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The Butcher of Anderson Station

(The Expanse #1.5)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  12,166 ratings  ·  669 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 40 pages
Published October 17th 2011 by Hachette Book Group
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
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
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party

Just finished another Accountant Buddy Read with The Amazing Kayla! I loved this novella even more than The Churn, which I also gave 5 stars to! "The Expanse" already has the potential of becoming one of my favorite series just from how much I enjoyed these two novellas. I can't wait to get the main books of the series off my TBR shelf and into my currently reading piles now!
Scott  Hitchcock
Abraham (Corey) is just such an amazing story teller. Being able to tell such a complete and compelling story in such as short work is amazing. He as usual makes you feel the characters issue so vividly.

The three prequel novellas completed....bring on the main event.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Definitely a must for any Expanse fan, especially for those who are fans of Fred. I am. I think he's pretty damn cool.

But even for completionists, it's worth it. Why? Because Fred is a conflicted character for also being a relatively steadfast and rational friend to adventurers in need. His story may not be the most epic or the most emotional of the bunch, but for me, he has a certain mystique. :)

Also, this short story is REALLY short. :)
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
In space no one can hear you commit a war crime.

While I’ve read all of The Expanse books and love the TV series I hadn’t gotten around to checking out all the tie-in short stories, and this first one fills in the backstory of Fred Johnson. Since Fred is a former military officer from Earth who left all that behind to become one of the key leaders of the Belters he’s been something of an enigma so it was nice to get this story that explains why Fred turned his back on Earth and exactly what
Jun 25, 2013 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
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another background story for one of the characters in the Expanse novels. This time, it's about Fred Johnson, now leader of the OPA (Outer Planets Alliance).

Like Amos, Fred originally comes from Earth. Unlike Amos, Fred even served in the UN Navy and made a name for himself as "The Hero of Anderson Station". However, it's not like he's proud of it. Because his other nickname is "The Butcher of Anderson Station". It all depends on your point fo view, which might hinge on how much insider
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have low expectations for novellas because I have a hard time connecting with the story in such a small amount of pages, and don't ever expect to go higher than a 4 star rating. The Butcher of Anderson Station skirts that problem since it is about a character and an event that were introduced in Leviathan Wakes, so we go into it already familiar with what's going on. It's a satisfying narrative that reads just like an extension of the previous book and fills in an important character who ...more
Diana Stormblessed
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, sci-fi, 2018-read
Kind of sad. But too short to make any lasting impression.
Mar 18, 2015 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
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Expanse fans have all heard of Fred Johnson's pseudonym, and this novella offers a chance to learn more about how he earned the title. You can see how events in this novella shaped Fred's actions throughout the series, which makes it worth reading in it's own right. Although I enjoyed it, and in fact was looking forward to it most out of all the novellas, it's also the one I came away with the least from. It's a solid "I liked it" rating, but not the one I'd hand to you if you were only going to ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it

A quick story detailing Fred Johnson's past and the events that gave him the moniker of "The Butcher of Anderson Station"

I did feel like I already knew most of what was going to happen from conversations in Leviathan Wakes, so there were no major revelations. Still, gaining insight into what motivates Fred was pretty neat.
Dec 31, 2015 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.
This spin-off short story from the Expanse series details the backstory of Fred Johnson, the infamous OPA leader that was introduced in the first book, Leviathan Wakes. It's a short and quick read that goes deeper in detailing why the massacre at Anderson Station changed him forever. But because many characters have talked about the event in the main books, I wish that the story went even further with adding more to the world-building, inspiring readers to see the story in a different light. ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh, Fred. ...more
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.
Mark Hebwood
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
A solid short story set in the timeline before the events of Leviathan Wakes. It gives some psychological background to Fred Johnson's character, and this is interesting perhaps to those who like the main sci-fi series. But a short story needs a spectacular ending, some big final reveal to make it a truly satisfactory read, and I thought this one did not deliver on that. Still, nice enough.
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
César Bustíos
“They made me a butcher.”

True that.

This is not just the story of how he became The Butcher, it's also the story of how the OPA recruited him after that. There's no much to say without spoiling the whole thing. This is what really happened back then. A must-read for The Expanse fans.

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.
Quintin Zimmermann
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
For the men and women on the ground, in war there are no winners and losers - only victims and victims...

After the events of Anderson Station, Colonel Frederick Lucius Johnston, the poster boy for disproportional response, reaches a fork in the road - nihilism or redemption...
Dale Pearl
A short story prequel if you will to the expanse series. Provides some significant backdrop to the storyline that was actually covered in the TV series. Makes Fred less of an ass-hat and more down to earth human like the rest of us.
Tudor Vlad
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This I also read last year, so I don't have much to add, maybe just that I remember this making me hope to see more Dawes in Babylon's Ashes...which happened (I'll take credit for that).
C.T. Phipps
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite reads from the Expanse series and, honestly, closer to what I want from the series than the craziness which has followed recently. The story is about how Fred Johnson, Colonel of the UNN, has been going to Belter bars in order to pick a fight. This despite the fact he is the titular "Butcher of Anderson Station" and this will probably get him killed. Anderson Dawes, leader of the OPA, kidnaps him and then tries to find out what really happened that day. The story is complex, ...more
3.5 stars

Ha! That only took about 30 minutes to read, but I’m counting it. Do you hear me, Goodreads challenge? I’m counting it! I have bested you again!

But I joke.

But I count it.

Anyway, this short story was a decent backstory for Fred, although I’m pretty sure the TV show has revealed anything that would have been a big surprise here. I enjoyed seeing Anderson Dawes through Fred’s eyes for the first time, and the description of his remote control of the battle was interesting. I always like
Nov 30, 2011 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 ...more
Jul 26, 2015 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.
Kevin Kelsey
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
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Rebecca Crunden
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, novellas
“Because why matters, Colonel. Why always matters. Whatever your story is, I know how it ends. It ends with you, here, talking to me.”

The storyline of Anderson Station is so tragic and highlights the casualties of war and all the innocents caught in the crossfire. Fred is a very interesting character. He and Dawes play off each other well. Can't wait to start Leviathan Wakes!
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Tentative three stars.

Nothing new, really. There's a tiny bit more backstory for Fred, and why he ends up where he does, but it's stuff you've seen before in Leviathan Wakes and the other novels in the series.
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