As the slavemasters of Mesa plot against the Star Empire of Manticore and the newly liberated slave planet of Torch, Anton Zilwicki and the notorious Havenite secret agent Victor Cachat set off on a dangerous mission to uncover the truth concerning a wave of mysterious assassinations that have been launched against Manticore and Torch.
Most people are sure that the Republic of Haven is behind the assassinations, but Zilwicki and Cachat suspect others of being the guilty party.
Queen Berry of Torch was one of the targets of the unknown assassins. The former head of the Ballroom slave liberation organization, Jeremy Xnow one of Torch's top officials, but still considered by many the most dangerous terrorist in the galaxycalls in some past favors owed to him.
In response, a security officer from Beowulf arrives in Torch to take charge of Queen Berry's securitya task made doubly difficult by the young monarch's resentment of bodyguards and the security officer's own growing attachment to her.
Meanwhile, powerful forces in the Solarian League are maneuvering against each other to gain the upper hand in what they all expect to be an explosive crisis that threatens the very existence of the League itself.
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Filled in the blanks on the main story line.
It filled the back story in for Torch. More detail on the trip to Mesa and the Green Pines event. If you have read or listened through the main story and loved them, you should listen to this.
More Detail on the tertiary characters and sets the stage as the story on the main line completes.
I love listening to his performances, but I like Alyson Johnson's reading better on the main books. Part of it is that pronunciations of some names are not the same and it tripped me up a bit while listening. Part of it is Alyson Johnson's reading has cemented character voices in my head. But still a good listen.
Yes, I ended up listening to it until I fell asleep and had to restart the next morning to finish the story.
- Mark Henderson
Torch of Freedom