Veteran

By Gavin G. Smith

300 years in our destiny, in an international of alien infiltrators, spiritual hackers, an unlimited convoying country of Nomads, urban sized orbital elevators, and a cyborg pirate king who believes himself to be a mythological demon Jakob is having a nasty day:

"Nothing will get within the manner of a hangover like being reactivated through your previous C.O. and informed to trace down an alien killing computer. a similar form of killing laptop that burnt up my whole squad. And now it truly is in my hometown.

My identify is Jakob Douglas, ex-special forces. I fought Them. similar to we have all been doing for 60 bloody years. yet i assumed my half in that was once performed with.

My boss has different rules. If i did not locate the infiltrator then he'd allow the gray woman free on me. And think me; even they have not anything on her. So I took the task. It went to shit even speedier than common.

And now i am at the run with this teenage hacker who is had sufficient of prostitution. the one humans i will depend upon are looking to flip the net into God. And now it seems that they don't seem to be rather what we would all idea.

I've been to the ground of the ocean and the head of the sky and past attempting to get to the reality.

And I nonetheless cannot get a ways adequate clear of the gray woman. All issues thought of i would otherwise be again at domestic deep in a whiskey bottle."

Veteran is a quick paced, intricately plotted violent SF mystery set in a depressing destiny opposed to the backdrop of a doubtless by no means finishing conflict opposed to an unknowable and implacable alien enemy.

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