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The City in the Desert: a military adventure-science fiction short story [Kindle Edition]

S. E. Lee
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Book Description

Two mech-suited Solarian Space Marines encounter hostile fire on what is supposed to be a deserted planet, and find themselves pawns of political intrigues by a civilization they didn't even know existed.

Will they survive the contact?

A 7500-word military science fiction action-adventure story with mech suits, nanotech, gladiatorial combat, and lost Roman legions in space.


The Solarian Federation was running out of oil. Again.

The Solarian Space Marines had been pressed into service as scouts for oil, on pain of disbanding the Marines.

No Marine wanted to let the Corps down, least of all one Lieutenant Richard Lauren Case.

He was one-half of a scouting team on a planet that the dsetachment for this section of space jokingly called "The Sandpit".

The good news was, he'd found evidence of oil, and other precious resources the Solarian Federation was rapaciously hungry for.

The bad news was, he'd found evidence of something else, too. He pinged his co-scout. "Sarge, that looks like a city."

"We're in one giant desert, son." Sarge's voice was as dry as space. 'It's a mirage. Use your water tube and keep flying."

"Sarge, I'm serious!"

"Son, serious is keeping to the schedule your XO set out for you. Keep your ass in gear or we're gonna be behind! We got a whole planet to cover and scan for resources."

"Sarge, I'm not humping this scanning gear as dead weight. It's telling me to tell you to take a look, because it's reading heat sigs headed our way!"

Product Details

  • File Size: 158 KB
  • Print Length: 23 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crescere Publishing (March 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TSCRE6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,392,545 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckling scifi adventure April 24, 2012
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Lt. Case and Sarge are far from home. They're searching for oil on a distant planet in a region of space known as "the sandpit", a place thought to be completely devoid of life. But their intel was wrong. Hidden beneath a cloaking device a whole city is operating nearby, an outpost for an alien civilization with echoes of ancient Rome, and the two cultures are about to clash in the worst way possible.
I really enjoyed this story by S.E. Lee. It had all the components of a great scifi action adventure yarn, the action is fast-paced and frequent and the politically tinged intrigue keeps you guessing at every turn, while the book has a great villain in the wickedly-devious Juvenal. A thoroughly unwholesome character indeed. If you're into sci fi I'd definitely recommend giving this one a read. Can't wait to delve into more of the author `s oeuvre
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rome Revisited February 27, 2012
By CLox
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This was a difficult story to read. It was way too wordy, poorly structured and it needed editing--a professional editor's hand.

On the very first page, the word detachment is spelled dsetachment. Other grammatical errors were scattered throughout the story.

The story also needed to be longer. With two different cultures clashing (one based on the Roman Empire), more background was needed. But even if the story were heavily restructured, the theme was boring.
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