Beaten

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Nathan Werner just got drafted. They give him a couple weeks to get his affairs in order-easy when you've dropped out of school, alienated your friends, and never had a job or a family life to begin with-then it's off to basic training. Now he's a pacifist without a cause and the drill sergeant's personal punching bag. He spends the next three months failing to stay out of harm's way, failing to make friends, and failing to get himself sent home. Getting thrown through a shatter proof glass window doesn't even ...
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Overview

Nathan Werner just got drafted. They give him a couple weeks to get his affairs in order-easy when you've dropped out of school, alienated your friends, and never had a job or a family life to begin with-then it's off to basic training. Now he's a pacifist without a cause and the drill sergeant's personal punching bag. He spends the next three months failing to stay out of harm's way, failing to make friends, and failing to get himself sent home. Getting thrown through a shatter proof glass window doesn't even buy him a day in the infirmary. He's stuck, and his pathological inability to shoot other people is making things harder by the day.
Plus the brass keep "clarifying" that they're not actually in the Army. And there's this high pitched tone that's keeping Nate awake at night. And people's veins keep turning black...right before they go on murderous rampages. It seems Nate and his non-buddies are victims of an experiment, the next great advancement in "defense" technology, and he could become just another suspiciously obedient bloodthirsty berserker at any moment. Faced with the prospect that his creators intend to make more like him, and use them to kill more people, Nate is forced to decide if he should keep his hands clean or become a disobedient type of killer. As the very blood in his veins darkens, he fears the decision is being made for him.

This edition also contains the prequel short story, "Break."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482675153
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 3/13/2013
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Willis writes stories like ninjas skulk around in the dark: constantly. Most of them disappear into that place where short term memories go instead of becoming long term ones, but occasionally he manages to pin one down before it escapes. When he's not pursuing an endless procession of characters and scenes through the catacombs of his brain, he's chasing the diminutive demons that are his son and daughter through the recesses of their house in Schenectady, NY. When these two worlds collide, one question arises: "Daddy, why do you make up this crazy stuff?"
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