Cold Warriors

Cold Warriors

Clare Dargin

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When Caitlin Driskoll is awakened from a cryogenic stasis, she’s got a lot of adjusting to do. It’s a new century and the planet is at war. Once married to a Navy JAG, she now experiences life from the viewpoint of a Jarhead, and the view isn’t pleasant.

Colonel Medoro Keegan lost the two most important things in his life during his Marine career: his wife to friendly fire, and his ability to fly combat missions. Now, he’s stuck aboard the Blanchard as the XO. The Corps is the only family he has left and he’s not about to lose the last thing he values.

Until he meets Caitlin, who isn’t shy about telling Medoro what she thinks about his Marines. How can such beauty wrapped in an icy body have so much fire?

It’s the future, and a new kind of prejudice has replaced the racial prejudice Caitlin experienced in the last century. After all, when you’ve been given a second chance at life, you are expendable.

 
PUBLISHED BY: Aspen Mountain Press
ISBN: 978-1-60168-050-1
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007
WORD COUNT: 47500
SEXUAL CONTENT RATING: 2 2
EBOOK READER RATING:
CATEGORIES: Interracial, Action/Adventure, African-American, Science Fiction
KEYWORDS: cryogenics, shock troops, forbidden love, interracial romance, Marines, space, war
 

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COPYRIGHT Clare Dargin/2007

Keegan spotted a man coming out of one of the rooms. His mask dangling over his shoulder barely covered three red chevrons on his sleeve. "Petty Officer!”

"Yes, Sir?” The dirt-covered man stood squarely in front of the ship’s XO.

"What happened?”

He looked conspiratorially to the side of him. "Sir, it’s too soon to tell but,” he paused, "I think it’s sabotage."

Keegan glared at the Petty Officer causing him to step back a bit. "That is a strong accusation sailor.”

"Yes, Sir. But the preliminary evidence seems to be pointing in that direction."

Keegan glanced at the carnage around him. "Get on it. I want answers not suppositions. Is that understood?”

"Yes, Sir.” The Petty Officer stiffened to attention.

"Dismissed.” Keegan walked away.

He needed to know the extent of the loss of life that was suffered. Medical personnel darted back and forth tending the wounded. As more medics continued to pour in, he noticed some weren’t working. Instead they were milling around talking as if they had nothing to do.

It seemed quite clear to Keegan that any unnecessary personnel should be kept away from the area, while those essential tended to the wounded. He saw people lying all around moaning in pain or passed out while the medics stood and talked.

His blood boiled. What the Hell is their problem?

Keegan realized that those being ignored were cryos. He could tell from their singed badges, which still registered their raised numeric id’s.

Keegan gritted his teeth at his crew’s blatant disregard for crew members' lives. It was reprehensible. No matter who they were, or where they came from the people on his ship deserved dignity and respect. He demanded and expected everyone to be treated in a humane and decent manner.

While shaking his head Keegan regarded a man crouching in the corner several feet from him. He walked toward him instantly recognizing Beller. He too was covered in dirt from the smoke. His expression hardened as Beller spoke to Caitlin softly while checking the soaked bandages on her hands.

"Medic!” the Colonel barked.

A young nurse appeared before him and stood stiffly at attention. "Yes, Sir.” Corporal. Saadya snapped to attention smartly. Her gaze looked past that of Colonel Keegan’s.

"Why aren’t you attending to the wounded?”

"Sir, we are.”

"No, you are not!”

"Sir?” Saadya asked, craning her head.

He pointed in Caitlin’s direction. "Why isn’t she being tended too?"

Saadya looked at Caitlin and the melted ID tag on her shirt.

"She’s a cryo, Sir.”

 
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