A story of survival and freedom for two groups of Humans abducted by aliens in the early second century and their descendents in the present.
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Colony of Courage is the story of a small village in what is now Turkey and a team of Special Forces out of the Roman Secret Service, the Frumentarii are taken by an alien force that needs a military/political victory.
The Ghoreen "Empire" had suffered military setback after setback. If the emperor did not have a victory soon there would be revolt. A humanoid species of aliens had encountered second century Rome on Earth.
Here was an empire that had taken over all of their world that they wanted, and yet had no technology to threaten his forces. They could not lose. They would come to Earth and grab enough Humans to parade in the streets of his capital if he needed to. He would announce that the victorious forces of the Ghoreen Empire had defeated the 'awsome Human Empire that had not only conquered their world, but no other planet in their star system had been able to withstand them.' He would simply omit the fact that no other planet in their star system was populated, and the Romans could not have reached them if they were.
Colony of Courage is really the story of the Humans abandondoned on the planet where they were "installed" after a leak derailed the Ghoreen Emperor's ploy, and about another group rescued by other aliens and who had begun to find a place in the interstellar community. They heard about the plight of their fellow Humans and risked their lives to save them.
In the end Human survival and freedom depend on Human courage, determination and creativity.
The Humans were not out of danger yet. The weather was getting colder. I looked as though winter was coming. They had no idea how cold it would get or for how long. They had no idea where they were relative to the equator.
Even so, the people had turned enough of a corner for defense to begin to be a real consideration. Paratus, with the help of Baro and Ursus, began to work with volunteers as a citizen defense force.
Both Hannibal and Spartacus had been defeated with citizen soldiers. He did now want to emulate that too far. many of those citizen soldiers had returned home after battle only to find that they had lost their farms to rich neighbors who had not gone to war.
Theron, the bully who had arrived on Borea with a headache induced by the pommel of Paratus's sword had learned something about real honor and courage. He had seen it in Paratus, but he had seen it in many others. Courage was doing what you have to even when you are afraid or discouraged.
Theron had told himself, and his junior bullies, that they were doing what had to be done. He was finally coming to understand that Jacob had been right. They had been doing what they thought was good for them.
"Sir," he said to Paratus hesitantly, "I want to be one of your volunteer soldiers."
Paratus first wanted to send the young man away out of hand, but he remembered his own youth. Even as a young soldier he had been full of himself and full of foolish bravado. Another old centurion had literally knocked some sense into him. Thinking about it now, he had done it in a similar manner. It seemed to work in his case.