Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn't matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne. There, one may seek asylum and build a new life in a society that doesn't track its residents every move, which is just what Pacelli has done. But now things are about to go royally to hell. Because Earth's government has found out where she is, and they want her back. Or dead.
This all-new offering contains Michael Z. Williamson's brilliant novel Freehold.
©2014 Michael Z. Williamson (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Long time sci-fi reader and member of maker community, primarily metal fab and electronics. The two mix well for me.
This was overtly political, which usually turns me off. However, I found the open and intelligent portrayal to be so persuasive on both an economical and a moral basis, that my own viewpoint must forever be altered. I felt as though the essence of Heinlien was animating the story. The book has brought forth much thought as it challenged me to remember myself. Very pursuasive with strong emtional triggers!
SciFi nut from a very young age. Started with Doc Smith, Asimov, C. S. Lewis, Heinlein, Bradbury. Can't get enough of the good stuff.
I've read several negative reviews, but I can give them no credence after listening to this book. The storyline could apply to do many different situations in today's news, from American patriots who have long been concerned about the subordination of our constitutional republic to a global agenda all the way to a reflection of what might be motivating the hatred of America by middle eastern cultures that are so different from our own.
The denouement is truly moving in a way that surprised me. Stick with it. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
decent characters and plot. could have used some trimming. Her Libertarian perfect paradise was too perfect and I found myself unable to suspend belief, I kept thinking "that would never work".
Freehold is a fun addition to the niche Conserve-a-porn sub-genre. For those unfamiliar, Conserve-a-porn is sci-fi stories where the heroes use libertarian, conservative values to overcome alien and/or liberal overlords, usually while engaging in a great deal of sex. "Liberlas" are universally presented as cartoonishly stupid. To those who this growing sub-genre might appeal are suggested to explore the works of John Ringo, the master of the art.
You don't necessarily need to be conservative to enjoy conserve-a-porn, although I imagine it helps. If your poilitcal leanings lie elsewhere the book presents an interesting perspective into the conservative mindset, and to that extent is socially relevant.
Politics aside, Freehold is rather well written. If the the feasibility of the Libertarian Utopia requires some suspension of disbelief and refusal to apply common sense I would point out that this is science-fiction, and that you the listener have already signed on to do that.
Once you accept the premise of the story the characters are interesting and the evil liberals buffoonish enough that their inevitable demise is enjoyable. The narration by Molly Elston is truly excellent, and clocking in at 21 hours its not a bad use of a credit, especially if you listen to audiobooks as part of a long commute.
the first half of the booked had too much sex and basic day to day for my tastes. Way too involved in detailing their daily lives and sexual activities. felt like science fiction for bored hoisewives. howevee, the later parts of the books were very good, mode war and combat oriented, although sex repeatedly rears it's head throughout. Not badly, just too much for my tastes. All in all, very good read, well written. just depends on what you are looking for.
The biggest issue was just that the story dragged. Most of the book consisted of the main character working as a gardener and then going through boot camp.
Next, the book relied on the concept that the antagonist--the UN--were stupid. When as an author, you make your hero look good by lowering the quality of your antagonist, you are really just showing a lack of creativity.
Throughout the book the author pushes the idea, that if everyone was just a meat eating, gun carrying, libertarian, then there would be no crime, and despite having no government, there would still be all the same services as everyone would just chip in out of the goodness of their hearts. This might work fine for a small village, but would not work for an entire world.
Finally, the author tries to justify bombing every major city on earth as an act of self defense. While a person has a right to defend themselves, they do not have the right to use infinite force to do so, harming a huge number of innocent in the process.
Ohh, and there is a sex scene described after nearly every day in the life of the main character, which does get a little repetitive have about the tenth time.
This book was entertaining, especially the battle and fight scenes. The performance was well done. Now, the complaints: I'm not a prude, but the continual, over the top sex scenes were an annoyance...I get it, this place is more libertine than earth, but I kept wondering if I'd accidentally downloaded a bodice ripper romance novel. Also, while I agree with the political philosophy of this book, even I found it a little heavy handed, at times. Heinlein did it better and with more subtlety in Starship Troopers.
"not a book for prudes"
it was well read, the reader gave a good set of voices and accents without making anyone whiny, always a plus
it was a long and involved story about the main protagonist's experience at upheaval and translocation and ultimate discovery of her true 'home.' I know the feeling of being transplanted from 'home' to another place that LOOKS like home, but even after 14 years there still some glaring differences that sometimes leave me confused/frustrated/delighted depending on the difference
most of the book
why bother, movies can't do novels justice, the bean counters won't allow the length needed or the faithfulness needed to render the story adequately.
if you have an issue with sex in stories don't get this book, there are quite a few scenes as well as a rape scene and reference to a gang rape. These are all part of the story and not at all gratuitous. Saying anything further would spoil the ending of the story.
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