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Sergeant Riley's Account (A Sullivan's Realm Story) [Kindle Edition]

Michael K. Rose
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Book Description

In the jungles of the planet Edaline, a mysterious species known as the Squamata has long avoided the planet's human colonizers. But as the only survivor of an apparent attack by the Squamata, Sergeant Leonard Riley knows that the government's official version of events is untrue. Now he must make a choice between protecting the government he once proudly served and exposing the lies and corruption of an oppressive regime.

This stand-alone novelette is part of the Sullivan's Realm universe and ties in to the science fiction adventure series The Sullivan Saga. It can also be found in the collection THE VAST EXPANSE BEYOND as well as THE SULLIVAN OMNIBUS.

Also Available:

SULLIVAN'S WAR (Book 1 of The Sullivan Saga)
SULLIVAN'S WRATH (Book 2 of The Sullivan Saga)
SULLIVAN'S WATCH (Book 3 of The Sullivan Saga)
THE SULLIVAN OMNIBUS (Collecting Books 1-3 of The Sullivan Saga)
"Sleep" (A Sullivan's Realm Story)

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  • File Size: 181 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006L9DDIU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,161 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is How You Create New Fans March 4, 2012
By Craig
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Admittedly, I am not a huge sci-fi guy, but I came across 'Sergeant Riley's Account' and decided to give it a read. While the dialogue using 'General, Sergeant' and the like was slow to grab my attention, I'm so glad I read through. The story was very well written. From the genuine dialogue, to his descriptive phrases, Mr. Rose shows me this is not his first writing attempt.

Unlike many sci-fi stories I have tried to read recently, I was able to stay interested. Most of the sci-fi stories I've read lately have been filled with technical vocabulary from the start and they lose me. Rose has a way of writing that introduces new planets and races that doesn't seem unreal.

I thoroughly enjoyed this intro to the 'Sullivan 's War' series. The author's explanation of his thought process at the end solidified my interest in the series. I look forward to reading, or maybe watching, this trilogy. Thanks Mr. Rose, you've brought my reading interest to the sci-fi genre and I'm anxious to read more.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Avatar-like but more thoughtful February 20, 2012
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This short piece sets you up to appreciate the hero in the Sullivan's War series. The first book, All Good Men Serve The Devil, is a masterfully told story of why good men sometimes employ questionable methods. Its not necessary to read this first since that book is complete in itself but it'll add a richness to the series that I highly recommend.

Michael J. Foy
Author of The Kennedy Effect
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Intro! February 28, 2012
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I generally only read alternate history sci-fi, but this one caught my eye - and am I glad it did!

A short work that grabs you from the beginning, with a sympathetic lead character and great plot. I started it and didn't put it down until I was finished - yes, it's THAT good. There are no shortcuts or cliches here, it's clearly the product of great thought and makes YOU think, too.

Well crafted and smooth, it's the epitome of a great appetizer - I want MORE! Can't wait to read the rest of the books of this series. I am totally hooked! DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very human experience January 19, 2012
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This short story follows a few days in the life of a young military man, Sergeant Riley. After waking up in a military hospital, the lone survivor of an attack purported to have been carried out by species native to the planet Edaline, he finds that his own memories of the incident do not match the military's official story. What follows is a very believable and compelling story of a man questioning his own long-held beliefs.

Rose's extensive use of inter-personal dialogue serves as an effective vehicle to illustrate Riley's change from a strict military subordinate doing as he is ordered, to a more critical mindset questioning the motivations of his superiors. This paints a very believable character portrait; although it is only a short story, we get to see the change in the titular character's views. Through Riley's eyes we experience our own human willingness and desire to all-to-often take what we are told at face value, without critical consideration. We see how a person in a position of authority can have a profound influence on our own perception of events and how easily those perceptions can be twisted, and yet we also see how easily those events can be called into question when provided with the proper catalyst.

Perhaps most importantly of all, Rose accomplishes all of this without editorializing on or using ham-fisted metaphors of modern world politics, and without relying on tired cliches and tropes to vilify the military. In fact, we are even given a glimpse of how the military has, in the minds of its leaders, justified its own actions in an all-too-understandable manner. While some parallels might be drawn to our own world today, this is not the intent of the story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrill-a-Minute February 12, 2012
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Sergeant Riley's Account is a gem of a novella. Tight, well-written, masterfully formed, this thrill-a-minute ride will keep you glued to your seat until the very end. As the Afterword explains, this novella was not conceived as a prologue to Michael K. Rose's Sullivan's War, but it serves so well as an introduction to the his universe that I want to run out and read everything else immediately.

The dialogue, the rising action, the ultimate climax at the end--everything presented is stitched together with a master's hand, weaving a tapestry of imagination out of the blank page.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Thumbs Up! Great read that leaves you wanting more December 21, 2011
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Mr. Rose knocks another one out of the galaxy with the prologue of Sullivan's War: Sergeant Riley's Account.

The planet of Edaline is home to a rare species called 'The Squamata'. Sergeant Riley and a group of other scientists and military personnel fall victim to an apparent Squamata attack in which Riley is the sole survivor. Riley's recollection of the event differs from that of is superiors and soon Sergeant Riley is forced to make a decision: Protect the government or reveal their true colors.

This is a prologue for an upcoming series Sullivan's war. Mr. Rose tends to shine his brightest in stories like this blending the elements of Science Fiction and political thriller into an 'on the edge of your seat' story

I need three more hands so I can give this 'Five Thumbs Up'

Be sure to check out his other works as well: Sleep Inner Lives: Three Short Stories
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This was a very good read. Our was thought provoking. It asked the question - what would humans do when that contact alien life.
Published 4 months ago by Alan
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read...
Sitting in my son's doctor's office I read this and now nothing can keep me from Sullivan's War! This quick read shows you the talent of Michael K Rose to take you to a whole new... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Emsxiety
2.0 out of 5 stars Short Story
Read very well, but the story is too short! I hate short stories not worth the time to read. More development is needed.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Pick this up now!
Three words come to mind after reading this. Intriguing. Entertaining. More.

What Rose does in a few pages is establish a world and a defining set of scenarios that puts... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Tara Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Review: Sergeant Riley's Account, by Michael K. Rose
I've been wanting to read Michael K. Rose's Sullivan's War books for months now and haven't gotten to that part of my to-be-read pile just yet. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Robert Zimmermann
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting story by itself, but also a great prologue to the trilogy...
An exciting story by itself, but also a great prologue to the trilogy Sullivan's War, as described in a first hand account from the person that knew best. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Charles J. Kravetz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh Voice In the Genre of Science Fiction
I've had the pleasure of reading a few of Michael K. Rose's pieces, another including Sleep, which I would recommend to fans of Ray Bradbury and Edgar Allan Poe. Read more
Published on October 14, 2012 by Luminous White
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Preview of an Interesting Series
This short story provides a glimpse into what should prove to be a great series. Solid writing and an imaginative narrative. Well done.
Published on September 6, 2012 by B.R. Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping story that leaves you wanting more!
This book gripped me by the seat of my pants and took me on a whirlwind ride from the start. I can't wait to read the rest of the series, it's that good. Read more
Published on August 9, 2012 by Douglas Mumphrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands Tall for a Novella
I confess I had expected this to end in a cliff-hangar because I knew it was part of a collection of stories, but without giving anything away, there is an ending of sorts and for... Read more
Published on August 8, 2012 by theresa dawn sinclair
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More About the Author

Michael K. Rose is a science fiction author who also dabbles in horror, fantasy and paranormal fiction.

His novel SULLIVAN'S WAR has been called "...a sci-fi thriller that definitely delivers!" and his collection SHORT STORIES has been praised as "...the purest form of literature, as rich as a bottle of Montrachet 1978 and as tasty as a generous cut of Wagyu beef." His novel CHRYSOPTERON has been hailed as a "...gem of a novel..." and "a masterpiece."

Michael graduated from Maine's Gould Academy in 1997 and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Arizona State University. He enjoys chess, tabletop gaming and classical music. He currently resides in the Phoenix area.

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