Sunday, August 5, 2012

When Diplomacy Fails-Michael Z. Williamson

When Diplomacy Fails

Michael Z. Williamson

Baen, Aug 7 2012, $24.00

ISBN: 9781451637908

Ripple Creek Security assigns their best personal protection team to guard a client disliked by everyone in the firm. World Bureau of State Minister Joy Herman Highland is running for office while her bureaucratic obnoxious past has made her several enemies including people who worked for her. Still Alex Marlow and the team will do what it takes to keep Highland safe in spite of her campaign publically announcing everything in advance.

Highland’s supporters fake an attack, which angers Ripple Creek. However, Highland’s recent history comes home to roost when a real assaults occur. The security team protects the client from several shadowy adversaries who do not appear to be working as a cohesive team and some of the foes actually may be working for Highland.

The latest Freehold prequel (see Better to Beg Forgiveness and Do Unto Others) is an enjoyable political techno thriller that pulls no punches when it comes to the most dangerous species in history: politician sapiens. The storyline is fast-paced as the Ripple Creek unit tell the adventures in a sarcastic manner when it comes to Highland and her assistant while enjoying taking the fight to their client’s myriad of enemies (though they admit to each other they would like to place an explosive up Highland’s butt). Though there is a déjà vu feel to the tale, this is a fabulous timely entry as the politician sapiens will do anything to win an election.

Harriet Klausner

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