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Freedom's Ransom (Catteni #4)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,649 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
The inhabitants of the penal planet Botany had fought a grim and dangerous war to free themselves from their Eosi overlords. Now the Eosi were gone, and both Botany and Earth were free again - free, but in serious trouble as the theft of all their communications satellites by the Catteni (working for their Eosi masters) had left them isolated and in a desperate situation.

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367 pages
Published 2003 by Corgi (first published May 1st 2002)
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Fiver
Sep 07, 2011 Fiver rated it it was ok
Everyone knows how sad it is to realize that your favorite series has jumped the shark. There's always that let-down when you finish a novel, add it to your stack of previous entries, and suddenly feel that you can't remember a single thing you just read. And if it's bad when it happens to a good series, it's even worse when it happens to one that's only 'okay'.

The Freedom trilogy worked fairly well. It appropriately used the science fiction background of isolated planets and wild interspecies m
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Peter
Mar 13, 2011 Peter added it
Disappointing: I really enjoyed the first the three books of the Catteni sequence and was looking forward to this one, but was disappointed.

For much of the book it seemed that I was reading about a completely different set of characters as everyone seemed to have had their personality sucked out. The pioneering ethic was not necessary any longer I suppose, but that spirit had defined the characters for me and I felt they were pretty thin (and unsympathetic) without it. I also found the shift to

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Ajtrans
Jul 19, 2010 Ajtrans rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Too much coffee!!! Not enough science fiction.
Lauren
Jul 28, 2009 Lauren rated it did not like it
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Avid
Jan 01, 2009 Avid rated it really liked it
As always, I enjoy Anne Mccaffrey stories. I normally don't do, survivor tales. But she weaves the story well so that when some of the characters get into vicious mode because of the situation, she balances it out with strong and light hearted characters to keep the story from turning into the harshness of survival.

Her stories are always easy reads, but entertaining.

PLus I love the relationship between Zainal and Chris. I just didn't like how she ended up with children. I found that unsettling
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Joy
Nov 02, 2014 Joy rated it liked it
FREEDOM'S RANSOM focuses on a trading mission to get back the irreplaceable technological equipment and parts stolen by the Catteni in their conquest of Earth. There is some adventure, and the book remains lively, but it focuses on business thinking. That may be the reason this turned out to be the last book of the series that McCaffrey published.
Lisa
Jul 28, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a definite fan of coffee. However, too much of the book is dedicated to coffee. This feels like an extra unnecessary portion of the series. There was good closure after the third book so I was really surprised to see a fourth. Of course i had to read it but I wasn't overly impressed. It wasn't bad per se, not exactly good either. There wasn't much character deveolpment and certainly not much action There seemed to be some forced moments of action but they felt forced and were resolved very ...more
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I thought it was all over in book 3. Zainal comes back into book 4 and it's even more fun. We get to learn how they try to help Earth and what other things they do to make Botany a home. Just thinking about this books brings a smile to my face. Here's why.

1. Never give up attitude
2. Working together towards a positive outcome
3. Everyone can contribute to make their world a better place.
4. Ingenuity and troubleshooting skills

I just loved how they were able to accomplish so much together. Makes me
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Kim
Jun 18, 2015 Kim rated it it was ok
This really didn't need to be a book. It wasn't necessary at all. It's all about after the defeat of the Eosi and the humans trying to get stuff back from the Catteni so that they can rebuild. I was hoping the sequel would clear up some of the plots in it, but it didn't. Instead it focused on things we mostly knew about and them trying to regain stuff through trade. Now, I wouldn't mind it too much if it had been done in a good way, but it wasn't. It had a basic structure (trade it back) and the ...more
Kat
Feb 20, 2014 Kat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is sci-fi equivalent of a cozy mystery; decent, but I'm not tempted to reread it. There were so many missed opportunities for drama that I very nearly got angry with the book. The issue with too many names, too many convenient coincidences, and lack of tension persists into the fourth installment of the Catteni Series. This book wraps up many of the plot threads while leaving enough open-ended to suggest the possibility of more in the series, which will probably never be written. I'm sorry ...more
Mikayla Bond
Jul 14, 2015 Mikayla Bond rated it it was ok
2.5 out of 5 stars

Enslaved on an uninhabited planet by the alien Eosi, Kristin Bjornsen and her fellow humans not only survived against all odds to colonize the world now known as Botany, but liberated themselves from their captors and claimed it as their home…

The colonists could not have achieved victory without the help of the exiled Catteni alien, Zainal, who helped Kris contact other races subjugated by the Eosi, and inspired the rebellion that freed them all. To ensure Botany’s future, its
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Laura
Oct 20, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Hmmm…

So many things about this book. Let’s start with the good things:

The number one thing I liked about this book was the fact that we finally got to know characters. I feel like this hadn’t happened since the first book. The second and third books were just a hodgepodge of action and plot points. Without any character development. At least with this book, the same characters were in the book for most of the book. A breath of fresh air. I had started to think Anne McCaffery had forgotten how to
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Jeffrey
Dec 15, 2010 Jeffrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This series was never as good as its first book and this volume was a microcosm of the whole series. Okay science fiction. Not sure I read any more MCCaffrey after this work.
Jessica
Sep 15, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
This was my favorite of the series...I really got into all the post-intergalactic imprerialism trading (that sounds really nerdy, but it was interesting).
Matthew
Dec 28, 2014 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
(Group review for the whole series.) I’m a bit surprised that I haven’t written a Goodreads review for these books before, given that I’ve read all of them at least once. And the first time around, I wasn’t terribly impressed. I thought a lot of the plot stuff was just a bit too convenient to work as a book. Just recently, though, I decided to give the series a shot again. To my surprise, I found that it was quite enjoyable, though that doesn’t necessarily make it good. It’s just fun to read as ...more
Meran
Oct 09, 2011 Meran rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, fantasy, sci-fi
This is not one of Anne McCaffrey's better books. It felt like the plot was all over the place. Space that could have been devoted to developing the characters was instead given over to detailed descriptions of dentistry practices and coffee varieties. Many of the supporting characters who had been interesting and complex are now just names mentioned with no context, given flat lines that could have come from anyone. It was difficult to keep all the secondary characters straight (or muster up th ...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ Home library

Having overthrown the Eosi overlords in Freedom’s Challenge, the survivors on Botany, Earth and all the other newly free planets must figure out a way to do more than survive. They need to thrive and in order to do that they need things that the Catteni have looted for the Eosi. Once again, Zainal steps into the breach and comes up with a plan to help all the planets. But is it too far of a reach?

Being free of the Eosi is only the first step and who knew what it would
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Al
Feb 07, 2013 Al rated it it was ok
From Publishers Weekly

Coffee, not oil, becomes black gold in this eagerly awaited fourth volume in McCaffrey's intriguing Catteni/Freedom series (Freedom's Landing, etc.), which focuses on the business side of revolution. On Earth and the planets Barevi and Botany in the not-so-distant future, the traditional gold standard has fallen and coffee, fresh bread and meat become more valuable than diamonds when trading for the technological parts stolen by greedy Catteni mercenaries for the evil Eos

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Brian Schiebout
May 29, 2013 Brian Schiebout rated it really liked it
Freedom's Ransom by Anne McCaffrey is the fourth and final book of the Catteni Sequence. This book deals with the aftermath of the overthrow of the Eosian domination which took place in Freedom's Challenge. In many ways I found this book about a trading mission to earth and then to Barevi much better than the previous book for some of the same reasons I had issues with that book. The story deals with a small enough group of people that all of their actions seem believable. They manage to do thin ...more
kingshearte
Mar 18, 2010 kingshearte rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, sci-fi, fiction
While I do appreciate the fact that at no point in this book did Kris get herself drunk and knocked up by someone other than her partner, I nevertheless wonder why McCaffrey wrote this book. Freedom's Challenge ended with an openness that certainly made another sequel possible, but it also seemed like a decent place to just stop. Failing that, though, she really ought to have found something interesting to write about if she really wanted to stick with these characters. This book consisted almos ...more
Amy
Jul 08, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
So, I enjoyed the three previous books in this series. It was getting hard to keep all the characters straight so I just concentrated on Kris and Zanial. If you enjoyed the previous three, this one served as a bit of closure but it was a lot of talking...
Barbara
Apr 12, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading Anne McCaffrey books since 1974 and love her books. The Freedom series is very in depth, You wonder, if you were dropped into a totally alien environment with nothing but a Knife, cup and blanket, could you survive? Superior read.
Libby
Aug 04, 2009 Libby rated it it was ok
Last in the series...I don't think I liked this one as much as the others the first time around, so we'll see...

Yep, glad to be done. Enjoyable enough to finish, but I don't think I'll want to reread the series again (obviously, I liked it enough the FIRST time to reread it once...). My conclusions on the series are that it was not well edited--too many characters swap names or parts of names and details are often changed or repeated. However, the PREMISE is compelling enough, and the story inte
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Belle
Jun 16, 2015 Belle rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the 4th book in the series, and feels like an afterthought. The heroes from the trilogy return to Earth to help. Despite the thought that this is a story of resolution, it really isn't.
Lady Knight
In many ways this last volume of the series was really superfluous. The magic of the first three books was in the depiction of the struggling colony, the fight against the Eosi, and even in the character interactions under the huge amount of stress they were all enduring. Enter book four, and we find the now that the Eosi have been defeated, the Botany inhabitants need to ransom key items from the Catteni so that they can make their own planet self-sufficient... while that sounds like a decent e ...more
Annette McIntyre
Jan 21, 2016 Annette McIntyre rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
This book, like the others in the series, builds up characters and relationships between characters for them to just vanish into the woodwork. A frustrating habit on the part of the author. For all that, it was a reasonable yarn.
Vicki
Jun 26, 2014 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this whole series, though it has some continuity problems here and there. And I just hate that Ms McCaffrey never wrote a fifth book for the series before her death.
John
Mar 01, 2015 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
2003 grade B-

Series book FL4

(Note that this book is a sort of postscript to a serialized story that ended with book 3. It sort of comes off as an afterthought.)
Siraj Shaikh
Feb 20, 2015 Siraj Shaikh marked it as to-read
It might not be too profound, but I got hooked immediately. And apparently I'm not the only one. All in all, this was one of the most entertaining books that I've read.
Amloid Mesa
Sep 15, 2014 Amloid Mesa rated it really liked it
Great ending to series although some loose ends are not tied up. Would expect another book if author was still writing maybe Todd could finish this series out
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two
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