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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (22 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491514523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491514528
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,573,453 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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Mar 2013
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Troke on 19 Mar 2013
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Potts on 11 Nov 2013
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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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