Rogue (A Freehold novel) by Michael Z. Williamson [Book Review]

Futuristic Manhunt

Mikael Z. Williamson has a flair for military science fiction. Rogue is a standalone sequel to The Weapon. Kenneth Chiniran led Freehold’s Special Forces attack on Earth that turned the war around. But instead of returning a hero he disappeared using his training to start a new peaceful life with the daughter that he brought back from Earth. He is hunted by guilt, not so unreasonable when the attack he led killed billions.

The beginning of the story reminded me of Freehold (my favorite Williamson novel). Kenneth has a wonderful relationship with his daughter and the people around them. Michael also paints a brief picture of the fascinating Freehold society which is painted as something of a utopia. I want to go back and reread Freehold again.

The past catches up to him when one of his pupils goes Rogue as an assassin for hire. Kenneth Chiniran has to take farewell to his very competent but young daughter and go on the hunt. He gets interesting company on the journey and we get to experience a couple of different planets and assassination attempts before the final confrontation.

Rogue won’t win any literary prices but it is a very enjoyable military romp. The characters might be a bit stereotypical but oh so enjoyable and I found myself rooting for them all. The military exploits is more on the anti-terrorist level. As usual there is a bit of sexual tension, ultra violence, gadgets and weapons.

Rogue is a thrilling and fun read I can warmly recommend especially if you like uncomplicated military science fiction.

Book Information

Rogue (A Freehold novel) by Michael Z. Williamson (Baen 2011) – Amazon  US | UK


Kenneth Chinran commanded the elite unit assigned to take out an entire planet in a terrible war. Millions died; billions more perished in the aftermath. One doesn’t send a sociopath on such a mission. A sociopath might not stop. Chinran did stop – but in the process nearly lost his sanity and his soul.

But one of Chinran’s men was a sociopath going in. Now he’s a trained sociopath with the knowledge and firepower to take out entire tactical teams, evaporate through security cordons and change identity at will. Who do you send after a killer like that? There’s only one answer: the man who trained him. The man who made him.