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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2009 David Weber and Eric Flint (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark Henderson on 03-12-13

Filled in the blanks on the main story line.

What did you love best about Torch of Freedom?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

More Detail on the tertiary characters and sets the stage as the story on the main line completes.

Have you listened to any of Peter Larkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I ended up listening to it until I fell asleep and had to restart the next morning to finish the story.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 12-24-11

Torch of Freedom

Peter Larkin did a good job with the narration. The book does have a great battle scene in the battle of Torch and a bit of suspense with the spies in Mesa but the long and often repetitive dialog which is to help one under stand the history and politics of the situation was over done in this book. Would like more in-depth character building of Queen Berry and of Torch. With all the people (former slaves) coming into Torch one should be able to build all types of stories about building a new homeland.
Looking forward to more in this series.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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