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2566 A.D. Five centuries ago, Earth sold a million children into slavery, the price of protection from the regional superpower. One group of slaves was bio-engineered and augmented to fight for alien officers as the Human Marine Corps.
To most alien eyes the Corps is a joke: plasma fodder equipped with third-rate cast-offs and so stupid that they go off to die actually believing they are genuine warriors.
But there are others who look deeper and see potential. To them the humans could be the wellspring of something far greater…
Unlike the other Marines on board the troop ship Beowulf, when eighteen-year old Arun McEwan is woken from cryo to board an enemy ship, he already knows he will survive: his destiny to lead the Human Legion has been foretold.
But there are other factions who will stop at nothing to bring about their rival dreams for humanity’s future.
Isolated on a ship rocked by mutiny, betrayal, and murder, Arun must find new allies amongst the most detested of the Navy crew: the freaks…
Do I detect a harem being developed by Arun? If so, I embrace your polygamist endeavors!! That’s one topic too many people are afraid to touch!
Well… I wouldn’t call it a harem. When I wrote the first short story that sparked this series, I went back and rewrote most of it because I realized that I had completely ignored the idea of where and when children are born and raised. By the end, the whole story centered on children. Before even that, the first print magazine that published me did so with a story about a human colony ‘terra’forming a planet for the White Knights. Having a workforce that can expand its numbers rapidly is all part of the plan. So I’m not coy about this topic (as I guess I’ve already covered it in print). But what you don’t get is all the girls throwing themselves at Arun’s feet and then not existing when he’s not paying them attention. What starts off with Arun in the first book as a series of youthful obsessions with women is a thread that builds and becomes more serious as the series progresses. I’m sure of that because I wrote a key scene on that topic today that fits into book 6 🙂