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Better to Beg Forgiveness... (Freehold Series) Mass Market Paperback – February 24, 2009
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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.Read more ›
Williamson is a competent writer and a man who digs deep into the human condition.
This is also a novel about peacekeeping and nation-building. It gives a much better picture than news media reports of the astonishing range and depth of problems faced by people trying to build civil societies in poor countries.
First and foremost, though, this novel is a fun read: strong characters, fast-paced action, flashes of humor. Strongly recommended.
And yes, it even has 'that' mall cop from internet yore of old.
I believe he does write in the realms of what he knows. I know that he is an active writer so if you look at the books as continuous work you will come to appreciate the work.
Even though this book is great alone, to enhance the aspects of this book I would read The Weapon and Freehold first.
Great Work Mike!!!!
Keep it up!!!!
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If you like action this book is for you. The characters are well formed and although most of the names are used alternately (first, last, & work), which I found confusing until I... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Athalee
Good idea and very likeable characters just gets to caught up in the technical details of protecting someone.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer