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 Logic (The Wild Geese Saga, Book 4)by Steven M. Silver
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Despite all their sacrifices, the Wild Geese find themselves vilified as a side in a political struggle uses them as pawns to discredit the existing Kodomir government. Pressured to leave, they return to their trade as mercenaries. Stevar Polrany, also cast aside, believes something worse than the vagaries of democracy politics is happening and he hunts for the clues to find the heart of a conspiracy that stretches to a power bloc that has its eyes on Kodomir and more. He, like the Geese, goes to Swordpoint, the home of the Security Forces Exchange and the heart of mercenary hiring. But both he and the Wild Geese are in greater danger than he realizes, for the reach of the conspiracy includes Swordpoint and its assassins as well as the world of Summer where the Geese are with other mercenary groups fighting in a civil war. Betrayal and murder change the fight on Summer from the gaining of a political goal to raw survival. As Polrany descends deeper into the worlds of finance, espionage, and empires, the Wild Geese and their fellow mercenaries gamble everything on a savage plan that changes the nature of war on Summer. Polrany cracks the conspiracy and discovers the true nature of the danger Kodomir is in. And the only people who can help defuse that danger are the embittered Wild Geese and he is unsure whether they can overcome that bitterness to save the home that pushed them away. Mercenary's Logic, the fourth Wild Geese novel by Steven M. Silver, places the Wild Geese and Gwielgi in a position of confronting their pain and sense of betrayal as their world, a world they fought for and a world many of their friends died for, abandoned them. Throughout history, this kind of situation has arisen and as the Geese return to Kodomir, they face a decision – will they, like the Roman legionnaires did more than once, seize the world that has dishonored them or will they trust that their countrymen will, some how and in some way, correct their mistake?
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