'What if I told you that you can change the outcome of this war?
is an upcoming series of novels by Justin George. The first entry in the series, Dual Destinies
, is scheduled to be released in early 2011, and contains two books: Capital Grounds
and Her Loyal Guard
It is set from 1975 to 1978 and tells of an Alternate History
, where an utility company, DoubleHelix Discharge Incorporated (usually shortened to DoubleHelix or DHD), has monopolized the competition, and is so powerful that it eventually forms its own place in government
and even rules over some smaller countries. It also uses its army to enforce the direct collection of its bills.
The story has several heroes, but focuses mainly on Ambrosine "Swifty" Worden
, the leader of and a general in the massive army for the DHD Armed Forces, and the wielder of the mysterious sword, Requiem
, which gives the wielder near-invincibility as long as she keeps it on her person.
The second most important character is Nate Callaghan, an ex-con who joined the DHD. Armed Forces to avoid execution for murdering his former partner-in-crime. A generally violent and impatient man, he trusts no one, except for his sister, Isabella, who works in DHD. as the Head of the Medical Department. Later in the story, he is reassigned to serve Swifty as a bodyguard, along with his best friend, Jack Sugawara.
Scattered Remains provides examples of:
- Command Roster:
- Even Evil Has Standards: Swifty would not allow anyone to shoot anyone from the C.B.L.F., because they were all at a party.
- Lady of War: Cecilia, and to a lesser extent, Swifty.
- Mega Corp.: DoubleHelix Discharge is this, although they only specialize in utilities.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: President Gordon Kingsley, and later, his son, Lucian Kingsley.
- Super-Persistent Predator: Anthony Krauser is this to the C.B.L.F., but more specifically Royce.
- Reluctant Warrior: Royce. He didn't even want to join the C.B.L.F. at all, and the only reason he worked with Cyrus was to rescue his friend, who was imprisoned unfairly by D.H.D. and was to be executed.
- Weapon of Mass Destruction: The C.C.D. (Crowd Control Disintegrator), which can create an explosion that vaporizes anything with water in it, including rivers, lakes, and humans if necessary.
- Healing Hands: Almost literally in The Doc's case, who uses healing P.P.E. to often heal wounds quickly. However, this isn't the case with all wounds.
- Shoot the Medic First: Averted in The Doc's case, since even the C.B.L.F. knows her P.P.E. healing powers are valuable.
- The Laws and Customs of War: Even though they are fighting against a resistance movement, the DoubleHelix Armed Forces still apply this. They Would Not Shoot a Civilian,but any surrendering soldier is fair game.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Played straight with Cyrus, who is seen with a sword nearly all the time. Averted with Swifty, who isn't a hero, per se, [[Chekhov'sBoomerang but still uses and carries a special sword with her, claiming that guns are "crude and cowardly."]]
- Eyepatch of Power
- Moral Guardian: Cecilia to Swifty, which is ironic considering all the war crimes she has committed.
- Obligatory War Crime Scene: Both the C.B.L.F. and the DoubleHelix Armed Forces has one of these.
- Overt Operative
- Bodyguard Betrayal
- Conflicting Loyalty: Several characters go through this trope, but Jack is the most prominent. It's what sparks his Bodyguard Betrayal.
- The Uriah Gambit, which leads to Unfriendly Fire
- Was It All a Lie?Asked almost word by word by Royce.
- Welcome Back, Traitor: Although very reluctantly.
- Cavalry Betrayal
- Badass Normal: Nearly all of the main characters who are in the C.B.L.A., including Royce. Later on, Nate turns out to be one as well.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Cyrus and Royce.
- Fingerless Gloves: Jack (and later Nate) does this with his gloves, to make it easier to reload his gun.
- Four-Star Badass: Cyrus and Greg, who lead the C.B.L.A. While they weren't generals in the Albourgian army, he assumed the rank in order to prevent mutiny and dissention of the ranks.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Happens near the end of Capitol Grounds when Cyrus gives Royce the rank of Captain for his contributions in the C.B.L.A.
- Badass Crew: The original squad of Cyrus, Royce, Jackson, Simon, and Melanie.
- The Dragon: Cecilia. She later becomes a *Dragon with an Agenda
- Little Miss Badass: Swifty can apply to this trope, although she is a bit old for it.
- La Résistance: The Circuit Breaker Liberation Front originally starts as this, before it turned into a
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: The president of Albourge eventually comes out saying this about the C.B.L.A.
- Villain Protagonist: Swifty, as she is the leader of the D.H.D. Armed Forces and has no problem with ordering peoples' deaths, but whether or not she is a villain is up to you.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.: Used in Her Loyal Guard to shine some light on the people behind D.H.D.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Royce is this to Cyrus, although Royce is more than happy to be one.
- Tell Me About My Father: Swifty says this word for word to her aunt, Cecilia.
- Parental Substitute: Cecilia becomes this to Swifty nearly 12 years before the story starts.
- Whole Episode Flashback: Or whole chapter, to be precise.