The Last Marine: Book One is author T.S. Ransdell’s vision of a future American dark age where all civilians serve at the pleasure of the government. In this dystopian tale Joel Levine, a journalist/historian for the government, is given the task of creating a history to remind people why the bygone American warrior culture was dangerous to them. To do so, Levine is given Government VIP status to interview the last known veteran of the disbanded United States Marine Corps, Sean Harris, incarcerated for the remainder of his life for murder and treason.
What Levine initially sees as a simple assignment turns complicated as an unrepentant Harris challenges Levine’s progressive values and morality. Levine is forced to decipher between propaganda and history of the Sino-American War; and confront his own sense of guilt for his grandfather’s role in the “American Renaissance”.