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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 (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,265,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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... 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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This is a pretty awesome action/adventure story and I think Elke in particular is a wicked cool character. No doubt some people are going to draw parallels to the War on Iraq and either love or hate it based on those, but I enjoy the story for itself.
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This is the first book by this author I have read and I was impressed by the level of characters and compelling story. Its also nice to see an author with an appreciation of the UN's attitude towards LDCs.

Its about an EP (Executive Protection) team of contractors brought in to protect the new president of Celadon on the planet Salin. The country has suffered a bad case or moral, economic and political dysfunction. The UN has a peace keeping force in place (usual screw up) with rivalries between the State, Military and Commerce functions. The presence of the EP team puts their noises out of joint as the team makes it difficult to pressure the president (Bishwanath) into being a puppet. Well written combat and a very good plot. Some humor as when Aramis meats the ginmar (genetically moded ostrich: dumber, more vicious, more territorial, stinks worse and when upset or angry tends to spin and spray feces--was supposed to be an improved source of meat). Aramis is a well drawn character and one of the EP team. Another piece of humor is why Salin's sun is called BOB.

Now to the two problems:
1. UN/Earth is in the muddle of things but there are: UN Nations, UN Protectorates, Affiliates, and Colonies (who have gone their own way and don't particularly care about Earth). The others are mysteries.
2. While the motivation of the various tribes and warlords is clear there is no convincing motivation for sudden off planet interest given their lack of resources and that they have been ignored for years.
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Better To Beg Forgiveness (2007) is the third SF novel in the Freehold universe, following The Weapon. It is set several centuries in the future in an era of interstellar colonization. It appears to take place before the timeframe of the two previous novels.

The Colonial Alliance includes many interstellar colonies and the UN controls others. One colony -- Celadon on Salin -- has been a haven for terrorists and pirates. Now the colony is occupied by the UN Peace Forces, but is not yet pacified. Balaji Bishwanath has been appointed as temporary president of the Celadon Colony by the UN and the Colonial Alliance.

In this novel, former Captain Alex Marlow, USMC, is Agent in Charge of an Executive Protection Detail from Ripple Creek Security. This trip to Salin is his first time offplanet and he finds the situation in Celadon to be very different from his past experiences. Naturally, the UN Peace Forces are much the same, but the colony natives -- skinnies -- are quite unusual.

Aramis Anderson, former Lieutenant, USA, is second in command of the EPD team. He did well at the Academy, had some Earthside combat experiences, and is very bright. Unfortunately, he still hasn't recovered from his Infantry indoctrination.

Jason Vaughn is another EPD team member. A former UNPF trooper from Grainne Colony, Vaughn took up bodyguarding after retiring from the military. He has a wife and kids back on Grainne Colony.

Eleonora Sykora is also a team member. A Czech demolition specialist, Elke has experience with many kinds of conventional explosives and some familiarization with nuclear devices.
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