Thursday, September 4, 2014

Introducing... The Bully of Order by Brian Hart

Introducing books through the first chapter or so...

After the incident at the storehouse, Chief Manager Baranov called the men to the beachhead. The remaining Aleuts were shackled there, kneeling in the rain next to the corpses of those that had been killed trying to escape. Baranov stood over the captives and explained the importance of private and company property and the benefits of drawing a wage. A pointless exercise, being that only a few of those gathered understood our language, and yet they all knew they were no better than slaves, wage or not, we kept them here, away from their villages and their families. At the finish, Baranov pronounced the terms of the enforcement of law, what was owed for thievery, and pointed to the bodies sopped in blood and the survivors nodded that they understood, and because we needed them and because I'd already pled their case, they were pardoned.

-- The Bully of Order by Brian Hart

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