As the slavemasters of Mesa plot against the Star Empire of Manticore and the newly liberated slave planet of Torch, Anton Zilwicki and the notorious Havenite secret agent Victor Cachat set off on a dangerous mission to uncover the truth concerning a wave of mysterious assassinations that have been launched against Manticore and Torch.
Most people are sure that the Republic of Haven is behind the assassinations, but Zilwicki and Cachat suspect others of being the guilty party.
Queen Berry of Torch was one of the targets of the unknown assassins. The former head of the Ballroom slave liberation organization, Jeremy Xnow one of Torch's top officials, but still considered by many the most dangerous terrorist in the galaxycalls in some past favors owed to him.
In response, a security officer from Beowulf arrives in Torch to take charge of Queen Berry's securitya task made doubly difficult by the young monarch's resentment of bodyguards and the security officer's own growing attachment to her.
Meanwhile, powerful forces in the Solarian League are maneuvering against each other to gain the upper hand in what they all expect to be an explosive crisis that threatens the very existence of the League itself.
©2009 David Weber and Eric Flint; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
"Fall of the Empire"
Every time Empire crumbles, provinces are the first who try to gain independence and grab something more, usually nearest to them.
Torch is settling, and getting ready to research it's own wormhole. Try to guess where it leads?
Erewhon is arming, perhaps not on the same scale as PRH and Manticore, but still Mafia blood has some influence.
Local SLN Commanding Officer trying to get a piece of his personal Empire.
And a pair of Super Spooks are going into the jaws of the beast.
The book takes place sometime from the middle of the "At ALL Costs" to the beginning of "Mission of Honor"
NEXT BOOK IS "Mission of Honor"
It filled the back story in for Torch. More detail on the trip to Mesa and the Green Pines event. If you have read or listened through the main story and loved them, you should listen to this.
More Detail on the tertiary characters and sets the stage as the story on the main line completes.
I love listening to his performances, but I like Alyson Johnson's reading better on the main books. Part of it is that pronunciations of some names are not the same and it tripped me up a bit while listening. Part of it is Alyson Johnson's reading has cemented character voices in my head. But still a good listen.
Yes, I ended up listening to it until I fell asleep and had to restart the next morning to finish the story.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Peter Larkin did a good job with the narration. The book does have a great battle scene in the battle of Torch and a bit of suspense with the spies in Mesa but the long and often repetitive dialog which is to help one under stand the history and politics of the situation was over done in this book. Would like more in-depth character building of Queen Berry and of Torch. With all the people (former slaves) coming into Torch one should be able to build all types of stories about building a new homeland.
Looking forward to more in this series.
I've read a number of books by David Weber and considered him the most talented Sci Fi writer I'd come across in a long time but I've changed my opinion after finally wading through this one. The plot and action sequences are up to Weber's usual excellent standards but somewhere along the line he apparently has become convinced that his books have to be very thick to be good. I was through over half the book before anything resembling actual action had occurred. The inane sequences in the ice cream shop and at the dinner table had a Brady Bunch quality to them that was almost intolerable. I've gone back to listen to a number of my favorite audio books over more than once and have even brought the print version so enjoy them more fully - I doubt many readers would say that about this book. I also agree with one previous reviewer that the reader doesn't help the book at all - his attempts at a Scottish accent are pretty woeful. I'm through with being Torch-ered - and off to find a new favorite author.
Management consultant, video game player, avid reader of all types of books, and happily married father of four. I'll read just about anything, from Fantasy and SciFi, to mysteries and ChickLit.
This is the most disappointing novel I've yet read from David Weber. The characters spend a LOT of time just talking, and their witty reparte (somehow they're almost all witty with a wry sense of humour and sarcasm) takes up the bulk of the book. There's very little combat or action, and very little new plot. What plot there is, is really just a bit of backstory on some of the happenings in the larger Honorverse. I won't say it should be avoided, but it might be better to read it where you can skim through some of the boring bits - like the beginning, when almost 1 hour or more is spent on a long, drawn out political discussion with little context as to what it has to do with the rest of the story.
I'm a David Weber fan from the beginnings of the Honorverse. I enjoyed the first Torch novel, "Crown of Slaves" I also like Eric Flint's work. But in this book, the whole is definitely not greater than the sum of the parts.
There are some memorable characters and situations, but as I listened to this book on a couple of long trips, (I do service work and do a LOT of driving) I found that the book just couldn't keep my attention.
The Honorverse books are long and feature a lot of political detail. But the stellar character of Honor Harrington made it tolerable. This book doesn't have a strong character to carry it and simply falls short.
I loved every other book I read, but this one was like reading a book report about a book report. SLOW. About 10 minutes of interesting action. The rest was backstory or internal monologs.
Narrator was fine
The first 15 hours
WOW! I don't know what to say...
I absolutely love David Weber's work and Peter Larkin is one of my favorite performers, but the wheels really fell off this one. I don't blame Mr. Larkin, he did his best. He is very polished, but this book, like some other types of matter, just can't be polished.
This is the first co-authored Weber/Flint series I have started and I choose to believe that the co-author, Eric Flint, wrote the entirety of this novel and David Weber made the monumental mistake of signing off on it before reading the thing. The first offering was not on the same level as the Safehold, Honor Harrington or Prince Roger series, but good all the same. This one can knock the stink off a gut wagon.
Wonderful book. The narrator on the otherhand speaks way to fast and his fake accents are horrible. In some places pretty much impossible to make out what is actually being said.
I ended up just listening to this book while I was working. Since my work requires reading and writing all day long, and I was still able to follow the story, there wasn't a lot of substance that required close attention.
I got the book because I have liked other things by Weber, but ouch. Next time I will pay more attention to other reviews.
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