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  • Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (27 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416521186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416521181
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,136,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 "The 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fowler on 16 April 2008
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It is best to read Freehold before reading this book as you get a better feel for the new society formed on a recently settled planet and how Earth cannot allow its success to be obvious to its own citizens.
The story is a bit bleak, and very militaristic but does have parallels to what is happening now and why some of the current actions in Irag etc will probably not work.
In effect the soldiers from Freehold have to become ultra-terrorists to save their way of life.
Whilst Freehold is fantastic this companion story covering the lead up to and the actual attack and defeat of earth by a small number of active combatants is a little dark for me so I can only go to 4 stars.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Campbell-jones on 11 Aug. 2005
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Ignore the spiel above and the flyleaf commentary. They are very similar and both manage to give a very cockeyed view of the storyline. The story itself is strongly reminiscent of Starship troopers, both in basic subject matter and, to a large extent, underlying themes; however, I believe this book has greater depth than Heinlein's work. I'm not sure I entirely agree with the authors afterword (about which I will say no more for fear of spoiling the plot). Regardless, it's the best bit of military science fiction I've read in a very long time and the most thought-provoking book, of any genre, I can remember.
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I very much enjoyed the first Freehold book, but this one is even better. It's written in the first person as the memoir of a special forces operative, and the main character has a very engaging, often darkly funny, and yet always believable voice.

The action is fast-paced and tremendously satisfying. Do you want to read about awesome space commandos blowing stuff up, attacking terrorists with trained stealth-leopards, and raising Hell across the galaxy? Of course you do. And Michael Z. Williamson has you covered.

I liked this book as much as I did "Starship Troopers" and "Forever War", and I can't think of higher praise than that in this genre. A must-read for military sci fi fans.
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