Shadow of Freedom

Shadow of Freedom

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Receiving a suspicious warning about a rising rebellion against an oppressive leader, Manticore Tenth Fleet commander Michelle Henke believes that she is being set up by the shadowy Mesan Alignment.

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Receiving a suspicious warning about a rising rebellion against an oppressive leader, Manticore Tenth Fleet commander Michelle Henke believes that she is being set up by the shadowy Mesan Alignment, who would sabotage her ongoing conflict with the Solarian League. By the best-selling author of Mission of Honor.

Simon and Schuster
New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling phenomenon David Weber delivers book #18 in the multiple New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series. Honor Harrington’s Royal Manticoran Navy fights space battles alongside planetary rebels as its old rival, the corrupt Solarian League, begins to crumble.

#18 in the multiply-bestselling Honor Harrington series.

Wrong number? There are two sides to any quarrel . . . unless there are more.

Michelle Henke, Queen Elizabeth of Manticore's first cousin, Honor Harrington's best friend, and the commanding officer of Manticore's Tenth Fleet, is just a bit surprised when a messenger arrives from the Mobius System to inform her that the Mobius Liberation Front is prepared to rise in rebellion against the hated regime President Svein Lombroso. She can understand why anyone would want to rebel against someone like Lombroso, but why tell her about it? After all, she has problems of her own, like the minor matter of a life-or-death war against the Solarian League.

Michelle has just handed the "invincible" Solarian League Navy the most humiliating, one-sided defeat in its entire almost thousand-year history in defense of the people of the Star Empire's Talbott Quadrant. But the League is the most powerful star nation in the history of humanity. Its navy is going to be back – and this time with thousands of superdreadnoughts.

Yet she also knows scores of other star systems — some independent, some controlled by puppet regimes, and some simply conquered outright by the Solarian Office of Frontier Security — lie in the League's grip along its frontier with the Talbott Quadrant. As combat spreads from the initial confrontation, the entire frontier has begun to seethe with unrest, and Michelle sympathizes with the oppressed populations wanting only to be free of their hated masters.

And that puts her in something of a quandary when the messenger from Mobius arrives, because someone's obviously gotten a wrong number. According to him, the Mobians’ uprising has been carefully planned to coordinate with a powerful outside ally: the Star Empire of Manticore. Only Manticore — and Mike Henke — have never even heard of the Mobius Liberation Front.

It's a set-up . . . and Michelle knows who's behind it. The shadowy Mesan Alignment has launched a bold move to destroy Manticore's reputation as the champion of freedom. And when the RMN doesn't arrive, when the MLF is brutally and bloodily crushed, no independent star system will ever trust Manticore again.

Mike Henke knows she has no orders from her government to assist any rebellions or liberation movements, that she has only so many ships, which can be in only so many places at a time . . . and that she can't possibly justify diverting any of her limited, outnumbered strength to missions of liberation the Star Empire never signed on for.

She knows that . . . and she doesn't care.

No one is going to send thousands of patriots to their deaths, trusting in Manticoran help that will never come.

Not on Mike Henke's watch.

About Shadow of Freedom:
“This entry is just as exciting as Weber’s initial offering. . . .The result is a fast-paced and action-packed story that follows [our characters] as they move from reaction to command of the situation. Weber builds Shadow of Freedom to an exciting and unexpected climax.”—Daily News of Galveston

About Mission of Honor, #13 in the Honor Harrington series:

“Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection and a deep understanding of military bureaucracy in this long-awaited Honor Harrington novel…Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice to see Honor back in action.”–Publishers Weekly 

“This latest Honor Harrington novel brings the saga to another crucial turning point…Readers may feel confident that they will be Honored many more times and enjoy it every time.”–Booklist

About David Weber and the Honor Harrington series:

“. . .everything you could want in a heroine …. Excellent … plenty of action.”–Science Fiction Age

“Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!”–Anne McCaffrey

“Compelling combat combined with engaging characters for a great space opera adventure.”–Locus

“Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection . . . Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice . . .”–Publishers Weekly

Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781451638691
Branch Call Number: SF WEBER 2013
Characteristics: 439 pages cm


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Apr 11, 2017

More action scenes, less political games.
Cute false flag operation by hasty Mesan Alignment when their long term galactic domination plans went awry by their squirrely opponents.
I wish some of Sollies politicians were more intelligent.

As usual, a good read, plot moves along nicely with clever little twists.
If the goal was to make the reader want the next installment ASAP, it worked. Come on David, I know I am going to enjoy the next novel.

theorbys Dec 29, 2013

If you are still enjoying the Honorverse you'll probably like this. Weber has about 20 or fewer basic modular scenes, and about the same basic modular dialogues/monologues, and uses them over and over. The Sollies are the new, but basically now identical, Peeps and he is recyling a LOT of that old material, and not hiding it either. But I still do enjoy the Honorverse and who knows how long I will keep reading. I would not actually go so far as to recommend it uncaveated, but I'll keep reading. Still I wish C S Forester HAD written space navy novels too.

Jun 25, 2013

Another great installment in the Honor Harrington series.


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May 02, 2013

never underestimate the power of human stupidity.


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