The Old Sergeant

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Broderick Longbarrel has served in the Royal Army of Caerllyth as a marksman for more than 30 years. Once a powerful warrior and soldier, Longbarrel has grown weary of war. On the final mission of his career, the grizzled veteran must face an over-powering enemy, a commanding officer with a sinister agenda and his own failing abilities if he is to survive.

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Words: 8,260
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465795816
About Mat Nastos

TV, Film, comic book, fantasy & steampunk writer/director, known best for bad horror movies about giant scorpions, killer pigs & dinosaurs in the sewers. Author of the best selling cyberpunk/action novels, THE CESTUS CONCERN and THE CESTUS CONTRACT.

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Review by: Marc Morrell on Sep. 14, 2011 :
More please!

I loved it! Great, compact, sniper/war story, with a little comrade rivalry gone bad and just the right touch of gnoll-and-power-armor to make my fantasy loving heart happy.

Nastos' whole cloth steam-powered fantasy world of AegisSteel was really cool, and I could tell there is a lot more where this came from. Can't wait to read it!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lynda Fries on Aug. 12, 2011 :
The Old Sergeant is a wonderful fantasy short story. It takes place in a foxhole where a crusty old sergeant and his younger, better-looking superior officer are on a watch. The two of them couldn’t be more different in every way, which creates some terrific tension. Broderick Longbarrel is a battle-hardened war veteran, while Jakobus Gwilt is young, soft, and wealthy. Add some racial tension and you’ve got quite a story.

Mr. Nastos’s descriptive prose is lovely and he does some nice world-building, especially considering that this is a short story. The characters are well-developed and the old sergeant himself is quite endearing. I highly recommend this story, along with Mr. Nastos’s other story “Cora and the Clockwork Men.”
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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