Just ‘Cause – Overtures is the first book in a two part, four chapter, 160,000 word war story which centers around a young man named John Anderson, Jr. In chapter one, entitled “The Letters Are Out,” John must leave everything he knows and everyone he loves behind when he’s drafted to serve his nation in a time of war. In chapter two, entitled “No Turning Back Now,” it’s off to basic training for John, where he’ll meet Major Briggs, the rest of the staff, and his fellow new recruits.
Just ‘Cause – Further Explorations is the second book in a two part, four chapter, 160,000 word war story which centers around a young man named John Anderson, Jr. Chapter three, entitled “Ye-ha, The War,” begins with the Major Briggs’ battalion storming a beach and highlights three battles and some internal controversy leading to an ambush that leaves John and three others running for their lives in an attempt to get to an evacuation zone. In chapter four, entitled “A Stranger in a Strange Land,” the plane carrying John and a couple other survivors of the enemy ambush are finally going home when the plane carrying them crashes into a remote and desolate land, leaving John stranded and on a quest to survive and figure out a way to seek out a rescue. John encounters a couple of odd inhabitants in this strange land while on his journey, changing the pace for the main story line.
The Just ‘Cause novels are the first two books in the Crossovers Anthology. Chapter one is mainly a love story which ties into the main issue of controversy for the chapter, detailing John Anderson, Jr. and Mary Jane O’Reilly’s relationship while expressing how it’s being torn apart by the draft. Chapter two introduces a whole new cast with John leaving for basic training, the nightly smoke sessions are introduced, and the controversy in this chapter really takes place between an inmate who has a problem with the smokers, Alan Fohler, and a recruit who has been made head squad leader, Deuce Covert, but Major Briggs is depicted as the one who is calling the shots. Chapter three goes further into Major Briggs past mistakes and crimes towards the beginning of the chapter, something goes wrong which leads to him snapping and the enemy ambush towards the middle of the chapter, and all of his crimes are exposed when Deuce sums everything up for his fellow survivors of the ambush in the end of the chapter. Chapter four is where the story picks up a sci-fi twist when the helicopter carrying John and the fellow survivors home mysteriously fails and plummets out of the sky, crash landing in a remote and desolate, foreign land. John awakens to find that he is slightly injured and the lone survivor. He gets to the crash site only to have a run-in with two mysterious creatures, one like Bigfoot and one like nothing of this World. John must survive, but those creatures are out there, and his only plan is to follow a river downstream and see where it leads. Chapter four was one of the main influences for me – the start of it all – when it comes to the Crossovers anthology.
Jamie Shank’s Just’Cause – Overtures, 80,000 words, fiction/fantasy war story, published on Amazon.com as an ebook on 01/07/17.
Jamie Shank’s Just ‘Cause – Further Explorations, 80,000 words, fiction/fantasy war story, published on Amazon.com as an ebook on 01/07/17.