Mechanical Failure


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A smooth-talking ex-sergeant, accustomed to an easygoing peacetime military, unexpectedly re-joins the fleet and finds soldiers preparing for the strangest thingùwar. The two hundred yearsÆ (and counting) peace is a time of tranquility that hasnÆt been seen since...well, never. Mankind in the Galactic Age had finally conquered war, so what was left for the military to do but drink and barbecue? ThatÆs the kind of military that Sergeant R. Wilson Rogers lived in before he left the fleet to become a smuggler. But it turns out that smuggling is hard. Like getting-arrested-for-dealing-with-pirates-and-forced-back-into-service kind of hard. It doesnÆt seem so badùthe military was a perpetual tiki party anywayùbut when Rogers returns after only a year away, something has changed. These are soldiersùactual soldiers doing actual soldier things like preparing for a war that Rogers is sure doesnÆt exist. Rogers vows to put a stop to all this nonsenseùeven if it means doing actual work. With an experienced ear for military double-speak, Zieja has created a remarkable and sarcastic adventure.