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Contact with Chaos (Freehold Series Book 3) by [Williamson, Michael Z.]
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Book 3 of 4 in Freehold Series (4 Book Series)

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About 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 843 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (3 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APA4V2I
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Don't be misled by the "Freehold series book 3" tage - this book refers (obliquely) to events in "Rogue" which is supposedly the 4th book - not much in the way of spoilers but you'd be probably better to read the other book first.

That out of the way, this book is set about 20 years after the events of "The Weapon", when a Freeholder survey ship encounters a sentient race. The book then is a first-contact novel, entangled with the competing interests and philosophies of the Freehold and UN. Unlike the prior books, this one is thankfully free of the libertarian ranting that made some of The Weapon, in particular, such a chore to read. On the other hand, the plot develops very slowly, and several of the events feel like they've just been pulled out of thin air.

Not bad, and a nice change of pace for the series, but it feels like it could have done with some revisions to clean up the plot
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 62 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent page-turner 9 April 2015
By Pete Roche - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a first-contact novel -- the first sentient species encountered by humans. The Freehold of Grainne is first on the spot, although the United Nations gets involved quickly.
The intelligent aliens have a highly technological society with almost no metals, and this complicates things considerably.
The premise of the story is that the aliens' home planet is highly differentiated, with nearly all the iron and other transition metals in the planet's core. I have some serious problems with the geochemistry of this. Iron could well be isolated in the core, but the chalcophile metals such as copper, zinc, lead, molybdenum, and so on would still tend to occur in the crust, since their sulfides are of reasonably low density. The aliens' blood oxygen carrier is based on aluminum and magnesium. Problem: Al and Mg do not have convenient multiple oxidation states that would bind and release oxygen. A copper-based compound like hemocyanin (which is used by some terrestrial animals, e.g., lobsters) would work better, but the story has no copper available.
However, in spite of the scientific discrepancies, this is a first-rate novel. It is very internally consistent. The surprises keep happening, and the book lives up to Williamson's usual quality. It kept me riveted right to the last page.
5.0 out of 5 stars I like how this wasn't your average space contact story 6 Dec. 2016
By Patrick Waldoch - Published on Amazon.com
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I like how this wasn't your average space contact story. Spoiler alaert: Humans make a first contact with what at first appearances looks like a technological inferior species. I really like the thought that went into the new species culture and technological development and the care that the Freeholders are trying to take to not overrun and effectively enslave the new 'aliens'. A well thought out and even thought provoking read. We ever become a space faring race, this book should become the handbook for real first contact situation.
5.0 out of 5 stars The culmination of the Freehold series and does not disappoint. Excellent development of a totally foreign 16 Dec. 2016
By Peter F. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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The culmination of the Freehold series and does not disappoint. Excellent development of a totally foreign, sentient species and their reaction to a technologically superior alien species (us). The Freehold special forces are as totally superior warriors as ever and their story and fame is once again center stage in resolving the conflict with the newly discovered alien world. Exciting and suspenseful and very well written. A pager turner and another dose of Freehold, loved it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tie-in book! 1 Mar. 2017
By Ken - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved the tie-in with Ken, from book #1. The description of the big fight and the show before that was amazing to imagine. I will be reading more!
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit heavy in reading, but a wonderful First Contact story 16 Jan. 2017
By Michael Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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While still in the Freehold universe, this is a completely different story, following a completely different basis! Watch out! This one is very powerful in it's use of very precise and logical vocabulary (a LOT of heavy-duty language), yet, once you get used to it, the story flows very well. The main characters are well developed, and the "aliens" are also quite believable.
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