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By William C Dietz

Colonel Stell and his band of mercenaries yearn for a spot to name domestic. To them Freehold is sort of a vibrant diamond within the huge universe. yet its wasteland stipulations, fiscal instability, social disarray, and political turmoil render the planet ideal for takeover. prepared to struggle something that stands of their manner, Colonel Stell and his small team take care of all who search to dominate their planet, even titanic interstellar empires. Their good fortune are not decided by way of their measurement yet by way of their solution to create a house for themselves. 

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