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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"Spies in Mesa"
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
"Another Strong Honorverse Title"
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.
l am a big fan of David Weber and have just about every book he has written. First read a Bolo book.
"Well written, compelling story"
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.
"The neverending series"
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!
"Good book, bad performance."
This is probably my favorite Honorverse book of the last decade - the least formulaic and most generally unpredictable, even if some of the side characters get far more attention than I'd prefer.
This performance, on the other hand, is just excruciatingly awful. Larkin has a voice which is better-suited to lighter material - it always feels like there's a chuckle lurking in the background and yes this book tries for humor at times but it really needs to be played straighter. The accents are truly unfortunate and mostly inappropriate for the setting - their assignment, particularly to female characters starts getting insulting fast.
At least it's technically proficient, and not badly edited like a few other books I've purchased here.
There's a rather different narrator who reads the other two main series of Honorverse books, and I dearly wish she had been picked for this effort instead.
Messers Weber and Flint. Thank you so very very much for the Torch slave stories!
"Another brilliant Honer Harrington story. "
I have come to love the Crown of Slaves series of books more than any of the other amazing Honer Harrington stories. The sense of friendship and light hearted comradery between the main characters is an absolute joy. This series of books deals with some of the most abhorrent aspects of the slave trade and it does so with complete honesty but at the same time there is a thread of humor that always prevents the story from getting to heavy. I have now read all the Honer Harrington books in sequencel order from start to finish and this book has been the last one written by David Weber up to this point. I will truly have the longest and most anticipated of waits for the release of a new book in a very long time. Can't wait. Thanks for a truly amazing series of books David Weber.
"Classic Weber and Flint, A Great Story!"
I have read and listened to all of the books in the Honor Harrington books, Shadow of Saganami, and the Crown of Slaves series. I just finished Cauldron of Ghosts--again--after going back to On Basilisk Station and reading all of the books chronologically. (A fantastic way to spend the winter by the way). And David Weber never ceases to amaze me. His books are phenomenal and I can't wait for more in the main storyline (Manticore Ascendant is good but...) I really want to know what comes next for The Grand Alliance, Torch, Maya, Mesa, the Alignment/RF, and the Sollies.
They (Weber/Flint) once again left the future totally open with lots of little hints and I want to know where those hints lead!
"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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