A Jar of Mixed Treats by Michael Kingswood

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A collection of five short stories. Included in this collection are: Lords of the Remnant. - Aliens strike at the Centauri colony, overrunning it completely. Then, sooner than anyone imagined they could, they arrived at Earth to continue their conquest. An infantryman, certain resistance is futile, nevertheless deploys with his unit to fight against the first wave of invaders. As his comrades die around him and all hope seems lost, he finds the courage to fight on, but is confronted with a choice that will not only affect his own future, but that of all mankind as well. How NOT To Rescue A Damsel In Distress - Larian, a young soldier fresh from the Martial Academy, goes home on leave to find his village attacked by brigands and his girl kidnapped. He immediately sets out to rescue her, but things do not quite go as planned. This is a fantasy short story of gallantry, daring, swordplay, and romance. A Chat Before Dinner - The record of a Zombie’s rant about the trials and tribulations of his life as a disrespected member of the Undead. His rant centers around humans’ inherent racism, and he attempts to cajole his human listener into understanding his point of view. Darkly humorous and snarky, this story paints a new picture of a Zombie’s life. Falling Softly - An assassin and his partner embark on the biggest job of their careers. The payment if they succeed is enough to set them up for life, potentially allowing the assassin to get out of the business and finally live a normal life. But even succeeding in a high profile job like this carries its own danger. Measuring Up - Larian Elesir, a young recruit in the Citizens' Army, arrives at his first post. Eager to join the war effort, he is nonetheless nervous in his new environment and worried about setting a foot wrong. During his first day in camp, his new companions put him through his paces as they both learn who he is and teach him the basics he'll need to survive in his job in the army.

About Michael Kingswood

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Michael Kingswood grew up in Maryland, in the Washington, DC suburbs. He graduated from Boston University in May 1997, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering (minor in Astronomy). Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy and has served as a submariner ever since. He has since earned a masters degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. Michael has always been a voracious reader. Though he prefers reading science fiction and fantasy for entertainment, he will sample just about any genre. Except paranormal romance. For education and personal development purposes, he enjoys reading about economics, history, physics, astronomy, sports, current events, and business. His hobbies include reading (obviously), running, bicycling, computer games, martial arts, sailing, skiing, flying, and debating politics. He began writing fiction in late 2010, after thinking about doing so for years. He is married to a lovely lady from Maine. They have four children, and live wherever the Navy deems to send them.
Published August 5, 2011 by SSN Storytelling. 78 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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