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The Butcher of Anderson Station (The Expanse 0.5)

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A new story set in the world of The Expanse. One day, Colonel Fred Johnson will be hailed as a hero to the system. One day, he will meet a desperate man in possession of a stolen spaceship and a deadly secret and extend a hand of friendship. But long before he became the leader of the Outer Planets Alliance, Fred Johnson had a very different name. The Butcher of Anderson S ...more
Kindle Edition, 40 pages
Published October 17th 2011 by Hachette Book Group
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
SO. It's been obvious from our first introduction in LEVIATHAN WAKES that Fred Johnson, the butcher of Anderson Station, isn't a stone cold killer . . . You don't walk away from the military you've served your whole life when following orders led to the slaughter of "terrorists" if you've got an empty chest cavity.

If you've watched THE EXPANSE, then you already know this story, what really happened that day, why the Belters of Anderson Station led a revolt.

It is heartbreaking. But even if you
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Alejandro
Apr 14, 2014 Alejandro rated it liked it
I knew about this prequel story even before of reading "Leviathan Wakes", however, I decided to read before the actual first book on the series since I was afraid that in just 40 pages, it won't be possible to establish the literature universe of the series to really get this short story.

I think that I chose the right decision. It was a good introductory story to the character of Fred Johnson, who is a supportive but key character in the development of the story in "Leviathan Wakes". Even you ge
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Ashley
Dec 08, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been meaning to read this ever since I read the first book several years ago. That's where we're first introduced to Fred Johnson, leader of the OPA, who was once (and still is) known through the solar system as the Butcher of Anderson Station. This short story elaborates on the brief hints of how he got that name that we got in Leviathan Wakes, and also shows how Fred got involved with the OPA to boot. More importantly, it doesn't just show us how he got that name, but what he did with it, ...more
Jason
Jan 01, 2016 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
4 Stars

I am a huge fan of the Expanse series and decided now would be a great time to read the tiny novellas. The Butcher of Anderson Station is an important back about the big Boss Fred. Can't say much more without spoilers but it is worth a read. A cool insight piece into Fred's past.

The Expanse series is one of my very favorite ongoing series today.

The Expanse is now an awesome show on Syfy and it has already been renewed for a second season.
Efka
Apr 14, 2016 Efka rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, short-stories
"You see Fred. Fred is dead".

Oh, no no no, wait, that's from another opera. This Fred - Butcher of Anderson station - has nothing to do with that Fred, who is dead. Except that he also is dead - morally. And he's looking for a redemption. Or an ending. And, well, he finds it. But that's not big news for anyone, who read Leviathan Wakes. But this short story tells us, how did it all happen, why, and most importantly, what Fred did after he hid.
Ron
A well-conceived and well-written short story which apparently sets up a great series. This is a good way to set the hook: a self-contained story which introduces the setting and perhaps the characters of the greater tale. The reader know what she is, and isn’t, getting.

“Centuries of warfare in the electronic age …”

That said it reads as if it takes place late in this century, not two hundred years or more into the future. The weapons are current or under development. The technology and electroni
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Alex Ristea
Aug 24, 2014 Alex Ristea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've been wondering if James S.A. Corey can write short fiction, wonder no longer.

(Actually, you shouldn't be wondering that at all. The Churn: An Expanse Novella is one of the best I've ever read; see my review.)

They've always been good at putting yourself in a character's shoes, where there is no right and wrong. Each POV has their own motivations you can understand, if not outright agree with.

Here we see the battle of Anderson station from a different perspective, and it throws what you
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Silvana
If you're curious on why Fred aka the titular character became what he was in Leviathan Wakes etc, then you should read this story.
Daniel
Feb 09, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesantna pricica o dogadjaju o kom se puno prica u prvoj knjizi. Sada najzad dobijamo malo detalja o tom tragiconm (i kako ispada nepotrebnom) dogadjaju.

Za ljubitelje serijala obavezno stivo.
Katherine
Jan 27, 2016 Katherine rated it really liked it
Fans of the SyFy adaptation of The Expanse will be familiar with this little bit of backstory for Fred Johnson. Years later, Fred is forced to revisit his dark past. During his time in the military, he was part of an operation to deal with a rebellion on one of the mining stations. Forced into starvation by budget cuts, to the point where their children are suffering brain damage from the inadequate air supply, the miners have risen up to demand fair treatment. Although this wasn’t necessarily t ...more
James
Dec 03, 2015 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Expanse series
Orbit Short Fiction seem to be making something of a success of the short-story form. This is the second one I've read - the first being Mira Grant's Countdown - and while neither of them are breaking exciting new literary ground they are providing an enjoyable set of prequels and spin-off stories from novel-length works or series. Like Countdown, this one too is a prequel - providing some back-story for one of the characters from Leviathan Wakes , Colonel Fred Johnson, the Butcher of Anderso ...more
Eric
May 24, 2013 Eric rated it liked it
When we met Fred Johnson in LEVIATHAN WAKES, he was the leader of the Outer Planets Alliance (OPA). We learned that at some point after he brutally liberated Anderson Station on behalf of Earth (earning him the nickname the Butcher of Anderson Station), he defected to the OPA. The novella The Butcher of Anderson Station by James S.A. Corey (the pen name used by Daniel Abraham (Twitter) and Ty Franck) helps fill in some of those missing details surrounding Johnson’s past.

The novella is short (ver
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Aaron
Jul 27, 2015 Aaron rated it really liked it
A short story from the Expanse series detailing Fred Johnson's first up close and personal encounter with the Outer Planets Alliance (which he would go on to lead), while also showing in flashback his experience as a Colonel in the United Nations Marine Corps and the military action that earned him the story's title. It may be good as a standalone story, but it's especially enlightening after reading Leviathan Wakes and wanting to know more about the motives of this character.
poiboy
Feb 11, 2016 poiboy rated it really liked it
This is a short book that needs to be read if you plan to read Leviathan Wakes. If you want to do it right, read this short story between chapters 17 and 18 of Leviathan Wakes. It fits in perfectly. I dare say it would have been perfect to have actually been IN Leviathan Wakes. But hindsight is always 20/20 right?
At least some of this makes it into the TV adaptation of The Expanse on SyFy (what's wrong with calling the channel Sci-Fi? weird).
AndrewP
As the TV series gave a look into how Fred became known as 'the butcher' I thought I would read this short to fill in the blanks. Turns out there was more to this incident behind the scenes than covered by the episode in the TV series.
Very short so well worth reading somewhere after the middle of Book 1.
annik
Последняя short story из набора разношерстных приквелов к «Левиафану». В первой книге Фред Джонсон на протяжении определенного количества страниц является самой темной и загадочной фигурой на поле, предыстория прозвища «мясник станции Андерсон» не сразу раскрывается в полной мере, но и даже после некоторых намеков хочется узнать больше подробностей о кровавом полковничьем прошлом.

“The Butcher of Anderson Station” с ролью рассказчика справляется отлично. За детальным описанием операции, прогремев
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Lena
May 02, 2016 Lena rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Expanse Fans


"It was hard to think of any of them as human anymore." Colonel Frederick Johnson of Earth Fleet

This novella is the backstory of how Fred Johnson went from the poster child of Earths military to the Commander of Tycho Station and General of the OPA as we see him in The Expanse books. I had no idea it was Dawes that recruited him. That character has more depth than I expected. This is a short must read for Expanse fans.
Damon
Jun 03, 2016 Damon rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
A little bit nothing. Obviously a drop to enrich later works.
Phil
Jul 26, 2016 Phil rated it really liked it
A classic case of a military person disillusioned with an HQ decision. An extreme response that was unnecessary and resulted in massive loss of life, all for the sake of setting an example and sending a clear message to other would be 'mutineers'. However it has obviously been too much guilt for Fred to bear, and I'm assuming we read about the repercussion in Leviathan Wakes.
Dan Secor
Feb 27, 2016 Dan Secor rated it really liked it
The third and last novella/short story preludes to The Expanse. The results of this story are touched upon in one episode of the series, although, like the initial novel, are a little different here. Still a good story to set up the motives of two key characters in the upcoming novels. Not the best of the novellas (The Churn was my favorite of the three), but worth a read before entering the main universe.
Joseph
Aug 20, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it
No, I'm not too proud to have this count towards my GR annual challenge.

Short but engaging backstory about one of the more interesting and enigmatic secondary characters from Leviathan Wakes.
Dara
Oct 14, 2015 Dara rated it liked it
Solid little story in the Expanse series. I would have liked it to have been a little bit longer with a little more detail about Fred Johnson. 3 out of 5 stars.
Peter
While most of the Expanse shorts are more vignettes, this short really adds some nice background to the series.
Anastasia
Jan 15, 2016 Anastasia rated it liked it
Well, it was nice to know what actually happened on Anderson station. Quite an interesting novella, especially if you maybe liked Fred as a character.
Becky
Jan 23, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colonel Fred Johnson was just following orders when the attack on Anderson Station began. The Belters there were angered over a 3% raise on supply transfers - a 3% raise on the food, water, and even air consumed by a workforce barely eking out a living already. The man responsible for the raise was subsequently forced out of an airlock and the workers attempted to take control of the station.

And that's where Fred Johnson and his men came in.

In the end, Johnson knew well enough it should have b
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Benjamin
I forgot to mention one great thing about The Churn, which is that the construction kept giving you little misdirections about what could happen: we know that, eventually, this street kid makes it onto a space ship, but there are a bunch of ways that could happen, and Corey keeps us guessing about which one really does happen.

Which is not at all the situation with this one. Now, confession: I listened to the other two interstitial stories, whereas this one I read, so that might color my apprecia
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Jim C
Dec 17, 2015 Jim C rated it liked it
This is a short story that is a prequel to the novel Leviathan Wakes. In the novel the Butcher of Anderson Station is mentioned several times and this is that story. Terrorists have taken a space station and Fred Johnson will lead a raid to take it back. Afterwards, he learns everything that the situation was not the exact truth and this tells the story of how he handles the truth.

This can be read as a stand alone but I would recommend reading the novel first as that gives us the setting and atm
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Jake Hartnett
Feb 09, 2015 Jake Hartnett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know it's against the rules, but I'd rate this somewhere around the 3.78 star mark. Bizarre, I know, but it didn't do enough to warrant a decimal more.

I half knew what to expect coming into this, considering I'm fully up-to-date with the Expanse series, and currently waiting on Nemesis Games' release in June, but was left a little disappointed at how it didn't naturally tee-up Leviathan Wakes. I do understand it, seeing as it's not a direct prequel per se, but in another breath, it doesn't ha
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Mitchel Broussard
Jun 16, 2014 Mitchel Broussard rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
First off: don't read this before Leviathan Wakes. The appreciation of the drastic changes between the protagonist in this book and Leviathan play an important role in appreciating the novella. Even though it is a prequel, it spends no time acclimating you to the world of the Belt and Mars society and Earth politics and why there are tall, skinny, pale people talking like they forgot how to use vowels properly. This just isn't a proper introduction to this universe, you'll find that in Leviathan ...more
TheTick
Oct 17, 2011 TheTick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid add-on tale to fill time until the next novel in the Expanse series comes out, The Butcher of Anderson Station tells you how Fred Johnson went from being the eponymous Butcher, to the hope that the Outer Planets Alliance has for peace. I can't say that I was all that surprised by events of this story, as I figured the events of the station assault had gone FUBAR due to the Earth government and not anything Fred did. Wished it was longer, but I guess what I REALLY want is Caliban's War.
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