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Soldiers of Fortune

“The truth is, the Establishment is on the side of the big battalions, because it created and armed them in the first place.
It never seems to occur to the millions of readers of that garbage that maybe God, if there is one, has something to do with truth, justice, and compassion rather than sheer brute force, and that truth and justice might possibly be on the side of the little platoons.
Not that it matters. The big battalions always win, and the ‘serious’ press always approves, and the grazers always believe it.”
— Cat Shannon

This was a great introduction to banking, finance, and how corporations function and CEOs think. But it was also more than that; it was the story of a strong individualist who used his unique gifts to help make a difference in the world before accepting the decision of fate.

Sir James Manson has caught wind of a huge platinum deposit and intends to use all his business acumen to profit from it. He hires a mercenary, ‘Cat’ Shannon, to help topple the existing government so he can install a puppet of his choosing to award him the mining rights.

The characters and storyline are exceptionally deep and well-thought-out. The narrative is still as compelling today, when so much has changed technologically, as it was when it was first written as it deals with basic human emotions of greed, valor, and morality.