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The Liberators (Unity Worlds) [Kindle Edition]

Scott William Carter
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Book Description

"There's one rule in the interstellar liberation force: you never take off your helmet. Even if the atmosphere of whatever planet you are liberating from the vicious aliens does happen to breathable, there could be any number of lethal viruses or microbes. The body armor and comm equipment is first rate, and the aliens seem to be on the run. Then, one day, a soldier is forced to take off his helmet to survive. The consequences are disastrous for the liberation force, but it is no toxin, virus, or microbe that infects the military: it's the truth . . . Carter's warning about how military might be used in the future stands undiminished." -- The Internet Review of Science Fiction

Praise for Other Works by Scott William Carter:

"Carter's writing is on target." “ Publishers Weekly

"...compelling...good choice for reluctant readers..." “ School Library Journal

"Scott William Carter makes it look easy. But if anyone thinks that writing good, intriguing fiction with a clear, plain voice is easy...Well, they should try it sometime." “ Chizine.com

SCOTT WILLIAM CARTER's first novel, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a "touching and impressive debut." His short stories have appeared in dozens of popular magazines and anthologies, including Asimov's, Analog, Ellery Queen, Realms of Fantasy, and Weird Tales. He lives in Oregon with his wife, two children, and thousands of imaginary friends.


Product Details

  • File Size: 226 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Flying Raven Press (June 10, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002CVTXXK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short Sci-Fi story, but well written May 23, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Before going on deployment to Iraq I bought a kindle and loaded it with as many books as I could, and this story was "recomended" to me by amazon with half a dozen other purchases, though im a fast reader and read it in about a half hour, it was worth it. Essentially its a short story about a counter offensive against an hostile alien empire by Human soldiers wearing powered armor (akin to the original Starship Troopers novel or Armor) There is only one real rule, never take off your helmet becauase of the hostile atmosphere (even if the planet is supposedly a conquered Terran colony)
**SPOILER ALERT**
Well of course at one point someone accidently takes off his helmet, and sees that his foes are not as he thought, then is accused of being a traitor, sedition and insubordination, which in a time of "intersteller" war is punishable by death. As a two tour veteran of Iraq, i must say I dont see peoples allusions to the war when compared to this story, I think its a creative use of technology and shows that in reality, soldiers are moral, free thinking intelligent indivivudals, and that technology, not people, is the only thing with the potential to corrupt.
**SPOILER ENDS**
my only complaint is the stroy was so short, but it seems to set itself up for a sequal, which I hope the Author Mr. Carter does.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but fun ride May 10, 2012
By Dave
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The concept is fairly common but has a great twist and character set which both lend themselves to a full novel. Also, it's noteworthy that this short story is far better than most novels i've read in the genre. The only reason I'm giving it a 4 is the cost. It's hard for me to spend 3.00 for some thing I can read in a few minutes versus a "decent" novel I can read over the weekend.
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SCOTT WILLIAM CARTER's first novel, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a "touching and impressive debut" and won the prestigious Oregon Book Award. Since then, he has published ten novels and over fifty short stories, his fiction spanning a wide variety of genres and styles. His most recent book for younger readers, Wooden Bones, chronicles the untold story of Pinocchio and was singled out for praise by the Junior Library Guild. He lives in Oregon with his wife and children. Find out more about him at scottwilliamcarter.com, where he blogs regularly about publishing, libraries, education, technology, creativity, and the need for a healthy "plugged / unplugged" approach to modern life. And other stuff, of course.

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