- 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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Better to Beg Forgiveness . . . (Freehold Series) Hardcover – November 6, 2007
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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