The Weapon
Michael Z. Williamson
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Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM By Michael Z. Williamson

Kenneth Chinran was a disaffected youth who joined the military and was recruited for an elite deep cover unit, shrugging off training and exercises so tough that several of the recruits did not survive Then he was sent by his star nation to infiltrate a fascistic, militaristic planet Earth He lived in deep cover for years, marrying and having a daughter Then the EarthKenneth Chinran was a disaffected youth who joined the military and was recruited for an elite deep cover unit, shrugging off training and exercises so tough that several of the recruits did not survive Then he was sent by his star nation to infiltrate a fascistic, militaristic planet Earth He lived in deep cover for years, marrying and having a daughter Then the Earth forces attacked his home system, and he and his team came out of hiding, attacking and destroying the infrastructure of the crowded planet, disabling transportation and communications in city after city As a result of his attacks, billions died for lack of the food, water and power which the ravaged system could no longer supply His sabotage was successful, but the deaths of so many weighs heavily on his mind, making him wonder if he can stay sane Then the secret police discovered his identity With his daughter, the only thing in his life that had so far kept him human, he was on the run, while the resources of a planetwide police state were tracking him down He could see no way to escape from the planet, no way to keep hiding, and if he and his daughter were caught, death was the very least that they could expect But Chinran is a warrior to the core, and even if he loses this last battle, he won t go down without a fight that his pursuers the ones who survive will never forget
  • Title: The Weapon
  • Author: Michael Z. Williamson
  • ISBN: 9781416521181
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback

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Dirk Grobbelaar Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
I could argue that the best thing about The Weapon is the technical aspect. There is an immense amount of detail regarding weaponry, training and tactics for squad based infantry warfare, as well as infiltration and emergency extraction. However, the thing that stood out for me was how provocative this novel potentially is. Williamson dispenses with political correctness here and really gets into the mind of both protagonist and reader. Just when is murder on a planetary scale acceptable? Is it [...]
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Thomas Taylor Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
The Weapon is a book about Kenneth Chinran, an operative for the Freehold society. By operative he means black ops special warfare spook. The beginning of the book starts at Kenneth getting recruited, and the first half stretches out into a detailed description of Ken's training and first experience in the field.Then Ken gets deployed to his main mission on Earth. Unfortunately this is where the story leaves the rails. The last half the book turns into a meandering rambling essay on libertarian [...]
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Howl Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
Books like this are what make me consider my friend's shelf label of 'thrown-with-great-force' as something I might adopt myself.First off, this is a political book. I am not necessarily opposed to political books. And as a reader of a lot of military science fiction, I am frequently confronted with authors who clearly have political viewpoints to the right of my own *cough John Ringo *cough*. This doesn't stop me from enjoying a good story and good characters, but I don't enjoy caricatures.I pi [...]
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Greyweather Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
Huge step up from Freehold in terms of writing. Much more engaging and evocative story.I know comparisons to Starship Troopers for mil-sci-fi are cliche, so here I go! It is reminiscent of Starship Troopers, only grittier, darker, more intense. There are no aliens so we have only each other to kill. Starship Troopers is, in part, about what you gain when you become a soldier, and so is The Weapon. However the The Weapon goes beyond that, and looks at what it costs you as well, what you sacrifice [...]
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Paul Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
This is one of the worst books I've ever read. The story (if you could call it that) was slow. The protagonist was childish and unrelatable. The book was completely devoid of almost any human emotion except for anger. It was like the author just got dumped on in high school and took out all his rage in writing this garbage. Ninety percent of the book is the angry, jaded, self-indulgent internal monologue of the protagonist, during which nothing much happens.Angry 15-year-olds will probably love [...]
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Bob Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
If you want to look into the minds eye of a Special Operator this is the best book (albeit placed in a futuristic setting) ever written. And to think that people who think like this walk amongst us
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Imani Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
Whoever wrote the blurb on the back of the book clearly never read the book.
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East Bay J Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
I was in a situation where the available reading material was limited but I had loads of time to read. I’d burned through all the mystery novels and turned to science fiction in the eleventh hour.The Weapon is not poorly written, the idea and premise of the book is interesting, as are the characters, places and events. However, this was easily one of the most boring books I have ever read in my life.Williamson is a pro at describing action sequences. When there is combat or good old fashioned [...]
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J.A. Dalley Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
Story:I liked the story it seemed a lot like Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, which is one of my favorite books. However I had a lot of issues with this book.Blood and Gore:There is blood and gore in every battle scene. I don't mind it that much, but this wasn't PG-13 gore this was R gore, and I couldn't stomach it.Swearing:I love military sci-fi which means there is going to be swearing, who ever heard of a sailor who didn't swear. However, I can't stand it if there is an f-word every other [...]
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Katmac Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
Another strangely paced book. 90% of the book is telling the back story to the books cover blurb, then 5% describes the genocide of billions, and the remaining 5% actually tells the story promised on the cover. My main problem with the book was the authors note telling the reader how to judge the main character. If the author spent more time developing character and context (show not tell) this authors note would be entirely redundant.
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Nathaniel Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
Great science-fiction/military adventure story set in the future, with a plot not unlike The Moon is a Harsh Mistress but less focused on the politics and more on the training, equipping, and fighting of the elite force developed to defend a small nation's right to be left alone. The protagonist is well-crafted, transforming seamlessly from a kid to a warrior to a father.
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David Traver Adolphus Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
This may be the single most offensive book I've ever read, and I'm including Mein Kampf on that list.
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Heinz Reinhardt Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
Kenneth Chinran enlists in the Freehold military and becomes, after thorough and harsh training, an Operative, essentially Freehold Black Ops. The Freehold assists the monolithic UN, which controls most human populated worlds, in their failing counterinsurgency on the world of Mtali. There, the Operatives gain valuable combat experience, while also embarrassing the highly inefficient UN armed forces. When the UN goes to war with the Freehold, the Operatives have been smuggled into Earth society [...]
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Harry Lane Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
Military SF. The first book in this series, "Freehold." was a very good read. This one is also a good read, but not quite at the same level. The action was excellent, but the characters seemed slightly less well developed and one does not feel much investment them. Williamson's depiction of Earth is highly dystopian and polemic, almost to the point of being propaganda for a radically libertarian world view, rather than a projection of current conditions into a somewhat believable future.
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Mike Holding Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
Fantastic continuation of a successfull series, really convincing world building
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Daniel Vassily Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
An excellent book in the Freehold series, showing the other side of the war that was told of in Freehold.
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Scott Holstad Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
This review is actually the review I wrote for the first book in the series, Freehold. I did not finish The Weapon, as I view it as just as bad, if not considerably worse than the first book and have the same complaints as I did with the first book. I have problems with Williamson's world views and the politics he espouses in his books and just don't want to read any more of his books. I believe this will be my last. Furthermore, I just don't enjoy his books. I don't think they're that well writ [...]
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Andreas Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
This novel is set in the same universe and time period as “Freehold“. It is the story of Kenneth Chinran, the man who led the attacks on Earth during the Freehold War. It is a long novel divided into three parts. In the first, Ken enlists and is trained as an “Operative”, meaning an elite black ops soldier. The second part deals with a deployment to Mtali, a planet locked in faction warfare. It is here that first learns of the atrocity or war. The third part deals with the training for, [...]
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Laura Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
In "The Weapon" by Michael Williamson we read the story of Operative Chinran--a young man from the Freehold colony who has been trained to be a killing machine. The first 1/3 of the book details his hardcore training which sends many potential operatives home in defeat. I can understand the appeal of the beginning of the novel to ex-military, or those who enjoy reading "military insider" type novels, but I found the start of the book a slog to get through. Perhaps if I had read "Freehold" first [...]
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Wes Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
I was close to giving four stars to this book, but it really settles on 3.5 and its very limited appeal means a four star rating would probably be overselling it.However, I did really enjoy this whole work, despite its strange pacing and overlong exposition culminating in a satisfying but abridged (I felt) final act. I would say this is slightly better than "Freehold" and the literary talents of the author have certainly improved but the main character is (intentionally) hard to like and without [...]
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RJ Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
Quite the intriguing book. I knew it was a science fiction military/black ops tale. It detailed operations & tactics and gave a narrative on actions & activities to further the training & experience of an elite military force. Little was made of an off-world or science fiction slant and it felt like any other special forces/black ops account. Three-forths of the way into the book everything changed. Our hero and his team are sent to Earth to infiltrate, reconnoiter & prepare ops [...]
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Shane Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
Four and 1/2 stars! Reading 'Freehold' before this isn't mandatory, it will stand on its own; but having read 'Freehold' for the history and background makes this story AMAZING. Non-stop action and a view of the evils of war you are not likely to ever forget.This is styled as an after action report on the use of one of the deadliest weapons of mass destruction mankind has created. I did catch a couple typos which shows even the big-guys (BAEN) let some slip and the first person narrative felt a [...]
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Al Cormier Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
What was really wierd was that I also read 'No Easy Day' while in the middle of this. The parallels between fiction and non-fiction were uncanny. Both stories were told in first-person and showed a brash cockiness inherent of those who have nothing to prove and let history tell their story for them. I thought the story kind of dragged toward the end, but I understand that part had to be told. This is a good tale of the Freehold Saga.
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Bill Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
Very good military sci-fi. Although a good stand-alone, reading Williamson's Freehold will give you a nice look at the libertarian culture of Freehold. Freehold, a former Earth colony, knows a showdown with the fascist UN that controls Earth is coming. Deep-cover special operatives are dispatched to Earth to prepare for a no-hold response when the UN attacks. Detailed looks at special op training, Freehold peacekeepers working with the UN, and the guerilla war on Earth.
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Scott Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
Well written, interesting story, 100 pages too long. Needed a good editor, as a lot of this could have been cut without any loss. It would improve the pace as well, which is often a little slow. But I enjoyed it, even if the end is a little anti-climactic. Solid libertarian/anarchist undercurrent as well, which I liked.
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Alasdair Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
This book is in the hard-to-put-down easy-to-take-up-again category - and gives much food for thought. Just as the Gor series is a rabid-feminist-detector par excellence, this book will trigger knee-jerk outrage amongst all the right people. Not for the squeamish, in parts. I *will* be recommending it to friends.
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Matt Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
Not as good has the first freehold novel. Holds it's politics a little too overtly for me. Seems to be a lot of how free market catalisum good, government bad. Some decent military action even if a lot of it has a propaganda feel. Freehold military so much better than everyone else! Overall a little disappointed, didn't really feel for the main character unlike in freehold.
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Kristen McQuinn Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
I couldn't get through this one. Maybe I was just a little tired of the genre--I had previously read a couple other sci-fi/military novels. I like Williamson's writing a lot. He's sarcastic and funny and keeps the action moving right along. I will try reading this again in a few weeks once I've read some other things that are asking for my attention. :)
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Doc Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
As a fan of military science fiction I found this to be very satisfying. The lead character, as well as the cast of characters generally, has depth, personality, strength and flaws. The scientific and political detail are rich and realistic. I was surprised a number of times, which is a good thing. I'm on to the next book with great anticipation.
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Tommy Marriner Dec 11, 2018 - 17:58 PM
Great book love the Freehold universe.One thing I totally hate about this world is the raw truth behind modern western society. Every time someone from Earth talks in these books I want to smash someone's head in. If this is how the future is going to be on Earth I would want to set it on fire to.
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The Weapon By Michael Z. Williamson Kenneth Chinran was a disaffected youth who joined the military and was recruited for an elite deep cover unit, shrugging off training and exercises so tough that several of the recruits did not survive Then he was sent by his star nation to infiltrate a fascistic, militaristic planet Earth He lived in deep cover for years, marrying and having a daughter Then the EarthKenneth Chinran was a disaffected youth who joined the military and was recruited for an elite deep cover unit, shrugging off training and exercises so tough that several of the recruits did not survive Then he was sent by his star nation to infiltrate a fascistic, militaristic planet Earth He lived in deep cover for years, marrying and having a daughter Then the Earth forces attacked his home system, and he and his team came out of hiding, attacking and destroying the infrastructure of the crowded planet, disabling transportation and communications in city after city As a result of his attacks, billions died for lack of the food, water and power which the ravaged system could no longer supply His sabotage was successful, but the deaths of so many weighs heavily on his mind, making him wonder if he can stay sane Then the secret police discovered his identity With his daughter, the only thing in his life that had so far kept him human, he was on the run, while the resources of a planetwide police state were tracking him down He could see no way to escape from the planet, no way to keep hiding, and if he and his daughter were caught, death was the very least that they could expect But Chinran is a warrior to the core, and even if he loses this last battle, he won t go down without a fight that his pursuers the ones who survive will never forget

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