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"Take the Shilling"
by Raymund Eich
They implanted soldier's skills in his brain. He had to learn himself how to survive interstellar war.
First novel in the complete Confederated Worlds trilogy
Available in MOBI and ePub

Tomas Neumann sought escape from his backwater planet and overbearing mother, and a mentor to replace his long-dead father. "Taking the shilling"—enlisting in the Confederated Worlds military—promised both. Despite the soldier's skills implanted in his brain, combat still threatened to destroy him, in body and in spirit. Grieving for lost comrades, demoralized by a spiral of atrocities, could Tomas learn what he needed to survive, before facing his war's ultimate challenge?