Tasmanian Special Forces Group: Welcome to Hell
by C.R. Daems
Genre: SciFi Military Action
Jolie was three when she found she was ugly and deformed.
She was five when she found she was a sub-human and an outcast.
She was seven when five boys and two girls dragged her out of the orphanage and beat her unconscious, leaving her lying bleeding and broken in the street.
She was content to lie there and die, tired of being hated and abused. But a frail old man with wispy white hair and a long beard wasn't content to let her die. He not only saved her, but he adopted her and passed on his unique martial art to her.
She was twenty when she headed to Delphi, the center of the United Systems of Perileos (USP) and the planet of her birth-father to find her place in his society.
Based on her unique upbringing, she decides to join the USP military, requesting to be assigned to the Tasmanians SFG, an elite all male unit. The military brass is reluctant to deny her request and admit their enlistment contract permits bait-and-switch assignments. Instead, they agree to let her enter the school, thinking she couldn't possibly succeed–a Chihuahua competing against Rottweilers–and plan to make an example of her when she fails.
Although Jolie is small, she is not what she appears. But can her adopted father's art enable her to survive the treachery of the military brass, the grueling of the school, the prejudices of the instructors, and the testosterone of an all-male class?
And if she succeeds, can she thrive in the high-octane and all male environment of the Tasmanians?
It was still dark when the lights came on and a siren blasted loud enough to sober a passed out drunk. But my new friend lying on his back didn’t move a muscle. The colonel, two men—one a chief master sergeant and the other a technical sergeant—and two women staff sergeants entered the room and began setting up several tables. “What happened to him?” the colonel asked, kneeling next to the man and feeling his neck. I suspected he had a concussion from the kick to his head. “One of those misadventures you were worried about that can cause you to fail the program, Colonel,” I said into the silence. The colonel stood quiet for a long time, surveying the room, the man on the floor, and me before speaking. “Miss Luan has demonstrated two valuable lessons: what happens when you underestimate your opponent, and you don’t have to be big and strong to kill. Corporal Batton would have failed to qualify even if Miss Luan hadn’t punched out his lights. I’ve seen hundreds like him over the years. They imagine Tasmanians are strong and tough berserkers who charge the enemy in a do-or-die engagement. In reality, they are ghosts who sweep through the enemy bringing a tsunami of death. Those that qualify this course will have nerves of battle metal coupled with a keen intellect.” He smiled. “Chief Simon, it’s time.”
Clem Daems is a native of Chicago, Illinois and a graduate of the University of Arizona. He served twenty-two years in the US Air Force. Since then, he has worked as a software engineer, course developer, and adjunct professor, teaching mathematics and Computer Science.
He has always been an avid reader of Science Fiction/Fantasy but never had an interest in writing or being an author. So, it was surprising when he began his first novel, several years after his retirement, at age seventy. His first novel, co-authored with Jeanne Tomlin, "The Talon of the Raptor Clan"--recently reissued as the "Talon of the Unnamed Goddess"--was a 2010 EPPIE finalist in Fiction/Fantasy.
Clem is an award winning author and an active member of the Science Fiction Writers of America.
His hobby--a life-long one--has been Kung Fu and Tai Chi. Clem is currently retired and living in Tucson, Arizona.
He would enjoy hearing from you at firstname.lastname@example.org on any topic: his books, the characters, writing with a co-author, Kung Fu, his website (http://clemd.home.comcast.net/~clemd/JC/Index.html), life after retirement, or...
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
By happenchance. If you read most authors bio, they will tell you how they always wanted to be an author, how at an early age they already had the fever to write. Not me. I never had any interest in writing a book, a newspaper article, or a poem. I even hated to write status reports for projects I was working on.
So what happened you may ask? I have always been an avid reader of Science Fiction and fantasy. One morning, well after I had retired, I woke up with what I thought was a unique S/F concept and told my wife "I can write a book."
I didn't realize how wrong I was. Writing is a profession, and like any other profession requires you to learn the craft to be successful. Anyone can publish a book today, but without readers does that make you an author? Those that want to be writers from an early age acquire that skill through study and practice as they mature. I on the other hand was seventy when I made my pronouncement. Only luck saved me. I met a woman author online, and with her help I managed to produce my first book, "The Talon of the Unnamed Goddess," which by the way was not my original idea. That was the Riss series and took several years longer to see the light of day. And for all you aspiring authors who haven't started writing, I will tell you my twenty-eight novels, over two and a quarter million words, all started with a single word.
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