BASTION KORD Part IV: Improvement in Character

Part IV of VII.

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 IV:

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 IV is the story of how Mandolin realizes how her past terrible behavior has affected the lives of others as well as her own.

Mandolin breaks down over the constant squabbling between her squad partner, Susan, and Susan’s gene-sister, Heather.

Moving on to training with the rifle, Mandolin discovers that she is a marksman and that her captains have high hopes for her in the impending Showdown.

The entire squad soon plunges into brutal infighting over Gina’s dark secret, and sides are taken in support or opposition of the shy redhead. After this terrible infighting brawl, Carla is ostracized by everyone over her vicious beating of Susan.

Finally, Mandolin’s fate is left up in the air when she is mortally wounded by a rogue grenade.

Part IV of VII.

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