Solar Warden Book Two – Requiem
Military science fiction
Earth is in peril. The Reptilians and Grays, led by their Blue Nordic overlords, have suffered a series of unexpected defeats at the hands of the humans–a species they’ve deemed inferior.
Expecting a divide-and-conquer strategy by the aliens, Solar Warden begins reinforcing its Mars base–the enemy's expected target. And the final stepping stone to Earth.
In the midst of the impending invasion, Steve “Scarecrow” Richardson and Sandy Cooper, find themselves marked for death by both alien and human foes.
Book two of Peter Fuller’s Solar Warden series finds the humans faced with an overwhelming force that will not stop until they’ve eliminated the human race. All that stands in their way is the determination and fierce will of a small group of Earth Defense Force combatants willing to lay down their lives to save humanity.
“Where do you think you’re going?” Scarecrow was just about to surmount the ladder of his TR-3B, when Cooper yelled at him from across the hangar bay as she approached. At the sound of her voice, Scarecrow turned to respond, his face stern, matching Cooper’s own countenance.
“I have a mission to fly,” he replied, his voice flat.
“Do I need to remind you that we’re supposed to be getting married in two days? And then I hear that you’re going after that snakehead top-gun, again?”
“He spanked you once. What are you? A sucker for punishment?”
“He had the upper hand last time. Not this time.”
“What makes you so sure? You can’t go.” Cooper looked into his eyes with anger and concern.
“I have to go.” He returned her gaze, but with grim stoicism.
“Hello! Earth to Steve! Need I remind you that I’ve been here before?” She motioned to the deck with her hands. “Standing right in this very spot? I watched my pilot, the love of my life, Jimmy Saunders, fly away on a mission just like this, and he nev–” Her voice cracked. She grabbed the bottom half of her face with her hand and turned away in an attempt to hide her emotion, fighting to regain her composure. She looked back at Scarecrow.
“… He never came back. Don’t do this to me, Steve. I’m begging you. As you once said, I’m beseeching you!”
“Nothing’s going to happen to me, Sandy.” Scarecrow grabbed her shoulders and stared into her eyes. “I will come back to you, I promise.” He cast her a reassuring smile, but Cooper was unconvinced. Her eyes narrowed as her anger overwhelmed her concern.
“I’ve heard those words before, Commander. And you don’t know that. This snakehead just might be your match, and where will that leave me? Don’t. Go.” Cooper’s request rang with desperation.
“If I don’t go, then who’s going to deal with this threat?”
“Let someone else–”
“Who? Who, Sandy? Who else? He’s greased everyone that’s gone up against him. He almost took me out! But not this time.”
Cooper stared at Scarecrow for a moment, the tension thick between them. Then she reached down and pulled her engagement ring off her finger. She grabbed Scarecrow’s hand and slapped the ring into his upturned palm.
“If you go on this mission, then you better take this with you,” she said. “Because if you fly out that hangar bay door … we’re finished!” Cooper didn’t give Scarecrow a chance to respond before spinning on her heel and storming away.
“Sandy!” he called after her. “Wait!”
She ignored him as she strode across the hangar bay and out the hatch. Scarecrow started across the bay after her, then stopped and peered down at the ring in his hand. A flood of emotions washed over him. He was desperate to run after her, gather her up in his arms and promise her he wouldn’t go on this mission. Beg her to take back his ring.
But he also knew that he had to go. This enemy would continue to harass the fleet, picking off their pilots one by one, and someone had to stop him. Scarecrow was the only one who could do that. The fleet needed him. The Program needed him. Needed him to eliminate this threat.
He had a choice to make. Fly the mission and lose the woman he loved, or stand down and watch more of his comrades succumb to this snakehead ace. All of the emotions he’d felt only a few short days before, when Cooper had spurned him after his encounter with the phantom Marine, came flooding back to crash over his spirit like a tidal wave. She was right. He was protecting Samantha again.
He stood for what seemed like an eternity, peering down at the ring lying in his palm, then up at the hatch his fiancé had exited through, then back at his hand once more. A war was raging inside his soul, and he fought a desperate fight not to let emotion overwhelm reason.
He stuffed the ring into the pocket of his flight suit, hefted his VRI helmet and turned to walk back to his bird.
It was the most difficult decision he’d ever made, and the longest 40 feet he’d ever walked.
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Men, put your partner’s needs and desires before your own. Always.
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Award winning author Peter Fuller worked in the Military History Department of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for eight years. He has studied military history for decades, written numerous articles and lectured at major museums and universities on the subject of military history. He has also been a regular panelist at NORWESCON since 2017. He has studied the UFO phenomenon since grade school. He is a member of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), and has had a few "close encounters" of his own. Most recently, he interviewed the son of a United States military officer about his late father's work on several special access projects for the secret space program.
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