Daily Prompt – Test

Here are seven short chapters from my novel Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance that describe a Test that humanity ran against the invading Esss.  The Esss were sampling various locations around the globe and we decided to see how serious they were.

 

Chapter 76 – Lake Victoria Warning

Air Force Colonel Salma Okello was the Alpha group leader. Her wing of four Chinese F-12 fighter jets was airborne out of Mwanza Airport on the shores of Lake Victoria, based upon a warning from the United Space Navy that they might have alien visitors. The wing would be on duty for the next four hours, at which point Beta group would take over.

The only problem Okello had was that her orders were still vague. They were to monitor the aliens if they landed. That was easy. They were to carry a full load of ordinance, including air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. Their wings bristled with offensive weapons. Unfortunately, there were no rules of engagement. There had been an intimation that further orders might be forthcoming if contact was made, but that was little consolation to this commander with full team responsibility.

When the call came in, she placed all of these thoughts into the background.

“Alpha leader, this is Mwanza Control. We have confirmed inbound traffic heading toward the northern part of the lake in Ugandan territory. You are cleared to proceed at best speed to intercept and monitor activity.”

“Roger that,” Okello replied. “We are proceeding on a heading of zero degrees.”

She passed the orders to the rest of the wing, and they executed a ninety-degree turn to the north. They would reach the northern end of the lake in less than fifteen minutes. Hopefully, they would pick up the bogey on radar by then.

 

Chapter 77 – Rules of Engagement

Fleet Admiral Brooks had anticipated the freshwater landing in Lake Victoria, and his warning to the ground-based air forces in Africa had been heeded. Now the fruits of that warning were about to be realized. One of the alien ships was approaching Lake Victoria and would probably be landing on one of the islands in the next few moments.

“Get me the Secretary,” Brooks ordered from the flag chair on the Invincible.

“Secretary Miller, sir,” Commander Santos replied.

“Secretary, they are about to land somewhere in Lake Victoria, as I anticipated. What are my operational guidelines?”

“The Council has authorized direct interference with the alien intelligence gathering. Any craft released to the surface of the lake from the main ship is fair game. They want to provoke some kind of response without actually firing directly on the alien vessel.”

“Thank you, Madam Secretary. I will keep you informed of our progress. I am also authorizing full defensive retaliatory strikes if our ships are fired upon. I can’t leave them hanging out there to dry without the ability to protect themselves.”

“Fair enough, Admiral Brooks. You have my authorization for full self-defensive measures.”

 

Chapter 78 – The Esss Warning

Scout one was inbound to the largest lake on this land mass for its next collection run when the call came in from the scout leader. This landing was not going to be as uneventful as previous ones. Apparently, the locals had dispatched four flying craft toward its anticipated landing site on an island in the lake. This should not prove to be a problem. It just had to be prepared for a little sport with these primitives if they chose to interfere with its duties.

 

Chapter 79 – First Sighting over Lake Victoria

Colonel Okello had already picked up the alien craft on radar when the next call came in.

“Alpha leader, this is Mwanza Control.”

“Mwanza, this is Alpha Leader. Over.”

“Alpha Leader, your engagement orders are as follows. Do not engage the alien ship. If it releases any kind of craft onto the surface of the lake, you are to destroy that craft once it has cleared the alien vessel. I repeat, destroy any released watercraft after it has cleared the alien vessel. Acknowledge.”

“Mwanza, we are free to destroy any released water craft once it has cleared the alien vessel.”

“Alpha Leader, you are also cleared to go in weapons hot in full defensive mode. If the alien vessel engages any of your team, you can go weapons free. Acknowledge.”

“Mwanza, we are weapons free to defend ourselves if attacked.”

This was much better. Clear rules of engagement were a blessing for the team leader. Now, where was this thing going to land? It appeared they were headed to an island south of Mayuge, Uganda.

“Alpha team, this is Alpha leader. Make your heading thirty-five degrees on my mark. Let’s beat this bastard to the landing zone. Mark!”

The wing of four F12s came about crisply on the new heading just as the alien vessel cleared their horizon from the northwest, coming in at a steep angle to the surface.

“Mwanza, this is Alpha Leader.”

“Mwanza.”

“We have the bogey in sight and are anticipating a landing on Nainaivi Island. Please alert local Ugandan authorities. We will establish a circular pattern around the island, recording and transmitting video to you in real time. Once the bogey has landed, we will make regular passes over it from multiple directions. Over.”

“Copy, Alpha Leader, we confirm receiving all four live video streams.”

Now it was a waiting game, if you could call cruising at over 1,000 kilometers per hour a waiting game.

 

Chapter 80 – The Esss Under Surveillance

Scout one went for the northern tip of the island. Four of the local aircraft were already flying around the landing site when it executed its landing. So far they had not interfered.

Once the scout vessel had settled just off the point of the island, scout one began its normal procedure of releasing the water-sampling craft out into the lake. Unlike the day before, there was no rush to get the craft back before the locals arrived. They were already here and watching. Therefore, it started lowering the ship between its landing legs.

Since there was no rush, it settled for the standard distance from the ship for the measuring point in this body of water. The readings did not need to be clouded by the actual landing.

As it was preparing and dispatching the sampler, it kept its attention on the four local aircraft. They were buzzing around the ship like angry pests. Well, maybe it would get a chance to swat a few of these pests today.

 

Chapter 81 – Weapons Free

As team leader, Colonel Okello held back from making any of the flybys like the remainder of the team. Her responsibility was to command the team and remain in contact with Mwanza control, and that could be handled best from a distance. Because of that, she did not see the small watercraft exit from under the alien vessel and head out into the lake. It was Lt. Benjamin Yambasu who first spotted the craft on his flyby.

“Alpha three, as spotter you have the honor,” Okello said. “Weapons free as soon as the craft reaches five hundred meters from the ship.”

“Roger, Alpha leader,” Yambasu replied as he made a sweeping turn to come back around and attack the small watercraft at an angle perpendicular to its direction of travel. He designated the watercraft on his targeting system and spun up his air-to-ground CH-19J anti-ship missile, which was certainly overkill for such a small boat. Then, from two kilometers away, he released the missile.

“Missile away and on target.”

Those were his last words as two powerful laser beams sprang from the alien ship and tore apart both his aircraft and the missile.

Colonel Okello caught the whole sequence from her nose camera as well as through the jet’s canopy. This was the first true action she had seen firsthand as an air force pilot, and she was stunned by the brutal force displayed by the alien ship. However, being in command had its responsibilities, and the rest of the wing still needed her guidance.

“Alpha one and Alpha two, withdraw to twenty kilometers. Keep evenly spaced in a circle around this bastard. We are going to unload everything we have at the same time from that distance and see if we can’t break through that defense.

“Mwanza control, this is Alpha leader,” she continued. “Alpha three is down with no survivor. I repeat, no survivor. We are going weapons free in three minutes from a range of twenty kilometers on the alien vessel.”

“Alpha leader, this is Mwanza control. We copy weapons free in three minutes. Good hunting.”

 

Chapter 82 – The Esss Respond

Scout one was very satisfied with its limited response to their attack on the sampler. There was no way these locals were going to interfere with the survey. In fact, the other three aircraft had withdrawn a considerable distance from his ship and had stopped their annoying flybys.

The sampler was now in place and drawing a sample from well below the surface of the water. In just a short while, it could pick up the sampler and go to the next body of water, a long, slim lake nearby. That’s when the purple warning light started pulsing its warning.

Scout one turned to the console and saw that these upstarts were now attacking its ship directly. All three had released weapons that were closing rapidly. In this case, there was nothing for it to do. The program to protect the ship had already been loaded, and the six laser pods came online automatically, spitting laser fire at both the incoming missiles and the three pesky aircraft. At the speed of light, twelve missiles and three aircraft exploded and plummeted into the water as little more than burned out junk.

When the sampler was winched back aboard, the scout craft rose above the lake and veered slightly to the southwest for the next sample collection. Meanwhile, scout one organized its report for the scout leader regarding this latest contact.



 

on September 4, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, I was very impressed that this is a first novel for Mr. Waugh. The author has really done his homework, as he has worked with many concepts of science, history, anthropology, space travel and military technology in this book. The story “reads” very well, editing is good, I only found 3 or 4 instances where the wrong word was used or misspelled. I really like the chapter structure and the 3 main story lines that are going on (two alien ones, and one human). I can’t wait to get the next installment of this story–hope it comes soon.
Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.
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You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

Thursday Doors – Sept 29, 2016

This door is all I have to offer this week. My wife and I spent 3 hours in a stop and go traffic jamb in Pennsylvania on Wednesday. In that three hours we progressed all of 5 miles in our 500+ mile trip from New Jersey to North Carolina. We didn’t make it home that day. We had to stay overnight in Virginia. After getting home on Thursday, I was a bit behind in my emails and couldn’t create this post until Friday.

Anyway, when you stare at the back of the same truck for so long, you just have to make the best of the situation. If you blow up the picture you will see that the trailer has a license plate from Nebraska. We count the number of US States and Canadian Provinces we find on the license plates of the cars and trucks we pass on our journey. On this trip we got 36 states and 3 provinces

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I hope you don’t mind this little deviation from my normal Thursday Doors posting. You can find more doors by visiting Norm 2.0 and going through the comments.



 

on September 4, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, I was very impressed that this is a first novel for Mr. Waugh. The author has really done his homework, as he has worked with many concepts of science, history, anthropology, space travel and military technology in this book. The story “reads” very well, editing is good, I only found 3 or 4 instances where the wrong word was used or misspelled. I really like the chapter structure and the 3 main story lines that are going on (two alien ones, and one human). I can’t wait to get the next installment of this story–hope it comes soon.
Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.
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You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

Sunday Trees – 254 – The Trees of Hobbiton

From our recent cruise to New Zealand, we experienced the set of Hobbiton from the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit if you are ever in that area of the world. You can learn more about our visit from my blog page called: Cruise Day 8 – Tauranga, NZ November 30th, 2016. You can also see more on my Thursday Doors post titled Thursday Doors of the Round Kind.

For today’s post, I just thought I would share some of my pictures from Hobbiton that showcased the trees in the area:

The featured image shows Bag End, the home of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. The tree on top of Bag End at the end of Bagshot Row is particularly impressive:

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Next is the Party Tree where the famous 111th Birthday Party for Bilbo was held:

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Finally, a mixture of shots from around the area:

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Thanks again to Becca Givens for hosting the Sunday Tree challenge. Check out her blog to see other entries for this week.



 

Response to Bullies

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Fight the Panic, your natural response,
Don’t give in, not a single ounce,
Keep control. Use your head.
Just do the right thing instead.

Fight or flight come naturally,
Loss of reason will make you flee.
Keep cool head, slow things down,
Think it through, and stand your ground.

Showing fear is not the way,
To save yourself from the fray.
Gather those who cower down,
To stand with you against the clown.

For bullies know instinctively,
They can’t stand up to you and me,
When we link arms and show our might,
Their bluster withers at the sight.


Picture credit: http://standuptobullying.net/images/SUST-logo.jpg



 

on September 4, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, I was very impressed that this is a first novel for Mr. Waugh. The author has really done his homework, as he has worked with many concepts of science, history, anthropology, space travel and military technology in this book. The story “reads” very well, editing is good, I only found 3 or 4 instances where the wrong word was used or misspelled. I really like the chapter structure and the 3 main story lines that are going on (two alien ones, and one human). I can’t wait to get the next installment of this story–hope it comes soon.
Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.
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You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

Season Changing

Photo: David Slotto Cedar Wax Wing

Here is a short poem I wrote after being inspired by a series of haiku poems from Victoria C. Slotto, Author

Season Changing

Wax Winged wonder,
Perched above,
Seeking dinner’s
Treasure trove.

Late fall thunder,
Rumbling loud,
Warns of winter
In the grove.

Rain pools under,
Leaves so proud,
Hiding wood
For winter stove.

Season changing,
Life flows on,
Re-arranging
All we love.

Generous Nature

Generous land that we love so well,
Brings autumn rains with earthy smell,
Your bounty gathered, and squirreled away,
Against our hunger on leaner day.

The cycle turns, the moon shines bright,
To light our way on darkest night,
The winter hints on cooling breeze,
Stir summer leaves on golden trees.

We have so much to be thankful for,
As life abounds from plains to shore,
And undersea, your wonders team,
In glorious schools so seldom seen.

Supporting us all in so many ways,
Lifting us up with bright shiny days.
We laugh, we sing, we dance, we pray,
Your generous nature is here to stay.


Picture from the mountains of Costa Rica.



 

on September 4, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, I was very impressed that this is a first novel for Mr. Waugh. The author has really done his homework, as he has worked with many concepts of science, history, anthropology, space travel and military technology in this book. The story “reads” very well, editing is good, I only found 3 or 4 instances where the wrong word was used or misspelled. I really like the chapter structure and the 3 main story lines that are going on (two alien ones, and one human). I can’t wait to get the next installment of this story–hope it comes soon.
Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.
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You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

Remembering Northern Song

In response to the daily prompt of Jump, I want to provide a chapter from my novel that is relevant. The protagonist, Sted Richardson, has just come out of a job interview where a question was raised about a mission in which he participated. The mission was classified, so he could not provide very much information to his potential employer, but the question brought back memories of what had happened. This chapter details his reliving of the incident. In the chapter, UAMC stands for United Asteroid Mining Company and USpN stands for the Unites Space Navy.

Chapter 20 – Remembering Northern Song

As Sted headed over to the Lockheed Lunar compound, his mind went back to the incident with the pirates hired by the Chinese to steal UAMC’s ore barges. Based upon the trajectory of the barges when they were discovered, Captain Landsted surmised that their destination was the L4 Lagrange point in Earth’s solar orbit. Since the Chinese had established a major colony at L4 to bleed off population pressure on Earth, it was a good bet that the mined ore was headed directly into Chinese hands.

Because the ore being hijacked was from the platinum group, it was obvious to everyone aboard the USpN Charger that the Chinese were back up to their old tricks of flaunting the C8 and building warships at a shipyard hidden amongst the many peaceful population platforms at L4. There was probably no better place to hide a shipyard and all the personnel required to operate it than right within a high-density space colony.

When Captain Landsted submitted his preliminary report to Space Navy headquarters on the C8 platform orbiting Earth, he was directed to continue the investigation at the L4 source. The Admiralty promised a backup force would be dispatched directly in support of this mission in case trouble arose with the Chinese colony. Meanwhile, naval intelligence was tasked with uncovering anomalies in the delivery of all materiel to the colony over the past twenty-four months. What they found was eye-opening. Their intelligence report back to the USpN Charger set the stage for the upcoming encounter.

Sted remembered the day of inspection like it was yesterday.

Northern Song, this is USpN Charger inbound for an unscheduled inspection of your facilities. Please acknowledge and prepare for a shuttle inspection party to dock at cargo bay three in fifteen minutes,” Captain Mark Landsted said. “Lieutenant Adams, open a line to Shuttle I.”

USpN Charger, this is Northern Song acknowledging receipt of your request for docking in cargo bay three. Please note that cargo bay three is not available. The bay doors are currently inoperable and under reconstruction after failing maintenance check. Please have your shuttle routed to passenger bay seven, where we will have a team waiting to assist you in your inspection.”

“Commander Richardson, that intelligence report was very specific that the last shipment of control components arrived at cargo bay three. How would you suggest we gain access to that area?” Landsted asked.

“Sir, we should send the shuttle to passenger bay seven but drop a squad of marines over cargo bay three as we transit the colony,” Sted replied. “Their full battle gear won’t show up on the Chinese radar, so the first indication we have arrived will be when we knock ever so gently on their door with a thermite breaching ring. We can have the squad into the bay and contain the breach in less than three minutes, according to Lieutenant Gomez.”

“Very good, Commander. Shuttle I, you are cleared for docking at passenger bay seven. Keep your squad of marines on board until the general alarm sounds aboard the colony. That will mean we have breached the cargo bay. At that point, deploy the marines to protect the inspection party and to keep the passenger bay clear for your departure.”

He pressed another button on his console. “Northern Song, this is Captain Mark Landsted. We acknowledge cargo bay three is unavailable. Our shuttle will be directed to passenger bay seven. Commander Kim Cho will be leading the six-man inspection team.”

He turned to Sted and motioned him over for a private conference. Sted pushed off from his station and caught hold of the back of the captain’s chair with practiced precision. He hooked his belt tie-down to the tie-down ring on the chair and looked at Captain Landsted in anticipation of further orders.

“Sted, I want you to suit up and follow Gomez’s squad down to the cargo bay. Coordinate with Gomez so you arrive just after the breach. I want you wearing a full recording package. I’m sure our surprise will catch them moving that equipment out of the cargo bay prior to our inspection, so everything will more than likely be out in the open. Once you record what they have on board, order Gomez to destroy every piece of equipment in the bay. Then open every storage room in the bay and drop a thermal charge in each. The lesson has to be very painful to the Chinese, and I don’t care if we destroy a few storage rooms of non-essential equipment or supplies. I only want you and that squad in the cargo bay for twenty minutes though. After that, get out and back to the ship. I don’t want a firefight with the Chinese while you’re on board if at all possible. Is that clear?”

“Yes, sir,” Sted replied. “No firefight while on board if it can be avoided.”

“Good. Keep open command channel two during the entire operation,” Captain Landsted continued. “I will have your video feeds live on my console as well. As you are entering the breach, remember to plant the laser relay beacon on the hull of the colony so we don’t lose communication.”

“Permission to speak, sir?”

“Of course, Commander. What’s on your mind?”

“Sir, as you know, everything usually goes south in the middle of any combat operation. What are my rules of engagement? Is it more important to take out every piece of equipment in the bay or to protect the squad should the Chinese prove more recalcitrant than we are anticipating?”

“We must send a clear message to the Chinese,” Landsted replied. “You can destroy everything in sight if that’s what it takes. The team is important, but the intelligence you gather is primary. My feeling is that this colony is only a shell surrounding a shipyard in the making. Why else would they have so many passenger bays except to ferry workers from the other colonies here on a regular basis? Your live feeds are the critical part of this operation. It will give us the evidence we need to launch a full-scale attack on this colony to destroy that shipyard.”

“Thank you, sir,” Sted replied. “That clarifies the mission objective. You will have your intelligence regardless of the cost.”

While suiting up to join the assault team, Sted went over his objectives with Lieutenant Gomez so that there would be no confusion once the action started. Sted had specific instructions from the captain, and Gomez needed a full briefing in case something happened to Sted during the operation.

Gomez and his team deployed first, with Sted deploying just three minutes later. Sted had a bird’s eye view of the action as the team landed outside of the cargo bay, set up a defensive perimeter, and attached the breaching charges.

“Lieutenant, you are cleared to breach the hull,” Sted ordered from 1,000 meters out. “I will be at the breach in two minutes. Once you’re inside and have cleared any threats, let me know.”

“Yes sir,” Gomez relied as he activated the thermite switch.

Sted’s face shield went dark as the light from the thermite ring flared brighter than the sun for almost ten seconds. When his face shield cleared again, Sted saw the last of the marines entering the breach. That meant that the cargo bay was already in vacuum and not under pressure. Otherwise, they would have been waiting for the outward flow of air to subside before trying to enter.

As Sted’s battle gear absorbed the impact of landing next to the breach, he jammed the base of the laser relay beacon against the hull, releasing the Insta-weld arcing charge and bringing the relay online.

Charger, this is Commander Richardson confirming beacon plant. Please confirm receipt of the beacon feed.”

“Confirmed,” came the immediate reply.

“Waiting for Gomez with the ‘all clear’ before entering the breach.”

Sted lowered his camera into the breach to get a sit-rep without exposing himself to enemy fire. As he looked at the camera display on his helmet video feed, he saw the occasional burst of laser fire from the far interior. In the vacuum of space, no sound accompanied the light, but every few seconds, Sted felt shudders through his magnetic boots.

Charger, Gomez is running into more resistance than anticipated,” Sted reported. “The immediate area of breach appears to be clear. I’m going in without confirmation from Gomez. I’m leaving camera one at the breach to continue recording. Designating my shoulder camera as camera two. Once I’m secure inside the hull, I’ll activate my high-definition hand camera on feed number three.”

With that, Sted released his boots and activated his back and side thrusters. From three meters above the breach, he oriented himself for a headfirst dive and then squeezed the thruster in his left hand just enough to get his whole body through the breach with minimal exposure.

“Gomez report!” Sted ordered as soon as he was clear of the breach and had a good view of the entire cargo bay.

“This is Gomez. We have an internal security force pinned down behind the cargo shuttle in the bay, sir. Chandler and Singleton are not responding and assumed down. The remainder of the cargo bay has been cleared.”

“Keep their heads down, Gomez, while I start recording the cargo. If they get out of hand, blow up the damned shuttle as long as you give me a few seconds of warning to take cover.”

“Yes, sir. I’m sending Corporal Allen to assist you with opening those crates tied down to the interior bulkhead. I have two corpsmen sealing the hatches from the ship’s interior. We don’t want to be surprised by unexpected company.”

Sted accelerated over to the crates Gomez mentioned and considered which to open first. Their time would be limited, so his selection was critical. What he was looking for were control console-sized crates or anything that might hold military grade laser components. As he was considering his selection, Corporal Allen arrived. Sted directed him to open one of fourteen identical crates located halfway between the two hatches, which were now sealed.

The Corpsman dialed down his hand laser and directed it at the closest crates, peeling back the outer packing material. Then he reached in and pulled out exactly what their intelligence report had specified. The writing on the console was in Chinese, but the function was obvious. The battle screens surrounded by missile and laser deployment controls had a universal look. There was no mistaking what this was.

“Corporal Allen, set a charge in the center of these crates while I record as much detail as I can about the one you opened. Then we should move to the next set of crates. We only have five minutes left in our twenty-minute window, so be quick about it.

“Gomez, get ready to blow the shuttle as we withdraw. We don’t need any live fire at our backs. Have the remainder of your squad prepare charges to take out whatever remains in the cargo bay as we head back to the breach. Every charge should be set on a ten-minute timer and then launched as we exit. I want the squad well clear of the colony when they blow.”

With his orders clearly spelled out, Sted headed over to Allen, who was dismantling another crate. This time what he pulled out was completely foreign to Sted. All he could do was record everything and hope the intelligence team could identify its purpose.

“Take cover. We’re blowing the shuttle in five, four, three, two, one, Now!”

Three bright flashes bathed the cargo bay interior, and then pieces of the shuttle began flying everywhere. Sted and Allen just had time to hunker down behind the crate they were inspecting. That’s when the shuttle’s fuel tanks blew in a huge secondary explosion.

As the lights died down, Sted gave the withdrawal orders, and everyone jetted for the breech, raining down explosive charges to every corner of the bay as they retreated.

Gomez had one of the downed marines over his shoulder, and his sergeant had the other. They were the first out of the breach, with the remainder of the squad spraying cover fire around the bay just in case someone popped their head up to fire at the retreating marines. Sted was second to last out, followed by Allen, who was covering his back.

“Commander Richardson, we have Shuttle II inbound to your location. ETA forty seconds,” Captain Landsted said over the command circuit. “We got every second of your recordings through the relay. Based on your ten-minute timer orders, you have four minutes to get the squad into the shuttle and away from the cargo bay before it blows.”

“Gomez,” Sted called, “Shuttle II is at your nine o’clock approaching with the shuttle bay doors open. Get everyone aboard ASAP. We have less than four minutes until those charges blow.”

Sted moved alongside of Gomez to add his suit’s thrust to that of Gomez to make up for the extra mass of Chandler’s body and armor. Even with the extra push, they were the last to make it into the shuttle bay. As the shuttle doors closed, the outer hull of the colony erupted with a series of explosions. When Sted moved to the cockpit to get a better view of the damage, he saw that the interior of cargo bay three must have given way. Atmosphere was pouring out of the breach, along with melted and twisted pieces of cargo. He also saw suited and unsuited bodies floating listlessly among the detritus of what looked like a pitched battle.

Charger, this is Commander Richardson. The squad is back aboard the shuttle. We have two casualties. The entire area around cargo bay three on the colony has been destroyed with multiple casualties. I recommend you coordinate a rescue mission with the colony. There may be a few suited survivors outside of the cargo bay.”

Charger copies,” Captain Landsted replied. “Make your best time back. I don’t want you exposed to any retaliatory strikes. We have five destroyers inbound to either finish off this hidden shipyard or board and secure the facility if they surrender. We won’t be dealing with survivors from those explosions until the action is over.”

Commander Kim Cho’s voice sounded over Shuttle II’s speakers, “Shuttle I is clear of passenger bay seven.” Sted and the shuttle pilot could see the other shuttle pulling away from the Northern Song colony as it accelerated in a wide arc back toward the USpN Charger.

Northern Song, this is Captain Landsted aboard USpN Charger. You are ordered to stand down all forces aboard. We will give you one hour to accept full surrender of your facility to the United Space Navy. If you do not acknowledge surrender, your facility will be destroyed. No ships will be allowed to depart from your colony. Please observe the five additional destroyers inbound from Earth. Their ETA coincides with your one-hour window. Acknowledge receipt of these orders.”

Charger, this is Northern Song acknowledging receipt of your orders.”

With that settled for the moment, Sted returned to the shuttle bay from the cockpit to check on the status of Chandler and Singleton. When he got there, both had been stripped of their battle armor and were strapped to medical gurneys with IVs running into their arms. That meant both men were still alive.

Sted turned to Gomez. “What’s their status?”

“Singleton took a hit to the back of his helmet that knocked him unconscious. We’ve stabilized him for now, but the docs on board will have to check him out, because he hasn’t regained consciousness. Chandler lost his left arm below the elbow. The suit saved his life, but he’s still in shock. We’re keeping him warm and hydrated for now. There’s nothing else we can do until we get him back to the Charger.”

“Thanks, Lieutenant,” Sted replied. “We should be back aboard in the next ten minutes. I’ll go forward again and report their condition to the doc so he can be ready in the shuttle bay.”

With that, Sted turned back to the cockpit to make his report, hoping the doctor would be able to patch up the two marines. He didn’t want to lose anyone under his command. He thought of little Jimmy Barns being carried away in the ambulance, never to be seen again.

Thursday Doors – September 22, 2016

Today we are going to see some very impressive ‘gold’ doors. These doors reside in the Ss. Nicholas, Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Roseland, NJ. You can see some of the windows in this church if you go to my Monday Window post. If you want to check out other blog entries for Thursday Doors, go over to Norm 2.0.

So, let’s get started with the main front door into the church proper:

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We have a very tall double door in shiny gold. To the left and right of the main door are two additional gold doors to allow faster egress from the church. Here are close up pictures of the left, center, and right hand doors:

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Here are the doors from the inside:

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These doors lead into a vestibule. From the vestibule, there are more doors into the church proper:

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I have two more pictures of the arches and doors into business offices of the church:

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This was a really gorgeous facility and the perfect setting for my daughter’s wedding.



 

on September 4, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, I was very impressed that this is a first novel for Mr. Waugh. The author has really done his homework, as he has worked with many concepts of science, history, anthropology, space travel and military technology in this book. The story “reads” very well, editing is good, I only found 3 or 4 instances where the wrong word was used or misspelled. I really like the chapter structure and the 3 main story lines that are going on (two alien ones, and one human). I can’t wait to get the next installment of this story–hope it comes soon.
Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.
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You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

 

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – September 21, 2016

I took quite a few photographs of the beautiful Greek Orthodox church in Roseland, NJ this weekend. Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge gives me another opportunity to display some of these photos. Take a closer look at the main building in the center left of the photo.

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Now imagine your self at the far left edge just under the arch. Then look down the corridor toward the center and this is what you see:

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Go to the opposite end of the covered walkway and this is what you see:

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So, no matter which way you choose, you will wind up in front of the main entrance with its golden doors:

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on September 4, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, I was very impressed that this is a first novel for Mr. Waugh. The author has really done his homework, as he has worked with many concepts of science, history, anthropology, space travel and military technology in this book. The story “reads” very well, editing is good, I only found 3 or 4 instances where the wrong word was used or misspelled. I really like the chapter structure and the 3 main story lines that are going on (two alien ones, and one human). I can’t wait to get the next installment of this story–hope it comes soon.
Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.
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You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

 

Two Into One

Stylish, fancy, splash of color,
On display, attract another,
Do the ever changing dance,
Spin around and find romance.

Just like the birds, with plumage rare,
Your stylish cloths beyond compare,
Are candy for the eyes of men,
To bring them back around again.

Once you have him in your spell,
Cement the bond with perfumed smell,
Imprinting joy with scent and feel,
You forge a bond as strong as steel.

Now comes the work, the hardest part,
You have to open up your heart,
And trust yourself while having fun,
To bind forever, two into one.


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on September 4, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, I was very impressed that this is a first novel for Mr. Waugh. The author has really done his homework, as he has worked with many concepts of science, history, anthropology, space travel and military technology in this book. The story “reads” very well, editing is good, I only found 3 or 4 instances where the wrong word was used or misspelled. I really like the chapter structure and the 3 main story lines that are going on (two alien ones, and one human). I can’t wait to get the next installment of this story–hope it comes soon.
Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.
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You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.