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Balafrée by Michel Robert

By Michel Robert

Un monde en guerre perpétuelle, à travers trois continents. L’Empire étend peu à peu sa domination sur les Clans, des peuples non humains. Malken, surnommée Balafrée, est orpheline et vit dans un camps d'internement réservé aux femmes. Recueillie par les Clans, avide de se venger de l’Empire qui a assassiné sa mère, elle intègre l’armée. Sauvage et rebelle, elle peine à supporter l’autorité militaire. Toutefois, au cours d’une embuscade perpétrée par l’Empire, los angeles jeune femme sauve un éminent personnage, l. a. quaestrice Valéna d’Aubépine. En récompense, elle reçoit une formation d’élite et devient une redoutable guerrière. Mais gouvernée par ses instincts violents, Malken est condamnée à servir dans les rangs des Bannis, une escouade des Clans chargée des pires missions. Malken saura-t-elle survivre aux nombreux hazards qui l. a. menacent ? Saura-elle se faire accepter par des compagnons rétifs à sa présence ? Et surtout, pourra-t-elle assouvir l. a. vengeance qui l. a. advisor depuis son enfance ?

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Look around, bud,’ said the pilot, in an expansive gesture at the viewscreen, which encompassed everything below them. ‘Can you see Gray Corp stopping this now? This place will be open in three 53 years. Five years, tops. It’s progress. ’ Sam glared at him silently in the dark. ‘It’s awful,’ she said. ’ ‘Girl, Saturnia Regna was an uninhabited planet. It belongs to a multiplanetary corporation, and they can do what they want with it. ’ He looked at her sidelong, appraising her. ’ ‘No people, you mean,’ Sam said.

Probably the time her mum had thrown away the Greenpeace magazine clippings at the bottom of her knickers drawer and replaced them with wallpaper offcuts – ‘. . ’ Now she knew she was once again enjoying being miserable. Well, she owed it to herself once in a while. The Doctor seemed content to trail after her contritely. On the few occasions she looked back, he gave her brief smiles, which were probably supposed to encourage her. Then she’d feel the damp material of her shirt against her skin, and stamp ahead faster, shivering.

If these deaths were not recent,’ said the Doctor, ‘one might expect evidence of rigor mortis, or the blood pooling at the lowest points in the body. ’ Kadijk gave a shout of disbelief. ‘Are you saying these men survived this attack? This savage attack? And died shortly before we arrived? ’ He pointed brutally at the corpses. ‘That’s plainly absurd, and you must know that. ’ ‘I thought,’ snapped the Doctor, ‘you were supposed to be a detective. ’ Kadijk stared. The Doctor was frowning right back at him.

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