Officer-Cadet (#1)

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The year is 2804 AD. Humanity has colonized the universe. But the authority of the Confederation of Human Worlds is spread thin. Where the Army of planet Earth cannot reach, mercenaries must keep the peace—and the Dirigent Mercenary Corps are the best of the best.

Lon Nolan wasn’t supposed to be serving with the DMC. He’d earned his place at the elite North American Military Academy, and he’d excelled there. But when he’s kicked out of the Academy on trumped-up charges, he’s left with no choice: join the DMC or go home.

So join he does, going from top of his class to bottom rung in the DMC. To become an officer, he’ll have to survive his first taste of combat with his new army, and if he fails, he won’t lose just his honor, but his life.


“Rick Shelley knows how to write compelling military science fiction thrillers that are so action packed, readers hardly have a moment for an oxygen break. The audience learns what it is like to be a small but vital part of a big operation and how the individual feels about invading a planet with a heavy civil population. The Spec Ops Squads is a series with plenty of heart.”

Harriet Klausner

Awards & Accolades


#9 Barnes & Noble Bestseller List


#11 Locus Bestseller List