Sequel to national best sellers Torch of Freedom and Crown of Slaves, book three in the Crown of Slaves-Honor Harrington universe. Secret agent Anton Zilwicki and Victor Cachat return in this classic tie-in series set in David Weber's Honorverse.
Toil and trouble in the cauldron of ghosts
The Mesan Alignment: a centuries-old cabal that seeks to impose its vision of a society dominated by genetic rank onto the human race. Now the conspiracy stands exposed by spies Anton Zilwicki and Victor Cachat - one an agent of Honor Harrington’s Star Kingdom of Manticore, the other a Havenite operative. The outing of the Alignment has turned the galaxy’s political framework topsy-turvy. Old coalitions have disintegrated. New alliances have been born.
For starters, the long and hard-fought war between the Republic of Haven and the Star Empire of Manticore is not only over, but these bitter enemies have formed a new pact. Their common foe: the Mesan Alignment itself.
But more information is needed to bring the Alignment out of the shadows. Now, defying the odds and relying on genetic wizardry themselves for a disguise, Zilwicki and Cachat return to Mesa - only to discover that even they have underestimated the Alignment’s ruthlessness and savagery.
Soon they are on the run in Mesa’s underworld, not only hunted by the Alignment but threatened by the exploding conflict on the planet between Mesa’s overlords and the brutalized slaves and descendants of slaves who have suffered under their rule for so long. But if Zilwicki and Cachat succeed in rooting out the ancient conspiracy, a great evil may be finally removed from the galaxy - and on a long-oppressed planet, freedom may finally dawn.
©2014 Words of Weber, Inc., and Eric Flint (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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This is the third book in the “Crown of Slaves Series” set in the “Honoverse”, the world of Honor Harrington. Victor Cachet, spy from the Republic of Haven and Anton Zilwicki spy from the Empire of Manticore are the two main characters in the “Crown of Slaves series” In prior books they began working together in Torch a planet of ex-slaves who elected Berry Zilwicki , Anton’s youngest daughter their Queen. They had discovered that Mesa, who create genetic slaves, plot to set Haven and Manticore to war with each other. If you have not read the main series it is best to start at the beginning with “On Basilisk Station” and proceed through the series and sub series, the books do not do well as standalone books. Cachet and Zilwicki decide they need to go back to Mesa and try to find out more about what is happening with the newly discovered Mesan Alignment and how it ties into events and situation that have been happening. They adopt new personas and new skin (literally) through the wonders of modern Beowulf genetics and medical engineering. Accompanied by General Thandi Plane (Chief of Staff of Torch military) and Yana Tretiakovna (super solider) also of Torch. Weber has been known for producing very large volume books and this is no exemption. Weber goes into long explanation of the technology and society which I find helpful in obtaining a complete understanding of the world he creates. This book has less of the explanations instead it focused on moving the story along. Our spies find that the Mesa Alignment has been moving their personnel off Mesa and creating large scale attack resulting massive amounts of deaths to cover all their missing people. Of course, the Mesa Alignment blames the “ballroom” (group of ex-slaves) for the terrorist attacks. Victor and Anton help out the main crime boss of the slums in resisting the reprisals by the police and Mesa military. Honor Harrington plays only a background role. I sure hope Weber does another book staring Honor. When it looks like the end for our heroes a large Manticore Naval Fleet suddenly appears. We knew from the last book that the fleet was on the way commanded by Honor’s friend Admiral Goldpeak also known as Michele Henke niece of Queen Elizabeth of Manticore. Weber has set us up again anxiously waiting for the next book. Peter Larkin does a good job narrating the book
I've read the book and am listening to the audiobook. The story while long and sometimes too involved holds together well with great characters. Unfortunately the narrator should stick to narration but his characterizations are terrible. His range seems to be making people sound very old or very young and it seems like there's been no prep work done by listening to previous Honorverse titles. Please find another narrator for these titles.
Not unless it's a children's book or a non-fiction.
Like many of Weber s recent book the beginning is rather wordy and descriptive. Eventually the pace picks up. My wife and I were wondering almost to the end how it would end. She guessed it, I never did.
Same repetitive story. there may have been an intro for three new characters and one story element but otherwise the authors are continuing to milk money from loyal readers. I am beginning to wish for the series to end (Honor Harrington) so I can never again buy another book written by them. but until then I am stuck
Hardcore scifi fan from a galaxy far far away.
I've tried three times to listen to this one. I love webers books. The honor Harrington series is one of my all time favourites. But this one is just BAD. Maybe it's the narrator, or maybe because the narrator in the real series is just so good by comparison. Do not waste your time or effort on this one, it's an insult to Honor.
Story was compelling enough to have me wanting to read the next one in spite of the obvious teaser at the end. I dislike teasers, seems like a crutch to me. They could have easily added one more chapter. The narrator took a little getting used to since I have listened to many of the other Honorverse books by another narrator. Over all, I did enjoy listening to the book.
The story is great but the narrator, Peter Larkin, is terrible.
The added of details that gives the main Honor Harrington saga a great depth.
Peter Larkin makes all the characters sound flippant, half inebriated, and makes it hard to take the story seriously. He's one of the worst narrators I've encountered in the 100+ audio books I've listened to.
"Appalling narration spoils a good story"
I love David Weber's writing and the whole Honor Harrington series, but I can't finish this, the narration is so dreadful.
I haven't got to the end, I'll have to wait till I read the book.
Another narrator - almost anyone would be an improvement.
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