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Tour of Duty: Stories and Provocations from Michael Z. Williamson Paperback – August 6, 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
Williamson's collection is divided in two. The opening half is stories, including his first published short, the strong The Humans Call It Duty; his golden-age SF tribute Port Call; tales set in Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar; and Desert Blues, a subtly haunting story of a mysterious guitar player set in the midst of a Middle Eastern war. The second half collects everything else, including essays packed with right-wing (and anti-left-wing) rhetoric, advice for when Vikings are raiding you, hyper-paeans to the world's 20 manliest firearms, and a Viking advice column by Crazy Einar. Williamson cheerfully and sometimes grimly bounces among military expertise, humor, controlled anger, and the gruesome and sublime extremes of a soldier's world. While no single work is a standout, the scrapbooklike variety may push interest beyond only those readers interested in Williamson's forte of military speculative fiction. (Aug.)
About the Author
Michael Z. Williamson is 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. When not engaged in fixing stuff broken by infantrymen and air crews, he also served as armorer, weapons courier, hazardous materials NCO and material control NCO. 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, Do Unto Others, 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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The book also includes some bits of wisdom about bagpipes.
This is not the very best Williamson book, but it's a good read. Enjoy!
I rather enjoyed his pre-story comments and autobiographical moments.
I highly recommend this book to anyone
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