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Waveoff (Murphy's Lawless) Paperback – August 14, 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 R’Bak and are working to establish their base there, racing against time to find key weapons and equipment caches before the local satraps can activate them. But time is not on the side of the small isolated unit known as Murphy’s Lawless: the local indigenous forces are building an inter-system transmitter that will let them call the nearby planet of Kulsis for high-tech reinforcements. The Lost Soldiers have to scrape together enough equipment and allies to stop the J'Stull satraps from contracting their off-world overlords.
Lieutenant Kevin Bowden was headed home from Somalia after a bombing flight that went wrong—destroying a church full of innocent women and children—when he was hijacked by the mysterious Ktor. A broken man, Bowden never wanted to fly again, much less run another bombing mission, but Major Rodger Murphy needs someone to oversee the transition of the SpinDogs interface craft into combat aircraft, and Bowden is the only one with the requisite skills and background to do it.
Can Bowden reach back to the time before that day and reengineer three interface spacecraft to be serviceable in-atmo bombers—and train their crews—in just a few weeks? He’s going to have to, because the transmitter is nearing completion, and if the J’Stull are able to get a call off to Kulsis, all of Murphy’s Lawless may go off the air…permanently.
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- Publisher : Beyond Terra Press (August 14, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 142 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1648550622
- ISBN-13 : 978-1648550621
- Item Weight : 8.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.32 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,596,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Many of these individuals have their own "traumatic" back story and reasons to believe that being "saved" and "transported forward in time" may not be for the best. Combined with the overarching fight for survival or a distant and alien planet under threat of invasion and devastation, their individual "coming to terms" with their situation is the focus of these stories.
Lieutenant Kevin Bowden's final mission in Mogadishu just prior to his seizure by aliens ended in the deaths of many innocent civilians including a girl he watched die. Several hundred years in deep freeze was not enough to dim the memories and he is unwilling to provide to use his considerable skill as a trainer and pilot in further military operations. Of course situations and necessity conspire to force him to do so and in rather less than ideal circumstances. When a mission to take out a interplantary communication array falls apart how will he react? When he go out in a blaze of glory or is there some other way?
A great short read that will have you wondering until the end. What actually causes humans to move forward despite having everything crashing and burning around them?
And with good reason.
Bad intel led to him raining down death and destruction on innocent civilians, and the sight of a little girl tumbling through the air to meet a grizzly and gruesome end is something he’ll never forget. That image becomes so indelibly burned into his memories and conscience that he vows never to fly in combat again.
All well and good, perhaps, if he’d stayed on Earth. But fate dealt him a cruel hand, and he was snatched away through time and space to another world where a desperate struggle for survival draws him ever closer to the possibility that he will have to get involved.
It has become known that J’Sull satraps have gained access to an inter-system transmitter. Though the worse for wear, they’re busily doing all they can to repair that transmitter, so that they can call for backup.
And backup will spell disaster for the Lost Soldiers, for the indigenous communities of R’bak, and everything they’ve tried to achieve, unless. . .
The SpinDogs have access to several decrepit aircraft, and Major R.Y. Murphy turns to Bowden for help, for only Bowden has the tactical aviation skills needed to turn several heaps of junk into serviceable aircraft that might – just might – serve as missile platforms, capable of destroying the transmitter before the enemy calls for reinforcements.
But there’s a problem. That transmitter is protected on three sides by mountains, and the only approach lies just beyond a large town inhabited by innocent folk. And he’s got very little time in which to train the SpinDog pilots on the tactics needed to drop bombs accurately.
A nightmare scenario? Oh yes. War is never fair. Anything that can go wrong probably will. A maxim that rings ever more loudly as the mission progresses, placing Bowden in a position he dreads.
How does he fare?
Ah, you’ll have to find out for yourself. Just let me say, Waveoff, by Chris Kennedy is a fast-paced and engaging tale that deals with the very real issues faced by combat veterans the world over. They don’t have the option of burying their heads in the sand or quitting. It’s very often a case of having to get back on the horse and steeling yourself to face the next round of missions, and doing so in a way that sees the men and women under your command safely through to the other side.
A great story, and one of my personal favorites.