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Stories from the War consists of eleven interlinked short stories that are a prelude to the military dark fantasy trilogy Friends of my Enemy.
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After a decade of storms, disease, drought, and riots, the USA conquers its troubles by militarizing its government. Old democratic allies in Europe respond uneasily to the change.
Arinna and Michael Prescot are just two of the many former soldiers sent to embassies in the hopes of strengthening faltering US alliances in 2055. But as the US becomes embroiled in new internal terrorism, its agents in Europe are offered intimidation, lies, and deceit rather than explanations. And the price of seeking answers is steep.
As the growing chaos in the US threatens the peace of Europe, choices of loyalty need to be made even if all offers of help come with thorns. Global events hinge on a few individuals as war once again threatens Europe, and no one is more unprepared than its potential saviors.
First Meeting begins the new military dystopian trilogy Friends of my Enemy and is the first part of the compilation of eleven interlinked short stories in Stories from the War.
Continue the military dystopian series Friends of my Enemy with Orders, Part 2 of Stories from the War.
The unraveling of the US in 2055 escalates, leaving those in its embassies in Europe to watch their homeland spiral into chaos with the barest information of what is really taking place. As events unfold that the US cannot fully hide, Arinna Prescot uses new allies to discover the lies in what they’ve officially been told. Doubts emerge that, even if there is a home to return to, those in power cannot be trusted.
Given two offers of help to escape a country ripping itself apart, Arinna must choose between betrayal and love. Only one offer will save both herself and her husband but will brand them as traitors. The other would end her marriage. How do you choose between country, spouse, and friend when you cannot be true to all three at once?
Continue the military dystopian series Friends of my Enemy with Stirrings, Part 3 of Stories from the War.
A friendship falters on denied love. But love is not so easy to lose. Spurned by Arinna when she chooses to save herself and her husband from the devastating civil war raging in the US, Byran is haunted by her decision and loss.
But when a cell of the shadowy organization unleashing havoc in the US is discovered in Europe in 2056, Arinna and Byran must overcome past hurts to confront the chaos rising around them. World events take an unparalleled turn and fears grow for what the FLF has planned for Europe, especially considering what lengths they used to rip apart the US. War is once again on Europe’s door, and two of those poised to help save the continent wrestle between friendship and inappropriate past affections. Will one doom the other?
Continue the military dystopian series Friends of my Enemy with Beginning of the Guard, Part 4 of Stories from the War.
As Europe prepares for War, Michael Prescot is forced to enlist as a pilot in the new centralized military. Unforeseen attacks sink Europe into chaos before anyone is ready, leaving a barely formed military and fragmented governments to combat an enemy that destroyed the USA.
Michael Prescot rises in command as the front line sweeps toward Europe, fighting both the FLF in the field and disorganized command on base. With the enemy at Europe’s door, extreme action is needed to save what remains. But will it come soon enough?
Continue the military dark fantasy series Friends of my Enemy with War in the Streets, Part 5 of Stories from the War.
Pilot Jared Vries crash lands his plane on the edge of the front line with only one town and a handful of Guard soldiers between him and the FLF. An airman caught in a losing ground battle, Jared survives thanks to Officer Derrick Eldridge, whose skills kept him alive during months of front line fighting. They are abilities the Jared quickly learns to emulate, especially when the order comes to hold the town despite scant weapons and few soldiers.
It is the fall of 2060 and Europe hasn’t won any battles against her new enemy, the FLF. No country in the world has. The time has come to change that.
Continue the military dystopian series Friends of my Enemy with New Heir, Part 6 of Stories from the War.
Danielle le Marc always desired to attract her father’s disinterested attention and become part of the political family legacy. When that finally comes at the death of her two half brothers in the war, the price is too much. But no matter how much she wants to punish her father for not protecting her brothers, or at least escape his influence, Danielle finds she is not strong enough to do it on her own.
When the deepening war in Europe in late 2061 brings her father’s closest ally and competitor to their door seeking refuge, Danielle discovers there are limits to her father’s influence. And someone who can help her make use of those weaknesses. If Europe doesn’t fall to its enemies first.
Continue the military dystopian series Friends of my Enemy with Loss, Part 7 of Stories from the War.
An altered decision results in the loss of most of the Guard’s equipment, soldiers, and Captain in 2062, leaving Europe vulnerable to the enemies shrinking her borders. But the blast that destroys the heart of Europe’s armed forces also dismantles a portion of the FLF. And it reveals how they’ve been resupplying.
As the emergency government debates surrender, Arinna Prescot formulates a plan to buy time to rebuild the military. It will risk the tattered fragments of her life and the Guard in one gambit to save Europe or reduce them to defeat. And to pull it off, she’ll have to start with a mutiny.
Continue the military dystopian series Friends of my Enemy with First Foray, Part 8 of Stories from the War.
A dangerous and barely planned mission to Sophia on the heels of the loss of most of the armed forces in 2062 pits Jared Vries, the new Captain of the Guard, against Arinna Prescot. Both reel from the recent devastation, but Europe needs them if it hopes to remain free.
But Arinna authorized the risky operation without government approval. Because the government is planning to surrender. Time and friends are few as Europe teeters, but enemies are plentiful. Winning a future hinges on a crazy act of rebellion. When almost everything has already been lost, gambling the rest in a desperate act of hope is worth becoming a rebel.
Continue the military dystopian series Friends of my Enemy with Changing Tide, Part 9 of Stories from the War.
The successful raid on Sophia bought Europe time and weapons, but Arinna Prescot, now the unsanctioned leader of the Guard, wants more.
A search for the specs to the recently acquired US designed planes in 2062 leads her into danger when a large scale, surprise attack by the FLF catches her without backup. Responding to the threat tests the unorthodox compromise in Guard leadership between Arinna and Captain Vries as much as the new, high tech planes
As the Guard struggles to protect Europe, Arinna’s fight to fix her damage craft leads to a chance discovery with far reaching potential. If she can survive long enough to take advantage of her find.
Continue the military dystopian series Friends of my Enemy with No Quarter, Part 10 of Stories from the War.
When Derrick Eldridge witnesses FLF soldiers operating near the Guard base where he is embedded as a member of parliament in 2064, soldiering instincts resurface. Successfully curtailing an incursion buys Derrick the one opportunity he desires – to re-enlist with the Guard. If he can find a way to prevent his father from stopping him.
To circumvent his father’s influence, Derrick requires help form old friends – if Captain Vries remembers who he is and isn’t annoyed by the request. But when remnants of the thwarted FLF plan overtakes the Guard base, Derrick discovers his father has more influence than he imagined, and that the allies Derrick though he might find are part of a larger conspiracy. Trust grows shallow as options diminish and Derrick seeks a way out of where life, and his father, have placed him. If one can be found.
Continue the military dystopian series Friends of my Enemy with Last Battle, the final part of Stories from the War.
Ground has been gained against the FLF, moving the fighting outside of Europe’s borders in 2065. But after a war so pervasive, believing the worst is over is difficult for Europe’s citizens. To buy the hope to begin rebuilding, MOTHER organizes a victory celebration – one that it has to convince the Guard to condone and attend.
After a turbulent past with MOTHER, Arinna Prescot must decide if she can trust its ministers to lead Europe forward or fight them, while the FLF are barely pushed beyond the borders. How much of Europe’s fledgling peace will she risk for personal vengeance, especially when the offered compromise means she must give the man who sent her husband to his death control of Europe?
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