This is my first written novel, though not my first published book. This book was over 1200 pages long in 12-point Arial font, so I had to break it up into seven parts just to publish it. It took me two years to write, and boy do I wish I’d started with something easier.
Now, this book is crazy. This is a military, science-fiction, redemption novel set in the distant future, and it stars a nearly all female cast. This story is about a group of young women who were conscripted into an army to fight off an invasion of cybernetic corpses. The bulk of the novel is about their training and the trials and tribulations they go through, specifically Mandolin Johnson, the main character.
Nevertheless, the plot, characters, and dialogue are excellent, and the book is a work of art.
Here is the description for Part I:
Mandolin Johnson is a bigoted, spoiled, and self-centered rich girl that awakens to a world of pain in a foreign military boot camp. When she goes too far with her humiliation of her kind-hearted rival, Diana King, Mandolin learns a brutal lesson that all people have a breaking point. Diana has Mandolin abducted and conscripted into the United Duchy Infantry Corps, and it is there that Mandolin learns what the word humility really means.
Bastion Kord is divided into seven parts, and Part I is the story of how eighteen-year-old Mandolin Johnson is brutally assaulted, kidnapped, and sold into conscription to the United Duchy Infantry Corps. Mandolin awakens from a coma, only to find herself thrust into a brutal boot camp that has no interest in her true identity and only wants bodies for the impending war against the Krem, a soulless horde of cybernetic corpses bent upon destroying all sentient life. Hounded by an abusive, almost psychotic superior officer, Mandolin learns very quickly who she can and cannot trust within her own squad. With only a few friends in the squad willing to support her, Mandolin tries to endure long enough to convince someone of authority of who she really is so that she can get back to her father who is stationed on the great space station, Bastion Kord. Words and violence abound as the young women in the squad realize just how many differences of opinion they actually have.
Part I of VII.