Steven M. Silver is a writer, poet, historian, and psychologist. He has been a university professor and a United States Marine and an Army Soldier. Published professionally in the fields of history and psychology, he is the author of three books of poetry (American Travelers, Hot Chrome, Smooth Leather, and a Red Bandanna, Victor Echo Zero Five) and the eleven volume Wild Geese Saga science fiction series.
Mercenary's Humanity (The Wild Geese Saga, Book 11)by Steven M. Silver
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The eleventh Wild Geese novel, Mercenary's Humanity, opens with a cry in space. On the Frontier colony of New Monterey, someone, or some thing, has attacked the settlement, severing communications with the rest of humanity. Kodomir, the closest Settled Worlds planet, sends a battalion on what they hope is a rescue for the survivors of the attack. But what lies in wait on New Monterey is a secret, hidden for three centuries, a secret that has taken on the aura of mythology – New Monterey may be the home of the Arcturan Library, the fabled repository of the knowledge of the Arcturan Empire. Overthrown in a savage, no quarter asked or given war, the Arcturans fled deep into the Frontier and built a fortress in New Monterey. When the rescuers find they have stepped onto a planet shaped for war, it is too late to withdraw. The Wild Geese are tapped to rescue the rescuers while the Free Union prepares a major military effort. It may be needed, for defending the Arcturan installation is perhaps the most dangerous weapons ever invented. New Monterey is a world of secrets and Gwielgi, returned to the Wild Geese, has his own he tries to hide. But the colonists are more than they appear for they have not come to New Monterey by accident. Their presence has activated the Arcturan defender and awakened the installation, including the last Arcturans. Even as they maneuver to lay claim to the Arcturan Library, in Gwielgi they find yet another secret and they have no intention of letting him go. Mercenary's Humanity, in the midst of intrigue, betrayal, and combat, explores the question of what makes us human. Steven M. Silver uses his background as a psychologist, war veteran, and historian to take the reader into the 29th Century and the world of those former mercenaries known as the Wild Geese.
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