I'm sure this is a common issue. It seems that, in my original conceptualization, I created too many main characters. Either that or I didn't provide enough attention to all of them. So in my second draft I eliminated one of the characters whom I felt was completely useless. Now I have seven, and I'm still not very comfortable with it. But try as I might, I can't decide which character, if any, I'd like to be rid of. All seven seem to serve a fundamental purpose. Some support the plot, the mood, provide heavy relations to each other. You might wonder why I invented such an array in the first place. It's a war novel, so to speak, about resistance and fighting and blah blah blah. Lots of action chapters, which I do my best to bring to life. In focusing on this 'war', I wanted from the start to capture the many different aspects of battle, each one with a different atmosphere and each one requiring a main character. A specialist. So as you can expect; We've got the lead character, a simple 'Trooper'. Ground operations and such. An artillery character, or a 'heavsman'. Definitely serves a role in the action literature. Sacrifices himself near the end, et cetera. Two pilots, a jet pilot and a chopper pilot. Two very different characters also. Both there from the start of the novel. One responsible for fun and relief, the other serves as a platform for the philosophy I want to work in. A 'technician'. VERY important to the plot. Born blind. Robot eyes. Most adept engineer on the planet. Possibly have relationship with the heavsman. A sniper. Precise character, very focused. Self controlled. Also does marine operations. The perspective for any ocean-battles. An escort, or driver or recon or what have you. Represents another platform for ethics. Merciful, less spiteful than the chopper pilot. Also serves as medic. Possible relationship with chopper pilot. So as you can see, I'm kinda stuck. That said, I'm not even certain that I have a problemn.