Do Unto Others… by Michael Z Williamson [Book Review]

This story takes place in the Freehold Universe and is a standalone continuation of Better to beg Forgivness…

It has the same cast of bodyguards except that this time they are not rescuing the rightful president on a banana republic planet.

This time they are hired to protect the richest heiress in the known galaxy. She is young sexy and resent having to live such a sheltered life. Deep down she is a decent person but she likes to tease her bodyguards more than should be allowed. Especially before she got into trouble and learned some tough lessons.

Being richer than ‘God’ brings people who want to take advantage. Some of them are ruthless and there seems to be a more determined lot than usual trying to get to her and her father as the mission starts.

The whole operation to protect their principal, the steps the guards take, their training and their interaction is all entertaining. The first half is protection duty on Earth and the second part brings them to the inhospitable mining planet that is the source to their principal’s wealth. Their fight against all odds there to protect their principal is hardboiled epic action like the one I remember and liked from the last novel.

The characters, especially Elke Sykor, Alex Marlow and their principal Caron Elain Prescot are also interesting and feels more well developed here than in the previous book. I enjoyed Alex having to keep his face cool as Caron did her best to make him loose it, including screwing a boyfriend on the sofa in front of him. There are a number of similar situation in the book.

Elke’s compulsive behavior with explosives is something that defines her as a character but I feel a bit sorry we never dive into what made her so. She is very entertaining to read as she is but I imagine a bit more back story would propel her into unforgettable.

I take this novel for what it is, an entertaining not overly complicated military science fiction with good action, some weapon pornography and friendly banter along the way. Michael Z. Williamson has done a good job with Do Unto Others even it is not in pair with Freehold and I will definitely buy the next book in this series.


Title: Do Unto Others
Series: Freehold Universe
Author: Michael Z Williamson
Genre: Military Science Fiction
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Baen 17 Aug 2010

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The Prescot family were miners. At one time, they were contracted to develop technology for a mineral rich but uninhabitable system. Gradually, all the investors shied away. Then the Prescots broke through with the technology needed to exploit entire planets, and incidentally develop domed playgrounds for the perversely rich, including indoor ski slopes and cable cars over megavolcanos, casinos and rides. This created the economic problem of being the richest people in the universe, having more money than most governments and effectively unlimited resources. Money is a small blessing when enemies are quite willing to spend billions for the chance at trillions. Bryan Prescot and his daughter might as well have targets painted on their backs for the thugs, kidnappers, and assassins their competitors would throw at them. Bodyguards were necessary – highly trained bodyguards who could be bought once and be utterly loyal no matter the circumstances. Caron Prescot has only six bodyguards against an army, but she has two aces in the hole: The miners are on her side, and Elke, Ripple Creek’s psychotic demolition expert, has a nuke. The problem with Elke having a nuke is that Elke WILL use it!

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Williamson, Michael Z
Freehold Universe
– Contact with Chaos
Grainne War (Freehold)
2. The Weapon
Freehold bodyguards (Freehold)
1. Better to beg Forgivness… (Baen 2009)
2. Do Unto Others …
(Baen 2010)