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Overview

1. Michael Z. Williamson’s Freehold has a sell through of 87% to date.

2. Williamson will appeal to the huge audiences of David Drake and John Ringo.

3. Williamson’s military experience gives him the background and first-hand knowledge to bring an adventure yarn to vivid life and keep it moving at a breakneck pace.

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6. Contains teaser chapters from new Williamson hardcover and from David Weber’s Storm from the Shadows.

Celadon, a poor nation on a poor planet, engaged in civil war and a haven for every type of villainy in space, is ripe for cleanup. The military could pacify it handily, but it would take a statesman to fix it. But some statesmen have ethics, which politicians and megacorps find inconvenient. President Bishwanath compounded the sin by being astute, ambitious and capable. Something had to be done, because a working nation isn't much use for pork and graft.

When the word comes down that he is dead, the politicians move on with a new plan, re-allocating resources, and finding a new, more pliable president to put in place.

There are three problems with this solution. Bishwanath is not dead. His mercenary bodyguards are more loyal than the politicians. And if they're not on contract, there are no rules.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416591511
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 623,973
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Z. Williamson was born in Birkenhead, England and raised in Liverpool, and Toronto, Canada, before moving to Columbus, Ohio. An 18-year veteran of the US Army and US Air Force, he is a state-ranked competitive shooter in combat rifle and combat pistol. His other books include Freehold (Baen), the Target Terror series for Harper-Collins, so far including Targets of Opportunity and The Scope of Justice, and Hero, a collaboration with New York Times best-selling author John Ringo for Baen. He currently lives in Indianapolis with his wife Gail, their two children, and various cats that are not to be trusted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2008

    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 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.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2008

    Long Political Rant, this guy is no Heinlein

    This book was all right as long as you hate all things 'liberal' and particularly enjoy the creative political slurs used by the author to describe anyone except the heroic mercenaries. A prequel to Freehold and The Weapon, this book left me pretty disgusted with Williamson's weak political rhetoric, gone are the days of well thought out and wittily written political criticism in Sci-fi. I am in the military and know Williamson's Military back ground as well and true to form he shows his distain for the Army and his love for all things Air Force and Marine. Oh and don't forget the Mercs! As our 'hero's' race through the events of the book killing innocents and using explosives the main and kill the crowds of 'freaks', 'trash' and 'sh**' that occupy the back water world used as a setting for this loosely disguised Iraq we learn that the corrupt UN is trying to replace the benevolent and good natured ( but completely useless) president (appointed by the same UN, not elected) so they can set up even more corruption than there already is on Celadon. From the start this book sets out to lionize contractors and demonize the fact that the Army and UN ( weak proxy for the US) restrict violence and response in Iraq. Well I have some news for the author having just returned from Iraq and getting ready to leave again, contractors are the worst thing over their and his precious Air Force is no where to be seen off of the FOB. Williamson should stick to writing his cheesy Military novels as his Sci-fi is in decline and was not very strong to star with. Oh and if I have to read one more line about the super hot female bomb specialist who really isn't good enough because she is a she but saves the team time and again but really should be home pregnant and bare foot I may have to forward Mister Williamson a few of the hundreds of real stories about women in combat. SAve your self the time and read some Heinlein or Steele

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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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