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 III:
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 III is the story of Mandolin’s struggles to get through the CQC rush, the close quarters combat training of U.D.I.C. boot camp. Still somewhat at odds with the young women in her squad, Mandolin must face a greater challenge than she has yet faced: surviving the unforgiving CQC circle of pain.
Each day of close quarters combat training pits her against every member of the squad, every member circling her like wolves circling for the kill, and she must defend against their brutal attacks or be maimed without mercy. Worse yet, she must join the pack and do the same for each and every one of her compatriots, rushing into the circle to beat them to the ground below, no quarter given. Her choices lie clear: either step into the circle, or head to the Discipline Square for corporal punishment.
Furthermore, a simple mistake puts her at odds with her squad partner, Susan, and Mandolin soon finds herself choosing between her new friend or holding a personal grudge in revenge.
Finally, tempers flare when the entire 837th declares they’ve had enough, and a company wide rumble occurs during Mess at breakfast with squad 6 caught right in the middle of it.
Part III of VII.