Mercenary (Bio of a Space Tyrant, Book 2)

By Piers Anthony

Unique book: 1984

SCOURGE OF THE ECLIPTIC
 
He was once pushed via violent injustice from his domestic moon of Callisto—and set forth to say the epic future that will blaze throughout worlds and time. He observed his kinfolk destroyed, his sister carried off into sexual slavery, his appealing lover killed—and he swore revenge opposed to the murderous pirates who held the Jupiter planetoids in a stranglehold of terror.

Fired by means of uncooked braveness, steeled by way of younger may possibly, he rose within the army of Jupiter to command a private squadron unswerving to the loss of life. And it used to be loss of life they faced—against piratical warlords of the Jupiter Elliptic who laughed on the younger commander’s problem . . . until eventually they met the cruel fury of the warrior who could annihilate all hindrances in his route to immortal renown because the tyrant of Jupiter.

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Definite, sir. yet you—an officer? ” “First refugee, then migrant, then enlisted, then officer. each one in its flip. I don’t be aware of that is worst. ” I appeared down at my brush. “This isn’t so undesirable. final time i used to be in this aspect, I used a toothbrush. The sergeant looked as if it would imagine that was once more suitable. ” there has been a common snigger; they knew approximately toothbrushes, and approximately sergeants. “Sir,” the sergeant acknowledged worriedly. “Commander Hastings—” “Oops! need to wear the monkey suit,” I acknowledged. “Forgive me, neighbor; it’s guard-duty time. ” I scrambled up and dived into my jacket and hat. “Loco! ” a person muttered admiringly. while the martinet arrived, i used to be pretty well so as. The sergeant seemed as though he had swallowed a scrub brush, and the lads have been scrubbing savagely. I had cleaning soap spots on my knees. Lieutenant Commander Hastings glanced on the scene. “You appear to have a knack for self-discipline, Hubris,” he remarked. “They’re reliable males, sir,” I acknowledged, straight-faced, in English. somebody coughed. This platoon was once mine. subsequent day the Cannon dirt weighed anchor and dispose of from her mooring on the pier. because the pier used to be a rotating cylinder, this despatched the send relocating clear of Leda at nearly thirty ft consistent with moment. whilst she had appropriate separation, she orientated and reduce in her major force. Naval vessels seldom troubled with gravity shields; these have been too gradual. might be I should still point out one technical point: The army makes use of the simplest mode of propulsion, that's the CT force. CT, after all, stands for contra-terrene subject, that may be defined because the replicate picture of ordinary subject. CT atoms have negatively charged nuclei surrounded through positrons, so their fees are contrary to these of standard topic. while CT encounters common subject, the result's overall conversion to power, the main powerful explosion identified. i'm really not a physicist so can’t move into aspect, yet generally the force involves a magnetic chamber during which a rod of CT encounters a rod of ordinary subject, at a managed expense, with the ensuing strength directed to the rear of the send. briefly, one savagely strong propulsive jet. The CT is formed in remoted house laboratories within which gravity protecting is hired to generate managed black-hole stipulations that permit manipulation of basic topic in a fashion impossible differently. Blocks of CT substance are dealt with and saved magnetically, so they by no means contact general subject till the correct time. in basic terms small quantities of CT gasoline are saved on any given send, to militate opposed to unlucky injuries, yet a small volume of CT is going a ways. the facility of the acceleration of a given send is set no longer through trouble of the gas yet through the skill of the send to resist the trials of excessive gee. I belief this makes this element transparent; the common guy prefers to not imagine an excessive amount of approximately CT. This was once the cozy a part of the voyage. We speeded up at gee for nearly a whole day, to nearly million miles in keeping with hour. in fact, this used to be a principally deceptive determine in house.

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