Cauldron of Ghosts

Cauldron of Ghosts

Book - 2014
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The Republic of Haven and the Star Empire of Manticore forge an alliance that hinges on an undercover mission by Zilwicki and Cachat to expose an ancient Mesan Alignment conspiracy.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Simon & Schuster,, 2014
ISBN: 9781476736334
1476736332
Characteristics: 581 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Flint, Eric

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Martin_Fierro
Jun 12, 2014

"If we never see each other again, Victor, I want you to know that I have cherished you since the day I first laid eyes on you in Chicago and will continue to do so until the day I die. You've been the guardian dragon in my life, watching over those I love as well as your own. I am eternally in your debt." -- Anton Zilwicki

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SEBoiko
May 17, 2014

magnified by optimistic bias

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May 17, 2014

You take the king's coin, you're the king's man,...

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May 17, 2014

The Demon murphy was the unceasing foe of those who become too enamored of their own cleverness,...

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May 17, 2014

spying and sexual favors go back together a very long ways.

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mammothhawk229e
Apr 11, 2017

Ad-hoc covert operation for more information went south thanks to vicious gangs robbing the wrong people. Whoops.
Copied few chapters from previous book. Ugh.
He channeled Tom Clancy a little too hard.
Cut back hundred pages & maybe I reconsider my opinion.

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adam1999
Aug 25, 2015

David Weber used to be one of my favourite authors, but his latest books have been disappointing. The biggest issue I have with this book (and the later Safehold books) is that Weber pads so much of his books with infodumps. He has become a master of exposition, with whole chapters where we have one or more characters explaining something to another character, whether it be the reason why Mesa and Beowulf hate each other, or the most efficient way to mass-produce nails.

His other big problem is kind of the reverse, where he will give detailed descriptions of battle scenes which, more often than not, involve disposable characters and in the end don't seem to warrant the amount of words lavished on them.

As far as the Honorverse novels go I enjoyed the earlier Anton & Victor books, but at nearly 600 pages this book feels like it could have been about half the length with better pacing.

I really do wish Weber would concentrate on one Honorverse series rather than trying to weave 3 series (4 if you include the pre-Honor "Call to Duty" series) which occur in parallel. Too much of this feels like padding and I'm pretty sure he lifted a chapter directly out of one of the other books so we could get the infodump about the Alignment's project Houdini.

PhyllisG286 Jan 22, 2015

This book, as usual with Honourverse novels, has left me wanting to find out what happens next. It gives essential backstory to the main storyline books and is as exciting as any of them.

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Richard44
Nov 03, 2014

A typical Honorverse novel with Weber's characteristic writing style. Weber quite enjoys dialogue and there is a lot of it; sometimes you wish he would just get on with the plot. Weber also likes a large cast and sometimes it is difficult to keep up with all of the characters. Fortunately, there is a character list at the end of the book. However, for all that it does end with the fast-paced action he is known for. When it comes to describing military action Weber is unsurpassed and he delivers in the last one hundred or so pages of the book.

Without wishing to give away much of the plot, the novel follows Victor Cachat and Anton Zilwicki once again as they attempt to infiltrate the Mesan Alignment to determine what the secret organization is planning. Naval action is limited in this novel, but if you enjoy following Cachat's antics you will find the read rewarding.

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Martin_Fierro
Jun 12, 2014

Another decent book set in the Honorverse. You'd really only be interested in this book if you've kept up with the series. Unfortunately this series isn't as good as it once was. Some of the conversations feel very rehashed (like they've been used in previous books). Especially the first half of the book. However, the book continued the overall storyline of the Honorverse and for that alone it was worth the read.

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