Shadow of Freedom

Shadow of Freedom Cover

Shadow of Freedom

By David Weber

Baen Books, Hardcover, 9781451638691, 439pp.

Publication Date: March 5, 2013


New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street

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

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:

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 

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!”–Anne McCaffrey

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

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

About the Author
David Weber is a science fiction phenomenon. His popular Honor Harrington and Honorverse novels including "Mission of Honor", "At All Costs", and "Torch of Freedom" are "New York Times" bestsellers and can't come out fast enough for his devoted readers. He is also the author of the Safehold series, including "Off Armageddon Reef", "By Schism Rent Asunder", "By Heresies Distressed" and "A Mighty Fortress". His other top-selling science fiction novels include "Out of the Dark", the Dahak books and the Multiverse books, written with Linda Evans. He has also created an epic SF adventure series in collaboration with John Ringo, including "We Few". His novels have regularly been Main Selections of the Science Fiction Book Club. Weber has a bachelor s degree from Warren Wilson College, and attended graduate school in history at Appalachian State University. He lives in South Carolina.