FAITH & EMPIRE – Chapter – 4

The Tale Begins Here With  CHAPTER – 1 4 The Battle Begins “Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war,” Chaplain Prata recited the Imperial battle prayer which began with the opening verses of the 143rd Psalm, prayed by Christian soldiers down the ages. His raspy tenor came … Continue reading FAITH & EMPIRE – Chapter – 4

FAITH & EMPIRE – Chapter – 3

Start the tale at the beginning by clicking   FAITH & EMPIRE — Chapter – 1 3 The Hard Nut “The planet’s atmosphere is composed of seventy-six percent hydrogen, fifteen percent helium and the rest is mostly methane which, the last three days of observations have shown us, can erupt in fiery geysers from beneath the … Continue reading FAITH & EMPIRE – Chapter – 3

FAITH & EMPIRE — Chapter – 1

1 Prayer and Fasting   “Diende, ego te absolvo a peccatis tuis in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.” I crossed myself at the words of absolution. “Amen,” I said and lifted my head to peer through the latticed screen of the confessional. “Thank you, father.” “God be with you, marine,” the priest … Continue reading FAITH & EMPIRE — Chapter – 1