|About the Book|
In its ‘go boldly’ explorations Earth stumbled across the Lin-Teye – a race of elegant humanoids facetiously dubbed Elves by many because of their beautiful pointed ears. Older than mankind they were extremely friendly, honorable to a fault, anxiousMoreIn its ‘go boldly’ explorations Earth stumbled across the Lin-Teye – a race of elegant humanoids facetiously dubbed Elves by many because of their beautiful pointed ears. Older than mankind they were extremely friendly, honorable to a fault, anxious for inter-species contact, and they possessed a great sense of humor. That is why the Earth Lin-Teye war made no sense. And further compounding the stupidity was that the Lin-Teye were thoroughly kicking Earth’s ass. Two years of bitter defeats had Earth reeling and StarComm morale near the breaking point. It was at this grim moment that the impossible lit a spark of hope. That it was authored by a unit of naval misfits known as Lonsdale’s Losers made the results all the more improbable. Tarayla - the unlikely story of Patrol Squadron CTI-351 - its struggles and inspiring stand at a place far away.Lieutenant Derek Lonsdale, scorned and ostracized by fellow officers because of his Lin-Teye brother-in-law, has developed attitude and dangerous abilities. Beautiful Ensign Bonnie Ann Laforte volunteered for the high risk mission to spite a rich mother and avoid a favored stepsister’s hurtful machinations. Chief Petty Officer Michael P Grayly, busted from Senior Chief to Chief for insubordination - at least officially, oozes cynicism thick enough to drown any surviving gung-ho remnant. Private Chas Salvoni, a world class genius and StarComm librarian, was successfully avoiding any real world connection to responsibility and rank until the war found him through his unexplainable assignment to Squadron CTI-351. Private Clyde Lucius Hodge, six-foot eight muscled inches of hostility, has been busted to private more times than he has fingers and hates Officers, NCOs, and StarComm – in exactly that order. The one normal officer in the unit, Lieutenant Ron Jase, a prestigious ANNS III graduate, is in the unit under false pretenses. His real mission is to spy on Lieutenant Lonsdale.Note: No sex. Does contain cursing and violence appropriate to military action.