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Crown Of Slaves Hardcover – Aug 26 2003


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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (Aug. 26 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743471482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743471480
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #620,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Hardcover
An avowed Honerverse fan, I picked this up as a bit of holiday reading. What the hey? Splash a little cash on myself for Xmas.
Sollies, Mantys, Peeps and Erewhonese all mix it up with some interesting new characters and some background characters coming to the forefront. You'd have to be as familiar with the Honververse as the author to follow this silly mess. Another draft of two seems in order.
Once again, where is the editor, or the proofreader for that matter? Weber, Flint and the rest of the incestuous gang at Baen sure do churn out some good reading - but I think they're spreading themselves too thin on this franchise. Weber and company ought to put the 'verse to bed for a while.
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Wow, this was bad. Poor plotting, lazy characterization, and totally unbelievable ending. Weber is a good writer, and I've read most of his other stuff, but this is just... bad. Worse than bad. Train-wreck bad.
The characters behave in ways that don't make sense, situations resolve themselves in implausible ways, plot points lurch into view only to vanish without really doing anything, and the final resolution is possibly the least believable thing I've read in the last decade - including political speeches.
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This book began with endless pages of useless dialogue and just got worse. Mr. Weber needs to re-read some of his earlier books that broke up his endless useless details with a little action. This one just goes on and on and on. I felt like confessing to having kidnaped the Lindberg baby about half way through it. What torture. Want my money back. I would say it was a disapointment except I was also disapointed by War of Honor that carried on in the same manner for 800 pages and so I should have know better. Won't get fooled again.
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By LaughingLion on Oct. 31 2003
Format: Hardcover
Eric Flint and Dave Weber write two of the best novellas i've read in a while, setting the stage for "Crown Of Slaves" and later books. Not over all the most solid anthology, but two of the best tales are in here.
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By Jay on Oct. 24 2003
Format: Hardcover
A very good read.Plenty of hard hitting action buit around well developed characters. a little scary, the way all the characters seem to sacrifice anybody to get their goal. The Anti slavers, even the House of Winton come accross as futuristic John Browns willing to even sacrifice the innocent for their beliefs. If your looking for space battles their not here, but if you like close combat and cold blooded killers, this books the one.
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Another very good book by Mr. Weber. As usual, the first third of the book is used for character build and social commentary. The last two thirds provides steadily building action and drama. The ending (yes it's more like the beginning of the volumes to come) is smooth and leaves you wanting more. A thouroughly good read.
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Haven and Manticore are officially at war but effectively at peace but the two space titans continue to square off against one another. When a political leader is assassinated, neither Haven nor Manticore feels able to send an official government representative but both wish to send a message--and each space nation decides to send its top spy. In the case of Manticore, this is semi-retired Captain Anton Zilwicki, along with adopted daughter Berry and the Queen's niece Ruth. In the case of Haven, the young and intriguing Victor Cachat, along with his boss's wife. On Erewhon, disaffected ally of Manticore, the two find that their interests largely coincide. Both hate the slave trade that is carried out under the neglectful eye of the Solarian League. When evil religious zealots from Massada decide to make a statement, Cachat is forced to put on his cold-blooded act and find a way to drive it to Haven's advantage, but also to the advantage of the millions of enslaved people around the galaxy.
Set in David Weber's Honor Universe, Weber and Eric Flint combine to follow up on some of the more intriguing short stories from the SERVICE OF THE SWORD.
Once CROWN OF SLAVES got going, it had great action, fascinating world-building, and added a new twist to the recently predictable world of Honor Harrington herself (Honor discovers a new technology or creates a new alliance in the nick of time to save Manticore from itself and the Havenites). Weber and Flint offer an intriguing take on slave rebellions, with thoughtful commentary on the problems that freed slaves have in creating stable democracies even if they stage a successful revolution.
Unfortunately, CROWN OF SLAVES did take a while to get going with an incredibly talky first two hundred pages.
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With problems threatening to engulf them, the Erewhon expect help from their interstellar ally the Star Kingdom of Manticore, but none has been forthcoming. Knowing that the pact is near collapse, a desperate but inept Queen Elizabeth of Manticore uses a state funeral to mend the schism and disappointment. She sends her niece Ruth Winton under the protection of Captain Zilwicki to represent her with the Erewhons.
When terrorists attack Ruth and her retinue, Havenite agent Victor Cachat takes advantage of the opportunity plus Elizabeth's helplessness to begin forming a new alliance with the Erewhons. Not long afterward, Cachat brings together his people, dissident Manticorans, irate Erewhons and the Solarian League Navy in an assault to free a slave planet, which may leave Her Royal Highness of the Star Kingdom looking in from the outside.
Using events and characters from David Weber's Honor Harrington series, Mr. Weber and Eric Flint have written an action-packed space opera that is really more a symposium of concepts wrapped in the cloak of an exciting interstellar tale. The story line is fast-paced yet readers will have much to ponder as the two authors furbish a host of ideas that dig deep into history, politics and interstellar relationships. Fans of the series, the authors, or those who appreciate an action-packed other galaxy brimming with a thought-provoking edge will enjoy the tour of the Honorverse.
Harriet Klausner
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