COMMANDER: Into the Future, Book 1

COMMANDER: Into the Future, Book 1

by James Heritage


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Expeditionary Marine Lt. JD Rawlings is nearly as battered and hastily patched as the ship he is assigned to, the Navy frigate Rontar. Scars of recent repair are disturbingly visible on both. But that is not the worst of it, by far.

Lt. Rawlings discovered betrayal, an ambush by the alien Shaquaree, but his method of discovery is seen by many survivors as the catalyst which precipitated the battle. The Shaquaree then nearly annihilated mankind's best military and diplomatic personnel in a matter of only minutes. Only one ship, the Rontar, with Rawlings aboard, managed to escape the butchery with an emergency Transition-jump. Rawlings wonders if his next action will be defending humanity against the aliens or himself against the crew members who blame him.

When they appear in the Hylea system nothing there makes any more sense than the shocking treachery of the aliens. The system is supposed to be uninhabited, yet there are EM transmissions from the Earth-class planet. There are supposed to be subspace comms with Earth and the remaining Navy and Marine Fleet, yet there are none.

Alone, barely functional, defenseless, can the frigate, the Navy crew, and the few remaining Marines survive long enough to gain answers to the critical questions? Who is sending the EM signals, and why is the Hylea system shaped differently than the star charts indicate? Did those intractable aliens follow the Rontar to finish the job? Why are the alien Shaquaree so apparently dedicated to wiping out humanity?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781078722612
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 09/18/2019
Series: Into the Future , #1
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

My grandfather wrote stories in longhand, colorful stories of his life and experiences as an early resident in the Northwest. My father wrote stories, as well, on one of the early word-processor machines sold retail.

In honor of my father and my grandfather, and to honor my own desires, I also became a storyteller. To my favor, I had the advantage of computers, well-developed word-processing programs, and the Internet. I sat in front of my computer and started. I wrote, then rewrote many times, then learned about the publishing industry, then self-published.

If you want to write, if you have a story you want to share with others, you can do what I did, too. Don't let anyone tell you that you cannot. You can. Just start, then keep at it. Learn what you must. Get a good style guide such as the Chicago Style Guide. Read prolifically. Learn everything you can absorb about the craft of writing. Then, write. Write every day. It is a long process and an emotional rollercoaster, so be prepared for that. But you can do it if you want it enough. I did it.

James Heritage

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