The defenders of Earth, the Gray Panther Army saved the Earth from an invasion from the Libra Alliance on 6 January 2128. The jubilation was short lived as Earth’s defenders found out there was a second deadlier fleet that would arrive at Earth in about two years. The Gray Panther Army consisting of ancient veterans, who have been enhanced through nanite technology to once again be young men and women, are forced to expand their ranks to include even the young. The Gray Panthers enlist the services of Matt Andrews and his team of crack flyers “Matt’s Marauders.” Their mission; to fly captured fighters deep in enemy space from a captured raider to buy Earth time as defenses are built up and the fleet increased in anticipation for the looming invasion.
Targeted Age Group:: 17 to Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My love of military science fiction and having a story I just had to tell. This is the second book in the trilogy Gray Panthers.
How is writing SciFi different from other genres?
I love SciFi because it lets you use your imagination with your knowledge of science to write things no one else has.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I based different species and characters on the many different places and people I had met while in the USAF and abroad.
Admiral Bad was in good spirits in one hour he would be launching the first galactic offensive in Earth’s history. All self-doubt was gone and it was contagious throughout the entire crew. Earth was going to serve up some whup ass on the aliens who had attacked Earth. Every ship was receiving as many shuttles as could be loaded or attached to their exteriors.
“Admiral Bad to the fleet, we set forth leaving our galaxy for only the second time. We go not for discovery or exploration, we go for vengeance. We will find our enemy and destroy him. We will depart on our mission in one hour. We will be victorious in our mission. Admiral Bad out.”
Poland watched as almost every open area on the exterior of the ship was filled with shuttles until Beater announced they had twenty.
“Commander Johnson, we have our shuttles and are ready to depart. What are your orders, sir?”
“Set course for Libra space when I get to the bridge we will engage the FTL drive.” The Beater maneuvered at maximum thruster to make space away from the other ships that were still taking on shuttles. The crew was completing the last of the system checks. The alarms sounded as Beater announced, “Two ships are emerging into normal space. They appear to be a pair of Libra Cruisers.”
“Sound Battle stations, alert the fleet, launch all external shuttles ten for each cruiser. All weapons fire when you have a target. Polarize the hull and increase the power to shields. Pilot, try to get us between the two ships and keep dodging. Dart flight launch as soon as you can,” Poland ordered without giving it any second thought.
Commander Johnson felt helpless as his ship prepared then engaged in combat as he tried to pull his flight suit back on and get out of the head.
Admiral Bad was caught off-guard as he received the message that there were two enemy cruisers and that the Beater had already engaged them and was distracting them.
“This is Admiral Bad. Bia, take Cornucopia as your wingman and engage target two. Phoenix, you are with me. All ships try not to hit Beater.”
The four ships quickly closed on the two cruisers while launching their shuttles. Neither cruiser fired on the Beater as it started to draw first blood. Arizona Space Ship Beater positioned itself so the first cruiser was above it, making it possible to fire both port and starboard batteries at the same target. Guns was trying to figure where a good point was to aim his rail gun when he cursed to himself. “Beater, where should I be firing for best results on our target?”
“Initial analysis suggests the very center of the ship. Recommend concentrating all fire there.”
“Hey, Jimmy, did you hear that?” Guns hollered.
“Copy, Guns, aiming for center mass!” Jimmy replied
Portions of the middle center started to fall off each cruiser as both ships engaged their FTL drives. Admiral Bad watched as both ships disappeared as the fire was finally being properly concentrated. Both ships reappeared closer to Earth as all ships adjusted course to reengage again. “Nike, I don’t want to go through this again damn it. Tell us where to fire and when.” Control panels showed they had received minor damage even though nothing was felt.
Commander Johnson managed to get to the flight deck. Poland briefed him in under two minutes as Johnson took control ordering the Beater to jump using the FTL 150 miles closer to Earth to engage the enemy cruisers.
“Bad to fleet, everyone maneuver on your own use the FTL to avoid incoming as needed. Good hunting.”
The space was now full of shuttles as they looked for targets. The Arizona Space Ship Bia jumped a hundred miles closer to Earth and found itself next to a cruiser. Both ships started to pummel each other as Red Erickson realized they were too close to each other to use their FTL drives.
About the Author:
David Guenther (1962- ) born in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Raised in the small town of Onalaska, Wisconsin, among beautiful lakes and forests. In 1982 suffering the call of the road he enlisted in the United States Air Force. After starting the journey, Lilia Aldrete willingly joined the adventure. Twenty one years later after being either stationed or deployed to overseas areas in excess of 10 years he is fluent in the American dialect of the English language. Seeing much of the world and a few adventures too many the duo made Surprise, Arizona their new home. At this time David started to form the characters in his novel from the many characters he had met through those 21 years in the military and abroad. No good character is ever invented, it’s stolen from real life.
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