Out of the DarkBook - 2010
The Galactic Hegemony has been around a long time, and it likes stability--the kind of stability that member species like the aggressive, carnivorous Shongairi tend to disturb. So when the Hegemony Survey Force encountered a world whose so-called "sentients"--"humans," they called themselves--were almost as bad as the Shongairi themselves, it seemed reasonable to use the Shongairi to neutralize them before they could become a second threat to galactic peace. And if the Shongairi took a few knocks in the process, all the better.
Now, Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity's cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, more than half the human race has died.
Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize scattered survivors without getting killed. And in the southeastern US, firearms instructor and former Marine Dave Dvorak finds himself at the center of a growing network of resistance--putting his extended family at lethal risk, but what else can you do?
On the face of it, Buchevsky's and Dvorak's chances look bleak, as do prospects for the rest of the surviving human race. But it may well be that Shongairi and the Hegemony alike have underestimated the inhabitants of that strange planet called Earth...
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Aliens Are Invading! Half Of Earths Population Has Been Slaughtered In The First Strike! WHO CAN SAVE US NOW?! Well, there are four things in humanity's favor. 1) The aliens were expecting a pre-Revolutionary War tech base. They were expecting us to have barely discovered gunpowder; instead they were dealing with automatic assault rifles, tanks, F-22s, and the internet. 2) After the panic of the first strike died down, the majority of the human race had all the rage, grief, fear, and horror that a large number of Americans felt during 9/11/01. Quite the unifying force. 3) Even though the aliens took out the majority of the military, there were enough reservists, military en route to other locations, and retired military to provide training and security to civilians. 4) A 'super-army' under the command of a VERY experianced general has decided to protect humanity. The man that both enemies and allies called 'Vlad the Impaler' has command of a small force soldiers, both modern and from his own time period, to take out the alien bases. Yes, Dracula has come calling, and he's not happy. Why should he be? He has spent the better part of 500 years trying not to be a monster, and within a few months of the invasion he has to become the monster AGAIN! No he definately isn't happy.
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