Torch of Freedom (Honorverse: Wages of Sin #2)
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 ...more
When a plotty multi-character author works with another plotty multi-character author, and neither of them is unduly repressed by an editor, you get a book 826 pages long with a cast of thousands. It's kind of epic, by which we mean "Like Tom Clancy was writing space opera".
That's not to say it was bed. There were some actuall ...more
Fascinating reading as ever in this installment in the military sci-fi sub-series, Torch which is part of the Honor Harrington Universe series, which is a set of side stories revolving around the Honor Harrington series.
Essentially, Torch of Freedom fills in all the background on what's been happening in At All Costs (HH, 11) during a whole lotta Battles.
Cathy and Anton Zilwicki are at the tail end of their visit to attend Queen Berry's coronation (Anton's adopted dau ...more
The thing that I really love about space operas is the epic feel of the story. How all the side stories somehow come together and make sense, but oh holy hell, this book needed an editor that was not so indulgent. Cast of thousands? Yeah, pretty much. That wasn't ...more
The action of the book overlaps At All Costs and Storm from the Shadows. So we now have all the pieces in place for the big action of the forthc ...more
This is a complicated book with many different characters and perspective operated in coordination and against one another. This book, more than any of the others, is focused on the Mesa conspiracy. Mesa, the central antagonist populated by neo-eugenicists and genetic slavers, is fleshed out for the first time. A number of characters are Mesans, and pleasingly some they are actual human beings and not just moustache-twirling villains.
The Story: Torch is the planet where genetic slaves have found their home of refuge. The evil bioengineers of the planet Mesa have been creating them for centuries but now they have broken free and established a home. While there, they dis ...more
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.
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This time out we have various groups that are not happy that Torch and the former genetically enhanced slaves have gained freedom, ...more
Weber and Flint do a workmanlike job on this sequel to "Crown of Slaves," and the result is less confusing (or, perhaps, l ...more
Once I got most of the characters straight, the book picked up. However, the most compelling characters had the least compelling story, nam ...more
It has many flaws. Some that are invariably associated with Weber (like the fact that most of the story progress through discussion between some of the characters. Well, if you have a problem with that, you are most unlikely to be a Weber fan). Some flaws that I blame flin ...more
Torch of Freedom by David Weber
I just reread my reviews of Rising Thunder and Storm From the Shadows sadly I am going to cut and paste and use some of the same words here. I loved the initial Honor Harrington books. This another book from another perspective and not much different, perspective on the Mesa Manticore conflict.
This book repeats the characterization of the entrenched bureaucratic morass of the Solarian League. This book also has the Manticore leaders finally realizing or at least su ...more
Still, it was perfectly decent. The sub-plot concerning the clan that inhabited the defunct amusement p ...more
This is the mumblety-mumbletyth book in a series that included David Weber's original, mainline "Honor Harrington" series as well as a whole host of ancillary stories set in the same universe.
There's much more cognitive activity in these books than say a classic like E.E. "Doc" Smith's "Skylark of Space" or the Lensman series. Tere are also more plot details, side plots, etc. Each book is 2+ times the length of novels written back in and before the Go ...more
I hate reading the same chapter in 2-3 different books
At least this book has engaging characters and an interesting enough story to feel interesting. We know there are other things happening in teh Honourverse but this book is about a clearly defined part of that verse and we get drawn into what happens in that little part of it.
That's probably why the repeat chapters annoyed me so much the jarred me out of the verse.
Anyway, Good b ...more
BUT the story is damn good and I'm loving the plot and planning from the characters that lead up to the events ...more
It also holds a few of the best quotes on politics, the nature of slavery and the nature of polite apathy I have come across so far in Weber's works and for that alone I warmly recommend reading it.
But most importantly this is a Cachat story with all his usual imp ...more
Plenty of spy-vs-spy and mil ...more
Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.
One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name ...more