Ralph Askew was born in 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio. He
spent a total of 10 years in the Ohio National Guard, the California National Guard and the United States Marine Corps where
he developed an interest in military history. After graduating from UCLA, he joined the LAPD where he spent most of his patrol
time at the Newton Street Patrol Division as a field training officer. He retired from the police department after 21 years.
He is the author of Battleslave.
According to the book description of Battleslave,
“Chrisinda Balderack, a battledroid, was artificially produced in a laboratory solely for the purpose of fighting wars
for the Galaxy. The production of battledroids meant that planets associated with the Galaxy did not have to provide the Galaxy
with their own men to be killed in a far off war. Very few battleroids ever returned home.
Many of the missions the battledroids were sent on were without support. They were trained to kill
their wounded to prevent them from falling into enemy hand, and revealing the objective of the mission or slowing down its
completion. Battledroids were trained to have no feelings. After meeting a young girl
her own age, Chrisinda develops emotions and feeling for her own fellow battledroids and finds that she cannot bring herself
to kill her fellow wounded.”
One reader of Battleslave
said, “I just finished reading Battleslave by Ralph Askew. Just by looking at the cover, I wanted to know who this person
is. The character, Chrisinda Balderack gave me an inside view of someone torn between serving her Galaxy, as she is being
trained to do, and caring for the members of her regime, which is forbidden. It is interesting to read about how enemies eventually
become friends, and how that friendship creates one of the best groups of battledroids the Galaxy has ever seen. The ending
leaves the reader wondering what happened? This book is written for anyone. If you like science fiction, military history,
or human relations, then this is definitely worth reading. I can't wait for the sequel.”