6/11 77p “Empty Warrior” by J.D. McCartney
Today’s feature: 77p (sci-fi adventure) “The Empty Warrior (The Aberrant Chronicles)” by J.D. McCartney
Hill O’Keefe is a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, older now, and with war wounds that have left him a paraplegic. His only pleasures; despite his post-war financial successes; are alcohol, tobacco, and the company of prostitutes. He is biding his time, waiting only for death, when his existence is suddenly and unexpectedly transformed. One lonely night a tremendous explosion high above his secluded estate leaves him comatose and gravely injured. He awakens to find himself healed, rejuvenated, and in the care of a mysterious band of alien, yet human, outworlders. In time, he also learns that he has landed in the midst of a galactic war, a war in which he may hold the key to victory or defeat. Yet despite his importance to both belligerents, one side views him as nothing more than a criminal who should never walk free, while the other would be more than happy to see him enslaved if not killed. No matter which way he turns, it is going to be a long, hard road for Hill O’Keefe.