By the Sword is a short story by Jason Schmetzer that was published online on BattleCorps on 19 February 2007 as the fifth installment in the Case White series.
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|| Four years at the Sandhurst Military Academy have given Thomas Abbott a chance to shine. Top of his class, an able MechWarrior, and all without breaking a sweat. But when ComStar comes to Terra, Abbott realizes that not everything can be learned in a classroom— that that sometimes you can't just go by the book. That you need to go by the sword.
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