Being the sole survivor of humanity’s first bloody encounter with the alien Vacra had cost Gant Maker his military career. However, upon the Vacra’s return, Maker is reinstated and – assisted by a band of military rejects (including a blind sharpshooter, an unstable psychic, and a genetically-engineered killing machine who refuses to fight) – ordered to hunt this enemy down on a distant world.
Targeted Age Group:: adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
It was a story that had been bouncing around in my head for a while. Since I had some time, I began writing it down, and the rest is history.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
As I said, the story had been in my head for a while, and so the characters were individuals that I had to "live with," so to speak, for a while. In that regard, I got to know them.
A harsh scream sounded behind him, causing Maker to spin around in alarm. The first thing he noticed was that the railing a few feet away from him had given way, and a portion of it now swung out ominously over the arena. The next thing he noticed was that Wayne was missing.
Glancing down, Maker saw the young Marine stretched out in a prone position on the arena floor, slowly trying to rise but obviously stunned. Not far away, the monstrous jwaedin – ten feet tall and with a scorpion-like tail – growled in anger. Its meal interrupted by Wayne’s yell, the jwaedin looked around to locate the source of the commotion. Almost immediately, it spied Wayne lying helplessly on the ground. The creature howled, then dropped the tentacle it had been munching on and turned its attention to its new visitor.
Maker barely hesitated – he never did when one of his people was in trouble. Placing a hand on the top of the rail, he jumped – going up and over the barrier. A second later he landed on the dirt floor of the arena.
Maker bent his knees on contact to help absorb some of the impact. At the same time, a deafening roar erupted from the crowd. Having two humans face off against a jwaedin was more than they had expected, and Maker could only imagine the bets – and the accompanying odds – now being made.
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