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Featherfoot, Space Marine
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ISBN-10: 1-77115-053-X
ISBN-13: 
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/SF
eBook Length: 197 Pages
Published: January 2013



From inside the flap

Featherfoot, Space Marine, 67,000+ words, is a science-fiction tale taking place roughly two hundred years in the future. The story revolves around Charles Featherfoot, a native American who joins the Space Marines as he seeks his destiny upon finding that there are no openings in the Galactic Ecoleers. Because his father invoked a request for an ancestor to guide him, Charles finds his path guided and protected by the spirit of an ancient chief of his tribe who was killed in the mistaken belief that he had wronged the tribe. With some of the restraining amulets removed, Malakei’s spirit is free to wander as far as it needs in order to help others of his tribe. Consequently, he’s on hand to give advice to Featherfoot so that the young brave will excel in becoming a warrior. When Charles meets a beautiful, young cadet, Malakei counsels him on enjoying her company but to not fall in love with her because of a secret even she doesn’t know about herself that will eventually bring sadness to him.

Featherfoot, Space Marine (Excerpt)


Chapter One

"Malekei! It is time for your evil to end!" Eagle Wind said angrily.

Chief Malekei looked up from the campfire he was tending in time to see Eagle Wind lunge at him with a knife. Too late for him to react. Malekei felt the knife plunge into his heart as he fell backwards to the ground with Eagle Wind’s weight upon him. His hands clutched at the knife before Eagle Wind pulled it from his chest amid spurting blood.

Quick Arrow came out of his home in time to see his father killed by Eagle Wind. He ran over to his father’s side as Eagle Wind walked away shouting, "The evil one is dead!" Quick Arrow reached for his father’s bow and one arrow. He nocked the arrow to the bowstring, aimed, and released. His arrow struck solidly in Eagle Wind’s back. Eagle Wind slumped to the ground on his knees and then pitched forward onto his face in the dirt.

Soft Feather went over to Quick Arrow. She said, "We must leave while everyone is confused."

"But my father’s burial!" Quick Arrow said, trying to object.

"You would condemn us all to joining him?" she asked.

He shook his head as he realized she was right. Their people wouldn’t understand.


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Quick Arrow watched from the forest as his father was buried with charms meant to keep his spirit from rising and finding peace. He waited until everyone left before approaching the grave and paying his respects. He removed some of the more dangerous charms so his father’s soul could rise and find his peace. He placed them instead on the grave of another who was truly responsible for the evil credited to his father. The tribe wasn’t aware Malekei had tracked down the brave the day before and killed him. Had they known, Malekei and Eagle Wind might both still be alive.