ValiantBook - 2008 | Ace mass-market ed
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He wanted to yell at her,but she was being perfectly professional and proper. "Thank you," Geary repeated, letting his aggravation show. As Desjani left, her back either at attention or just stiff, Geary spent a moment contemplating the unfairness of having to deal with relationship problems with a woman he couldn't have a relationship with.
"It does take a hero, sir."
"No, it doesn't." Geary shrugged, feeling old pain raising to the surface as he thought of the death of his old ship [...] "It's pure chance who ends up in a situation like that."
"Maybe." Desjani gave Geary a serious look. "But what someone does when faced with that situation isn't pure chance, sir. They make choices, as we all do. Those choices define us. I know you don't like me to say it, but you are a hero, sir. If you were a fraud,people would have seen that by now."
"I'm human, Tanya."
"Of course you are. That what makes it heroic. Humans fear death and pain, and when we reach beyond that fear to protect others, we have done something to be proud of."
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Captain "Black Jack:" Geary still faces opposition, not only from his enemies, but from within...and the fight is gearing up. But the enemies he faces within his own ranks no longer only threaten him personally, but the rest of the fleet as well. He can't do it all, but who can he trust? And how can honour be maintained?
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