some of the series containing a large... Read more
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