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Freedom's Ransom

(Catteni #4)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  4,914 ratings  ·  121 reviews
When Kris Bjornsen and her fellow slaves were dumped on an uninhabited planet by the alien Catteni overlords, they would surely have died-without the help of Zainal, a renegade Catteni exiled by his own people. But they did survive on the planet they named Botany, and in time they drove the Catteni away from Earth and neighboring planets.

Technologically limited but rich
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 10th 2002 by Putnam Adult (first published May 1st 2002)
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Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great conclusion to this series, especially in the content department.
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

Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Too much coffee!!! Not enough science fiction.
Jul 28, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, fiction, sci-fi
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
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Put this one under, "initially rated with nostalgia glasses."

This one was of the many books that I quickly rated when I first joined Goodreads and was trying to track my reading history. I remembered loving this series so, five-star ratings all around.

For the rest of the series, that rating mostly stays. I loved the concept. The first three books had a sense of character and pacing and an overarching plot that went from sci-fi survival story to an alien rebellion against evil overlords.

This one
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 28, 2011 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
Nov 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
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.
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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).
Janice Romanini
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the last book in the series and I thought it was well done. It brought all the stories together. I enjoyed the first three more bit glad I read them all
Douglas Milewski
Freedom's Landing (2002) by Anne McCaffrey tacks onto the more or less completed story of Botany, the forced colony. With book #3 having wrapped up the major plot points, this work doesn't so much as explore life after empire as gently stroll through it while drinking iced coffee.

Like the Cattini books that came before, this book lacks any tension in it whatsoever, so you never have any doubts that our heroes will succeed, while failing to provide any character growth or challenges, while also d
Hmmm - have to say that this is a weird way to end a series and makes me wonder whether the author had plans for more stories. The last novel, with the defeat of the Eosi and the freeing of Earth, was a much better climax - this one is basically about bartering with the survivors on both sides and accidentally finding the crown jewels!

To be fair, it wasn't as boring as it sounds. There's a lot of humour running through it (I was reminder of the Trotter's market stall in Only Fools and Horses on
Book Bug
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Romana Drew
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zainal has a plan to contact the Farmers, but first, he goes shopping. Kris, Zainal, his sons, and a few other colonists travel to Earth, pick up supplies and then head off to Baveri.

Lots of Cattani need dental work, and they like coffee. So our heroes need dental equipment and coffee to bargain with the Cattinai on Baveri. They already have a dentist.

This is the last book in the series, which is unfortunate because we never get to meet the farmers. That would have been a much more interesting s
Al "Tank"
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Last book in the Botany series.

Botany is finally free and the Eosi are defeated (but a few have fled to no-one-know-where). Botany has food and large space ships and Zainal feels bound to fix the mess. At least the problems that remain on Botany, Earth, and his home planet of Barevi.

The task isn't easy. There are obstacles everywhere, especially on Barevi. Overcoming those obstacles is what makes this story interesting.

The book lives up to the first 3 stories (and builds on them). The writing is
Rae Stoltenkamp
This is the least successful book in the series. It was not about the characters any longer but rather a manual on how to run a colony or settlement. I only read on to the end because I had thoroughly enjoyed the first 2 books in the series and felt I owed that much to an author whose work I'd always thoroughly enjoyed. I was hoping for the same drama, excitement and character development which I'd been presented with previously. I was sadly disappointed. But I suppose that is the danger ever pr ...more
Shannon Richardson
An Anne McCartney success story again !

As always her imagination and storytelling skills have generated a new generation of adventure and wonder. It is such a tragedy the world has lost her especial skill of building an entire universe of diverse life and growing a civilization from nothing. It would be an incredible adventure to see where the characters of this series would lead in their quest to restore and grow two disparate civilization. Sadly we will never see the culmination of her plan. T
Kate Millin
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Catteni are working out a new way of living as their overlords the Eosi have either been killed or run away. They used to be the enforcers taking over planets and denuding them of anything they fancied. Now the Earth and Botany are free from them, and Earth is in a mess and needs a lot of the stuff the Catteni took to rebuild until they can get their industries going again. Zainal the Catteni who is an integral part of life on Botany has a plan on how they get stuff to the people who need it ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
Well, this was the final book in this series. I can see why, McCaffrey apparently couldn't see where to take the story again without being repetitive. It was a good read for most of the book, but the last third tapered into a blah ending. Zainal was so unsure and the positive vibes from the rest of the Botany people just didn't seem to carry. It was like the last few chapters had been rushed and not properly edited. ...more
Ray Savarda
Least interesting of the series, but having started it and got 3/4 thru the series, I toughed it out thru the last book.
Zainal's dialog quality seemed way too "earth-like" thru the end, and sort of corny in several spots.
First book was the best, lots of action and new things to learn about.

This one is almost entirely about Zainal and Kris, really nothing about any of the other alien races and the cooperation / interactions among them to survive.
2020.12.06 Another book with no Audible edition available. I refuse to create one when every time I do so, what's created has all the correct details, but no cover. Goodreads will NOT correct these problems; they tell you to join their Librarians Group instead. I really wish Amazon hadn't tanked as that site was easy to use and add any format of book to their database; errors were quickly corrected upon a user's request. ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
This series has a lot of promise, a compelling concept and interesting characters, but it fails to deliver. There is too much plot, scant character development, and a distinct lack of conflict between characters. While there are some promising set ups for dramatic opportunities, they go unrealized. This series is not McCaffrey's best and is a disappointment. ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fitting conclusion

Ransom brings the Catteni sequence to an end. It features all the ups and downs of the first three books and neatly wraps all the threads together. If Anne McCaffrey were alive today I would hope she might pen an aftermath book as I wish the sequence hadn't ended. Kudos to the author.
Kate H
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne McCaffrey is one of my all time favorite authors and was one of the first fantasy authors I ever read. Her books can come across as a bit dated now but on the whole I quite enjoy them. Her world building is wonderful and I always find her characters engaging. The Catteni series is one of my favorites by her.
Cassandra Lee
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Satisfying End to a Great Series

Well rounded and all loose ends tied up in a perfect bow (still somewhat hopeful that there may be room for Todd McCaffrey to take up the story when he finds the time) Thoughtfully written in regards to the aftermath of the Eosi defeat and how various groups decided to self govern afterwards. Anne McCaffrey is sorely missed.
Glen Deshaw
Lackluster compared with the first three in the series

I'm a huge fan but this particular book was frequently boring. The first three were great. Seemed as if the author ran out of good ideas but kept writing.
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.

Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High Scho

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