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Man-Eater (Murphy's Lawless) Paperback – May 17, 2020
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Taken from their planet and their century, they are…the Lost Soldiers.
Some of the hijacked Twentieth Century troops known as the Lost Soldiers have made planetfall on the planet R’Bak and accomplished their first main objective: capturing much-needed combat vehicles. Now reinforced by the nomadic locals, this rump company—known as Murphy’s Lawless—are moving to prevent the local J’Stull aristocrats from calling their off-world overlords to take care of the “unidentified invaders.” The J’Stull plan: use spies and call in favors to find the vehicles and camp from which the “Terran” invaders plan to mount their offensive. The only countermove that Murphy’s Lawless can make in time is to identify—and eliminate—the spies.
Fortunately, orbital SIGINT has intercepted a radio transmission from a J’Stull agent near the village of Clarthu, and it’s up to Warrant Officer Horace Chalmers—a disgraced Criminal Investigation Division officer—and his partner Sergeant Jackson to find and eliminate the spy. With extreme prejudice.
But Chalmers is trying to achieve yet another goal on this operation: redemption. To start being a better human than the one who got shot down in a helicopter off Mogadishu on his way to Fort Leavenworth: a dirty cop whose misdeeds guaranteed that his partner Jackson would be on that chopper, too—and so lose everything and everyone he ever loved.
But Chalmers has never been very good at turning over a new leaf, and he knows nothing of the indigenous tribes. To make matters worse, there’s no room for failure; Murphy’s Lawless are already on the move. Their attack force will soon roll past Clarthu and be reported—and targeted—by the spy there. If Chalmers and Jackson can’t identify and eliminate that menace, the convoy will not only be prevented from completing its mission, but might be wiped out entirely.
And with it, every other time-stranded soldier in Murphy’s Lawless.
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- Publisher : Beyond Terra Press (May 17, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 142 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1648550266
- ISBN-13 : 978-1648550263
- Item Weight : 8.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.32 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,754,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Except that it IS.
Warrant Officer Chalmers is something of a maverick, a former criminal investigation specialist gone bad. He crossed one too many lines and was being shipped back home to face the consequences of his crimes. But he never does, at least, not on Earth, for he wakes up 130 years later where everything has changed. His world. His situation. His prospects.
And THAT forms the crux of our story.
Have the sins of Chalmers’ past followed him into the future? Can he be trusted? Does he deserve a second chance? A chance to do better? To become a different person?
We find out, for Chalmers has been tasked to investigate a suspected crime ring operating among the local J’strull satraps of R’bak. Their activities not only threaten the Lost Soldiers’ overall objectives on the planet, but the lives of their allies too. In particular, Chalmers is expected to identify the leaders, root out their strongholds among the local communities, and locate contraband tech they might tip the balance of power throughout the region.
How does this shamed soldier fare?
You’ll find Man-Eater a rather cautionary tale, as Chalmers ends up fighting as much against his ingrained behavioral patterns as he does the alien expectations, language and customs he’s been thrown in amongst. It makes for inciteful, painful reading, because even when a person wants to change; indeed, is genuinely determined to change, old habit die hard. And as the story arc so poignantly expresses, Chalmers is his own worst enemy.
A thoroughly absorbing story that adds a greater depth to an ever-growing universe.
Man Eater will keep you fully engaged in its fast paced action until the inevitable “what, it can’t be done yet” ending. It will leave you craving for the next piece of this fascinating tale.