"the Colonel" is Thomas P. Kratman, Baen author. He is writing a series of books which are, in my opinion, very good reads. This series, called either Terra Nova or Legio del Cid, currently consists of the
two three published books A Desert Called Peace and Carnifex and the soon-to-be-published The Lotus Eaters. Colonel Kratman is currently working on the fourth book in the series, The Amazon Legion (no link yet; I'll update this entry and post a new one when there is), and he and Toni Weisskopf, the head of Baen Books, have decided to allow a large excerpt of The Amazon Legion to be widely disseminated. This entry, and the link below to the excerpt, are my contributions to that effort.
Fair Warning: Colonel Kratman has some very definite political views, and those views appear very strongly thoughout this series. Many of the people reading this journal will find those views objectionable. That is your business. The books are nevertheless well-written, with the story well-told, enough so that Colonel Kratman is collecting royalties for having written them, and continuing the story. On that basis, I do recommend them. If you read them and don't like them, please don't complain at me; I have no control over their publication, and I will recommend books that I like, regardless of the political views expressed therein.
And now, without further ado, I present to you... The Amazon Legion (excerpt).
For those who want the actual URL for typing into another browser, it's http://home.cyburban.com/~jzeitlin/