le system needed a base far more than one like Argyros, which could defend itself at least until reinforcements could arrive.
"As for police," the Count went on, "yes, non-Kins can handle most of what Kins cannot -- but I have already begun trying to recruit Security Division veterans. Non-susceptible ones, of course."
Thompson grinned appreciation. Former SecuDiv Marines made the best police available, if you were willing to let them do the job you paid them for; if you didn't, they'd probably consider it a breach of contract and leave. Not too many people were willing to deal with someone who'd alienated such police, so that was a definite point in the Count's favor. "I'll be glad to recommend construction of a base, then, my Lady."
"Excellent." The Count leaned forward, her expression serious. "As you have deduced, Captain, I was once a field agent, and I had this set up to give you the maximum amount of information in the minimum amount of time. I can see from your reactions that you
Technically, it's science fiction: it's set in the future on another planet. But the planet is completely earth-like, and the society is an aristocracy--so it might as well be earth. The space marines are summoned because a lab explosion has released a virus that turns some people into vampires.
It's a vampire story.