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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A Good Book

Michael Z. Williamson is known for his long and drawn out plot lines with events that have nothing to do with the story. In my opinion that is what makes this man a great writer. This book is true to that and is a good read. However, it is just lacking that something th...
Michael Z. Williamson is known for his long and drawn out plot lines with events that have nothing to do with the story. In my opinion that is what makes this man a great writer. This book is true to that and is a good read. However, it is just lacking that something the Freehold and the Weapon both had. Perhaps it is the time frame, a prequal, that makes the diffrence. It is a good book, just not Williamson's best.

posted by Anonymous on January 12, 2008

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

This is an illegal copy of this book, none of the money you spen

This is an illegal copy of this book, none of the money you spend on it will go to the author. If you are interested in reading this book in ebook format I would suggest going directly to Baen and getting it from them; it is a part of their free library.

posted by 3763358 on June 8, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2008

    Looks like Tomorrow . . . .

    This looked like 'future history' to me. It's an excellent book, and the premise looks a LOT like a well-written After Action Report from one of the executive protection firms operating in Iraq or Afghanistan. Really, really good firm. Couldn't find any misinterpreted details to nit-pick in this book, a real rarity. Unlike most military fiction, Mike Z. got his details, including sounds, smells, and combat bonding right.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    I love this book

    This book was a thrill ride from start to finish. I want more books in this universe with the same group of characters.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    New Celadon is an impoverished nation on an extremely poor planet in the middle of nowhere. The UN had hired contract guards to protect the country¿s leader, President Bishwanath, but withdrew their support of him once their megacorps CEOs decide he could not be bought as graft makes the universe go round. The UN also abandoned the contractors sent to keep him safe and continue to foster the civil war that is further devastating the already destitute country.------------------------ When word reaches the UN that the ethical president is dead, they begin the plan to replace him with someone better attuned to exploitation. However, the UN has just made their second error. First they should have kept the mercenaries guards on the payroll discarded and admiring the courage of Bishwanath they became loyal to him. Second they will learn to their regret that Bishwanath¿s death was slightly exaggerated as his protectors keep him safe even as they begin the plan to get him out of the country preferably off planet alive.--------------------- Michael Z. Williamson (if I didn¿t know better I would say he is an alias for John Bolton) makes no apologies when it comes to UN officials¿ thirst for corruption and greed although ironically the American and Iraqi governments and industry could easily replace the UN based on the IG findings. Additionally with the recent accusations re private protection guards using excess force based on the principle of BETTER TO BEG FORGIVENESS, turning these mercenaries into loyal heroes doing an unpaid job seems only possible in a biting satire that revises President Eisenhower¿s farewell speech to beware the UN industrial complex. That is the beauty of Mr. Williamson¿s supernova-action packed futuristic outer space thriller that never slows down as hired guns either try to save the ethical Bishwanath or kill him.------------ Harriet Klausner

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