by Michael Z. Williamson, James Baen
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Freehold by Michael Z. Williamson, James Baen

Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn't matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne, the only developed system that belongs to neither the UNES nor the Colonial Alliance. There, one may seek asylum and build a new life in a society that doesn't track its residents' every move, which is just what Pacelli has done. But now things are about to go royally to hell. Because Earth's government has found out where she is . . .

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ISBN-13: 9780743471794
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 01/01/2004
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 528,850
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.50(d)

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Freehold 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Rich_Waugh More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Good old-fashioned space opera. Williamson's style, wit and characters are reminiscent of Heinlein or Spider Robinson, my top two favorite SF authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a woman who escapes U.N. persecution.....only to have that persecution follow her to (and attempt to destroy) the last truly free society in the galaxy. It's a good sci-fi story but doesn't get so technical as to scare away readers afraid of hard science fiction while the political commentary doesn't get too dry because it is driven by the characters. This book is a must-own for any libertarian and an insightful read for anyone else.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am new to the genre and am going through and reading the greats. This book caught my eye and I picked it up. I am so glad I did. The story is so rich and full. It is not overly technical or childish. It is just the right mix. Mr. Williamson has created in the Freehold a place that I would want to live.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A really good book that gives you a look into what humanity in general could come to be. It does jump from 'this is the world in general' to 'THIS IS WAR!', but otherwise seems fairly plausible. The references to Mtali were a bit confusing, because we never find out what actually happened there, but that could just be in another book I haven't heard of.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weighing in at over 650 pages, this paperback switches gears midway from the 'day-in-the-life-of' events to bone crushing, head splitting, jaw breaking, shrapnel flinging, horror and pain of being on the loosing side of battle against a stronger occupying force. Unfortunatly, I was looking for a novel with a strong female character but instead found an intresting, and sometimes boring 'What-If?' Sociology experimental as we follow Kendra Pacelli, a leaf in the wind, through the trials and tribulations of self imposed excile to a frontier planet known as the Freehold of Grainne. For 200p we follow Kendra as she creates a new life for herself on Freehold (the real main character of the book by the way), knowing she can never return to her true home, Earth, for fear of imprisonment for a crime she did not commit. Along the way Kendra makes new friends and lovers. Here is where the author stuffs everything he can about this facinating new society into as many pages as he can all the while trying to keep the readers attention by throwing in episodes of casual relations with and between all of the main characters, hoping that we don't shelf the book before the real action happens. As it happens, the military brilliance of Williamson takes over and things finally pick around page 300p. many pages does it take to get to the center of a juicy Freehold? Answer, 1 because I ripped-off the first 300. Parents should note that adult themes are peppered throughout this book. If you like furturistic Sociology, you may also enjoy L.E. Modesitte, Jr.'s 'Adiamante'. If you are looking for a strong female character, check out Chris Moriarty's 'Spin State'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A nice piece of work, researched and well written. The author must have spent time in the military, giving him the ability to forecast how Armed Forces may do battle in the future. Brazen and darning... If this novel isn't nominated for a Hugo Award, I'll be surprised.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein, Freehold presents the reader with delightful characterization and a compelling plot, but the great literary gems are in the background. This tale is of the hazards of living within and around those fungal bureaucracies that grow in the shadows of an entitlement-based government. It is also a look at how things could be different¿one way that freedom lovers might attempt to build utopia if given the opportunities and challenges of colonized space. Enter Williamson¿s vision of the future to see what horrors we might create and how even so, some may still try to ¿secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.¿