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“Breathe deeply, jawan, it shall be your last.”

So was the memorable opening dialogue of The Scarlet Bastards, the memoirs of a young man named Alexander ”Sikunder” Armstrong. A seventeen year old runaway from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, “Sikunder” fled the tedium of a well planned life to the frigid dystopian wastes of the Serb
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Kindle Edition, 50 pages
Published November 6th 2011
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Carrie Slager
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
[Full disclosure: Sean Mac Úisdin sent me a free ebook in exchange for an honest review.]

I’m not sure what it was, but The Scarlet Bastards never made the jump from ‘okay book’ to ‘great book’. This could be because it’s not something I would normally read or maybe it really is just good, but not great. There were some things I absolutely loved about Mac Úisdin’s book, but there were some other elements that I didn’t like.

I’ll start with the former. I absolutely loved the idea of a spoiled Canad
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In his youth Alexander Armstrong travels twenty thousand light years to a faraway colony called Samsāra where he joins up with the United Nations Off-World Legion at a small and distant encampment by the name of Ophir Castrum. His dreams of adventure grow more and more gloomy as he understands what he’s got himself into. At first Alexander feels horribly out of place among his desperate comrades and the seasoned soldiers of the UN Legion. But
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Making Connections: 1444. THE SCARLET BASTARDS by Sean MacUisdin 9 66 Dec 10, 2013 12:42PM  
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I imagine myself as a man of the frontier, even though I was born in the Okanagan Valley and live on Vancouver Island. It is perhaps the close proximity of nature that fosters this little fantasy of mine - I can sip a French roast in the morning, confront a bear in the afternoon, and then relax with a Cabernet Franc in the evening. I have always loved the wild and the unknown whether I was trampin ...more
“I believe it is the true mark of a man's character in how he faces his end – whether it be a chicken bone in the Savoy Grill, an oncoming Kenworth on the 401, or a Sindhi pirate's knife pressed to his throat. An imperturbable composure and a ready smile imply both confidence and courage in the face of certain death.
Mind you, being a screamer has its advantages too.”
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