The Rise of New Australia
By King Everett Medlin
Publisher: Chandra Press
Publication Date: November 23, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
The remote Intergalactic Penal Colony on the planet Rijel 12 is a very profitable enterprise. Its desolate surface is an uninhabitable wasteland relentlessly scorched by its sun, but inside the planet is a vast treasure trove of the most precious resources in the galaxy.
Prisoners sentenced to Rijel 12 know it’s a one-way ticket. It used to be a convict would serve their time and come home. That stopped a while ago. Inmates are forced to work the mines in wretched conditions and the death rate is staggering. Luckily for the warden, new inmates arrive monthly to replenish the labor pool. Business has never been better.
From the darkness of their miserable existence, one prisoner decides to take a stand and begins to organize a resistance. Inmates rally to the cause and prepare for rebellion. Can the rag-tag rebels of ‘New Australia’ succeed in their quest for freedom or will the warden and the overpowering might of the Interplanetary Authority extinguish their only hope?
From new author, King Everett Medlin, comes an action-packed epic of hope, rebellion, and the quest for redemption.
The diagram, which displayed arrows and directions of attack, had been drawn onto an actual cutaway picture of a food depot and its accompanying guard station barracks. It had been part of a blueprint at one time. How he’d acquired it was anyone’s guess. It was probably lost somewhere years before by work crews constructing one of the depots, left behind once the project was complete and later discovered by miners. Hicks’s adjutant had affixed the diagram to a large metal plate, and it included an overhead, as well as profile view of one of the facilities. These depots had been constructed in exactly the same way in factories back on Earth, then shipped in components to Rijel 12 to be assembled. Therefore, the Nausties could use the same attack plan on every food depot on the planet.
“Zorgs are quick and small,” continued General Hicks. “We’ll use them as light infantry to draw fire from the guards while our heavy infantry moves up – protected by boulders and transport vehicles is what I’m planning on. Now, these boulders I’m speaking of will be discreetly placed, and transports will be parked in a random fashion so as to create narrow kill zones. Meanwhile, our heavy infantry will move from protective cover to protective cover while taking fire, slowly working their way toward the guard station. Casualties will be high, but this is necessary while we get our infantry close enough to fire salvos of javelins and eliminate guard positions.”
Of course, the meticulous Slarts were not terribly impressed with the battle plan so far, but they nodded politely anyway as Hicks stopped, gave a big long humorous glance over at his handsome assistant, then looked back at his audience with an icy cold look on his face. He spoke again.
“But it’s only a feint.” All the emotion drained from his face. At that, he turned back to the diagram. It was lying on the large stone conference table, so everyone could see what he was pointing to. Hicks gestured with his hands as he described the rest. “You see, gentlemen, by drawing fire from the guards posted in those kill slots, we’ll be able to burst through the floor of the station and come right up between their legs and right up their asses.”
He grinned while he gestured in an underhand motion with his thumb. Then he reached over the top of the diagram and pointed downward, saying “Our Sudonji will also drill through the ceiling of the tunnel. Break in through the roof. By the time those guards realize they’re being crushed like a grape, our infantry will be able to cut through the gate of the depot with acetylene torches and eliminate the entire garrison.”
King Everett Medlin has been writing since 2013, when he first developed the idea for Rijel 12. It was originally designed to be a SciFi series, with the objective of creating several short installments. Instead he got a lucky break when Chandra Press from San Diego responded favorably to the original draft, deciding to publish it as a full-length novel. King lives in Denver, Colorado with his lovely wife Caroline and has two grown children. He's a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he played college Rugby; and remains a diehard Sooners fan to this day. His specialties are Science Fiction and Mystery/Suspense novels, focusing on unusual stories with intriguing plot-lines and amazing characters.
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