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Better to Beg Forgiveness . . . (Freehold Series) Hardcover – November 6, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Freehold Series (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (November 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416555080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416555087
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Michael Z. Williamson is retired military, having served twenty-five years in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Desert Fox. Williamson is a state-ranked competitive shooter in combat rifle and combat pistol. He has consulted on military matters, weapons and disaster preparedness for Discovery Channel and Outdoor Channel productions and is Editor-at-Large for Survivalblog, with 300K weekly readers. In addition to these activities, Williamson tests and reviews firearms and gear for manufacturers. Williamson's books set in his Freehold Universe include Freehold, Better to Beg Forgiveness, and Do Unto Others. His novel The Hero - written in collaboration with New York Times best-selling author John Ringo-has reached modern classic status. Williamson was born in England, raised in Liverpool and Toronto, Canada, and now resides in Indianapolis with his wife and two children.

Customer Reviews

A well written, fast paced book.
Steel
The secondary character are given shading too, so that they are not mere cardboard.
Lost In Kansas
This is first-rate military-ish science fiction.
Chris Chittleborough

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mackey Chandler on October 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Mad Mike tells a fast paced good story that entertains without using the cardboard cut-out characters so common in action stories. No firm jawed jocks, the team members here have issues, scratch when they itch and even worry each other from time to time. The projection of what we see in the UN as a swill pit of special interests is dead on sad to say. The fact the good guys are mercenaries says a lot about how bad the bad guys can be. I mean mercenary usually has such a negative connotation, right? Don't be scared to buy it. A good vacation book, but if you read it midweek you may be yawning a lot at work one day. You won't want to lay it aside to finish.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Oakree Kuchenbacker on April 10, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Better to Beg Forgiveness" isn't a bad book, but with a few minor changes it could have been released as a conventional action-adventure story back in the 60's.

Tell me if this sounds familiar: a small team of crack mercenaries is hired to protect the UN-backed puppet president of a poor African nation wracked by tribal warfare. Every level of the government, from township mayors right up to the UN representatives, is filled with corrupt, opportunistic politicians more concerned with their own agendas than creating a functioning nation. The tight-knit, upright members of the mercenary team do their best to protect their assigned subject, but they're experts in tactical warfare, not the political kind. So they're forced to rely on their wits and their guns when things fall apart and their very much alive client is declared dead by the powers that be.

That's pretty much the set-up for "Better to Beg Forgiveness", but with a poor, African-settled colony world standing in for the generic African nation that would have been used in the 60's. Oh, and instead of having to spirit the President across the Atlantic to New York City the mercs have to spirit him across the galaxy. On a tramp freighter. With a plucky crew that grudgingly comes to respect the heavily armed professional killers that have hijacked their ship.

Yeah, I'm being snarky, but the overall plot of the book really is that generic.

On the other hand, Mr. Williamson is obviously well acquainted with the ins and outs of executive protection and has embraced the adage to write what you know. His depictions of small scale fights and running gun battles are extremely entertaining and well-written.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Steel on October 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A well written, fast paced book. Extrapolates what happens when the UN gets involved in space. If it can be screwed up, get the UN involved with lots of money confiscated from people who don't have a choice. Mix in the greed and corruption the UN is famous for now, and you have something Mr. Williamson describes in this book.

Excellent detail on the problems encountered by protection details that care about their principal and doing the job well. It also does a good job describing the friction involved when operating with the military. Good soldiers are not always good bodyguards. They can do the job, but never as good as people who do it for a living. They're also subject to mutiple task masters. When one of the task masters is the UN, it can tear a military unit up with conflicting priorities/orders.

Mr. Williamson also takes into account the fatigue factor that many characters don't seem to have in other books. Food and rest have a large impact on performance. Mr. Williamson gets it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dexter aka 3FgBurner on October 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
... New Caledon is a mess. This book is set around 250 years from now. The setting for MadMike's first couple of books, Grainne, is still Grainne Colony, and not yet the Freehold. The UN is out among the stars, in all its festering putridity. The diplomats and bureaucrats are worthy of Keith Laumer's (Retief!) bitterest mockery. The military forces guarding the mission are encumbered by political correctness, stifling rules of engagement, and "smart" guns. So, who can handle the job of keeping the incoming president alive? Contractors, of course.

When reading MadMike's material, I have a checklist. I expect any of his books to contain certain items, and here I've found them. Food for thought? Check. Humor? Check. A gorgeous lady or two? Check. Explosions? Check. Satire? Check. In-jokes? Tons. Suspense? You got it.

Favorite quote? "Oh -- there's no friendlies left in the palace, then..."

Persons who have had the dubious pleasure of spending part of their lives in various hell-holes around the world, will thoroughly enjoy parts of this book. Specifically, there's lots of noxious people getting shot, and lots of nasty real estate getting blown up. If you liked Freehold and The Weapon, You'll like this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Martin on July 4, 2009
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Have read several other books by Williamson, and have enjoyed them. When I ordered this new book, I expected more of the same. Well - there is a difference between grilled porterhouse steak and grilled sirloin tip steak, and all that one has to do is to experience it - that is, in this case, read them. It had a lot of the elements that I enjoy about science fiction - but it seemed to lack that illuminating spark that sets really good books apart from the crowd. In my life - retired and over 65 - I have read thousands of books - and a lot of them science fiction. This is a good book, and as such it deserves to be read - but the situation Michael postulated here could have had some very more interesting and intriguingly thought provoking ideas. I gave it 4 stars, since I could not rate it 3 stars in deference to many other books that I've read - or started to read, anyway. Michael, lets hope your forthcoming books regain their former piquancy.
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