The Sentient Soldier

Rated 3.50/5 based on 6 reviews
The cold realities of war are realized too late both by a manufactured soldier and the command team that controls him. This is a dystopian look at mental conditioning and creating the ultimate soldier, without empathy or fear of pain. More
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About JL Stratton

JL Stratton has always been a storyteller, although most folks just call it "spinning a tale" or "lying." He began writing in earnest in junior high school when a creative writing teacher gave him a "C" grade on a piece of speculative fiction, calling it "blasphemy." From that point on, JL saw continued remarks about his writing such as "weird" and "writing for the mind" only as fuel for his writing fire.

Although born and raised in the Northwest of the United States, he now resides in the Southeast, having been deposited there through Uncle Sam's relocation program, otherwise known as military service.

JL enjoys writing across genres, having written or currently working on mystery, crime, science fiction, speculative fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. JL writes paranormal romance and erotica under a pen name.


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Review by: Adarsh on May 2, 2016 :
The sentient soldier
A story about human instincts, minute emotions and kindness would never die even in a brainwashed mind and what if the enemy make use of such emotions.
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Review by: John Paul Wohlscheid on Oct. 28, 2014 :
I agree with some of the other reviewers that this story needs to be longer. It sounds more like an outline for a much larger story or even the prologue of a story. Think about expanding.
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Review by: LibiTaylor on June 26, 2014 :
Really good read! Amazing twists in such a short piece. Like the other reviewers, I would love the novel of this. I want the background! I want to know more, which is what really great flash fiction does. Great story!
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Review by: C. F. Sheeler on June 21, 2014 :
Nice read. I liked the video also. Nice twist at the end. I believe that you could go longer and novelize it, but also believe it is fine like it is.
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Review by: Robert Zimmermann on June 12, 2014 :
Good quick read of just under 750 words. I think this flash fiction piece hints at a world and concepts that can't be explored enough in the short format, and because of this I didn't feel it worked as well as it would have, had the author expanded more. I'd be interested to read a story similar, or set in the same world, from this author because I was intrigued on what was touched upon. Still good for a fast, few minute read.
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Review by: Peter Thompson on June 12, 2014 :
A neat idea with some nice touches. I don't think it works very well as a flash fiction piece. I would rewrite it as a longer work and thus explore the issues more. Needs some proofreading.
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