Michael Tinker Pearce makes knives and swords in the style of the European Middle Ages and Viking Era. He is a veteran of the United States Army and is a former police officer. He has written extensively on the subjects of swords and Historic European Martial Arts as well as on automobiles, firearms and politics. He is the author of 'The Medieval Sword in the Modern World,' and co-author with his wife Linda of 'Diaries of a Dwarven Rifleman' and the Foreworld Saga novella 'The Shield Maiden.'
He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and co-author Linda and there numerous cats and dogs (primarily rescues)
A young soldier must work with an alien. Not an extraterrestrial, but one of our own making; an Autonomous Combat Vehicle with such sophisticated AI and Expert Systems that it blurs the line between machine intelligence and sentience.