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Cauldron of Ghosts (Crown of Slaves) Hardcover – April 8, 2014
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About the Author
Eric Flint is a modern master of alternate history fiction, with over three million books in print. He’s the
author/creator of the New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the “Belisarius” alternate Roman history series, including, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War. Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is not a book to be read out of context, you need to have read (at least) Torch of Freedom and Crown of Slaves before jumping into this book.
I love the Honorverse... I’ve read every single one of the books (most of them several times) and I eagerly awaited this book. I enjoyed reading it but... well... it left me a bit hollow. And I wonder who edited it... or if there was an editor...
Yes there’s lots of action and Victor Cachat and Anton Zilwicki turn everything on its ear more than once but... it just doesn’t hang together. It goes from an involved information gathering project to a massive insurrection of the downtrodden seccy’s with some massive steps that simply don’t make sense. Lots of action, just not a lot of sense.
And, as another reviewer noted, the boys spend a lot of time and verbiage convincing Steph Turner to help them return to Mesa and set up a front from which to work but, other than obtaining a ‘store’ it fades into nothing. And, once they’re on Mesa, Steph vanishes. Her boyfriend, Andrew Artlett—who reluctantly follows her—later shows up again and again... what happened to Steph?
And what is all this drooling over Yana’s new boobs and hips as part of her ‘disquise’? It’s annoying, needless and eventually tiresome.
And I found all the violence and atrocities visited on Mesa itself by the Alignment to cover its actions to be flat, needless... and not terribly interesting.
All that said, I did enjoy reading the book and I will buy the next one... I just hope it’s a bit better.
This book has the distinct feel of being a first draft, unedited for continuity or logic. With entire chapters seemingly added just to lengthen the novel. A few examples that may or may not spoil parts of the book follow.
Yana who has been following Victor and Anton, from Mesa to Parmley to Haven to Manticore and now they want her to go back to Mesa with them, so we then get this...
“It’s worth a try,” said Victor. “If we want Yana, we’ll need to send a courier to Parmley Station anyway. We can ask Steph to come back with her. For reasons unspecified, of course—"
But she's been with them, complaining of how bored she is the whole time... Did she leave her favorite gun?
And the authors spend several chapters both discussing Stephanie returning to Mesa and convincing her to return, then once they all get there, she virtually disappears from the book. Similarly the three surviving Mesan Seccie's that helped Zilwicki and co. escape get several scenes and are then rescued only to disappear for the rest of the book.
We get long descriptions of Mesa Alignment atrocities committed to cover up Operation Houdini, but we already know that the Alignment is willing to slaughter anyone for their purposes. It is just more filler to lengthen the book.
Then we get the miracle of Zilwicki figuring out that the Alignment is covering up their leaving Mesa. There is nothing that leads up to this, just out of the blue he figures it out...Read more ›
Less specifically, some characters activities have gaping holes in their activities. How did Anton obtain the data he is analyzing? Where is he doing it? On his ship? How is he getting back-and-forth?
Also, Mr. Weber’s prose deteriorates noticeably with this novel. For example, identical obscure idioms are used by multiple characters across multiple cultures. And an even better example is obscenities appear to be the only tool used to express anger, disgust, or condescension. In this novel there are 74 uses of f*** as opposed to 15 for a novel released only 3 years ago.
My suggestion is to manipulate some supposed friend into reading it, and have them provide a synopsis.
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