By Iain M. Banks
The conflict raged around the galaxy. Billions had died, billions extra have been doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, confronted destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for his or her religion; the tradition for its ethical correct to exist. ideas have been at stake. There will be no surrender.
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Of course, as far as Captain Desjani was concerned, Geary could do no wrong. But he still shuddered at the idea of working for a commander who kept him on-screen during an operation, demanding attention that was needed for the battle. Speaking of which, the shuttles were sliding into landings, bay doors opening and Marines in battle armor tumbling out as the shuttles kept moving so that the ground troops were spread out instead of being clumped together into a mass target. Twelve shuttles deposited twelve lines of Marines, then accelerated upward again.
Lock up Casia along with Numos and Faresa and Captain Kerestes and crazy Captain Falco. Toss in Commander Yin as well. Why do I need to keep tolerating these idiots? This fleet will be far safer if they aren’t around to interfere with me. If they’d stop challenging— Geary took a long, slow breath. Damn. I’m losing it. Where would that road end if I started down it? How many officers would I sack, making sure that only those loyal to me were in command? And once I’d sacked enough, the rest wouldn’t dare speak up to me, tell me when I was mistaken or wrong.
We deserve to know that you’ll take effective action—” Casia began. ” Geary demanded in a voice that rang through the room. Silence reigned for a moment, then Captain Tulev spoke as if to himself, though his voice carried. ” Commander Yin’s voice wavered slightly as she jumped back into the conversation. “The traditions of the fleet call for open debate and consensus among the captains. What’s wrong with wanting to continue that tradition? ” Captain Desjani had kept herself quiet up until now but finally erupted at the direct attack on Geary.