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Crown of Slaves (Crown of Slaves, - Honor Harrington universe Book 1) (English Edition) par [Weber, David, Flint, Eric]
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The Star Kingdom's ally Erewhon is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs. Added to the longstanding problem of a slave labor planet controlled by hostile Mesans in Erewhon's stellar backyard, which High Ridge refuses to deal with, the recent assassination of the Solarian League's most prominent voice of public conscience indicates the growing danger of political instability in the Solarian League—which is also close to Erewhon.

In desperation, Queen Elizabeth tries to defuse the situation by sending a private mission to Erewhon led by Captain Zilwicki, accompanied by one of her nieces. When they arrive on Erewhon, however, Manticore's envoys find themselves in a mess. Not only do they encounter one of the Republic of Haven's most capable agents—Victor Cachat—but they also discover that the Solarian League's military delegation seems up to its neck in skullduggery.

And, just to put the icing on the cake, the radical freed slave organization, the Audubon Ballroom, is also on the scene—led by its notorious and ruthless assassin, Jeremy X.

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With over seven million copies of his books in print and seventeen titles on the New York Times bestseller list, David Weber is the science fiction publishing phenomenon of the new millennium. In the hugely popular Honor Harrington series, the spirit of C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower and Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander lives on–into the galactic future. Books in the Honor Harrington series have appeared on seventeen best seller lists, including those of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today. While Weber is best known for his spirited, modern‑minded space operas, he is also the creator of the Oath of Swords fantasy series and the Dahak science fiction saga. Weber has also engaged in a steady stream of bestselling collaborations, including his Starfire series with Steve White, which produced the New York Times bestseller The Shiva Option among others. Weber’s collaboration with alternate history master Eric Flint led to the bestselling 1634: The Baltic War, and his planetary adventure novels with military science fiction ace and multiple national best‑seller John Ringo includes the blockbusters March to the Stars and We Few. Finally, Weber’s teaming with Linda Evans produced the bestselling Multiverse series. David Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife and children.

Eric Flint is a new master of science fiction. His alternate-history novel 1632 received lavish critical praise from all directions and enjoyed high sales. The sequel, 1633, written in collaboration with David Weber, has also been highly praised and popular. His first novel, Mother of Demons, was picked by Science Fiction Chronicle as a best novel of the year. He has also shown a powerful gift for humorous fantasy adventure with Forward the Mage and The Philosophical Strangler, which Booklist described as "Monty Python let loose in Tolkien's Middle Earth." With David Drake he has collaborated on five novels in the popular "Belisarius" series, and is working on the sixth, The Dance of Time. A longtime labor union activist with a master's degree in history, he currently resides in Indiana with his wife Lucille.

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HASH(0x95d53858) étoiles sur 5 I was a doubter 9 septembre 2003
Par Rusir-10 - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Okay, admitting my bias - I really enjoy the Honor Harrington series and eagerly purchased each new volume as it comes out. I recognize that the most recent installments are a little slower and that overall the books tend to follow similar patterns, but even when you've been on the roller coaster before, it sure is fun each time you ride it.
So back to this book, as it indicates on the dust jacket and cover this is a new series in the Honor Universe and make no mistake with the exception of a 7 to 8 page cameo with Honor she is not in this book at all. My first inclination was to pass this book over and you may think the same thing, but that would be a real mistake.
Many of the characters that have been introduced in the 4 volumes of short stories are featured in this current story. Anton Zwilicki and his adopted daughter Barry are main characters as is Princess Ruth. Victor who has been featured in two short stories also plays a central role. If you read the 4 books of short stories, you already know that these are interesting and fun characters in their own right with unique strengths and weaknesses.
I liked this book first because of the aforementioned characters. They were great. You cared about them and rooted them on as the story progressed. You could also see them develop and change during the course of the story (okay, so some of the development was pretty predictable and telegraphed).
Second, the story presents a little different view of Manticore and Haven. Many of the characters from Manticore are still stand up people, but Manticore is not painted as the perfect Kingdom as it has in past books (with the exception of the final Honor book). Likewise Haven is not portrayed as the source of all evil. Its more realistic when the People's Republic and Star Kingdom are presented less black and white.
Finally, we get to see the Solarian league and we get the strong hint that they will be figuring strongly in the subsequent books in this series.
I'm not a big believer in giving a synopsis of the novel in a review, but I will say that the story takes place on Erewhon and involves much more cloak and dagger action as opposed to the large scale ship battles featured in many of Honor's books.
Lots of other story lines and loose ends are left open for future novels so I'm sure we'll be seeing plenty more of these characters.
In summation, there's very little Honor, but the writing is just as good, the characters are just as enjoyable, and its just as much a pleasure to read.
31 internautes sur 32 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x95d513c0) étoiles sur 5 A Really Special Operation 14 octobre 2003
Par Arthur W Jordin - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Crown of Slaves (2003) is the first novel in a new series set in the Honor Harrington universe. This novel is a sequel to From the Highlands in Changer of Worlds, in which Helen Zilwicki is kidnapped in Chicago by Scrags -- genetic supermen -- in the employ of Manpower, but Captain Anton Zilwicki of the Royal Manticoran Navy, gets her back with help from Victor Cachat of Haven State Security, Colonel Kevin Usher of the Haven Marines, and Jeremy X of the Audubon Ballroom. Helen also brings out two local youngster, Lars and Berry, who have helped her escape from her captors and Anton adopts them after returning home.

In this novel, many years later, Hieronymus Stein, head of the Renaissance Association, has been assassinated and rumors link Manpower to the incident. Queen Elizabeth of Manticore decides to send Princess Ruth Winton, adopted daughter of her brother, Michael, to Erewhon to attend the memorial gathering in an unofficial way. The Queen requests that Anton Zilwicki and Berry accompany her. Since Ruth has ambitions to be the family spymaster, Anton also agrees to teach her tradecraft during the trip.

As a subterfuge to increase Ruth's safety, she and Berry undergo nanotech surgery to trade identities. For additional security, Anton and the girls travel to Erewhon on the Pottawatomie Creek, an armed frigate, which is crewed mostly by Audubon Ballroom "terrorists" being trained by Anton in naval tactics and shiphandling.

Haven also sends unofficial observers to the gathering, Kevin Usher's wife Virginia and Victor Cachat, posing as an unfaithful wife and her boy-toy. They have instructions to encourage Erewhon to change their allegiance from Manticore to Haven. While at the reception, Naomi Imbesi attempts to seduce Victor on orders from her uncle, Walter Imbesi, currently leader of the opposition in Erewhon, and of course Ginny Usher helps cover the rendezvous.

The Solar League Navy also has a delegation attending the gathering. Captain Luiz Rozsak is leading a black operation on Erewhon against his nominal superior, Ingemar Cassetti. They are also tracking a group of Masadan and Scrag terrorists employed by Manpower. The SLN has its own unit of Scrag women commanded by Marine Lieutenant Thandi Palane; these "Amazons" have a grudge against the Manpower Scrags, many of whom are former boyfriends.

When the Masadans and their Scrag converts attempt to kidnap Princess Ruth, they fall in a trap set by Victor Cachat and trigger a joint operation by Erewhonese, Havenites, Manticorans, Solar Leaguers, and the Audubon Ballroom against Manpower. Berry gets to play princess for a little longer while the real princess is conniving with the spooks and troops. However, Professor W.E.B. Du Havel has conceived of another role for Berry.

This novel is tour de force of major proportions, an almost pure wish fulfillment fantasy, a chain of events that could only happen in an illogical and chaotic universe. Well, stranger things have happened, but it is hard to think of anything as convoluted and one-sided as this caper. Pity the poor Masadan/Scrag terrorists, not to mention the Manpower slavers, for they are steamrollered. Great fun! Totally ridiculous, but also totally enjoyable!

Highly recommended for Weber and Flint fans and anyone else who enjoys special ops, political intrigue, and justice served in huge helpings.

-Arthur W. Jordin
31 internautes sur 32 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x95e58f54) étoiles sur 5 The Harrington Universe without the hardware. 30 septembre 2003
Par M. Allegra - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This novel, set in the Honor Harrington universe, is a winner! More intrigue than space opera, this is not a book for the techno-lovers who eat up Weber's 10 page descriptions of ships and weapons. This collaboration of Flint and Webber gets on with the real business of a novel, the story...which is ultimately about people not machinery. I heard more of Flint's voice in the dialogue than I did Weber - which I feel is all to the good but I think the story line and some character development is more Weber than Flint. Whatever! It's a good book, with a great plot, characters and dialogue. The Victor Cachet character lives and breathes as only Honor has in previous books. I am giving this book four stars and not five for two reasons. The question of governing a new world has an unlikely solution - the authors try for justification but I couldn't buy it. Secondly, the back story can only be found in a number of short stories from different volumes of short stories set in the HH universe. Unlike the HH novels, I don't have all the short stories and I felt I was missing something. I will say that I gulped down this one so quickly that I was forced to re-read it immediately just to do it justice. I don't do this very often. I am really looking forward to the sequel(s).
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HASH(0x95e5dd8c) étoiles sur 5 Splendid Addition to the Honorverse 29 août 2004
Par John Kwok - Publié sur
Format: Relié
David Weber and Eric Flint have wrought yet another thrilling installment of the "Honorverse", which can be seen as a prequel to "War of Honor", setting the stage for Erewhon's defection from the Manticoran Alliance to the Republic of Haven. It is being advertised as the start of yet another series set in the Honorverse. Havenite secret agent Victor Cachat arrives on Erewhon to cultivate possible ties between it and the Republic of Haven, as the Erewhonese reconsider their relationship with Manticore, angered by the indifference shown them by Prime Minister Baron High Ridge's government. Hoping to bring Erewhon back into the fold, a Manticoran delegation led by Princess Ruth Winton, the Queen's adopted niece, former RMN captain Anton Zilwicki - who may be Manticore's best secret agent - and his daughter Berry, arrives for the state funeral of an important Solarian League politician. And a Manticoran heavy cruiser commanded by High Ridge's cousin, Captain Michael Oversteegen (His second appearance in the saga, about a year after the events of "Service of the Sword", a recent novella written by Weber.), is sent to "show the flag" in the Erewhon system. All of these Manticorans are soon drawn in Cachat's Machiavellian scheme to create a planet ruled by ex-slaves, a brand-new star nation devoted to ending slavery, along with, Thandi Palance, a dedicated Solarian Marine lieutenant who is as ruthless as Cachat. There are exciting battles aboard space stations featuring Masadan fanatics, members of the ex-slave terrorist organization Audubon Ballroom, and Mesan slavers. This is yet another splendid installment in the Honorverse, showing political brinksmanship involving Haven, Manticore, Erewhon, Mesa, and the Solarian League. Indeed, this book shows the importance of both Erewhon and the Solarian League as key star nations and empires within the Honorverse.
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HASH(0x95d34d74) étoiles sur 5 New Branch in the Honor Harrington Universe 19 octobre 2003
Par etymologik - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Arthur Jordin's synopsis of "Crown of Slaves" is spot-on. However, all the characters and groups and kingdoms and planets he names make me want to echo the intro to an old daytime comedy soap opera from the 1970s: "Confused? You won't be, after watching this episode of 'Soap.' "
What I like about this novel is the much-needed break from the career of Honor Harrington. The "Honorverse" has steadily become richer with development, and Honor's perspective, as wide-ranging as it is, simply isn't sufficient to do justice to the rest of the emerging story lines. Hence, the spin-off.
Functionally, "Crown of Slaves" does two things.
First: It sets in place another strategically vital setting for the ongoing battle between Haven and Manticore. This is the wormhole junction that eventually becomes the property of the Audubon Ballroom's quasi-terrorist society of freed genetic slaves. An ideal spot from which the Ballroom can expand it's anti-slavery operations in both Havenite and Manticoran space, this junction is so positioned that it will also inevitably become a place over which Haven and Manticore will HAVE to fight ... or compromise. In both struggles, Erewhon is caught firmly in the middle.
Second: Erewhon suddenly becomes a real society with its own history. Think of a sort of Italianate, patronage-driven and family-governed Switzerland founded by mob money launderers with a sense of humor -- enough so to name their capital city Maytag! We now get to see contrasts and interplay among yet more political systems: (a) the Manticore parliamentary/constitutional monarchy; (b) the Havenite People's Republic welfare state attempting to return to its long-forgotten roots as a republic; (c) the purely militaristic hereditary dictatorship of the Andermani empire; (c) the theocratic, feudal, honor-driven (pardon the pun) state of Grayson; (d) the endless chaos of greed and disorder and bad government that is the confederacy of Silesia; (e) the end-stage capitalism and rule of money in the Earth-based Sol Federation -- and now, two new spanners in the works: (f) the Erewhon system of leading families and patronage, very Roman in its origins but with dynamics that make me think of numbered bank accounts and Swiss neutrality amid a Europe at war, with Switzerland the inevitable base of espionage for all sides; and (g) the newly emerging state founded by ex-slave, anti-slavery terrorists and several "cargos" of genetically engineered human beings freed from captivity who are not necessarily terrorists at all. The latter is starting out as a nominal constitutional monarchy, but it will (I predict) end up as something else entirely, something more personal and consensual and relational. That will be interesting to watch, because I suspect it will propose a new and useful role for monarchs in a constitutionally governed republic. If it works at all.
Another side of this book that I appreciate is the further development of the character of Victor Cachat, Havenite spymaster under Kevin Usher. Finally, we get an explanation of his motivations that makes sense -- and the use of sexuality as a tool of characterization is insightful. It's rather dramatic, of course, as it must be to compete with the rest of this space opera, but it's also the only possible way that Weber and Flint could make Cachat fully human. A spy with a steady girlfriend? No James Bond womanizer, Victor Cachat has become something altogether more interesting.
There's much more to be said -- but it's better to read the book. Make sure you've read the entire Honor Harrington series first, and definitely read all four "Worlds of Honor" short story collections, since that's where most of the important new ideas first show up before they wend their way into the novels. Then read "Crown of Slaves" last. You'll love it.
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