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by Michael Z. Williamson
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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.

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1. Eugene on 8/14/2014, said:

Really great space opera
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2. Jon on 5/18/2014, said:

People! You KNOW what you're getting from the description. You know that the Christian [and other'] concept of 'do unto others ....' works in small groups, if at all, and humans seem to have a dominant greed gene, but it's nice to read about it even while you know it can't be true, not until people change. And if Heinlein wrote about it, as have others, that doesn't keep others from writing a good story on the same theme. A lot of people have a problem with freedom or libertarianism because it means you have to accept things you don't like. If you can't accept I. Don't bother other people. a. Don't be bothered by things that don't affect you. then you need to find a group with the same prejudices you have. It sounds good until you have to live with it.
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3. Neale on 8/19/2013, said:

Contrary to the comments of some, saying that since Heinlein said it in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress there is no reason to say it again, there is a very definite reason to. And Freehold is a stellar example of why. It examines the entire spectrum of big government vs libertarianism (and it ain't libertarianism taking place in the Freehold!) It is well written, peopled with excellent characters, and overall, one of the finest novels I have read recently.
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4. Mike on 4/2/2013, said:

Very good indeed, most enjoyable.
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5. Kevin on 4/26/2012, said:

I regret to say that I had to put this book down after the first half-dozen or so chapters; this rarely happens to me, and I'm giving a second star for the benefit of the doubt. There is a long science fiction tradition of plucky libertarian space colonies being resented by grumpy, government-encrusted welfare-state homeworlds, with an equally long tradition of fish-out-of-water characters moving from one to the other. (Your libertarian paradise has no nudity taboo, and its tiny, wise, efficient government thinks that prostitution is perfectly acceptable employment? Shocking!) Heinlein offered us this TANSTAAFL vision three or more decades ago. It's not necessary to laboriously explain and contrast the two political systems, or to lecture the reader (through various dreadfully earnest author-surrogate character voices) about the evils of Big Government and the superiority of the Free Market. This author is talking down to his readers, wasting our time *telling* us what a utopian world he has built instead of *showing* us.
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6. Scott on 2/12/2012, said:

Folks! It's the attitude of the society that allows this kind of "Utopia" to possibly exist outside of a work of fiction. In our society a corporations officers are required to make decisions based upon greatest profit, The bottom line is the ONLY criterion, not service, not fairness, not even the obvious one that if you take care of your (people, customers, clientele) own they will take care of you. Hence the need for a monopoly, wherein you have to pay their price because they ain't no one else. (they got rid of or bought 'em out) Small populations can help create the feeling like family towards ones neighbor. A frontier society where you naturally pitch in to aid your neighbor so that your neighbor will be around to aid you when YOU need it. I didn't like some of the things my older brothers did to me as a child, but if my brother needs help I will help, sometimes without being asked. Too bad that the rough translation of 'Utopia" from the Greek is: No Place.
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7. ricardo on 1/25/2012, said:

excelent book,utopian,?no not realy,the UN?useless like any other political group
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8. Alexander on 1/12/2012, said:

Author never explains one thing: How did the human nature change that much to produce that libertarian utopia? There's a reason my country (USSR) failed with Socialism – the policies and such were made out for some different kind of people. That's why Christianity fails – not that much people are ready to live like Jesus did. That's basically the reason all utopias fail – the human race is wrong. Oh, and... too much sex (seems to me like that's a trend novadays in this kind of book). And too much UN-bashing. But good for a quick read on the train.
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9. Troy on 5/10/2011, said:

This book is awesome! I have reread it twice.
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10. Alan on 3/25/2011, said:

it was great
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