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Title: Lucky Thirteen
Author: Marko Kloos
Rating: 3 of 5 Battle Axes
A short story of rookie pilot Lt. Halley’s first drop ship command.
14 pages that describes Halley’s trial by fire. Thankfully, Kloos simply dealt with the adventure of Lucky Thirteen and Halley from beginning to end and didn’t throw in padding about her and Grayson’s budding romance. In fact, this is strictly about Halley.
Kloos manages to masterfully give us the full story inside of a short story. I didn’t feel rushed, or underdone. It was just right. A great break between Terms of Enlistment and Lines of Departure.