It's the 22nd century. Technology has allowed humanity to move out into the solar system in great numbers. Of course, humans being humans, the need for some form of law enforcement went with them. Prominent among the organizations charged with that duty is the United States Federation Navy. The U.S.F.N. is composed of five divisions. The First Division is the largest and maintains order from Mars inward. Like all human endeavors, it has its share of accomplishments and failures. The primary subject of this story is one of the smallest cogs in the mechanism that is Division One and is well acquainted with both accomplishment and failure. Josiah West comes from a Navy family, and he is the first in his family to graduate from the Navel Academy and become a commissioned officer. The handsome, 190 centimeter, blue-eyed Ensign has gone from the heights of being sixth in his class down to the level of a bilge rat as he does his time in the bowels of the huge First Division Fleet Support Ship Maxim Caldwell and avoids being noticed by the ship's command structure. Now, he is nearing the end of his five year commitment. He is still an Ensign, but his insignificant career has not been a personal waste; having access to the best equipment in the Navy with no upper level supervision was like, as he describes it, "being held hostage in a candy store." He has worked hard, if unnoticed, but is tired, burned-out, and looking forward to returning to his family's business. Well...maybe not.
- Paperback | 222 pages
- 127 x 203.2 x 14.22mm | 303.91g
- 25 Feb 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About C T Christensen
C. T. Christensen was born in Chicago, Illinois. Today he resides with his wife in a nearby western suburb. Following his time in the Air Force as a Weather Observer--including two years at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska where he experienced the great Alaskan earthquake--he spent a few years traveling. His trek included a couple of years in Australia where he worked as a slag skimmer and assayer for Mount Isa Mines, Queensland. A lover of hard science fiction since grade school, he particularly enjoys such authors as Peter F. Hamilton--who he credits with the ability to see colors the rest of us can only dream of--David Weber and Philip Jose Farmer. These days he spends most of his waking hours writing and the rest of his time thinking of new stories and developing plot lines. Kaleidoscope, his first full length novel, and his earlier short stories are currently available and you are invited to visit www.ourwriteplace.com for up-to-date news and release dates for his future flights of fancy.