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PRAISE FOR JEAN JOHNSON
AND THE SONS OF DESTINY NOVELS

“Jean Johnson’s writing is fabulously fresh, thoroughly romantic, and wildly entertaining. Terrific—fast, sexy, charming, and utterly engaging. I loved it!”

—Jayne Ann Krentz,
New York Times
bestselling author

“Cursed brothers, fated mates, prophecies, yum! A fresh new voice in fantasy romance, Jean Johnson spins an intriguing tale of destiny and magic.”

—Robin D. Owens, RITA Award–winning author

“A must-read for those who enjoy fantasy and romance. I…eagerly look forward to each of the other brothers’ stories. Jean Johnson can’t write them fast enough for me!”


The Best Reviews

“[It] has everything—love, humor, danger, excitement, trickery, hope, and even sizzling hot…sex.”


Errant Dreams Reviews

“Enchantments, amusement, and eight hunks and one bewitching woman make for a fun romantic fantasy…humorous and magical…a delightful charmer.”


Midwest Book Review

“A paranormal adventure series that will appeal to fantasy and historical fans, plus time-travel lovers as well…Jean Johnson has created a mystical world of lessons taught, very much like the great folktales we love to hear over and over. It’s like
Alice in Wonderland
meets the
Knights of the Round Table
, and you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen next. Delightful entertainment…An enchanting tale with old-world charm,
The Sword
will leave you dreaming of a sexy mage for yourself.”


Romance Junkies

“An intriguing new fantasy romance series…a unique combination of magic, time travel, and fantasy that will have readers looking toward the next book. Think
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
, but add one more and give them magic, with curses and fantasy thrown in for fun. Cunning…creative…Lovers of magic and fantasy will enjoy this fun, fresh, and very romantic offering.”


Time Travel Romance Writers

“The writing is sharp and witty, and the story is charming. [Johnson] makes everything perfectly believable. She has created an enchanting situation and characters that are irascible at times and lovable at others. Jean Johnson…is off to a flying start. She tells her story with a lively zest that transports a reader to the place of action. I can hardly wait for the next one. It is a must-read.”


Romance Reviews Today

“A fun story. I look forward to seeing how these alpha males find their soul mates in the remaining books.”


The Eternal Night

“An intriguing world…an enjoyable hero…an enjoyable showcase for an inventive new author. Jean Johnson brings a welcome voice to the romance genre, and she’s assured of a warm welcome.”


The Romance Reader

“An intriguing and entertaining tale of another dimension. It will be fun to see how the prophecy turns out for the rest of the brothers.”


Fresh Fiction

Titles by Jean Johnson

Theirs Not to Reason Why

A SOLDIER’S DUTY

AN OFFICER’S DUTY

The Sons of Destiny

THE SWORD

THE WOLF

THE MASTER

THE SONG

THE CAT

THE STORM

THE FLAME

THE MAGE

SHIFTING PLAINS

BEDTIME STORIES

FINDING DESTINY

THE SHIFTER

THEIRS NOT TO REASON WHY

AN OFFICER’S DUTY
JEAN JOHNSON

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AN OFFICER’S DUTY

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PUBLISHING HISTORY

Ace mass-market edition / August 2012

Copyright © 2012 by G. Jean Johnson.

Cover art by Gene Mollica.

Cover design by Annette Fiore DeFex.

Interior text design by Laura K. Corless.

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If you purchased this book without a cover, you should be aware that this book is stolen property. It was reported as “unsold and destroyed” to the publisher, and neither the author nor the publisher has received any payment for this “stripped book.”

ALWAYS LEARNING

PEARSON

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I’d like to thank my beta editors Alexandra, Stormi, NotSoSaintly, and Buzzy for putting up with my manuscript delays; Mysti and Lanzlo for their insights; my friends and family for occasionally putting up with my plot-bunny-driven insanities (or at least inanities); and my editor, Cindy, for insisting so very firmly on my behalf that this series is
not
a romance series. (
Psst
, it isn’t!) I would also like to thank you, my readers, for knowing that authors
can
write engaging stories in different genres. Any errors or oddities in procedures and so forth are my own creation.

This book is a continuation of the events in
Theirs Not to Reason Why: A Soldier’s Duty
. I have done my best to make sure it can be read and enjoyed without having access to the first book. Still, to fully understand what’s going on, if you haven’t read the first novel, you might want to buy it online or at your local bookstore, or check your nearest public library for a spare copy.

As always, this series is dedicated to the many men and women out there who risk their lives for their countries in willing military service. It doesn’t matter what post you hold or what country you defend; it only matters that you are willing to hold and defend it. On behalf of those you protect and defend, I thank you.

Jean

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

CHAPTER 1

Thank you for letting me take that quick break from this interview. It wasn’t anything serious, just some new orders and a course correction. I do appreciate the opportunity to share some of this background information with everyone, though of course much of it is Classified and you are
—ah,
forgive me, I’m starting to use “military-speak” and “military-think” again, aren’t I?

During my first trip back home after enlisting, I had that same problem with my family. The military has counselors for this sort of thing, they give you lectures and advice, but…For a soldier who’s been away for months, even years like myself, it can be a bit of a system shock to come back to civilian life. Things are organized almost down to the minute in a military setting, because they have to get done at a certain time in a certain way, or everything descends into chaos. Things don’t always get done in civilian life, because they often can be “done later” or “done some other way.”

A lot of soldiers have difficulty making that transition back to civilian life. Even those of us who merely go home for a short visit sometimes have difficulties. Both sides need to remember to slow down, take it easy, and readjust to each other. Don’t throw a pot of cold water on the cooker and expect it to instantly boil; even in this day and age,
that won’t happen right away. There’s always a period of readjustment. Sometimes it’s quick, and sometimes it’s slow, but it’s always necessary.

~Ia

JULY 18, 2492 TERRAN STANDARD
OUR BLESSED MOTHER
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