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4.0 out of 5 stars Companion to "Freehold"
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...
Published on 16 April 2008 by Ken Fowler

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1.0 out of 5 stars Ultra right wing propaganda pamphlet
If you are militaristic and war fanatic, American ultra right wing republican, or somewhat right from that, you might like this book. (The fact that there are grossly overweight people in America is the fault of the Democrats. Arabs are illiterate and evil "ragheads". UN is inherently evil oppression organisation, but luckily stupid and inefficient. Voting is for idiots,...
Published on 10 Jan 2008 by Petteri


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Companion to "Freehold", 16 April 2008
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Ken Fowler (Leeds uk) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Superior to Starship troopers, 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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8 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ultra right wing propaganda pamphlet, 10 Jan 2008
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If you are militaristic and war fanatic, American ultra right wing republican, or somewhat right from that, you might like this book. (The fact that there are grossly overweight people in America is the fault of the Democrats. Arabs are illiterate and evil "ragheads". UN is inherently evil oppression organisation, but luckily stupid and inefficient. Voting is for idiots, it would be so much more sensible to allow the rich people just make the policy... etc...) Anybody else who does not share these values, I recommend you to steer clear of this.

Some action parts in book are passable (passable is not the same as good), but had all the propaganda been cut at the editors table, the book would have ended to be only 50 pages or so long.

I have read thousands and thousands of science fictions, I own several thousands, and but rarely I have disliked a book so much as to resell it. I like owning them. This one I will not sell. It is the first book that I throw into a recycle bin. Kind of a record, I suppose.
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