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 Soldiers (The Wild Geese Saga, Book 6)by Steven M. Silver
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The greatest evil in the Settled Worlds is slavery, the ultimate expression of wealth and power. While many oppose it, on some worlds it flourishes, held in check only by the slaveholders' fear of the slaves themselves, for there is no such thing as slave loyalty. However, in the shattered, burned rubble of Torianis, the elite soldiers of a rebel warlord, soldiers who died fighting with an almost inhuman precision and competency, put the Free Union's intelligence service on the track of what might be programmable slaves. More than mass produced clones, someone has found a way to inculcate knowledge and values, making what appear to be the perfect slaves. Prime Minister Carmichael, learning that the track might lead to the world of Feldgrau, wants Kodomir to use its Wild Geese to join the hunt for the "super-soldiers" because he knows that at least two of the Geese were held there as prisoners and, in the case of Gwielgi, slave. Benderist Major Erwin Kasirn, the first to guess the truth of the super-soldiers, accompanies the Wild Geese as they follow the trail. The Wild Geese believe they are working to keep a war from happening; Kasirn knows that Carmichael's plans are darker than that. Moreover, he knows those plans will require the elimination of all witnesses, including the Wild Geese.
Mercenary's Soldiers, the sixth Wild Geese novel by Steven M. Silver, follows the Wild Geese across a world used by smugglers to one that will provide anything for a price. On Feldgrau, Gwielgi confronts his past as well as the last of the super-soldiers and the Wild Geese learn Carmichael's plan. Somehow, the Geese must find a way to survive when their enemies may include a Free Union regiment used for wholesale slaughter, the defenders of the super-soldier manufacturing facility, and the armed might of Feldgrau and its mercenaries. That survival becomes further complicated when they discover thousands of innocents about to be caught in the crossfire. Steven M. Silver, combat veteran, psychologist, and historian, takes the reader to the battle for what it means to be human, a meaning as important as the weapons carried by soldiers in any battle.
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