Take the Shilling (The Confederated Worlds) (Volume 1)

Take the Shilling (The Confederated Worlds) (Volume 1)
$16.99eBook: FreeAudiobook: $9.99
Series: The Confederated Worlds, Book 1
Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: audiobooks, first books in series, novels
Publisher: CV-2 Books
Publication Year: 2012
Format: ebook, trade paperback, audiobook
Length: novel
Narrator: Tim Brunson
ISBN: 9781475210699

The Confederated Worlds implanted in his brain the skills to make him a soldier. He must learn for himself how to survive interstellar war.

About the Book

The Confederated Worlds implanted in his brain the skills to make him a soldier.

He must learn for himself how to survive interstellar war.

Tomas Neumann seeks 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—promises both.

But the soldier’s skills implanted in his brain can’t prepare him for combat against fellow humans. Especially ones supposed to welcome him and his fellow soldiers as liberators. The war on New Liberty threatens to destroy him. Not just in body. Also in spirit.

Grieving for lost comrades, demoralized by harrowing combat, Tomas must learn what he needs to survive.

Because soon, with the fates of thousands of his fellow soldiers in the balance, he will face his war’s ultimate challenge.

Take the Shilling is the first book in The Confederated Worlds series.

"Military science fiction [concentrating] on the psychology and politics of societies in conflict."
About the Author
Raymund Eich

Raymund Eich is a science fiction and fantasy writer whose middle American upbringing is a launchpad for journeys to the ends of the universe.

His most popular works are military science fiction series The Confederated Worlds (novels Take the Shilling, Operation Iago, and A Bodyguard of Lies) and the Stone Chalmers series of science fiction espionage adventures (novels The Progress of Mankind, The Greater Glory of God, To All High Emprise Consecrated, and In Public Convocation Assembled). He has over ten other published book-length works and more than thirty published short stories. His short fiction has appeared in Odyssey, Analog, and the anthology Surviving Tomorrow, and has earned honorable mentions and a semi-finalist award in the Writers of the Future contest. His works are available worldwide in ebook, trade paperback, and audiobook editions.

His most recent prior novel, Exploration 2127, was published in October 2021 by CV-2 Books (https://cv2books.com).

After circling the world by age five, he grew up in the Ozark Mountains of southwest Missouri. He earned a B.A. and a Ph.D., both in biochemistry, from Rice University. Though he’s no longer a working scientist, hundreds of papers cite his graduate research on the reactions of nitric oxide with heme proteins.

In addition to his writing career, he works in patent law, won a national quiz bowl championship, is a husband and father, and affirms Robert Heinlein's dictum that specialization is for insects.

He lives in Houston with his wife, son, and daughter. His last name has one syllable and is pronounced “eye-sh.”

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