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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; 1 edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416591540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416591542
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,882 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.

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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.

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I also enjoyed his frequent citations of historical events to make his future points credible.
Wildwily
Add to that the sudden change of perspective in some parts of the story -- none of them to the aliens -- and you have a confusing mess that cannot but disappoint.
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In "Contact", we're exposed to a nonhuman race that is very definitely NOT human, and in fact is INhuman.
Dexter aka 3FgBurner

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on March 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Contact With Chaos (2009) is the fourth SF novel in the Freehold series, following Better to Beg Forgiveness.... But the previous work was actually a prequel to the first two books -- Freehold and The Weapon -- in the series. This story, however, takes place after the prior volumes.

In the past, the United Nations had fought a war with Freehold and lost. Technically, they won on points, but the UN -- a much larger and powerful polity than Freehold -- brought back its armies from Grainne and paid restitution. Now Freehold is an independent nation state.

At this time, a private survey ship from Freehold has discovered another sentient species in a newly charted star system. This is the first intelligent extraterrestrial species ever discovered by humanity. The ship crew is aware that they are making history, but they also realize that they could easily become very wealthy.

In this novel, Damon Egan is an executive at Halo Materials Group. He is on the survey ship Hound Dog when the sentients are found. Egan finishes a cursory survey, returns to the Grainne system, and prepares his company for first contact.

Mark Ballenger is a Citizen of Freehold. As such, he is one of the ruling elite. After word gets around about the aliens, he is selected as the Official Envoy to head the diplomatic mission to the newly found aliens.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dexter aka 3FgBurner on April 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a transition from Mike's usual straight-up military SF, to something more in the way of "hard" science fiction. In hard SF, the science and the world-building are more central to the plot. In some ways, they ARE the plot. The earlier books explore the human condition in familiar settings. Earth, Grainne, and the other human polities in this universe are aspects, or in some cases caricatures, of cultures in the here-and-now.

In "Contact", we're exposed to a nonhuman race that is very definitely NOT human, and in fact is INhuman. There's also the minor issue of underestimating someone because they don't have metals and are running a civilization on stone and ceramic technology.

There's a slight parallel to one aspect of the European landings in North America, in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. John Smith quickly found out that Powhatan and his "savages" could be as politically devious and Byzantine as the Middle Eastern potentates whom he'd met in his younger days.

By the same token, the nonhumans in this book are as culturally and sociologically sophisticated, if not more so, than the humans with whom they're dealing. I eagerly await the sequel. I also want to see the Haka scene as the cover for the paperback.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Martin on July 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What can I say? I love the author's other books. He is absolutely top notch. But here, I felt like I was constantly waiting for something to happen. Anything. *crickets* When something finally happened, it was all too brief. I liked the characters and the concept. I like the universe he has created, but I had to make myself finish this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MDStien on November 16, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This novel was a refreshing read. It had a wonderfully unique alien race who were portrayed in both negative and positive lights. They had a fleshed out world, technology and were very interesting people to contrast with humans. I loved reading about them and finding out everything I could about their society.

However, the story itself suffered from a lack of overarching plot, consistent characters, and any sense of direction.

Well done action scenes and an interesting resolution, and thankfully absent are Micheal's usual political jabs (in large numbers at least).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LucMee on July 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This has been one of my all time favorites for First Contact stories for years. This story very realistically plays out what humanity's likely response to first contact with a somewhat less advanced culture would be. The conniving... The greed... The urge to exploit... the libelous attitude... All there in realistic abundance. I have always regretted that no follow up book was written. But...One can always hope.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The United Nations and Freehold fought war over the latter's sovereignty. In spite of overwhelming superiority and winning the battles, the United Nations left Freehold and the Granne system as an independent nation.

The Freehold survey ship Hound Dog finds a sentient species the Ithkuil; the first alien encounter by humans. Freehold sends Captain Betang of the armed starship Healy to escort selected envoy Mark Ballenger to negotiate with the aliens. The UN sends Nurin Russ as its representative. Scientists begin probing the planet while big corporations salivate over a new customer especially Damon Egan of Halo Materials Group, who was on the Hound Dog when it made its startling find. The outsiders quickly conclude the aliens have little technology as surface metals are scarce yet in contradiction they have large metropolitan areas. Hiding their metal from the aliens so as not to cause disruption, the humans land to begin negotiations of a sort with a surprisingly advanced civilization that has non-metal based technology.

The latest Freehold science fiction is the best in the series (see FREEHOLD and THE WEAPON) as the United Nations and Freehold government agents try to control the capitalists who are biting at the bit to buy and sell with a new customer. The story line is profound as Ballanger finds it extremely difficult to keep the frenzied business interests from overwhelming his mission and the Ithkuil; as he learns hiding metal fails when moguls want to sell it as a high end product. Fans of the series or anyone who appreciates a well written first contact thriller will fully relish Michael Z. Williamson's realistic spin on economics 101 in outer space as the buck stops when the customer forks it over.

Harriet Klausner
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