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Dark Edge of Honor

Dark Edge of Honor

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by Aleksandr Voinov

Sergei Stolkov is a faithful officer, though his deepest desires go against the Doctrine. A captain with the invading Coalition forces, he believes that self-sacrifice is the most heroic act and his own needs are only valid if they serve the state.

Mike, an operative planted within Cirokko's rebels, has been ordered to seduce Sergei and pry from him the


Sergei Stolkov is a faithful officer, though his deepest desires go against the Doctrine. A captain with the invading Coalition forces, he believes that self-sacrifice is the most heroic act and his own needs are only valid if they serve the state.

Mike, an operative planted within Cirokko's rebels, has been ordered to seduce Sergei and pry from him the Coalition's military secrets. His mission is a success, but as he captures Sergei's heart, Mike is tempted by his own charade and falls in love.

When the hostile natives of the planet Cirokko make their move, all seems lost. Can Mike and Sergei survive when the Coalition's internal affairs division takes an interest in what happened in the dusty mountains of Zasidka Pass…?

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Planet Cirokko, mountains outside the planetary capital Rhada Spring

Mike never thought there'd come a day when he'd be thankful for his childhood. He saw much of his home planet—it had been Hades in all but fucking name—in the harsh landscape around him.

The fucking sun, for one. She was a merciless, stone-cold bitch.

"Why couldn't the Doctrine make a grab for something more hospitable? This planet reminds me of holidays at the in-laws."

Mike tugged at the cloth wrapped around his head and barked a laugh. The local dialect didn't sound as strange to his ears as it had six months ago. He and Pat had spoken nothing else from the time Alliance CovOps Command had started planning this operation. Didn't know how long ago that was. Or how long they'd been freezing their nuts off in the mountains. Mike swore his were finally beginning to thaw out. Not that he had any real use for them, currently. Didn't know why he was bothering to complain, even inside his own head. In another couple months, his nuts would be cooking instead.

"There." Pat growled the word and twisted on his side, aiming digital binoculars at a faint smudge on the horizon. The dust plume kicking up into the cloudless sky was unmistakable. "Just what we've been waiting for. If that's not a sizable troop movement, my name is river mud."

"Rivers don't have mud around here, jackass. Just rocks," he muttered, not even moving his lips. Long moments and a few rock bruises later, the plume discharged its source into sight.

"Breaker, breaker, looks like we got ourselves a convoy!"

The sudden injection of Alliance standard, spoken in a heavily accented drawl that reminded him of home, was so disjointed and foreign to Mike's ears that he just shifted his gaze and stared at his fellow CovOp in disbelief.

Thank the gods they were out alone on this little venture. It was rare; usually the local resistance fighters eagerly served as guides. Even something like six months wasn't enough to know this geography as well as the natives. Or eight months. Or however fucking long they'd been here. He'd lost track of when exactly the Doctrine had begun massing troops on the neighboring planet—a sure sign their rhetoric about invading Cirokko would be turned into reality.

At least winter was over now, and for the next month or so they'd be able to feel like semicivilized humans, while green things grew not only in the lowlands but also in the mountains, and it might actually rain. Knowing that the current weather patterns wouldn't last long did nothing for his mood.

Those were infantry transports. Hovercraft variety, most likely. Easier on rough, unpredictable terrain, negating the impact of minefields and booby traps. Cirokko was littered with them, its history rife with sociocultural unrest. And invasion attempts. One thing about Cirokkans—they definitely learned from their past.

"That's a roger on the supply-line route." Mike felt the grin on his face—it was cracking his lips. He took a moment to suck the abused flesh into his mouth, enjoying the painful sting of sweat burning the wound before his saliva washed it away. Sweat was a luxury they'd be doing without before too long. In another couple months, moisture would evaporate before the skin could even register its presence. The metallic tang of blood sang against his taste buds, and he chewed on his tongue to distract himself. "And if that isn't enough good news, I'm seeing what looks like a security detail leading the way."

Pat lowered the flat-black sighting device to share a cheesy, shit-eating grin with Mike. "Boo-yah, baby."

Meet the Author

With three generations of military in her family, Rhianon Etzweiler tends to create characters and stories that reflect the qualities of a soldier. Some of the other inspirations in her writing come from early childhood experiences in Germany and Austria.

Her addictions include coffee, yoga and the written word. Her one failing is the inability to write a "short" story. "It's like asking someone to tell you about their life," Rhi says of her muses. "Like any real person, once you get them talking, it's unlikely they'll shut up anytime soon." She lives near Hershey, Pennsylvania, where the dirt smells like chocolate when it rains, with her lapdog Queensland Blue Heeler, and Shark the goldfish.

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Dark Edge of Honor 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JacksonJG More than 1 year ago
Wonderful love affair. Well written. Suspenseful.
Aija More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Hard. Why? Let me tell you why - it's full of surprises, it's graphic, it has very strong characters (none of them will leave you indifferent) and it's written extremely well! Buy the book and go read it. NOW.
AmaraDevonte More than 1 year ago
Note: This book book is not a light romance. It is a dark, gritty, war novel about soldiers. It contains scenes of dub-con, torture, violence and other various difficult scenes involving the main characters. My thoughts: This was a hard book for me to write a review for. I actually had to read it twice, as the first time thru was so intense of a ride all I could do was gasp, stutter and want to scream at the authors... "OMG what did you do?!" ... and... so on and... so forth. When I finished, I had no words and was left a bit dazed, wide eyed and gaping, with only one word uttered... Dayum. A review, this does not make. Upon rereading, I am really no better off. The second time thru still took me for a wild ride and ...threw me for a loop. So what's it mean? In a nutshell, I loved this book. Twice. Aleksandr Voinov and Rhianon Etzweiler make one fine writing team. The writing was fantastic; strong, vivid, done in such a way as I could see and feel what was taking place. I fell in love with both the main characters. Sergei, the young Doctrine officer, falling for Mike and learning what it is to "feel" for the first time just tugged at my heart. He was a mixture of the strong character I expect from a Voinov, yet so young and naive at the same time. He was quite a mix for me. Mike, the more experienced one, in the difficult position of being ordered to seduce Sergei in a covop mission while falling for him at the same time just tore at me, even wrecked me at times. I'd be lying if I said he didn't leaving me wanting to throttle him on occasion. The secondary characters, good and bad, were just as engaging for me. I loved the world in this book as well. I'm personally not a big sci-fi fan, but this one was done in such a way that it had enough of a real world feel that the sci-fi didn't throw me as it so often does, and yet it retained an otherworldly feel at the same time. The plot was a rather slow build at first, which I didn't at all mind as I loved watching Mike and Sergei connect. I loved watching the emotions build, and I must say, I rather enjoyed the OMG scorching hot sex. Once the action got started, almost ½ way thru the book, the intensity of the ride was incredible. I hesitate to say too much past that, as I would not want to spoil the ride for anyone. It's a thrill ride worth taking to be sure. I will say, my second time thru, even knowing what was coming, I was brought thru every emotion possible, and still found myself wanting to scream "OMG how could you?!" By the end, I was completely satisfied, and still left with only one word. Dayum. Bottom line: I loved it and cannot recommend it highly enough. I very much hope to see more co-writing from these two authors, and a sequel would please me to no end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i liked this one. good story line. good character development. just didn't like the ending, it just stopped. and not with the characters behaving in a way i thought they would?? i have become a big fan of Voinov, but this one left me slightly disappointed in the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Hope there's going to be a sequel
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hmf. This place is dead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Umm...no, and initiation? Btw, im not a bastard. I have two parents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So...who is he. What did he do to make u hate him so much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago