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The Price of Freedom: A Wing Commander Novel Mass Market Paperback – 1996


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Baen Books (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671877518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671877514
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.6 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 163 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #878,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The one thing I never understood in the WC Universe was the portrayl of Tolwyn in the game versus the portrayl of the books. This is especially true for Price of Freedom, where in the game you find out something amazing about his character. I thought the book explained it a little better. Sure the game wins hands down for being more stimulating, but it's a good novel nonetheless. Most people want to see heros as unthinking patroits with no depth. But Blair's brooding and drinking is more than appropriate for a man who has seen so many die for so long but still accepting what must be done. I think people talking about the change to the Border Worlds in the novel is quick and uneventful forget how fast Blair put on a BW suit in the game without mention. And as for Sosa, I liked that she and Blair got together. Catscratch wasn't very appealing in the game, and just dropped off the universe when you save him. And I am glad Vagabond wasn't in the book much, because I hated to see him die in the game. Plus, the book brings more reality to the game as to the smaller resources and other problems of the Border Worlds rather than just letting you change over and destroy Confed fleets at will. Anyway, this is leaps better than any Pilgrim(can we say Use the Force, Luke) novel or WC movie, and is the last good WC book (until I read False Colors that is.)
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Fans of the Wing Commander Saga, don't waste your time with this sloppy and uninspiring story. I waited anxiously for this book for months, since I enjoyed the PC game so much. I was hoping that it would fill some of the holes in the story the way Heart of the Tiger did. You can't imagine my disappointment. Blair, the great war hero of the game, is now a pathetic and cowardly loser with one foot in a bottle, and the other in the grave. He jumps at the chance to fly again, (who wouldn't?), and from there begins a staid adventure that is nowhere near as exciting as the game. The book also goes off on tangents that the game never pursued. As others have already stated... #1. A romance with Sosa? Where did this garbage come from? #2. While not a major character in the game, I missed Catscratch. #3. In the more popular version of the game, Vagabond plays a vital role. The book ignores him completely. #4. Blair becoming an Admiral was one option of the game, but according to devotees of the game, not the true ending. William Forstchen has told many great tales of the Kilrathi war in other books, but it seems to me he just hurried this one along because he was under contract or something. I wouldn't recommend this book to any serious fan of the game. You're better off ignoring it.
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If any of you have read my review of "Wing Comman- der: The heart of tiger", you'll know by now that in order to lay criticism on a book based on a PC game, you have to know if the book is presented prior or after the game. The only exception is of "The Dig" which is a novelisation of the game. In "The price of freedom" we'll have to say that if the book was presented after the game, then that's how you take a good to very good game and make it an excellent book: more psychology to characterise the heroes, more back- and side story aspect (especially for Tolwyn and PALLADIN), a great romance insert for Christopher Blair and a narration type that matches Wilbur Smith and Jona- than Kellerman (picturous, direct and in full de- tail). Greater drama is presented by omitting cer- tain scenes from the game and making them either adventurous flight runs (e.g the hunt with SEETH- ER) or render them useless since they were nothing more than chatter. The other aspect says that if the book was pre- sented before the game, then the great work of the authors gave place to a game with less gameplay and more multimedia. Buy the book then and weep to how the game should be.
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By A Customer on Jan. 3 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My first Wing Commander book was "Heart of the Tiger" and I got it for the same reason I bought "The Price of Freedom". I liked the game.
Since I had already played the game two or three times, I kept thinking of the things that had changed and what was different. The plot unfolded in much the same way as the game but filled in many gaps that would make a video game boring. Of course this works the other way and leaves out a few details.
The new look at Admrial Tolwyn shed a different light on his character. The game designers never had time to explain his character the way an author could. Thus I liked the book Tolwyn better than the game Tolwyn.

I wish as much could be said for Col. Blair. The game showed him as a war hero who was itching to get back to life as a pilot. The book showed him as an old, fat man with a drinking problem who oftem questioned himself.

Overall I enjoyed reading the book cover to cover and have suggested it to other Wing Commander fans.
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For the first time ever, the "based on" material is far, far better than the novelization. Whereas Wing Commander IV (a tour-de-force game, one of the best in the series, IMHO) grippingly portrayed an ailing Confederation and told the story of betrayal and loyalty in a tight, well-done package with side-stories (Sosa/Catscratch, Panther/Hawk, Maniac/Dekker, to name a few) that made sense and added to the overall theme, this awful novelization consistently gets the characters all wrong and changes or avoids major plot points (I won't spoil them here, but anyone who had played the game knows that I mean). I had problems with Blair's portrayal in Forstchen's Wing III novel; here it is downright disgusting. Forstchen's Blair is hardly a hero, let alone the savior of the Confederation. Read it as an example of how _NOT_ to novelize a wonderful "multimedia" story; otherwise, avoid it like a Kilrathi fighter squadron.
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