Can Ried survive

In 2013, Sgt Benjamin Ried served with the Australian Army in Afghanistan. In September 2014, a disillusioned Ried drove through Western Queensland toward another new job.

Then after becoming an unknowing participant in an experiment, Ried discovers he is over two hundred kilometers northeast of his last location in the year 2021 and marooned on an alternate Earth, decades after an apocalyptic war and now governed by the Roman Galactic Empire.

“This is all wrong.”

“What is?” Abbey asked.

“Everything,” Ried spat back. “Wild nomads, modern-day Romans with guns, swords, and motorbikes.” He gestured outside. “Deserted farms left to rot, roads and bridges in ruin…” He turned and slumped against the window frame. “It’s just wrong. The whole bloody lot of it.”

Ried must now draw on his past military skills and learn the diplomacy of Gladius and carbine in a terrifying Australia rife with conspiracy, betrayal, and corruption.

Above all, will he survive and keep, himself and his allies, safe from new and different enemies? All with one desire; his extermination.



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