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COMMANDO: a Turn-of-the Century Toughs series ¶ By Dusk Peterson


The nautical nation is backed by the military might of an empire. The mountainous republic is populated by farmers and shopkeepers, and it has no standing army. The nautical nation is about to make the mistake of attacking the mountainous republic.

Commando is a speculative fiction series that imagines what the South African Boer War could have been like if it had been fought on American soil.

The series is part of the Turn-of-the-Century Toughs cycle. Companion series: Life Prison.
 


HOW TO READ THE STORIES

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SERIES CONTENTS

The main plotline of Commando will be issued after the publication of the third and final volume of Life Prison.
 


Novella

Spy Hill (published in Risk). On a hot summer's day, on a high hill surrounded by the enemy, the best battle-companion can turn out to be the truth.

Rook and Fairview have worked alongside each other for years, first as officers in the navy, then as officers on a steamship, and finally as colonels in an invading army. Members of a nation where tiny differences of rank are considered all-important, the two men defy convention by treating each other as equals.

But now their life-long bond is about to meet its greatest strain, when they are ordered to seize and defend a hill whose landscape is unknown, in the company of soldiers who may be incompetent or treacherous. Will Rook and Fairview's friendship remain by the end of the battle? Or will their lives take an unexpected detour as they struggle to survive on Spy Hill?

This novella (short novel) of friendship and gay love can be read on its own or as part of Commando, a historical speculative fiction series that imagines what the South African Boer War could have been like if it had been fought on American soil.
 


Side stories

Rain (The Eternal Dungeon / Life Prison / Commando / Michael's House / Waterman; published in Risk). Five boys. Five rainy days. Five opportunities for trouble. In this cycle of five short stories, five young men in troubling situations must make choices that will change the path of their upcoming lives . . . and the path of the societies they dwell in.. Five boys. Five rainy days. Five opportunities for trouble. In this cycle of five short stories, five young men in troubling situations must make choices that will change the path of their upcoming lives . . . and the path of the societies they dwell in.
 


Maps and series resources

Maps for this series and related series.

Turn-of-the-Century Toughs, a cycle of historical speculative fiction series that includes this series. This page includes resources such as a chronology of major political events in the cycle.

Commando research. Blog entries by the author on research for the series. (Some of the entries are marked "Life Prison research," because the two series overlap in location. "Triad" is the earlier name for the Commando series.)

Bibliographies for this series:
The Boer War and Turn-of-the-Century Firearms.
Masculinity, Crime, and Everyday Life in Victorian and Edwardian Times.
 
 

Progress report: status of upcoming stories

Updated August 2016. All titles and ordering are tentative at this point.
 

Triad (Volume 1).

Just started.
 


Next series in the Turn-of-the-Century Toughs cycle:

[ Waterman ]



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