Second Battalion, Ninth Marines, is
on Saint Hollis as a show of strength but saddled by the
diplomats with a restrictive ROE that keeps them from
actually fighting. The battalion’s Marines are bored,
and bored Marines are trouble waiting to happen.
When Lance Corporal Ryck Lysander and his fire team are
sent on an observation patrol, they
stray a little beyond what their orders and . . .
well, things go haywire quickly, thrusting the planet to
the brink of war.
avert the war and keep themselves out of the brig when
all is said and done?
This short story takes place early in Ryck Lysander’s