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The Caldarian Conflict by Mike Kalmbach
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Oct 15, 11

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Read from October 05 to 14, 2011

The Caldarian Conflict is not as predictable or as straight forward as one would think. Just when you think the story gets predictable, it gives you another twist. In the war against priracy, the Calarian Navy Admiral Cain would use any means necessary to wipe out all the pirates as long the means justified the ends even if he and his assistant Krell used the homeless people of Calaria. Until Brother Mendell stumbled into the Admiral's and his assistant's plan and tried to balance the scale of good vs. evil.

I find Mendell to be too careless. He gave too many secrets away for a monk. This is what set the monastery into danger. Admiral Cain and Krell wanted no witnesses into their plan. He was to keep the last confession of the executed prisoner but instead he leaked the information to another prisoner who was waiting for execution. Cain and Krell played Mendell.

Another thing, I find Mendell is that he kept protesting about killing. Although Mendell didn't kill anyone directly, he is responsible for the people who were killed. One of the pirate captains has even accused Mendell that as long as someone is carrying out justice, Mendell wouldn't feel guilty about taking a life. Mendell is caught in a catch-22 in regards to being on the defense instead of being on the offense especially when the nation's life is in the balance.

For anyone who loves the twists and turns in the story, this would be a good book to read. I don't think Mendell was strong enough to go up against Cain and Krell.
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