The Star Kingdom's ally Erewhon is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs....
The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately....
Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....
New York Times best-selling author David Weber invites David Drake and S.M. Stirling, two of today's top writers of military science fiction, to join him in an exploration of Honor Harrington's universe....
When Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted so desperately. But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected....
Stephanie Harrington had always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore....
When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark....
They thought they knew how the universes worked. They were wrong....
Spacers call the warp point Charon's Ferry. No star ship has ever entered it and returned since a vengeful Orion task force pursued a doomed Terran colonization fleet into it....
Now all Roger has to do is hike halfway around the planet, capture a spaceport from the Bad Guys, commandeer a starship, and go home....
Bahzell is no knight in shining armor, and besides he has too many problems of his own to be messing with the War God's problems....
Know thyself. Its always good to know who you are, but sometimes that's a little difficult. Kenhodan has no last name because he has no past...or not one he remembers, anyway....
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.
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
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Would you consider the audio edition of Cauldron of Ghosts to be better than the print version?
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.
Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Larkin’s performances?
Not unless it's a children's book or a non-fiction.
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excellent story, thought provoking and entertaining. Weber has developed a great cast of characters and their interaction is amusing and gritty.
Even though it took me longer to listen to it still was as good as reading the book. In some ways it was better to listen too because the reader's voice had more emotion.
What made the experience of listening to Cauldron of Ghosts the most enjoyable?
I have generally enjoyed all the Honorverse books. The stories are enjoyable.
What other book might you compare Cauldron of Ghosts to and why?
It is very comparable to the other Honorverse books (sidestories to the Honor Harrington books). These include Crown of Slaves, Shadow of Saganami, Storm from the Shadows, Torch of Freedom, Shadow of Freedom) listed in internal chronological order.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Larkin?
I preferred Allyson Johnson, she did a tremendous job on the 13 main Honor Harrington books. I could tell where people were from by the accents (French for Haven, Scottish for Gryphon, etc.). Since Weber switches locale without any statement . . . this was very helpful. Larkin (this book) is a good "reader" but not a good "performer" and the bad pronunciation of French names and words is just really bad.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I found it annoying and a big let down that the reading performance (Peter Larkin) is so flat and without the wonderful accents and flavor of the previous (Allyson Johnson) books. There is also a significant amount of reprinting of sections from other books. (Rising Thunder and Shadow of Freedom)
Any additional comments?
The story or does progress. I'm terribly disappointed in the quality of the performance, though. Glad I only payed the "add on" price to the kindle book.
Looking forward the next story. Pretty well narrated. Good characterization of key players. Well done.
l am a big fan of David Weber and have just about every book he has written. First read a Bolo book.
Great story overall. it would have been nice if the narrator had understood the military use of acronyms better. That distracted a little from the story on several occasions. I would still recommend this story to any fan of David Weber.
One of the best Honorverse books. Several awesome moments.
Could have had a bit more meat to the end though.
I thought I could avoid cliffhanger shock by reading books that were published several years ago, but I was wrong. The story grabs me and suddenly I'm finished, and have to buy the next in the series. Now I've caught up. O the horror!
Would you try another book written by David Weber and Eric Flint or narrated by Peter Larkin?
I love David Weber's writing and the whole Honor Harrington series, but I can't finish this, the narration is so dreadful.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Cauldron of Ghosts?
I haven't got to the end, I'll have to wait till I read the book.
How could the performance have been better?
Another narrator - almost anyone would be an improvement.
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