The Weapon

The Weapon

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by Michael Z. Williamson

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Mission: Sabotage a Planet, Survival Not Guaranteed . . .

Kenneth Chinran was a disaffected youth who joined the military and was recruited for an elite deep cover unit, surviving training and exercises so tough that several of the recruits did not survive. At the peak of his career, he was sent by his star nation to infiltrate a fascistic, militaristic


Mission: Sabotage a Planet, Survival Not Guaranteed . . .

Kenneth Chinran was a disaffected youth who joined the military and was recruited for an elite deep cover unit, surviving training and exercises so tough that several of the recruits did not survive. At the peak of his career, he was sent by his star nation to infiltrate a fascistic, militaristic planet--Earth.

He lived in deep cover for years, marrying and having a daughter. Then the Earth forces attacked his home system, and he and his team came out of hiding, attacking and destroying the infrastructure of the crowded planet, disabling transportation and communications and creating terror in city after city.

As a result of his attacks, billions died for lack of the food, water and power which the ravaged system could no longer supply. His sabotage was successful, but the deaths of so many weighed heavily on his mind, making him wonder if he was still sane. Then the secret police discovered his identity. With his daughter, the only thing in his life that had so far kept him human, he was on the run, while the resources of a planetwide police state were tracking him down. He could see no way to escape from the planet, no way to keep hiding, and if he and his daughter were caught, death was the very least that they could expect.

But Chinran is a warrior in his soul, and even if he loses this last battle, he won't go down without a fight that his pursuers--the ones who survive--will never forget.

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Freehold Series , #2
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Meet the Author

Michael Z. Williamson was born in Birkenhead, England and raised in Liverpool, and Toronto, Canada, before moving to Newark, Ohio. A 22-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 and The Weapon for Baen, the "Target Terror" series for HarperCollins, (Targets of Opportunity, The Scope of Justice, Confirmed Kill) and The Hero, a collaboration with New York Times best-selling author John Ringo for Baen. He currently lives near Indianapolis with his wife Gail, also a veteran, their two children, and various cats that are not to be trusted.

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Weapon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The brief synopsis on the back of the paperback version of this book reeled me in. I thought it was a fascinating concept to characterize earth as the 'evil empire' attacking another peaceful planet. I couldn't wait to learn more about the 'evil earth' setting and about the lead character, Chinran, whom I imagined to be, judging from the book's description, a SF Jason Bourne. The earth mission is only part of this book and a very disappointingly small part. The book is really a journal of Chinran's military career from bootcamp to his earth mission. The first section describes his brutal bootcamp experience, which was fascinating and kept me reading because it explained why he was chosen for the earth mission. The second section describes Chinran's on-the-job training on 'Planet Middle East'. At this point, I was waiting for something to happen. When was he going to earth? A botched military operation occurs on this planet that I thought would affect Chinran's decisions and actions on earth, but even this was not to be. When Chinran finally makes it to earth, it's as if his brain is on autopilot. He plans out the operation with little or no thought to the collateral damage to the average earth 'sheeple' - his word. This part of the book was over so quickly and his run to freedom so brief and unremarkable that I was angry by the time I finished the book. I felt cheated. I also did not appreciate the gratuitous allusions to the lead character in the author's Freehold novel. It was confusing and added nothing to this story, just additional words. I gave this book three stars because writing a book is no easy thing, it held my interest to the end, and it created a reaction in me. I am reacting by writing this review. Admittedly, I am new to the SF military genre, but I expected, not just military knowledge, which you get in abundance, but some depth to the characters and for me, a little more SF. There were so many great ideas that were just lightly touched on, but never developed, especially in the earth section of this book. I have read the author's sniper series and I would recommend them over this book.
Aelius More than 1 year ago
Michael Z. Williamson's "Freehold War" universe is a well-written mirror of our own. Various real countries have placed on extrasolar planets. Realistic, well-imagined technologies make life simpler but not alien. But, stripped of its sci-fi decor, the story asks this question-what happens when a bureaucratic juggernaut, well-blooded from ceaseless wars with weak, poor, disorganized nations, decides to attack a strong, wealthy, civilized one, however small? In "Freehold" we get the answer-the bureaucracy gets a harsh lesson in the horrifying realities of war. And those who depend on it and support it suffer along with it. But, these stories aren't as much about societies as they are about soldiers. Freehold is about a soldier defending her home, about the trials and tribulations of defending one's home from a ruthless, powerful invader. The Weapon is about a soldier bringing the war to the invader, about living in a place alien to him, about learning about it solely to destroy it, and how he suffers from the guilt of the actions he takes to defeat his enemy. Williamson is a soldier, and proud of it. Proud of his training, proud of his fellow soldiers, proud of his county. But he also knows that war does not determine who is right, it determines who is left. He knows that war is hell. Because he is a soldier. And above all, his books are about soldiers.
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gschmitt More than 1 year ago
While looking through the Sci/Fi section I did my normal perusing for the staples (Ringo, Weber, Kratman) I chanced apon this book. I'm going to go with the KISS method of writing this so here it goes. Characters: Pretty simple, not too imdepth but he leaves it to you to make the assumptions. Main tends to be very gritty and a bit condescending to the reader at times but after reading the book you can understand why. Plot: Boy leaves and man comes back isn't new but he made it work well. Begins slow but picks up quickly and becomes hard to put down. If you like Military SF then you need to read this book. Also if you're a John Ringo and Tom Kratman fan then you'll probably like this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because of the back cover. The concepts of this book got my mind reeling. This is the first book that I read by this author and I instantly fell in love with the world Williamson has created here. The book is rich and full of detail, I think that half of the words could be cut and not alter the plot in the slightest. In my opinion this is Williamson's best work yet. Every MilSciFi fan should give this book a shot.