Novel Books, April 2002, 300 pp.
The U.E.N. (United Earthian Nations) was formed in 2045 to defeat the United Soviet States which rose out of the ashes of the Soviet Union. The USS was intent on global domination and its failure to achieve its goal is due in large part to the guardian squadron, a block pps unit of soldiers trained to think and act outside the box. On any planet, in any situation, when someone threatens the peace, their word is law and they are the jury and judge and executioner in the field. Local officials must obey them without question.
Over time, they become legends. Most people don't believe the Guarders ever existed, a situation that suits the agents fine because it gives them more freedom to work behind the scenes. Historian Joseph Mullins, after a particularly nasty and public incident, is given permission to write the official history of the squad. He travels to the guardians' headquarters on the planet Aegis where he interviews long time agent Mr.Frank Buzzer and learns of his many exploits throughout the years.
Fans of military science fiction are going to love Guarder Lore, an action packed story line that starts out at warp speed and accelerates from there. The protagonist, a Schwartznegger type patriotic hero, is seen as a man who will do whatever it takes to get the job done. Shawn P. Madison has structured a series of vignettes, each one capable of making into a full-length novel. This reviewer hopes he does that because his work just whets the appetites for more stories about the Guarders.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner