Aidan Headly never wanted to be the man giving orders. That's fine with the Democratic State Force base he's been assigned to command: they don't like to take orders. Nicknamed the Wildcards, they used to be the most effective base against the seven Corporations owning the former United States in a war that has lasted over half a century. Now the Wildcards are known for creative insubordination, chaos, and commanders begging to be reassigned. Aidan is their last chance. If he can pull off his assignment as Commander and yank his ragtag crew of dreamers and fighters together, maybe they can get back to doing what they came to do: fighting for a country worth living in. Life's a bitch. She deals off the bottom of the deck. But you play the hands you're given.
Romance adds heart to this dark, character-driven SF debut, set in a dystopic 2155 where the United States of America has been replaced by the all-controlling seven United Corporations. Outside the Corporation grid that spans Colorado and Wyoming lies Base 1407, home to the Wildcards, a group of resistance fighters struggling to regroup after the death of their commander, Paul Taylor. Two awful commanders have tried and failed to get the Wildcards to shape up. When Aidan Headley reluctantly accepts the command post, the Wildcards’ Logistics Officer, Kevin McIllian, expects another brutal tyrant; instead he gets gentle, compassionate Aidan. As Aidan and Kevin bond during movie nights, their developing relationship heals deeper personal wounds in both men, freeing Aidan to reveal that he’s transgender. Themes of bigotry and past trauma make the Wildcards’ journey occasionally painful to read, but the found family forged by these lovable characters is worth sticking with. This is a lovely paean to the healing power of respectful personal connections among comrades, friends, and lovers. (BookLife)
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