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 II:
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 II is the story of Mandolin’s struggle to remain sane as she slowly realizes the full extent of her predicament. Trapped within the unforgiving boot camp of the U.D.I.C, Mandolin breaks down both mentally and emotionally as she is forced to run the Survival Weapons and Artillery Gauntlet each day while suffering a brutal introduction to U.D.I.C. close quarters combat. Coping with her newfound captivity, Mandolin concentrates on getting along with her squadmates while learning the ins and outs of the U.D.I.C. long enough to escape it. As her sanity is questioned by the Corps, Mandolin plays a dangerous game of manipulation with her squad partner, Susan, risking the only solid friendship she has within her prison without walls.
Part II of VII.