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Freehold Defiance is a spectacular collection. I thought all the stories were solidly written and entertaining to read. This one is a true anthology, and does not have the fell of a novel, like the last collection did. They do all have a connected theme. They deal in some manner with the residents of Grainne resisting the efforts of the UN. There is enough action, suspense, and intrigue within the anthology that any military science fiction fan should enjoy reading the collection. There are stories about grouchy older men, trained leopards, anti-social adults, Blazers, psychological warfare, biological warfare, and even Ripple Creek Security. The book is also a good place to start the series.
At first I was going to say that these stories are better than Freehold Resistance but then I remembered how good that set was. So I will go with 'just as good as'. But wow these are good. Jason Cordova wins best short story but not by much. This anthology has some good POV of the UN forces in a higher concentration than the last book. The tension seems to mount as the stories head longer into the time frame of the UN occupation. For that reason and for some insight into local conditions you may want to have read some other Freehold works. But the entire series is page turning from end to end.
This book, like the other FREEHOLD and RIPPLE CREEK books, is one you can not put down. This is one exciting ride after another! Each author making an enthralling addition to the lore of the planet Grainne.
This anthology lived up to it's heritage. In the spirit of Freehold, it spoke of heroism, duty, and honor. You have the entire roller-coaster of emotions as any great story does. Thanks to the talented writers.