Mad Mike (known as Michael Z. Williamson to his more formal admirers, and Crazy Einar [and other things] to less formal fans) is a prolific and very popular author, whose books we've encountered in these pages from time to time. At his invitation, I've contributed a short story to a forthcoming collection that ranges over a couple of thousand years, set on Earth and in space, as part of his 'Freehold' universe. Miss D. and I are very pleased to number him among our friends. We've visited his home, and he's stayed in ours.
Mike's latest book, 'Angeleyes', also set in the Freehold universe, is published today.
The blurb reads:
Angie Kaneshiro never planned to be a spy. She was a veteran of the Freehold Forces of Grainne, and was now a tramp freighter crew-woman who hadn’t set foot on the dirt of a world in ten years. Angie was free, and that was the way she liked it.
Then the war with Earth started. One thing Angie knew was human space. She knew where the UN troops garrisoned, the methods they used to scan and chip their own to control them. Even better, she had a mental map of the access conduits, the dive bars, and the make-out cubbies people used to get around restrictions.
The UN forces may hold most of the stations, the docks, and the jump points, but now the Freehold of Grainne has its own lethal weapon. The Intelligence branch sends a freighter crewed with Blazers, special forces troops. All Angie has to do is lead them through the holes. Responsibility for the explosions and wreckage will be theirs. But war is complicated, and even the most unwilling of heroes can be forged in its crucible.
Mike has an uncanny ability to make you feel part of the action, to see it through the eyes of his protagonist. I've already ordered my copy of 'Angeleyes', but I don't need to read it before recommending it (as I do all his books). I'll buy anything he writes, sight unseen. He's that good.