Brothers in Arms by Ben Weaver

By Ben Weaver

Scott St. Andrew is a primary 12 months cadet at South element Academy on Exeter, a rocky moon circling colony planet. All he has to do is live on the hardest, so much gruelling education software within the army. Then he will be certified to turn into an officer within the safeguard Corps and be on his manner off his filthy, toxic planet and into the Terran Alliance elite. yet Scott's probability of being the single in one thousand to flee the colonist future is quickly disappearing. His genetic flaws (scars, no reminiscence boosting or actual enhancement) make him one of many weakest in his squad and an inevitable goal for ritual hazing. And occasions are approximately to spiral thoroughly out of his keep watch over because the lengthy simmering resentment among the colonial worlds and the wealthy Terran Alliance flares into open violence and uprising. Now each soldier has to selected his side--and continue to exist a hellishly sped up education to hitch the deep house struggling with earlier than there's not anything left to struggle for.

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For my brother. ” “See, that’s the kind of shit I need to learn. How do you think of that shit? You make decisions that’ll benefit the team rather than yourself. This whole thing is a competition to me. ” “Not tonight. I’ll never be your bestest buddy like little Pope says, but you and I, we’ll make it. And we’re going to live on worlds with skies, and people will respect us because we earned what we have. No fuckin’ Alliance trader will ever give me a dirty look again. I’m not just some colo. I’m with the Seventeen.

Dina called from somewhere below. “Check your HUV. ” A line of twenty first years—the Seventy-ninth and Eightieth Squadrons, to be precise—charged up Whore Face’s back, boots rumbling, war cries overpowering even the triplets and shraxi. ” Pope called to us. “Pursuit force in the zone. Their job is to prevent you from rappelling to the bottom. ” “Twenty-x mag on pursuit force,” I said, and the tac zoomed in on Carstaris, Fayvette, and a few others I knew from the Eightieth as they pulled big K-bars from their packs and dropped to their knees before our pitons.

Gorbatova came toward me as though we had been networked to a cerebro and she had read my mind. Thankfully, she moved on to my left, to Jarrett, whose eye now resembled a bulging navel. ” She suddenly craned her head toward Haltiwanger. “You . . every night I’m out here you’re looking at me like you wanna screw me. Is that right, Mr. ” With an exaggerated frown, she sashayed up to him and caressed his pudgy cheek. “You saying I’m not desirable? ” Haltiwanger’s breath came raggedly, and his eyes brimmed with tears of nervousness.

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