Soldiers and Secrets

by E. Jon Gant

Soldiers and Secrets - E. Jon Gant
Editions:ePub: $ 4.99 USD
ISBN: 978-0-46346-806-7
Pages: 285

Captain Damascus just wanted a quiet beer. If she hadn’t chosen that bar, then the lower-rank would not have picked a fight with her. The captain would not have been demoted to second lieutenant.
There would not have been the pain and shame she had never known.
Re-assignment -
Captain Anthony. Tough, but fair. Her new commanding officer.
A new friend.

A new love -
Angela White.
Corporal. Same platoon.
Eyebrows raised.

The mission - missing scientists. Expedition destroyed - one survivor.
A survivor with a strange ability.
A false-flag officer, sent in to kill in order to preserve a
secret, and willing to do so without a second thought,
without hesitation.

With a former lover on the loose, an armed to the teeth and psychopathic, out to destroy her world forever one, could she save her friends?

With her friends dying around her, maybe a better
question was could she save herself?

Excerpt:

“I received a call saying there was trouble here. What is going
on?”
“I have just assaulted this soldier. You can arrest me, now.”
“No, it’s all right…”
“What?” The commander tilted his head to the right, frowning.
“I have just assaulted this soldier. Arrest me.”
“You want me to arrest you?”
“If you allow me to walk free, I shall kick this soldier so damned hard, he will not wake up for a week. Maybe longer.”
“That does it. You, Captain…”
“Damascus.”
“Captain Damascus, you are under arrest for assault. Get in the car.”
“You will not need the binders. I am not going to do anything stupid.”
“Anything else stupid.”
“As I said, anything stupid.”
Damascus dipped her head slightly as she got into the car. When the door closed and they were just about to move off, she turned, looked at the soldier on the ground and smiled. The soldier didn’t.

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“They are ready for you, now.”
Damascus rose from the seat, waited until the squad formed around her, and watched as the commander tapped on the door, and swung it open. As they entered, they spread out, leaving Damascus at the mercy of the two men behind the big table. Her blank expression gave no hint of what she was feeling inside. Which was fortunate.
She swallowed the lump which had appeared in her throat.
“Captain Damascus, we have heard and read depositions from yourself and the other soldier involved in this, as well as numerous others from witnesses. Before we pronounce judgement, do you have anything else to add to this?”
Damascus sighed. “I don’t believe I have anything else to add at this point. If I say any more, I run the risk of repeating myself, and that will help neither you nor me.”
“Very well.” The figure glanced at the other, nodded. “Such an act of violence by a commissioned officer is not acceptable, and is generally punishable by expulsion. However, from your testimony and those of others, there are enough extenuating circumstances to avoid that measure. Nevertheless, this cannot be allowed to pass without some kind of visible punishment, simply to act as a deterrent towards others. Due to this, and this only, it has been decided to reduce you two ranks. You will be second lieutenant, transferring to a company in Portsmouth. We can offer you two weeks of extraordinary leave, which will be in addition to your current entitlement. Do you wish for us to make your travel arrangements, or can you make your own?”
“I have my own transport.”
“Very well. Do you have anything else to say?”
“No.”
“Very well. In conclusion, all we can add is that this action was not taken lightly. You were provoked, but you gave the other party the opportunity to…”
“Sir?”
“Yes?”
“Is it necessary to say this?”
“No. I don’t really think it is.”
“Then, may I leave?”
“Yes.”

COLLAPSE

About the Author

E. Jon Gant was born in 1960 into a large family with too many branches to count. He started writing stories at an early age, handing them to older sisters to read, though he claims to have no actual memory of this. He married Heather, his rock, in 1988, and their son Joshua was born a few years later.

He moved to Spain for a few years, where the first draft of the book which was to become “Soldiers and Secrets” was completed. Then returned to England, and has been living in a South Coast town since then, where he continues to write. Cites Dean Koontz as his writing hero, and is a big fan of science fiction films in general.

As well as writing, E. Jon Gant is a volunteer, playing classical music at a local hospital radio station.


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