318 pages (paperback)
Gordian Objective is the second chronicle in the saga, Madman Chronicles: The Warrior.
There is no escaping the prison of war. Elders and warriors, fathers and mothers, caretakers are burdened with difficult life decisions at every turn of the wheel. Helpless in the face of a war machine that devours their young, soldiering; imprisoning and criminalizing those who refuse to serve. The only way out is money and they have none. The enemy is waiting just outside, brothers and sisters, others’ children, trained, locked, cocked and ready to drop the hammer on established targets, dissenters, children of rebels, heretics, those who refuse to take part in the braggadocio and glory of “We’re number one!”. The elders dig a hole, climb in and take the children, mothers, and the infirm with them. Warriors arm themselves as best they can, paint their skin, mount their dragons. Any society that condones the death of children to convenience and war is lost.