Michael Z. Williamson Books In Order

Freehold Books In Publication Order

  1. Freehold (2003)
  2. The Weapon (2005)
  3. Better to Beg Forgiveness (2007)
  4. Contact with Chaos (2009)
  5. Do Unto Others (2010)
  6. Rogue (2011)
  7. When Diplomacy Fails (2012)
  8. Angeleyes (2016)
  9. Forged in Blood (2017)
  10. Resistance (2019)

Target: Terror Books In Publication Order

  1. The Scope of Justice (2004)
  2. Targets of Opportunity (2005)
  3. Confirmed Kill (2005)

Exiled Books In Publication Order

  1. Clan of the Claw (With: John Ringo,Harry Turtledove,S.M. Stirling,Jody Lynn Nye) (2011)
  2. By Tooth and Claw (By:John Ringo,Mercedes Lackey,S.M. Stirling,Jody Lynn Nye,Eric Flint) (2015)

Temporal Displacement Books In Publication Order

  1. A Long Time Until Now (2015)
  2. That Was Now, This Is Then (2021)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. Tick of the Clock (With: Travis Clemmons) (2015)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. Tour of Duty (2013)
  2. Tide of Battle (2018)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Wisdom From My Internet (2014)

Posleen War Books In Publication Order

  1. A Hymn Before Battle (By:John Ringo) (2000)
  2. Gust Front (By:John Ringo) (2001)
  3. When the Devil Dances (By:John Ringo) (2002)
  4. Hell’s Faire (By:John Ringo) (2003)
  5. The Hero (With: John Ringo) (2004)
  6. Cally’s War (By:John Ringo,Julie Cochrane) (2004)
  7. Watch on the Rhine (By:John Ringo,Tom Kratman) (2005)
  8. Sister Time (By:John Ringo,Julie Cochrane) (2007)
  9. Yellow Eyes (By:John Ringo,Tom Kratman) (2007)
  10. Honor of the Clan (By:John Ringo,Julie Cochrane) (2009)
  11. Eye of the Storm (By:John Ringo) (2009)
  12. The Tuloriad (By:John Ringo,Tom Kratman) (2009)

Black Tide Rising Books In Publication Order

  1. Under a Graveyard Sky (By:John Ringo) (2013)
  2. To Sail a Darkling Sea (By:John Ringo) (2014)
  3. Islands of Rage & Hope (By:John Ringo) (2014)
  4. Strands of Sorrow (By:John Ringo) (2014)
  5. Black Tide Rising (With: John Ringo,John Scalzi,Jody Lynn Nye,Sarah A. Hoyt,Eric Flint) (2016)
  6. The Valley of Shadows (By:John Ringo) (2018)
  7. Voices of the Fall (By:John Ringo) (2019)
  8. River of Night (By:John Ringo) (2019)
  9. At the End of the World (By:Charles E. Gannon) (2020)
  10. At the End of the Journey (By:Charles E. Gannon) (2021)
  11. We Shall Rise (By:John Ringo,Gary Poole) (2021)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Future Weapons of War (2007)
  2. Black Tide Rising (2016)
  3. Battle Luna (2020)

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Michael Z. Williamson Books Overview


The innocent run when everyone Pursueth! Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn’t matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne, the only developed system that belongs to neither the unes nor the Colonial Alliance. There, one may seek asylum and build a new life in a society that doesn’t track its residents every move, which is just what Pacelli has done. But now things are about to go royally to hell. Because Earth’s government has found out where she is…
This is a fast paced novel of an indomitable individual against a monolithic tyranny.

The Weapon

Kenneth Chinran was a disaffected youth who joined the military and was recruited for an elite deep cover unit, shrugging off training and exercises so tough that several of the recruits did not survive. Then he was sent by his star nation to infiltrate a fascistic, militaristic planet Earth. He lived in deep cover for years, marrying and having a daughter. Then the Earth forces attacked his home system, and he and his team came out of hiding, attacking and destroying the infrastructure of the crowded planet, disabling transportation and communications in city after city. As a result of his attacks, billions died for lack of the food, water and power which the ravaged system could no longer supply. His sabotage was successful, but the deaths of so many weighs heavily on his mind, making him wonder if he can stay sane. Then the secret police discovered his identity. With his daughter, the only thing in his life that had so far kept him human, he was on the run, while the resources of a planetwide police state were tracking him down. He could see no way to escape from the planet, no way to keep hiding, and if he and his daughter were caught, death was the very least that they could expect. But Chinran is a warrior to the core, and even if he loses this last battle, he won t go down without a fight that his pursuers the ones who survive will never forget

Better to Beg Forgiveness

Celadon, a poor nation on a poor planet, engaged in civil war and a haven for every type of villainy in space, is ripe for cleanup. The military could pacify it handily, but it would take a statesman to fix it.

But some statesmen have ethics, which politicians and megacorps find inconvenient. President Bishwanath compounded the sin by being astute, ambitious and capable. Something had to be done, because a working nation isn’t much use for pork and graft.

When the word comes down that he is dead, the politicians move on with a new plan, re allocating resources, and finding a new, more pliable president to put in place.

There are three problems with this solution. Bishwanath is not dead. His mercenary bodyguards are more loyal than the politicians. And if they’re not on contract, there are no rules.

Contact with Chaos

When an exploration ship from Freehold discovered a planet with intelligent lifeforms the first which humans had ever encountered it should have been the most important event in history. And it might be for all the wrong reasons.

Corporations on Freehold were eager to sell high tech toys to the Ithkuil, as the inhabitants called themselves, which had the potential to disrupt their society. Then there was the U.N., which controlled the planet Earth. Earth and Freehold were not on good terms, to put it mildly, and the U.N. immediately sent its own ship to make contact with the Ithkuil. If the authoritarians from Earth started throwing their weight around, Freehold would have to push back, causing anything from a diplomatic incident to outright war. And then another ship arrived, full of idealistic do gooders determined to keep the Ithkuil in their unspoiled state of nature…

The whole thing was turning into a cross between a Marx Brothers farce and a Kafkaesque nightmare, with a potential for Greek tragedy. Contact with a more advance civilization might pose a danger to the Ithkuil, but it definitely was becoming more dangerous to the human factions, and the situation was a powder keg just waiting for a spark to cause a very deadly explosion…

Do Unto Others

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 cmpetitors would throw at them. Bodyguards were necessary Highly trained bodyguards who could be bought once and be utterly loyal no matter the circumstances. The altercation comes to a head inside the domes and mines of Govannon, with their enemy desperate to do anything to save their own lives, now that the gloves are off. 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.

The Scope of Justice

One shot, one kill…

It is the code of the sniper, a lone professional in a military organization that prides itself on teamwork and strength in numbers. Feared by his enemies and distrusted by his allies, the sniper can turn tides and win battles, or lose them, with a single bullet.

A deadly sharpshooter haunted by a botched mission in Bosnia, SFC Kyle Monroe must now pay for his sins in the worst place on Earth. Dispatched to the mountains of Pakistan as part of a two man hunter/killer team, Monroe’s assignment is to take a terrorist leader out of the game before the target can mastermind the wholesale slaughter of Western innocents. But in a backward wasteland of shifting alliances, ancient tribal rivalries, treacherous betrayers, and blood vendettas, staying alive long enough to reach his goal may be the most difficult part of the job. Because the sniper is always alone in hostile territory with no guaranteed way back when the kill goes down.

Targets of Opportunity

The second book in the series revolving around one of the most fascinating professions within the armed forces the sniper. This time the shooters head to Romania to stop a dangerous terrorist cell before it’s too late.

Master snipers Kyle Monroe and his partner Wade got more than they bargained for on their last adventure an assignment to knock out a powerful terrorist leader in Pakistan. Their new assignment takes them to Romania, a new land with all too familiar enemies. Although the men are still haunted by the team mates they lost in Pakistan, duty comes first, and it’s time to put the past behind them, strap on their rifles and go take out some bad guys.

Military snipers are the best in the world at what they do precision shooting without getting caught. But the skill required to shoot a man from a mile away becomes useless in the densely packed streets of the city that used to be the home of the historical Count Dracula. Finding themselves alone in the dark, foreboding tunnels beneath the notorious Count’s former castle, their nerves of steel face the ultimate test. And as they get closer to the men responsible for plotting massive terrorist attacks against the U.S., Kyle and Wade realize that the true evil isn’t in crypts or legends, but in the man who can plot the deaths of innocents, and the only solution is a bullet between the eyes.

Confirmed Kill

When a pair of soldiers faces down deadly enemies together time after time, they become an efficient and deadly team. Kyle Monroe and Wade Curtis, two of the Army’s most dangerous snipers, work together like a well oiled machine. After hunting down terrorists in Pakistan and Romania, always under the official radar, Monroe and Curtis have learned how to get the job done by working together.

So when General Robash asked them to take on another extremely important mission, traveling to Indonesia to kill high level terrorists with connections to Al Qaeda, they knew they were the best two men for the job. But as they’re prepping for the mission, Robash has to undergo emergency heart surgery leaving the men under another’s command. Now the paper pushing Colonel Wiesenger has decided to accompany the men on the mission, and it’s soon obvious that three’s a crowd. It will take all of the experience and skill the two snipers have to trek through the jungle villages of volatile Indonesia, and stop the terrorists in their tracks. They must kill the terrorist leaders before more innocents, including those of American oil workers, are added to the list of casualties in the war on terror.

Clan of the Claw (With: John Ringo,Harry Turtledove,S.M. Stirling,Jody Lynn Nye)

First entry in a new series with three big all new linked novellas from multiple best sellers Harry Turtledove, John Ringo & Jody Lynn Nye, and S.M. Stirling! After the extinction asteroid DOESN T strike Earth, the dinosaurs keep evolving but so do the mammals. We mammals have achieved human like shapes, but now it’s cold blooded, magic using reptiles against the hot blooded, hot tempered descendants of cats. In a heroic, bronze age world similar to 300, the Mrem Clan of the Claw and its sister warbands are expanding their rough and tumble territory, but now they face the Lishkash, masters of a cold blooded empire of slave armies and magic. It s mammalian courage and adaptation against reptile cunning in a clash of steel and will that will determine which line shall inherit the Earth. About contributor John Ringo: O ne of the best practitioners…
of military SF. Publishers Weekly.’ F ast paced military SF peopled with three dimensional characters and spiced with personal drama as well as tactical finesse’ Library Journal Ringo s work attains a terrible beauty not unlike that of the Norse Eddas Publishers Weekly ‘If Tom Clancy were writing SF, it would read much like John Ringo. The Philadelphia Weekly Press About contributor Harry Turtledove: the master of alternative SF. Publishers Weekly Outstanding enterntainment. BooklistAbout contributor S.M. Stirling: Stirling eloquently describes a devastated, mystical world that will appeal to fans of traditional fantasy as well as post apocalyptic SF. Publishers Weekly on Stirlings The Scourge of God

A Hymn Before Battle (By:John Ringo)

With the Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the peaceful and friendly races of the Galactic Federation offer their resources to help the backward Terrans for a price.

Humanity now has three worlds to defend.

As Earth’s armies rush into battle and special operations units scout alien worlds, the humans begin to learn a valuable lesson: You can protect yourself from your enemies, but may the Lord save you from your allies.

‘John Ringo’s first novel has bad guys from the wrong side of Hell, ‘good guys’ you wouldn’t buy a used car from, heroism, cowardice, military stupidity and genius, millennia old plots, Leopard tank versus plasma cannon, and a kick butt suit of powered armor. It’s a marvelous book, and the galactic neighborhood will never be the same once the monkey boys and girls from Earth get done with it.’ David Weber, author of the New York Times bestselling Honor Harrington series.

Gust Front (By:John Ringo)

The aliens had arrived with gifts, warnings, and an offer we couldn’t refuse…
Our choice was simple: we could be cannon fodder, or we could be…
fodder. We could send our forces to fight and die as only humans can against a ravening horde that was literally feeding on its interstellar conquests or remain as we were virtually weaponless and third in line for brunch. We chose to fight. Thanks to alien technology and sheer guts, the Terrans on two worlds fought the Posleen to a standstill. Thank God there was a moment to catch our breath, a moment, however brief, of peace Now, for the survivors of the Barwhon and Diess Expeditionary Forces, it was a chance to get some distance from the blood and misery of battle against the Posleen centaurs. A blessed chance to forget the screams of the dying in purple swamps and massacres under searing alien suns. For earth it was an opportunity to flesh out their force of raw recruits with combat seasoned veterans. Political, military and scientific blundering had left the Terran forces in shambles and with the Posleen invasion only months away, these shell shocked survivors might be the only people capable of saving the Earth from devastation. If the veterans had time to lick their wounds. Because the Posleen don’t read schedules.

When the Devil Dances (By:John Ringo)

After five years of battling invaders, human civilization prepares a strike to drive the aliens from the Earth. But the Clan Lord of the Sten has learned from the defeats humans have dealt him, and has his own plan. When he squares off against Major O’Neal, the only winner will be Satan himself.

Hell’s Faire (By:John Ringo)

With the defenses of the Southern Appalachians sundered, the only thing standing between the ravening Posleen hordes and the soft interior of the Cumberland Plateau are the veterans of 555th Mobile Infantry. Dropped into Rabun Pass, with a couple of million Posleen behind them and fourteen million to the front, the only question is which will run out first: power, bullets or bodies. But they have a hole card: far to the north the shattered SheVa Nine is undergoing a facelift. Rising from its smoking ashes is a new weapon of war, armed with the most advanced weaponry Terra has ever produced, capable of facing both the Posleen hordes and their redoubtable space cruisers. Capable of dealing out hell as only SheVa Nine can. If Mike O’Neal and the other members of the 555th are going to survive, it will come down to how much Posleen butt Bun bun can kick. Prepare to eat antimatter, Posleen boy.

The Hero (With: John Ringo)

It’s a matter of trust. For thousands of years the Darhel, a warrior species conditioned to be incapable of killing, manipulated and controlled the human race. Then the humans threw off their yoke. Now, for the first time, a Darhel has been assigned to the elite Deep Reconnaissance Team commandos. Trust, in a small unit, is vital. And there was no trust to be had on either side. But when the mission encountered an alien device worth more than a king’s ransom, it was the humans who betrayed the trust. Now the despised Darhel must race against the team’s sniper to prevent the artifact falling into the wrong hands. The Darhel has empathic powers, superhuman strength and the speed of a cheetah. The sniper has years of experience and enormous ability. The sniper can kill. The Darhel cannot. The fate of the galaxy and the human race for the next thousand years rests on the shoulders of a Darhel. The Hero has a thousand faces, but is one of them the face of an elf?

Cally’s War (By:John Ringo,Julie Cochrane)

Cally O’Neal was trained from childhood as a premier killer. Officially listed as dead, for the past forty years she has lived a life of aliases, random lovers and targeted assassinations. This has led her to become the top in her profession, undefeatable, invulnerable. And in the process, she has lost her soul. Now she, and the man she loves, must battle to reclaim it. But Cally will find that leaving her dark world of shadow identities, murder for hire, and deadly secrets will be more difficult than any of the many lethal operations she carried out in the past. Her employers think she knows too much to live, and the scores of enemies she has made still have her at the top of their hit lists. The real question is, will she win her soul only to lose her life?

Watch on the Rhine (By:John Ringo,Tom Kratman)

The invaders are coming the Posleen, a seemingly unstoppable horde who have conquered one star system after another, literally feeding on their conquests. Earth’s dubious allies, the Darhel, have given the humans a number of highly advanced technological devices, including a process for rejuvenating the aged, including trained and proven soldiers who otherwise would be too old to fight. Rejuvenation may give a critical edge, since to survive, the Earth must use every resource at hand. Every resource…
In the dark days after the initial Posleen attack, but before the primary invasion, the Chancellor of Germany faces a critical decision. Over the years, with military cutbacks, the store of experienced German military personnel had simply dwindled. After the destruction of Northern Virginia, he realized that it was necessary to tap the one group he had sworn never, ever, to recall: the few remaining survivors of the Waffen SS. Has he made a devil s bargain, or is this a chance for the reviled SS at last to fight the good fight? And, perhaps, gain redemption…
?Watch On the Rhine, a new chapter in the New York Times best selling Posleen War saga, is perhaps the most unbiased, and brutal, look at the inner workings of the Waffen SS in history. Meticulously researched, it explores all that was good, and evil, about the most infamous military force in history using the backdrop of the Posleen invasion as a canvas.

Sister Time (By:John Ringo,Julie Cochrane)

Cally O’Neal is officially dead. In her over forty years of being an active secret agent she hasn’t used her real name much less spoken to her sister. So when Michelle interrupts an important mission, by seemingly appearing out of thin air, it’s an unexpected reunion…
. BUT YOU CAN’T CHOOSE YOUR RELATIVES. Michelle O’Neal has lived the life of the perfect Indowy adept, rising slowly in the ranks, honing her skills, being a good little girl. But now she needs the help of her bad sis when the Darhel start to put the squeeze on the first Human mentat. In a family where her father, the war hero, thinks everyone is dead, her grandfather is a smuggler when he’s not distilling moonshine, her sister is a cold blooded killer for hire and her brother in law is a mobster, Michelle may look like the odd gal out. But when it’s death or dishonor, she’s gonna prove that deep down inside, she’s every bit an O’Neal.

Yellow Eyes (By:John Ringo,Tom Kratman)

The Posleen are coming and the models all say the same thing: Without the Panama Canal, the US is doomed to starvation and defeat. Despite being overstretched preparing to defend the US, the military sends everything it has left: A handful of advanced Armored Combat Suits, rejuvenated veterans from the many decades that Panama was a virtual colony and three antiquated warships. Other than that, the Panamanians are on their own. Replete with detailed imagery of the landscape, characters and politics that have made the jungle infested peninsula a Shangri La for so many over the years, Yellow Eyes is a hard hitting look at facing a swarming alien horde with not much more than wits and guts. Fortunately for the human race, the Panamanians, and the many veterans that think of it as a second home, have plenty of both.

Honor of the Clan (By:John Ringo,Julie Cochrane)

Three words that resound in the heart of the warrior. But what is duty when country is gone? Where does honor lie when allies are revealed as enemies, when friends are not who they seem and when enemies are the ones we love?

The Indowy ‘Bane Sidhe’ conspiracy has grown strong, and the cunning and resourceful Darhel tacit rulers of the Galactic Federation have decided that the time has come to wipe that threat from the stars forever. What the Darhel don’t know is that humans have joined the rebellion led by thief and assassin extraordinaire, Cally O’Neal. Now Cally is set to destroy a web of alien deceit millennia in the making. Only one obstacle lies in her path: the renowned warrior who stood tall and saved Earth from utter destruction during its first invasion by alien hordes a legend who also happens to be Cally’s father!

Multiple New York Times best selling John Ringo’s ‘Legacy of Aldenata’ saga continues as beautiful assassin Cally O’Neal returns in a gripping interplanetary thriller.

Eye of the Storm (By:John Ringo)

Beneath A Banner Burned…

In an instant the world changed for Lieutenant General Michael O’Neal. His beloved Corps of the last remaining ACS destroyed beneath the guns of the Fleet, his staff shot before his eyes, arrested on the charge of war crimes, he faces a short, one sided, trial, a trip to the Fleet Penal Facility and a bullet to the back of the head while trying to ‘escape.’

The Boundaries Blur

General Tam Wesley faces trying one of the most beloved heroes in Federation, not to mention a friend of decades, on trumped up charges. He alternative is having the last corps of humans that haven’t sold their souls to the Darhel be taken apart like a chicken.

Then he finds out the bad news…

The Chaos Has Returned

With a new invasion from a previously unknown race threatening the Federation capital, Darhel Tir Dal Ron faces his ultimate nightmare: He is going to have to reinstate the one man human soldiers trust, a man with the power and knowledge to destroy the Darhel oligarchy forever. And instead convince him, against all logic, to save the Darhel.

Somebody is going to die. General Michael O’Neal, Supreme Commander, Federation Forces, just has to pick.

The Tuloriad (By:John Ringo,Tom Kratman)

The Enemy of My Enemy…
Of the once innumerable battle clans of the Posleen only a handful survive. And that on the sufferance of a group of despised Indowy and Himmit. Plucked from the maelstrom on Earth they are cast out into the eternal blackness of the stars with only a slightly insane Indowy and a computer virus to guide them. What follows is a trail of tears and remembrance as the Posleen retrace the footsteps of their ancestors in a search for their homeworld. A search to determine if the Posleen posess the one thing no Human would give them credit for: A soul. Returned to their beginnings, the question remains: Is there a new path for the Tular Posleen?

Future Weapons of War

A volume of visions of future wars, fought with weapons out of nightmare, by today’s top writers of military science fiction, as well as some writers who are not usually associated with military SF, such as best selling writer Gregory Benford, and award winning author Kristine Katherine Rusch. Also present are Michael Z. Williamson, author of the strong selling novels Freehold and The Weapon, award winning author of Bolo Strike, William H. Keith, and more.

Through the centuries, weapons have changed radically, but the soldier has remained much the same. But in the future, soldiers, too, may undergo radical changes. As editor Joe Haldeman puts it, Weapons are an extension of the soldier, and also an extension of the culture or species that produced the soldier. And they are sometimes more dangerous to the soldier than the enemy…

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