Freedom's Landing (Catteni Series #1)

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It's the dawning of a new age for mankind when the Catteni descend to Earth and easily overcome the Earth's population. Thousands are herded onto slave ships headed for the intergalactic auction block.

Kris Bjornsen is captured in Denver on her way to her college classes and wakes up on the primitive planet Barevi. Courageous and resourceful, she manages a single-woman escape from the Catteni and is living in the wilds of the planet when she comes to the aid of a Catteni soldier...

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Overview

It's the dawning of a new age for mankind when the Catteni descend to Earth and easily overcome the Earth's population. Thousands are herded onto slave ships headed for the intergalactic auction block.

Kris Bjornsen is captured in Denver on her way to her college classes and wakes up on the primitive planet Barevi. Courageous and resourceful, she manages a single-woman escape from the Catteni and is living in the wilds of the planet when she comes to the aid of a Catteni soldier pursued by his own ranks. Recaptured together, they join forces with other slaves to outwit their captors and a hostile planetary environment.

Listeners will delight in this "against-the-odds" story of survival, ingenuity and romance. As her audience has come to expect of McCaffrey, she delivers a rich and intricate science fiction adventure in Freedom's Landing, sure to win over even more listeners and add to her legions of fans.

At last--an all new epic Anne McCaffrey novel set in a brave new world. Kristin Bjorsen is a human slave to the overlords called Catteni, who have made the races of many planets bend to their will. But now Kristin has become part of a tremendous alien experiment--one that gives her back her freedom, though not in a way she might have chosen.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Freedom's Landing (1995), a group of plucky slaves, both human and alien, were abandoned by their Catteni masters on the planet Botany. With the help of the Catteni rebel Zainal, the colonists survived their early days, and now they're making plans to get even with the Catteni as well as to learn the truth about the mysterious Farmers, or Mech Makers, who seem to be cultivating Botany by means of robots. Told mostly from the point of view of Zainal's human lover, Kris Bjornsen, the plot focuses on the colonists' struggle to survive independent of their Catteni overlords. Though a few settlers want to return to Earth to fight the Catteni, most of the women seem bent on having children and making a real go of the colony. While this wholesale enthusiasm to procreate stretches credulity, McCaffrey's characters are otherwise her usual well-tempered mix of heroes, rogues and out-and-out villains. The setting is crisp and expertly detailed and the plot spins out smoothly, with more than enough hints of future developments to keep readers eager for the next installment in the series. (June)
Library Journal
Continuing the storyline from Freedom's Landing (LJ 4/15/95), this second book in the series finds the human and aliens on the penal planet Botany planning a rebellion against their slavemasters. After the Catteni subdue and transport to penal colony planets people from Earth and other civilizations for their Eosi masters, one Catteni, Zainal, chooses to remain on Botany. His plan? To join his fellow slaves in convincing the absentee owners of the planet to turn against the Eosi and free the colonists. McCaffrey is at her best with interspecies interactions and uniting for a goal against a common enemy. Highly recommended for sf collections.
School Library Journal
YA-McCaffrey begins a new chronicle of human resilience and survival. Earth has been invaded by the Catteni, a race of soldiers who have come to quell opposition and to relocate troublesome cases (both human and alien) to inhospitable worlds. Kristen Bjornsen, a human, and a ragtag group must learn to communicate and begin to build a new life. Further, they must discover what is behind a completely different civilization that is using their planet (nicknamed Botany) as a farm for animal and vegetable produce. Underlying this cooperation is the resentment that some of the colonists feel for Zanial, a member of the race of slavers, and the romantic feelings that Zanial and Kristen begin to feel for one another. With two possible antagonistic alien cultures and their own internal problems, there can only be more interesting scenarios for the settlers of Botany. The characters are especially well developed: teens will be able to identify with their spirit, creativeness, and tenacity to survive despite all odds. A delightful novel for more than just McCaffrey's ``old'' fans.-Brian Martin, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Sequel to Freedom's Landing (1995), chunk two of McCaffrey's latest interstellar saga. Following the invasion of Earth by humanoid alien Catteni, a group of human survivors and rebels—including Earth girl Kris Bjornsen and her aristocratic, renegade Catteni lover, Zainal—has been dumped on planet Botany, a farm world run by machines. The parasitic Eosi rule the Catteni as overlords by commandeering suitable Catteni bodies, though so far Zainal has avoided his own nemesis, the Ix Mentat. Kris, Zainal, and the colony's military bigwigs capture several Catteni spacecraft before Botany's absentee landlords, the Farmers, show up. Highly advanced, telepathic shapeshifters, the Farmers deplore interspecies conflict but decline to intervene; they do, however, screen Botany from Catteni spacecraft. Zainal leads a raid on planet Barevi to pick up goods looted from Earth, and learns that the Ix Mentat, infuriated by the Farmers' effortless superiority in denying the Catteni access to Botany, has used brain-burning mind probes on captured humans in the vain hope of discovering useful new technologies.

McCaffrey helpfully recaps the previous book's events; overall, series fans will be delighted, although they'll know how this one ends: It doesn't.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423330219
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 1/25/2007
  • Series: Catteni Series , #1
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne McCaffrey, the Hugo Award-winning author of the bestselling Dragonriders of Pern® novels, is one of science fiction’s most popular authors. With Elizabeth Ann Scarborough she co-authored Changelings and Maelstrom, Books One and Two of The Twins of Petaybee. McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    This series needs to be in ebook form!

    This series needs to be in ebook form!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Poor sample

    Don't bother with the sample - only 1 page long. Waste of time.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    I love this Freedom Series, and I really love my NOOK. BN, plea

    I love this Freedom Series, and I really love my NOOK. BN, please pretty pretty please convert to NOOK!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    I think this would be awesome as ebooks... I own all of Anne Mcc

    I think this would be awesome as ebooks... I own all of Anne Mccaffrey's books, I have started to get the ebooks, but not many or her complete series are in ebook form yet...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2001

    Love it!

    I loooove this book. It was very hard to put down. I highly reccommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2001

    A new series

    An alien life form has taken over Earth. The Eosi are ruthless, as are the Catteni, another race they have dominated and use as mercenaries. There are many dissidents on Earth. The would be conquerers kidnap them and drop them on an uninhabited planet to see if the can survive. In this work, the first of a trilogy, McCaffrey introduces a motley crew of humans and other species who have tried to fight their oppressors. One of their number is Zainal, a Catteni kidnapped by his own people and transported in one of their ships. He contributes much to the chances of survival of the colonists. The new arrivals on the planet they name Botany soon discover that they are not the first inhabitants. They do not see their hosts but they find their farming machinery and holding pens for the stock that resemble cattle. As usual Anne McCaffrey gives us a book we cannot put down or wait for the next instalment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2001

    A must read

    This book was amazing with an inspirational beginning. I was very happy reading this book, it is wonderful how she figures up all these ideas. Her books are so different and so amazing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Highly Recommend all of Anne McCaffrey Books

    This is the story that man has often been worried would come true, it has in this book. Ms. McCaffrey paints a picture of the people with words so you feel that you can feel them. The Aliens have come but Earth fights back and creates trouble for the enemy and one person makes a friend of one of the enemy who helps earth and the people from other worlds to fight back. Well worth reading for older pre teens and teen agers but parents should read first to be able to talk with kids about the story. It covers important things like respect for self and others, Duty and Honor things people need to remember even today. All books that I have read by this author are very good and should be discussed in book clubs.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    i recommend it

    love this series

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

    Excellent sci-fi adventure! *Book source ~ My home library. Kr

    Excellent sci-fi adventure!

    *Book source ~ My home library.

    Kris Bjornsen was going about her day at Denver University when the Catteni attacked Earth. Scooping up citizens by the thousands from 50 cities around the world the Catteni ships took their new slaves to Barevi, a planet used by the Catteni for R&R and a depot for their purloined goods from around the galaxy. Kris manages to escape her new ‘master’ and is hiding out in the wilds of Barevi when a chance encounter with Zainal, an Emassi (or high ranking Catteni), changes her life yet again. Gassed during a riot she and Zainal are dumped onto an empty world the Catteni have chosen for the aliens to colonize. Terrans make up the largest group, but there are also Deski, Rugarians, Turs and Ilginish. Fortunately for them, they have Zainal who knows a little bit about the initial survey of the planet. Unfortunately for Zainal, no one likes Catteni and there’s a large consensus to kill him. Chuck Mitford, a retired Marine, takes charge of the motley crew and makes a command decision to keep Zainal alive. For now. With only knives, hatchets, blankets and ration bars, they have to work together to survive on an alien planet.

    I love, love, love this book. There’s something about survival books I really like and I think it’s because I put myself into that situation and wonder how well I’d do. But this isn’t just any old survival situation on Earth where you can hope to eventually find civilization. Cell phones, a grocery store, a bed, hot water, a toothbrush. Forget it. This is an alien planet. Completely unknown. What is safe to eat? What will kill me? Are there dangerous animals? Is there shelter? What kind of weather is to be expected and how long are the days? Or nights? Back to basics in a way that’s hard to do on Earth anymore.  

    I’ve read this book (and the whole series) several times over the years and I’ve enjoyed it each and every time. So much to do and so much to explore with people and aliens who are strangers. The book mostly follows Kris as she survives on the planet they name Bounty and once again it kept me enthralled the whole time. The world is unique, the writing is wonderful and I love the characters. There is action, mystery, humor and even romance. All-in-all an excellent sci-fi adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Awesome Series!

    This is my favorite Anne McCaffrey series. Science fiction series that can show just how tenacious humans can be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2000

    Freedom's Landing

    This book is great! This book is set in a discriptive, new setting and has many new characters, most of which are discribed well and seem very realistic. Also, it's really exciting and keeps you wondering all though the book.

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