They say...(you know the ones who are always saying things)...there are only "x" number of story lines, and that's probably true.
As I began reading this short stoy, THOSE WITH GUNS, by A.M. Roelke, I was reminded of a segment I saw years ago from the original
Star Trek franchise.
In this particular segment Captain Kirk finds himself on a planet that shares with its rival planet a "gentlemanly" approach to the destruction of war. It's sort of like a lottery and when your number is picked you calmly walk into the annhilation chamber, the numbers monitored by your enemy planet. No blood, no face-to-face horror, just a sort of out-of-sight-out-of-mind type war.
A.M. Roelke handles it a little bit different. All the planets that want war send their military to one planet, the only place where war can be waged. Meanwhile the rest of their citizenry stays above the evil war creates.
Jules, drafted at seventeen, survived her ten year recruitment, but war changes people and integrating back into the serene planet of origin...
it's challenging, and most cannot see beyond the visible scars to the deeper ones...the scars of surviving hell.
This story is an introduction into what happens to a survivor of ten years as a killing machine.
I hope, from the way it is written, THOSE WITH GUNS is the genesis of Jules' journey beyond hell and the beginning of an ongoing series.
Any book that can make me want to read more, gets FIVE stars.
So A.M. Roelke, here are your stars for THOSE WITH GUNS, and if you look just a bit more to your right you'll see me
waving my hand with eagerness as I step in line for the next adventure of Jules and yes, Neybor. Please, please, please don't make us wait too long.