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Torch of Freedom (Crown of Slaves, - Honor Harrington universe Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

David Weber , Eric Flint
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Someone is assassinating the leaders of both the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the recently liberated former slave planet of Torch. Though most believe the Republic of Haven is behind the murders, Anton Zilwicki and Havenite secret agent Victor Cachat believe there is another sinister player behind the scenes. Queen Berry of Torch narrowly escaped one assassination attempt, and a security officer from Beowulf has been assigned to protect her, a task complicated by the young monarch's resentment of bodyguards, and the officer's growing attachment to her. Meanwhile, powerful forces in the Solarian League are maneuvering against each other to gain the upper hand, not realizing or, perhaps, not caring that their power struggle is threatening the League's very existence and could plunge the galaxy into war.

Once again New York Times best-selling authors David Weber and Eric Flint join forces in an exciting new novel in the Honorverse.

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A lifetime military history buff, David Weber has carried his interest in history into his fiction.  In the New York Times best selling Honor Harrington series, the spirit of both C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower and history's Admiral Nelson are evident.  With over five million copies of his books in print, David Weber is the fastest rising star in the Science Fiction universe.  His Honor Harrington series boasts over 3 million copies in print, and Weber has had over thirteen of his titles on The New York Times Best Seller List.  War of Honor, book 10 in the series appeared on over twelve Best Seller lists, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA TODAY.

While he is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he has also developed a fantasy series, of which two books have been published:  Oath of Swords and The War God's Own.  David's solo work also includes three novels of the "Dahak" series, and the stand alone novels:  Path of the Fury and The Excalibur Alternative.

Weber's first published novels grew out of his work as a war game designer for the Task Force game Starfire.  With collaborator Steve White, Weber has written four novels set in that universe: Insurrection, Crusade, In Death Ground, and The Shiva Option.

Recent bestsellers in planetary adventures also include the teamwork of John Ringo in the best selling Empire of Man series where the titles March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few have made appearances on The New York Times List.

Weber's proliferation continues with author Eric Flint, where they joined forces in the Best Selling "Ring of Fire" alternate history series, for 1634: The Baltic War, coming in May.

A popular guest at science fiction conventions, Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife Sharon, three children and a passel of dogs.

About the Author

David Weber is author of the New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series as well as In Fury Born and other popular novels. With Steve White, he is the author of Insurrection, Crusade, In Death Ground, and the "New York Times" best seller "The Shiva Option," all novels based on his Starfire SF strategy game. Eric Flint, with David Drake, has written six popular in the Belisarius series, now being reissued in hardcover omnibus volumes, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War, novels in the Ring of Fire series and on Crown of Slaves, the prequel to Torch of Freedom and a best of the year pick by Publishers Weekly. Flint received his masters degree in history from UCLA and was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in East Chicago, IL with his wife and is working on more books in the best-selling Ring of Fire series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 970 KB
  • Print Length: 880 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (4 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
This story is the fifteenth full length novel in the "Honorverse" group of novels set some 2,000 years in the future. It is the second novel, after "Crown of Slaves (Honorverse)" where the main focus is on the struggle for freedom of the former "genetic slaves" against the slavemasters who operate through a company called "Manpower" but who are now revealed to the reader as being controlled by an organisation known to its inner core as the "Mesan Alignment." Everyone assumes that Manpower is simply a rich and corrupt company of genetic slavers. Unfortunately for the galaxy they are much, much more than that ...

There is a large cast of characters but the main heroes are two unlikely allies whose home planets are at war: the Manticoran super-spy Anton Zilwicki and the Havenite super-spy Victor Cachat.

This book has two simultaneous plots, one of which is a spy story while the other culminates in a space battle.

If you have not read any of the "Honorverse" books and are interested in doing so, do not start with this one: I would recommend starting with the first book in the main Honor Harrington sequence which is "On Basilisk Station (Honorverse)."

The first thirteen Honorverse novels, despite being Space Opera stories set in the far future, had very strong parallels with the story of Nelson's navy up to 1805. The central character of most of these books, Honor Harrington, is a bit like a female mix of Horatio Nelson and Horatio Hornblower.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of a good thing 29 Nov. 2009
This book takes the Honorverse story in a new direction, despite Honor only being present for a short time :)

It centre's around Anton Zilwiki (Spymaster for Torch the freed slave planet) and Victor Cachat (Havenite master spy) and what the two of them do to find out who was behind the assassination attenpt in At All Costs (most recent Honor story).

Don't want to give the story away but if you like Dave Webers other work you will almost certainly love this book, especially as the real bad guys get a bit of a bloody nose :)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Author Poor Read 9 Dec. 2009
Let me start by saying I love David Weber and have 99% of his work. Some I have numerous times as they have fell to pieces from the amount of reading I have devoted to them. unfortunately this will not be one of the ones needing replacing.

The story is well paced and well put together but I could not find myself caring about the majority of the new cast and was just wanting the next mainstream book to come out to get on with the story. All the pieces have been covered in general in other books and the extra detail this imparts does not seem to me to justify this book .

This book fills in a few blanks which may become important later but those blanks don't look enough to me to justify the purchase .

If you have the rest of the Honorverse books buy it , if not either wait for the paperback or give it a miss .

You wont have lost out on a lot if you don't read this
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Another detour on the road to the ultimate showdown between Mesa and Manticore, this time featuring the Kingdom of Torch, a colony of ex-slaves (so fanatically anti-Manpower) ruled by the Queen of Manticore's neice, Queen Berry. Unfortunately for Torch, not only is Manpower/Mesa a blood enemy, it also controls the other end of a wormhole that ends at Torch, so Manpower is anxious to snuff out this newly formed Kingdom. Learning of a plot against them, their two top spies, Victor Cachat and Anton Zilwicki (whose Star Nations are back at war with each other) have to try to stop it.

Actually, the whole spy plot is only one thread, but it's easily the strongest, even if it does involve a re-telling of the duo's meeting with Honor Harrington, (which was disappointing, because I'm pretty sure it was a straight cut & paste job from "Mission of Honor" - it would have been nice to see it re-written from Victor Cachat's viewpoint). There's also the whole military thread, where we see the Mesans arming the renegade People's Navy in Exile (former SS men) to wipe out Torch (literally - they intend to make relativistic strikes on the planet with nukes) and they have to rely on an intervention by a Solarian Admiral Rozsak to save them. Oh, and there's a very minor plot about Queen Berry's love life with her Chief of Security.

One of the best points is that it gives us a believable insight into the Mesan Alignment, showing them not just as pure Bond villains but as crusaders who believe that "Utopia Justifies the Means", even if several millions (if not billions) will have to die to achieve it - oh, and the genetic supermen of the Mesan Alpha line will be in charge.
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