Guest Author Bev Allen

Soldiers

 

Soldiers have played a big part in my life. I fell deeply in love with one when I was about four. He was a very handsome Coldstream on guard at Buckingham Palace and in his beautiful red uniform and his bearskin, I thought he was the most wonderful thing I had ever seen. He was unfortunately eclipsed later in the day by a member of the Household Cavalry, the horse was the decider.

Soldiers play a major role in “Jabin and the Space Pirates”, they are the good guys and since I stopped falling for the uniform, I have developed a deep respect for those who serve. 

 

I was worried about writing  military action, I’m a woman and I’ve not served in any of the forces, but I am not only married to a military historian, I have also over the years, as a result of his work, met and spoken to many, many men who have been or who are, soldiers.

 

They have taught me a great deal. I know those who have seen real fighting do not talk about it. They will tell you all the funny things that happened to them, usually with a dry, gallows humour that can be unnerving for the unwary.  Yet under this cover, there is something much deeper, the shared comradeship, the fear of letting your mates down and, by extension the regiment.

 

There is courage, never spoken of, and pride in a job well done and a deep sense of duty.

 

When I came to write my soldiers, I drew on everything they have taught me and everything I have managed to glean from my reading of military history. I know enough to know I would have made a rotten general.

 

I tried to reflect the best of what I have learnt and I hope I have succeeded. Not for my sake or my pride, but for theirs. 

 
 
Jabin and the Space Pirates
Bev Allen

 

 
Taylor Street Books
 
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In the space colony of New Wales, the pirate attacks are both relentless and merciless
 
Having lost both his parents, Jabin has been adopted by his austere and spiteful uncle and aunt who live in the space colony of New Wales which is riven with religious and political rivalry, and prey to the vicious maraudings of pirates whose cruelty and greed are beyond all imagination.
 
When Jabin volunteers to surrender himself to a pirate raiding party to save a friend, he does so believing that nothing can be worse than his current suffering.
 
 However, he is soon to discover that things can always get worse when the stakes are high, the rewards are vast and slave labour is there for the taking.
 
When the King of New Wales is assassinated, the colony threatens to collapse into total anarchy, leaving the pirates free reign to mutilate, kill and profit as they will, but the forces of law and order sent out from Earth are getting ready to fight back, and Jabin could have a vital part to play in the ensuing war if he can only stay alive.