Militia - Berserkers
R J Murray
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Jack had a good life. He had left the farm to his brother and happily went to his dream job, fixing peoples mistakes in programing machine codes. Well, OK, it wasn't his dream job, but he liked it and he was very good at it. He stayed as far away from the family farm as he could, even missing the birth of his niece. She was now twelve and he was finally going back for a weekend, just a weekend, to say hi and meet her. Pity that was the weekend the aliens decided to invade Earth. The meteor shower took out his room and killed his brothers wife and daughter. Most of the town was destroyed and only a few people survived. Then the crazies started killing people and a strange new disease took out a few hundred more. Jack decides to see who else survived and leaves the farm, heading home to the city. He finds that the attack was widespread, with few survivors to be found. Eventually he hooks up with an Army relief unit. Survivors in the camp are a curious mixture, of young and old, with only a few between teenage and forty. Any older and they go senile or crazy. Crazies kill anything and eat it. They eat people too.The odd thing is that only men become Crazies. Soon the camp becomes crowded and supplies are low. Jack must lead the group back to the one place he does not want to be. The family farm. Without farmers they are going to get very hungry and Jack knows that he may be forced to return to the farm for good. Fortunately more Army troops are needed, not only to fight the Crazies, but to attack the newly landed alien ships. Jack is pegged to head up the militia, to defend the farms and carry the attack against the invaders locally, while the real Army goes up against the ships and the Crazies digging in around them. It's better than plowing and he seems to have a definite advantage. It could be those pesky alien nanobots tuning up his brain or maybe it's just skills learned growing up in the country. New tactics are introduced by the military to counter the aliens and their Crazies, Unfortunately, after each attack by the human forces, the aliens counter with a different offensive tactic and the Crazies aren't so crazy anymore. They are getting smarter and more adaptable, the nanobots in their skulls tuning them up as they learn about humans. Its going to be a long, hard war, with no quarter and no mercy. Too bad the crazies have started taking prisoners