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Friday, June 30, 2017

FORBIDDEN THOUGHTS in audiobook

You are not supposed to read this book. You are not supposed to think about reading this book. In fact, just plain thinking at all is unacceptable. You have been warned...

From hilarious to horrifying to dangerously insightful, a selection of stories that must not be told, for they slaughter the sacred cows of our age. Do you dare read them?

Stories by Nick Cole, John C. Wright, Sarah A. Hoyt, Brad R. Torgersen, Vox Day and more, with non-fiction articles by Tom Kratman and Larry Correia, with a foreword by Milo Yiannopoulos.

10 hours and 18 minutes. Narrated by Jon Mollison.

Excerpt from "The Amazon Gambit" by Vox Day from FORBIDDEN THOUGHTS.

Lieutenant Colonel Max Kruger stood at attention and saluted as General Markham, SUBCONCOM, debarked from the flyer with the ease of a man four decades younger and strode across the landing pad towards him.

“At ease, Colonel,” the general ordered. “Good to see you. Now, come with me, we’ve got a lot to discuss before the press conference.”

The general had four centims on him and was walking quickly, so Kruger had to lengthen his stride in order to keep up with the taller man.

“The Grkese signed the contract?”

“They did indeed,” the general confirmed. “And the Duke himself selected you as the contract CO, Max.”

“Honored,” Kruger murmured, as expected. And it was true, he did feel honored, although he wasn’t exactly surprised. Of the various officers in the Rhysalani Armed Forces qualified to command low-tech forces, he not only possessed the best record with regards to successfully completed contracts, but he had beaten Col. Thompson, his closest rival, rather soundly at the Duke’s Command Challenge last year. “I presume it will be 3rd Battalion?”

The 3rd Battalion of the Ducal Marines specialized in low-tech combat, particularly combat below TL10. Kruger had served with them on two previous deployments, both of which had taken place on Dom Sevru. The men of 3rd Battalion were trained to be able to fight with everything from swords and shields to plasma cannon and sub-atomic armor.

“No,” the general replied, to his surprise, as they entered the elevator that would bring them down to the heart of the airbase command center. “The Lord General suggested that this would be the ideal opportunity to show the subsector what the 11th Special Battalion can do. And the Duke concurred.”

Kruger couldn’t hide his astonishment. Or his dismay. He looked at his superior in disbelief, and while he saw everything from amusement to sympathy in the older man’s eyes, he detected no sign at all that his leg was being pulled.

“Dear God, you’re not joking!”

“Afraid not, Max. The Duke has spent a fortune training and equipping those women for the last five years, and he’s decided that it’s about time to see a return on that investment.”

Kruger didn’t trust himself to speak. The first five or six responses that sprang to mind would have earned him at least a reprimand, if not a court-martial. The next three, if uttered openly by an officer of the Armed Forces, technically amounted to lèse-nobilité and would theoretically merit a firing squad. So he said nothing.

The general grinned nonchalantly and raised an eyebrow. He knew damn well what Kruger was thinking. “He’s not wrong, Max. Their negotiators were so impressed that they paid triple our usual rate. Half up front.”

“They did? Why the hell would they do that?”

“Well, as I understand the sales pitch, our highly trained female soldiers have proven to be much better communicators than their male counterparts, and as a result they are considerably less inclined to needlessly break things and kill people. In this particular case, the estimated savings in infrastructure damage when taking and occupying the primary objective alone is expected to more than make up for the increased cost of the contract.”

“Assuming we can complete it. What’s the tech level again?”

“Seven.”

This time, Kruger couldn’t restrain an oath. The general raised an eyebrow, then slapped Kruger on his oak-leafed shoulders as they approached a door with a pair of Ducal Marines on either side.

“Try to keep it clean for the cameras, Max. If you don’t know what to say, just smile and declare that you’ve got every confidence in the troops. Do your best to sell it. God knows we’ve all had to tell a few humdingers in our day. Your record speaks for itself, so let it do the talking. Now, you’ve got an hour to review the contract and meet with the battalion’s officers before the press conference, so I suggest you hop to it.”

“Yessir,” Kruger said morosely. “Any chance I can get out of this, General?”

“None at all, Max. None at all.”

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28 Comments:

Blogger Hauen Holzwanderer June 30, 2017 12:42 PM  

Loved this book and especially this story.

The army study that proves these forbidden thoughts (spoiler alert! Nature is sexist)

http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA285676

Mildly OT: WTB more QM universe stories.

Blogger SouthRon June 30, 2017 12:47 PM  

When you get that kind of assignment, you know your career is over, one way of the other.

If it goes like the Navy deploying women did, how many come back pregnant?

Blogger Dave June 30, 2017 12:50 PM  

foreword by Milo Yiannopoulos.

Speaking of isn't Milo's book due in a couple days?

Blogger Dave June 30, 2017 12:52 PM  

how many come back pregnant?

Spoiler alert

Blogger VD June 30, 2017 1:01 PM  

Speaking of isn't Milo's book due in a couple days?

Yes, soon.

Blogger Andrew June 30, 2017 1:03 PM  

La petit mort - I had to look it up. Still laughing!

Anonymous Bastard Sysop June 30, 2017 1:11 PM  

Thanks! Just used my monthly audible credit on it.

Blogger DeploraBard June 30, 2017 1:22 PM  

I liked MVC's comment in the Brainstorm that female troops are the main reason that soldiers run away from the fight

Blogger James Dixon June 30, 2017 1:33 PM  

Rats, it's the same except as last time. :(

Anonymous b3k June 30, 2017 2:28 PM  

Is there a DRM free version, or is Audible the only platform worth publishing through?

Blogger lowercaseb June 30, 2017 3:08 PM  

Perfect timing! Normally, I listen to the darkstream on my commute home, but since I'm working EMEA time this next week, this will be the perfect listen for the ride back home in the mornings.

Blogger VD June 30, 2017 3:27 PM  

Is there a DRM free version, or is Audible the only platform worth publishing through?

Audible only. We've tried alternatives. They don't sell.

Anonymous BBGKB June 30, 2017 3:37 PM  

A unit full of women can be stopped by a low wall since there are no men to help them over it.

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable June 30, 2017 3:45 PM  

A unit full of women can be stopped by a low wall since there are no men to help them over it.

Bada bing. Comment of the day, IMHO.

Anonymous Northwest Watching Thing June 30, 2017 3:51 PM  

Kid friendly? Like 12yo-ish.

Blogger VD June 30, 2017 4:10 PM  

Kid friendly? Like 12yo-ish.

Not really, no.

Anonymous a_peraspera June 30, 2017 4:13 PM  

So, I noticed there's a new movie coming out with Jackie Chan (how, isn't he around 70 now?). In this film, Chan's daughter gets blown up by a car bomb in London. He sets out for revenge on the bombers. The bombers are Irish nationalists.

We're supposed to believe that the most likely group to bomb London these days is...the Irish? How out of touch can our elites possibly be?

I guess there's some style book that mandates a white villain at all times. The only exception was "Taken" with Liam Neeson, and apparently the backlash caused them to switch to generic white eastern European villains in Taken 2.

Anonymous Northwest Watching Thing June 30, 2017 4:23 PM  

@16

Ok, I guess I'll enjoy it myself then. Thanks.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab June 30, 2017 5:34 PM  

The stories are excellent as is the articles by Torgerson and Correia. I'm not finished yet probably half way through but there ought to be a new one every year.

Any plans for a volume two?

Blogger Jack Ward June 30, 2017 5:45 PM  

Ordered Hitler in Hell a few days ago. Downloaded it,in epub, I thought, but could not find it on the harddrive. Would like to find out if it might have downloaded in a file name other than the title? Have turned the HD upside down checking anything from the recent months of 2017. No luck. Had also deleted Castalia emails re this purchase before realizing that the file was no where to be found. Thanks.

Anonymous Difster June 30, 2017 6:42 PM  

Excellent book, I need to write an Amazon review for it one of these days soon.

Blogger VD June 30, 2017 6:44 PM  

Email, we can send you a replacement.

Blogger Jack Ward June 30, 2017 7:15 PM  

@21 Thanks. But, I probably made a mistake somewhere. Went ahead and ordered it from Amazon. That way I can, at least,do a verified purchase review soon. Amazing how easy it is to be computer klutzy.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab June 30, 2017 11:55 PM  

Is there another volume planned?

Anonymous CoolHand July 01, 2017 1:33 AM  

Hauen Holzwanderer wrote:Mildly OT: WTB more QM universe stories.

Me as well.

Need MOAR Quantum Mortis.

Blogger weka July 01, 2017 3:14 AM  

Loved this volume. Need another. And more stories from this universe.
The Alt Right needs its Miles Vorkosigan.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan July 01, 2017 9:06 AM  

I think we can easily work around the white villain trope with rhetoric, it's now just a joke but effective because we on the Right are still trolled and triggered by it.

Anonymous andon July 01, 2017 11:25 AM  

17. Anonymous a_peraspera June 30, 2017 4:13 PM
So, I noticed there's a new movie coming out with Jackie Chan (how, isn't he around 70 now?). In this film, Chan's daughter gets blown up by a car bomb in London. He sets out for revenge on the bombers. The bombers are Irish nationalists


oh, makes sense

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