Freedom's Challenge(MP3)(Unabr.) MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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From Library Journal
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.
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
Fantastic book couldn't put it down and had to immediately buy the rest of the series. Great condition and fast deliveryPublished 20 days ago by Paula
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 morePublished on March 27 2013 by Ree
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 morePublished on Dec 4 2011 by Amazon Customer
This series starts badly and ends even worse. While the plot is reasonably creative, the writing is absolutely abysmal. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2001 by Angela Muhlnickel
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 morePublished on Feb. 12 2000 by Hopeless Romantic
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 morePublished on Feb. 8 2000 by C. A. Stokes
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 morePublished on Aug. 15 1999 by KGwenJ@aol.com
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
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