Welcome to my interview with Captain Alexandre “Neal” Du Bois aka Knight Ranger. Today, I will pose a list of questions to the protagonist of the novella, Codename: Knight Ranger, written by yours truly. Let’s begin!
Allen – Thank you for joining us Captain Du Bois. First off, I’d like to ask you about how you’re coping with the transition from being a human soldier to an Ultra Soldier with incredible abilities?
Du Bois – Thanks for having me Mr. Allen! I have to say that the transition is extremely difficult for various reasons. First, the physical differences are far more challenging than many people may realize. I have to take extreme care in how I do things, so that I don’t injure people with my increased strength. Also, there’s the idea of being constantly connected to the internet. While this ability is definitely convenient, it is also disturbing because it takes intense concentration to tune it out on a daily basis. Lastly, being separated from my family and assuming a new—albeit temporary—identity, is emotionally stressful. I’d say that by far is the one thing which pains me most.
Allen – I see. I can only imagine what that’s like for you. What’s your take on the idea that supernatural creatures and beings actually exist?
Du Bois – It’s terrifying to say the least. As an Army Ranger, I’d dealt with things that most people would only describe as nightmarish. But, when actual larger than life monsters are a viable threat to humanity it becomes something that defies description as there are none adequate enough available. This is why I do what I do. My primary objective is to help protect humanity against the evils of the world, both human and supernatural. It’s definitely not something I take lightly.
Allen – That’s very commendable Captain Du Bois. But speaking of monsters, what about your relationship with Elijah Bishop, Director of G.E.N.E.S.I.S.?
Du Bois – What about it? I would be subject to court martial if I were to reveal the exact nature of my dealings with Director Bishop, however I can’t say that he’s someone I admire. I respect his position and authority to the extent of functioning within the organization I work for. I’m at heart a soldier and I follow orders to get the job done.
Allen – But what about when those orders go against your beliefs?
Du Bois – I will NEVER compromise my integrity for a mission…PERIOD! That said, sometimes the missions I am assigned aren’t pleasant and involve doing things I’d rather not do. However, I’m my own man and I have a rigid moral compass which I refuse to deviate from to accomplish goals counterproductive to what I know to be right.
Allen – That’s an amazing and admirable approach to things Captain Du Bois. I would think that this comes mostly into play when you are sent on covert, counter-intelligence missions as opposed to direct combat missions. How do you feel about the espionage aspects of your position with G.E.N.E.S.I.S.?
Du Bois – In my mind, I’m a soldier first and foremost and not a spy. But, due to the nature of my abilities and the new threats against the United States and our allies abroad, I am forced to employ espionage and covert, counter-intelligence techniques into the missions I’m assigned. I’m not particularly fond of all that entails, yet I understand and accept that it is a necessary component of what I do.
Allen – Fascinating and informative outlook. Back to the subject of relationships with others, you and Dr. Clarkson have developed a close bond. It’s understandable given the fact that he’s responsible for giving you your new lease on life. Exactly how would you describe the dynamics of your friendship?
Du Bois – Dr. Clarkson is an amazing person. I don’t just say that because of what I owe him, but mostly because of the content of his character. He was a friend and mentor to me when he didn’t have to be. Despite the fact that he could’ve easily walked away from things once I had been successfully joined with my new body, he chose to stay. I greatly respect and admire the man.
Allen – Well Captain Du Bois, that’s all the time we have today. If anyone is interested, they can read about your adventures in the novella, Codename: Knight Ranger, available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in both print and e-book versions. Thank you for giving me this interview and we look forward to reading about your further adventures soon!
About the author: John F. Allen is an American writer born in Indianapolis, IN. He is a member of the Speculative Fiction Guild and the Indiana Writers Center. He began writing stories as early as the second grade and pursued all forms of writing at some point, throughout his career. John studied Liberal Arts at IUPUI with a focus in Creative Writing, received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force and is a current member of the American Legion. John’s debut novel, The God Killers was published in 2013 by Seventh Star Press.
John currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, son and daughter.
Book Synopsis for Codename: Knight Ranger: Captain Alexandre Cornelius “Neal” Du Bois is a US Army Ranger and decorated war hero. When his unit is ambushed by supernatural hostile forces while in Afghanistan, only Neal survives. When he wakes up in a secret government facility, Neal discovers that his whole life has changed forever.
A shadowy government agent named Elijah Bishop arranges for Neal’s brain to be transplanted, without his permission, into a bio-engineered body capable of amazing feats. Armed with advanced body armor and weaponry, he becomes the epitome of the Ultra Soldier.
To protect his family and those closest to him, he must let the world and everyone he loves believe he is dead. With assistance from Dr. Avery Clarkson–the scientist responsible for his new body–Neal reluctantly utilizes his superhuman abilities to work for Bishop and his organization called G.E.N.E.S.I.S. (Global Espionage Network of Elite Supernatural Intelligence and Surveillance), in order to track down those responsible for the slaughter of his unit and keep the world safe from supernatural terrorist forces.
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