Torch of Freedom (Crown of Slaves Series #2)

Torch of Freedom (Crown of Slaves Series #2)

by David Weber, Eric Flint

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New York Times Best Seller.
Wall Street Journal Best Seller.
First Time in Paperback.
A New Novel in David Weber’s Best-Selling Honor Harrington Universe


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 X—now one of Torch's top officials, but still considered by many the most dangerous terrorist in the galaxy—calls in some past favors owed to him. In response, a security officer from Beowulf arrives in Torch to take charge of Queen Berry's security—a 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439134085
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Series: Honorverse: Crown of Slaves Series , #2
Pages: 880
Sales rank: 200,779
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.50(d)

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
novels 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
, 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
, IL
, with his wife and is working on more
books in the best-selling Ring of Fire series.

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Torch of Freedom (Honor Harrington Series #12) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
gotoman More than 1 year ago
This by far and away the worst book I have read in the Honorverse series. You could have taken 50% of the book and thrown it away and due to the repetition (or duplication) from other books, you would have absolutely no problem following the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is listed as # 12 in Honor Harrington Series - should actually be # 4 in Honor Harrington Universe. Mission of Honor is book # 12 in Honor Harrington series.
Talking-Horse More than 1 year ago
This is another great book from two of sci-fi's greatest writers. The Torch of Freedom picks up about 18 months after the Crown of Freedom Torch is now beginging to come together but Mesa/Manpower are not happy about this and plan to do somethig about this so they have included it into their plans for becoming the ruling force in the known stars. Enter our heros who have other ideas. Sounds simple doesn't it except that is the simple version and it is much more interistin and exciting when you read it. I have just one warning for you if you have not read the Crown of Slaves yet you should. You can do this in two ways: you can buy the hard cover copy which has a cd rom in it including these two stories and others by these authors and more or you can buy the two seperate books. I suggest this because much of the story makes refercenes to the Crown of Slaves and can leave you wondering if you don't have any knowledge of it. For those of you who have followed David Webbers Honor Harrington series this is happenig between the Crown of Slaves and his last Honor book (sorry I cann't remember the title just this moment it will be in my suggested readig area). Either way it is great reading I strongly suggest getting it and reading in hardcover or paperback.
markg80 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first three quarters of the book was a lot of talk and no action; like reading the transcripts of extremely dull meeting. Dull, but not meaningless. A lot of background information is given in that part of the book; which is useful to understand other books; the background of Torch and Mesa especially. In the last quarter the pace picked up (yes!), and something finally happened. A bit disappointing compared to Crown of Slaves, which was a lot more action oriented.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yeesh. It took me ages to figure out _most_ of the plots and counterplots going on in here - I'm pretty sure I missed some. And there's at least one set up in Storm from the Shadows that didn't get resolved here - I guess it's waiting for Mission of Honor. It didn't help that the timeline for this book starts well before the end of the previous one. There are events being set up here that we already saw the end of from a different perspective. Let's see - Mesa, on at least two levels - or three, if you count the Mesa-based opposition; Cachat and Zilwicki; the ex-State Sec people, which is part of Mesa's plotting too; the Maya sector and Erewhon, with the bonus of the amusement park clan; Torch, though that's mostly personal plotting rather than grand plans. I'm sure I'm forgetting a few of the plotters that show up...I couldn't possibly keep track. Oh, the whole thing with Torch's wormhole, too. No Harrington - well, except for the meeting with Cachat and Zilwicki (I did mention the backtracking in the timeline? Very confusing). Ruth and a glimpse of Michael as the only Wintons. And so on. A cast of thousands, many of whom we meet for the first time shortly (weeks to minutes) before their deaths. One spectacular space battle, with lots of 'I didn't know they had _that_!' in it. Not so much politics, quite a bit of spywork, but mostly plotting and planning enough to make my head spin. That may be why I couldn't remember the details of Crown of Slaves - I suspect this one is going to go fuzzy very quickly, too. But good story, excellent characters, exciting events, and, despite my befuddlement, absorbing plots (and plot, too). All four (so far) of the Honorverse books, plus one mainline book out and one to come, are really one story in (lots of) parts. Flint's attitude toward the163x universe shows up here - all the lines affect one another, it's no longer just The Adventures of Honor Harrington. Which is good, despite being a stretch for the readers.
davidberry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To really appreciate this book you need to read Storm From the Shadows at the same time and the latest Honor Harrington novel as all the events seem to happen around about the same time. A good read for those familiar with this series but not the place to start. If you are new to the Honor Harrington Universe I would really suggest starting at the beginning or at the latest with [A Short Victorious War]
Tilinka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are a lot of reasons to enjoy reading David Weber. The pulpiness of his story lines, the honest appeal of his characters, the sheer bravado of their actions, the unimaginable lengths he will go to to have Age of Sail naval battles in a science fiction setting.For me, above and beyond all of that is the banter. I can't help it, I love the little back and forths that make it into so many of the conversations. And yes, it occasionally feels like the same two or three characters over and over again, but who cares? It's wonderful and fun, and makes me laugh out loud. Or at least grin while trying to restrain a fit of giggles.Torch of Freedom is now exception. It's a spy novel of the cheesiest caliber, and it's glorious! It picks up about a year before the end of Storm from the Shadows (which was mildly confusing - they really should start putting a timeline into the books now that they're juggling three separate series), and focuses around Anton Zilwicki and Victor Cachat. That's a pretty loose focus, at least until the very end. You spend a lot of time with a host of other characters, some familiar from previous books and some (like the folks from the amusement park IN SPACE) brand new. In case it isn't obvious, I had a great time reading this one.If you haven't read anything by him, I highly recommend browsing through the free library. And then going off and picking up Torch of Freedom in hardcover. The CD in the back has everything he's published through Baen in a multitude of electronic formats.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sequel to Crown of Slaves. New threats to the brand-new star nation of Torch. We learn more of the Mesa Alignment and their plans for the rest of humanity. Mostly political and other maneuvering, building up to a climactic battle--even more so than usual for Weber.Emphatically *not* the place to start this very long-running and convoluted series, but a worthy entry in the saga for fans.
Ceysa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The little Kingdom of Torch gets it's feet underneath itself and begins to emerge on the stage of the universe. Big things are going to be heard from the Mouse that will Roar. What other kingdom of freed slaves has a mouse as its symbol? And the treaties made in the Crown of Slaves comes into play in this book as Catchet and Zilwicki head to the Beast called Mesa to find out what is really happening there, since somehow it's not acting like a company or a coroporate planet of slave producers. And can the planet and it's freedom fighters be infiltrated some how? And Bewoulf finally steps onto the stage and lets the reader know about its secret arm against slavery.
sunnynurse More than 1 year ago
I put off reading this one, but when I got it I read it twice in a row. Excellent & explained some things I had wondered about, since I didn't have the background for the last two most recent publications.
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