Unbreakable: A Novel (Chronicles of Promise Paen)

By W. C. Bauers

The colonists of the planet Montana are familiar with being missed. located within the buffer area among rival human empires, their international is a backwater: distant, provincial, independently minded. at the same time a provisional member of the Republic of Aligned Worlds, Montana benefits little consideration--until it turns into the flashpoint in an coming near near interstellar war.
When pirate raids threaten to destabilize the zone, the uncooked deploys its mechanized armored infantry to house the location. major the attack is Marine Corps Lieutenant and Montanan expatriate Promise Paen of Victor corporation. Years past, Promise used to be pushed to hitch the Marines after her father used to be killed by means of this type of raid. Payback is nice, however it comes at an important and devastating fee. And Promise is not at all satisfied to be again on her birthworld, no longer even if she is hailed as a hero via the planet's population, together with its colourful president. Making concerns even worse: Promise is repeatedly haunted by way of the voice of her lifeless mother.
Meanwhile, the RAW's so much sour rival, the Lusitanian Empire, has been staring at occasions spread within the Montana procedure with curiosity. Their forces were looking forward to the proper second to realize a beachhead in Republic territory, and with Promise's Marines decimated, they think the time to strike is now.

Unbreakable by W.C. Bauers is personality pushed, army technology within the culture of John Scalzi's Old Man's War.

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Actual showers. ” “Showers,” Promise restated. “You can’t be severe. ” “Do Republican warships have showers? ” the best way Saxena requested made it transparent that she already knew the reply. “Yes, yet they're a luxurious. We ordinarily use sonic scrubbers to preserve water. ” “That used to be my figuring out, too,” Saxena stated. “A solid, scorching bathe will take most of the struggle out of a guy and melt him up for the likes of me. ” “Wait a minute. i presumed we have been conserving the likes of you”—Promise stated, tracing the air generously—“far, distant from those jarheads and their man-brains. ” “Once the beer begins flowing and darkish comes out, my neighbors and that i could be lengthy gone,” Saxena acknowledged. “Right. ” This used to be concerning the so much ridiculous factor she’d ever heard. All she anticipated used to be it backfiring on all of them … and several other younger ladies getting raped within the approach. “Lieutenant, contemplate what I’m asserting, past simply the most obvious. We’ll welcome the boys proper-like, hand out visitor luggage: a softened towel, a bar of cleaning soap and tasteful pinups, and clean fruit. We’ll quick-wash their uniforms whereas they bathe after which ship them to the arboretum for a pint. Then, we’ll disappear; you’ll have chuffed spacers who acquired a great glance rather than 1000s of pent-up, space-sick males. ” Promise nonetheless didn’t love it. “There’s manner an excessive amount of room for anything to head flawed. certainly one of your ladies may locate herself in a nasty state of affairs. ” “I can see to it that there’s no probability of that happening,” Annie stated. “I’ll have Jean-Wesley coordinate with Landing’s police leader. numerous dozen uniformed Rotary and a few plainclothes, too, to patrol the grounds. we will be able to circle the showers with barbed twine, sophisticated and friendly-like. ” Annie slapped her arms. “And we’ll publish symptoms the place they can’t be neglected. ‘Rape is a capital crime on Montana, punishable by way of castration and lifestyles in a piece camp. ’ this may be enjoyable. ” Promise’s eyes approximately popped out in their sockets. that sort of frontier justice surprised her inner-sphere, adjusted, egalitarian view of existence. Annie and Saxena nodded in unison. “So” Saxena acknowledged, “the approach I see it, we supply them a few jollies, shower and feed them, and ship them off crammed and satisfied. in the event that they get out of line, that’s what felony is for. Or the brig, correct? ” “We do this, and we’ll simply be giving Samuelson a cause to drag the trigger,” Promise countered. “Maybe. ” Annie bit her lip. “We already recognize the commodore is seeking that cause, Promise. yet he can’t argue with us locking up drunken Sailors, or Marines who can’t continue their palms to themselves. If he does, we would besides galvanize him with a stein and a prison cellphone, on our phrases, and take a look at to lead this example to the result that we'd like. The extra of them at the back of bars, the fewer we need to shoot. ” to vow, the room unexpectedly felt much less warm. “Madam President, I’d hate to be the commander that squared off opposed to you. ” “All correct, then. ” Annie stood up, finishing the assembly. “I’m as a result of speak with leader Krause and Jean-Wesley in a couple of minutes. Saxena, I’ll allow you to come back to coordinating the welcoming committee.

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