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Anne McCaffrey
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Jan. 25 2007 Freedom Series (Book 3)

Kris Bjornsen has come a long way since alien slave ships scooped her up in Denver with thousands of others. Dropped off on an apparently uninhabited world with the rest, she has fallen in love with Zainal, a renegade Catteni, and made a comfortable life for herself and her new family. But she feels a soldier's duty to escape Botany and rejoin the struggle for freedom.

As the Eosi overlords continue to drop captives on Botany, the colonists learn that there are freedom fighters on every captured world, and Earth is full of pockets of resistance. There are even rebels among the warlike Catteni. Now the colonists have the technology they need to go back to war with the deadly Eosi—with a surprise strike at the enslaved planet Earth itself!

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Abandoned on the planet Botany by their Catteni masters, a group of humans and other enslaved races now seeks to reclaim their worlds for themselves. This third installment of a series that includes Freedom's Landing (LJ 4/15/95) and Freedom's Choice (LJ 5/15/97) chronicles the stages of the war for liberation, from the theft of Catteni ships to the liberation of cargoes of slave laborers to a bold strike at the heart of the oppressor. McCaffrey excels as a storyteller and as a creator of worlds. Despite an occasional lapse in suspense, her latest novel provides a satisfying culmination to a saga of desperate courage and the desire for freedom. Most libraries should add this to their sf collections.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Another rousing episode, perhaps the last, in McCaffrey's saga, begun in Freedom's Landing (1995) and continued in Freedom's Choice , about the colonists on the planet Botany. Botany is now under attack by the Eosi, who are unable to penetrate the planet-surrounding Bubble constructed by the advanced race that had given permission for the colony to remain on the planet. Kris Bjornson, who was with the first group dumped on the planet by the Eosi-dominated Cattani forces, is one of the settlement's leaders, as is her lover, the insurgent Cattani, Zainal. Having built a new home for themselves, the settlers decide it is time to contact dissidents on the various Eosi-controlled worlds and wage a war of liberation. Since the Botany settlers possess stolen technology, including Cattani warships, they are able to rescue other victims of the Eosi and bring them to Botany. Kris and Zainal lead a small band, all disguised as Cattani, to the Cattani home world on the first sortie to enlist Cattani rebels in the battle. The action is fast paced and riveting, and the characters, human and of other species, are well limned and exhibit great individuality. McCaffrey continues to amaze with her ability to create disparate, well-realized worlds and to portray believable humans, convincing aliens of varied sorts, and credible interactions between them all. A very satisfying tale. Sally Estes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Written for the money March 8 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the conclusion to her trilogy spun from a short story about a band of humans and aliens made prisoner in an interspecies war and dumped on a planet. They make the planet their own, overcome suspicion and distrust of the one enemy alien among them, and unite to spearhead a rebellion that eventually overthrows the bad guys. Anne McCaffrey has always had a tendency to make her characters too black-and-white - the good guys are courageous, smart, let's-all-be-one-happy-family types, and the bad ones are always annoying, petty, cowardly, generally hateful creatures that you keep wishing would be killed somewhere along the way. She does the same here, to an even greater extent. I have a great respect for her talent, but she has plateaued, and her stories, while still well written, are not as captivating as her earlier ones that won her fame. This series is full of cliches, and while it spins a good yarn, can't really be taken seriously. I get the feeling that this was written more for money than the story itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep Reading March 29 2002
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I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this third installation of the Freedom's series. I loved the way they used a male voice and female voice to play the different characters. Listening to the story is a little like watching it play out on a stage. The Freedom series is a good tale, but it's just a little on fast-forward. The "dropped" has accomplished a lot in the time they spent on Botany. Granted they have thousands of "dropped" with highly specialized skills that enable the former-slaves to develop Botany so quickly, but I'm sure a lot of sci-fi realists (is there really such a thing) would be a little put off by what the Botanists have achieved (freeing Earth and Cattani from the dreaded Eosi) in just a short time with their wit being their main resource. Just keep your vision on fast-forward and you'll enjoy the series. I'm looking forward to the fourth in the series, Freedom's Ransom, due out June 2002. I hope it'll explain a few things and tie up some loose ends.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Series of Successes Dec 23 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this third volume of the Freedom trilogy, Anne McCaffrey closes all the loose ends she'd left open in the previous two volumes, effectively ending the series. As a whole, the series was interesting, and throughout the three books, I felt for the characters, and wanted to know what they'd do next. It was a step-by-step detailed description of how a small group of exiles built a home on a planet that was initially hostile to them. In the context of being a series ending, the book is satisfying. The colonists finally realize success after so long and hard an endeavor. But when viewed by itself, this book contained only the successes, and none of the real hardships.

The entire book passes by with very little challenge to the colonists of Botany. It was an interesting logistical inventory for setting up a successful colony, but there's no real conflict. Just about everything they attempt works out, often better than they'd expected. About halfway through the book, I was sure something would finally go wrong, but it never did. Some of the successes were ridiculously easy. Some were at the very least, improbable. The humans on Botany were able to disguise themselves as Catteni with a little makeup and prosthetic cheekbones. This disguise was somehow able to fool real Catteni even after prolonged interaction. I found this a little bit unlikely.

As an ending to the series, it was adequate. But to make it a good installment in a trilogy, the author really should have included more conflict and story. The last book could have ended "And they lived happily ever after" and no real plot points would have been lost. Still, the writing style is enjoyable, and I already liked the characters enough to see what happened next. The same favorites are back in this book, and the story such as it is moves along with good pacing. On that merit alone, the book earns three stars.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Was this the synopsis before the actual book? June 30 1999
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As a devoted reader of Anne McCaffrey I couldn't wait to find out what happened with the Botany people. I was very disappointed to find out that the book tells the story in such a general fashion, and in such broad notions, that no depth is created. I always loved Anne McCaffrey's books for their characters' depth. Since she has given a lot of information and details in the Pern series, I expected that to reflect in other works. It was not. The character of Zainal is shallow. There is no info on the way he thinks, feel, or even why he is doing what he is doing. And if you do not like to know that, but just like the action of the book - well, not much there either. The story is what I would tell a friend if asked what the book is about. It is general, without the details that are expected. It gives the basics of actions taken, without giving information about the actions themselves. If you read other works of science fiction or fantasy, such as another favorite of mine Rober Jordan, you immediately see a difference. In the Wheel of Time series, for example, the characters come to life and the story is complete without gaps. I really regret to write this about this book, as I truly like the writing of Anne McCaffrey, and plan to continue reading her books.
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For those who have followed the adventures of Kris Bjornson and Zainal, the long-awaited finale in the Freedom trilogy will be a welcome addition to their library. While the editing on this book was the worst yet, the characters and the story itself serve to overcome most of those shortcomings. Of the three books, this is the shortest by far. As other readers have commented, one wonders if Ms. McCaffrey was tired of the series at this point and just trying to wrap it up.
On the positive side, I found the characters to be just as intriguing and sympathetic as in the previous installments; however, I would have liked to have had a little more insight into some of the more prominent secondary characters like Chuck and Sandy. John Beverly was a favorite of mine, too. A lot of questions were left unanswered: Did Kris ever find her family? What about Chuck? What happened to Zainal's father? Why didn't the Farmers make a final appearance? Despite the p! oor editing and unanswered questions, I enjoyed this book and was sorry to have to say farewell to my friends on Botany!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 28 days ago by Anna C Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Another installment of the Freedom's series - good stuff
I read the first one in the series years ago and was so happy to see that the story continued. I have always enjoyed Anna McCaffrey's novels and this series was really interesting... Read more
Published 18 months ago by kerry
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful series
I suggest you start with Freedom's Landing which is the first in the series. Wonderful Sify series set in a future. It is has good as the Dragons of Pern. Read more
Published on Dec 4 2011 by K. Rhodenizer
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful
This series starts badly and ends even worse. While the plot is reasonably creative, the writing is absolutely abysmal. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2001 by Angela Muhlnickel
4.0 out of 5 stars Where's the rest?
I really liked this third book for the most part, but the end left me asking the above question. The plot resolution was one of the worst I believe I have ever read from Ms. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2000 by Hopeless Romantic
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Three was great! Where's Book Four?
I can't believe it! I found a book that both my wife and I like! Three books! She hates it when I get into a book, but when I finished the first book I handed it to her and... Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2000 by C. A. Stokes
2.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoyed the first two, you should read this one.
Of the three books in this series, this was undoubtably the worst. I greatly enjoyed the first two, and certainly do not think that my reading of the third book was a waste of... Read more
Published on Aug. 15 1999 by
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best
I was disappointed when I finished the book. Usually I can hardly put one of her books down, but I found this hard to get through, as it did not hold my attention at all.
Published on Aug. 3 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but lacking something....
I love the Freedom series! The first two books were fantastic, but this one, was slower, Kris wasn't what she used to be...she was far too mellow and homewifey. Read more
Published on July 30 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment!
I really liked the first two books in the Catteni Sequence. I really disliked this one. It just didn't make it - none of the plot or human interest attractions that made me look... Read more
Published on July 27 1999
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