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Michael Z. Williamsonis retired from the US 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 300,000 weekly readers. In addition, Williamson tests and reviews firearms and gear for manufacturers. Williamson’s books set in his Freehold Universe include Freehold, Better to Beg Forgiveness, and When Diplomacy Fails. He is also the author of The Hero–written in collaboration with New York Times best-selling author John Ringo. 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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  • File Size: 859 KB
  • Print Length: 688 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (December 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BEQLTZY
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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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98 of 109 people found the following review helpful By I.N. Kenyon on December 27, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I first finished this book, my first reaction was, "When can I move?" It was only a few minutes later that I realized that Freehold existed only in the wildly creative mind of Michael Z. Williamson. I also realized that Mr. Williamson had just given me a glimpse into the future - where we, as a human society are headed, and where I wish we would end up.
Kendra Pacelli escapes from a human hell -- the kind of Earth most dread, but know deep inside that we could become if we continue on our present course. Human beings are controlled by government, by force, tracked, licensed and regulated. The United Nations, corrupt and power-hungry, governs earth with a socialist iron fist. Framed for a crime she didn't commit, Kendra escapes to the Freehold of Grainne - a society of a truly free people that refuses to become part of the UN's domination plans.
In her new home, Kendra learns what it's like to be truly human - to live, love, work, deserve, achieve and succeed without a power-hungry government controlling her every move. She learns that to be a wholly human means relying on oneself, taking responsibility for one's own actions and reaping the consequences. She realizes that true freedom is not easy, but worth defending.
As is typical of tyrannies, the UN cannot afford for the Freehold to exist. It cannot afford to allow its enslaved sheep to realize just how subjugated they are. The UN cannot tolerate the existence of a free, uninhibited society, so it attempts to destroy Freehold and the beneficial, successful society its inhabitants treasure.
It is during this war that Kendra learns how much she treasures freedom and what she will sacrifice to preserve it.
This book is an excellent read. It's a page-turner from beginning to end.
Freehold is a society of free human beings - a society I, personally, want to inhabit.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By "psevetson" on January 12, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Buy this book if you like Military fiction or Libertarian philosophy, worked out in an unflinching and sometimes blunt way.
It's an excellent tract on Libertarianism carried out to a logical extreme, and a **** RIPPING GOOD ADVENTURE/WAR YARN ****. The infantry fighting and guerrilla warfare are just as credible as anything I've ever heard from a Viet-vet or any other military people who've ever described fighting in my hearing. The desperation and fear and occasional sense of unreality are all immediate, full-color, up close and personal, brutally direct.
The pre-war sequences are pleasantly entertaining, with a bit of set-piece background thrown in to educate the reader about the realities of life in a genuinely Libertarian society, as the author conceives them. In this, too, Mike reminds me of Heinlein -- just enough background to provide color for the piece, not enough to overwhelm or even seriously impede the plot. He has a good touch for this.
I had trouble in one or two places sympathizing with protagonist Kendra -- I couldn't get a read on what she was _feeling_ as she had certain _thoughts_ -- but the rest of the time she was completely real. That needs more consistency, but it's still better than three-quarters of the stuff I read.
I think this is a good first work, and in fact the rigorous working-out of the effects of theories does remind me quite a bit of early Heinlein (sorry, Mike). It hangs together nicely, and all the major plot threads are tied off in believable ways. It's not for the under-13 crowd, as it handles adult subjects in adult ways, without flinching or Bowdlerizing; both sex and violence are dealt with in the book, in ways that seem integral to the plot.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Christy on August 18, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Freehold is one of those books that sticks with you. Long after you're done with it little snippets of detail will crop up while watching the news or scenarios creep back while in a mall. This almost new genre is taken to a whole new level in Freehold and brought closer to home and life in our modern world.

The story is of the future, of course. But it isn't the future we've all be fed in Star Trek. The UN is the be-all of military and our increasingly check-in-the-box society is rapidly reaching, or has perhaps already reached, the inevitable breaking point. Almost everything in life is designed for "fairness", which includes a military where selection is based on an endless series of exceptions. In this Earth, crimes of the most heinous sort can be considered "petty" because almost every criminal has an excuse of some sort or another and is therefore, by default, a victim too.

Basically, the Earth depicted is a chilling look into our future if we follow the natural progression we've long since begun.

Enter Kendra, our unlikely heroine and supply clerk in the UN forces. Sweet, a bit naive and certainly cute (because otherwise she couldn't be our heroine) she is the unwitting victim of a major theft ring within the UN forces by being the unfortunate who found it. Not powerful enough to be heard, she makes an excellent scapegoat. A bit of luck and uncharacteristic bravery brings her to a new planet and a new society.

***SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT***

Commonly referred to as Freehold, the system of Grainne is a system unique to the Human colonies and worlds. Staunchly refusing to be "helped" by the UN in establishing social programs and systems of taxation to support it, the entire planet is as libertarian as it gets.
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