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 VI:
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 VI is the story of how Mandolin and Squad 6 fare in the 837th’s Company Showdown. Each category plays upon what has been learned over the course of their basic training, and their final score determines each young lady’s placement within the Corps. Carla and Mei compete in the CQC Challenge, Susan and Heather in the Fitness Challenge, Mandolin and Jennifer in the Marksmanship Challenge, Gina and Susan in the Grenadier Challenge, and Cathy and Heather in the SAW Challenge. With everything on the wire, Mandolin pulls out all the stops and puts forth her best in both aptitude and character in order to get off of Rains and get to Bastion Kord.
Part VI of VII.