Fort Brag vs. Fort Braggs
Fort Braggs is the largest base in the world (by population). The base is located in four counties of North Carolina. It was named after the confederate office Braxton Bragg. Bragg was an aggressive general, a strict disciplinarian, and would frequently argue with his superiors. In his mind, he was the alpha male of the fort.
As is often the case, abusive discipline does not result in the best of soldiers. In fact, Bragg only had one successful battle in his entire career. Throughout the war, the officers beneath him desperately tried to get him replaced. He was reputed to have spent just as much time fighting his men as fighting the enemy.
Finally, Ulysses Grant routed him once and for all at the battles of Chattanooga. Bragg offered his resignation to the South’s President Davis, and was outraged when the man accepted it.
Still, President Davis made him his military advisor. With his new status, Bragg begin to bully and fight with the Secretary of War, the Commissary General, members of Congress, the press, and many of his fellow generals. Eventually, Robert E. Lee took his position, and Bragg was sent about trying to find something he could do well.
Even Bragg's staunchest supporters admonished him for his quick temper, general irritability, and tendency to wound innocent men with barbs thrown during his frequent fits of anger. His reluctance to praise or flatter was exceeded, we are told, only by the tenacity with which, once formed, he clung to an adverse impression of a subordinate. For such officers—and they were many in the Army of the Mississippi—Bragg's removal or their transfer were the only alternatives to an unbearable existence.
Why he got a fort named after him, I’ve no idea. However, in my story 200 years in the future, The Brags Fort (one G not two) is located in the south east, and run by a sadist who teaches his selected soldiers how to manipulate and conquer those above you in rank. This sociopath has systematically corrupted the purpose and honor of the SkyRyder Corp, and Logan intends to see it stopped once and for all! However, my future Fort Brags is NOT Fort Braggs of the present.
Stationed on opposite coasts, Alisha and Logan must each face their own demons and challenges. On the West Coast, Alisha loses her rank for butting heads with General Powell and soon discovers the life of a private can be utter hell. On the East Coast, newly promoted General Logan discovers his soldiers do not recognize his authority to command. In an effort to retake control of the East Coast Corps, Logan authorizes unthinkable actions. When Alisha faces a life-threatening crisis, will Logan rise above his own troubles, or will she discover love and rescue with her best friend Jack?
The SkyRyder’s Series, Book 3
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Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.
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