Shepard Book was a sweet character in Firefly/Serenity. He seemed like a normal preacher, but his past had something to do with the military. Most had the impression he was an Operative because of his knowledge of the character in the movie. Dark Horse then releases The Shepherd’s Tale that released all the secrets of the Shepherd.
The story goes backwards from death to when he was a child. We find out that he was an up and coming commander who tried to end the war in one move but ended up costing a whole bunch of lives, military and civilian. He was dishonorably discharged and left for dead. From a bowl of soup, he realized that he needed to reshape himself to help others.
Bad Ass Moment
He beats up someone in interrogation.
I Kinda Wish:
I really wish he was just more than just a commander. He should have at LEAST been a former operative head like being head of the Weapon X program. In Firefly, the Alliance saw his ID and immediately had to patch him up. Why would they do that for a disgraced commander?
*. Terrible back story that should have remained a mystery if this was the intended back story. Serenity fans could think of more complicated and interesting back stories than this.