Suddenly, irrationally angry, Liam straightened. "How can you defend him after what he did? To you, to Mom, to my birth parents, to everyone we cared about?"
With a howl of despair and emotional agony, Liam dashed forward, through the shade of his father, blindly running into the sewers.
What is the Price of Vengeance? One could understand why Liam is angry. Orphaned at the age of two by a group of giant carnivorous insects called the chitin, he was adopted by High Councilor Marcus and his wife, Lidia, and raised with their older son, Randolf, in New Olympia, the last remaining city on the planet Etrusci.
As an adult, Liam becomes a soldier. After being cut off from the city, he finds that there is an alien intelligence behind the chitin. To defeat it, he must discover who he is and how to use his powers. When Liam discovers that a traitor responsible for his birth parents' deaths has also murdered his beloved foster parents, he might find that the price he has to pay in his quest for vengeance will prove to be an even more unbeatable foe.
1. What is your full name? Is there anything significant about your name?
Captain Liam, son of Seámus and Deirdre, foster son of Marcus and Lidia. However, after reconnecting with my Finnian relatives, I’ve taken my mother’s clan name of O’Connor. It makes Galactic Alliance paperwork easier to fill out.
2. How old are you?
I am twenty-three years old.
3. Tell us about your family. What do you like and not like about them?
I barely remember my birth parents. They were killed by chitin when I was two years old. My late fosters parents were High Councilor Marcus and Lidia. I was raised with their son, Randolf who is five years older than I am. We were very close. Marcus and Lidia were always kind to me. They were my parents in every way that mattered. Randolf was always my big brother. I got a little annoyed when I was younger that he became so protective of me. Since the end of the Azurian Invasion (as it is now called) I’ve reconnected with my birth parents’ families. My aunt Máire and her daughter Gráinne helped bring me into Finnian society. Since getting married, my birth father’s parents (my grandparents), Patrick and Maggie McGregor, came to Etrusci and built us a home on the Island of New Santorini. I am very happy they decided to stay.
4. Who was your first kiss, and what did you think of it?
I was a late bloomer there. When we were teenagers, my brother always had girlfriends. My first kiss was with Celinia. She was helping me with recurring nightmares in the dreamscape. What did I think of it? I married her!
5. What is your occupation?
The simple answer is I am a soldier. After the Azurian Invasion, I was given command of Etrusci’s Special Operations Company.
6. What are your best and worst qualities?
I’m a good cook. Celinia jokes that this is why she keeps me around. I do tend to get a bit melancholy.
7. What quality do you value most in a romantic partner?
Until I met Celinia, I never really thought about it. I can best answer it by describing her. High Priestess Celinia, daughter of Thomasia, is beautiful and wise. Her hair is fiery red. Her eyes are intensely green. She has been put in charge of the Temple on New Santorini at the request of Arch Priestess Arria. She can be as stubborn as any O’Connor woman, which is one reason she gets along with my Finnian relatives. Most of all, she loves me.
8. What is your favorite thing to do?
In addition to cooking, I do like to play the uilleann pipes. I never heard the instrument until I visited Éire Nua, which is where many of my Finnian relatives come from. Celinia plays a harp, and I love it when we play duets.
9. What is your greatest fear?
Something happening to my family.
10. What is your most treasured possession?
Before the Azurian invasion, I might have said my sniper rifle. It was given to me by my foster parents when I graduated from sniper school. The manufacture tweaked it just a bit for me. Now, I would say the uilleann pipes I inherited from an uncle. I am told they came down from General Aisling O’Connor herself.
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Kurt D. Springs is presently an adjunct professor of anthropology and archaeology in New Hampshire. He holds a PhD. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, as well as a Master of Literature in archaeology from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a Master of Liberal Arts in anthropology and archaeology from the Harvard University Extension School. His main area of interest is megalithic landscapes in prehistoric Ireland.
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