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Emma Gold had plans. She and Ben were going to live happily ever after. They were going to be a team, the hotshot photojournalist and the crackerjack special investigations officer taking down the bad guys.
Except Ben’s dead. A suicide, the Air Force said. She knows better, though. After all, she was the one who fed Ben that tip about a smuggling ring operating out of a base in Idaho.
Her first mistake was shouting cover-up. When she made too much noise, she got thrown on a military psychiatric ward. Even after she wised up, zipped it, and got out, her second mistake was trusting the wrong man—Ben’s CO—with her information. Instead of investigating, the CO got rid of the evidence. Her parents died in a crash she is certain wasn’t an accident. But she has no proof.
And her third mistake? Sleeping with the CO. More than once. She was lonely, she was hurting, she was vulnerable—and she was an idiot. Because now she’s in big trouble and the clock is ticking.
Enlisting Hank Patterson’s help, Emma’s editor has gotten her a gig doing a spread on Joseph Kuntz and the Brotherhood Protectors as well as Lonesome’s Sarah Grant and Hank Cooper who broke up a smuggling ring a year ago. Except snow’s on the way and Emma’s flight has been cancelled. Desperate to get out, she grabs a seat on a small charter plane. And things aren’t all bad because one of her fellow passengers, Will Shirer, is a good-looking doctor on his way to a wilderness medicine conference. Best of all, she thinks Will is Jewish. Just a feeling. So, nu, now she has a ride, a plan. What can go wrong?
Oy, as her grandmother would’ve said, mer kopdreyenish vi ir visn. More troubles than you know.
Thrown off-course by a savage storm, the plane smashes into a mountain. The survivors are stranded and some are too injured to be moved. Worse, there are wolves and mountain lions happy to make them into a meal. As their supplies dwindle and they count the days by lighting Hanukkah candles in Emma’s travel menorah, Emma struggles against the elements, desire, and with keeping her secret: protecting the flame.
Alex has escaped from Rule - but what new horrors face her in the ravaged world outside?
Tom is safe - but what will he risk to find Alex?
Chris - how much does he really know about the terrible darkness of Rule? And what are his true feelings for Alex?
Ellie - where is she?
The terrifying follow-up to the hugely popular Ashes.
Alex is tough. She has survived the EMP blast, she has lived among the flesh-eating Changed, and she has been separated from Tom for months. And she hasn't given up.
But on the brink of starvation and in the grip of a winter that just won't end, Alex discovers a new and terrible truth:
The Changed are still evolving.
And... they've had help.
For Army medic Kate McEvoy, her last mission in Afghanistan will be a mixed bag. On the one hand, there’s still so much to do. On the other, she and Jack Campbell, who’s also her CO, can finally be together. Except things don’t go according to plan and when Kate wakes up, she’s got nothing left—
Until the day a colonel from a top-secret DARPA project offers her a new mission she’d be batshit crazy to refuse.
Some Wounds Can’t Be Seen.
Sarah Grant had a fairy tale life: wealth, beauty, smarts. Then, two years ago, Pete Cooper, an Army dog handler and her lover, was killed in action. Desperate to hang onto Pete, Sarah adopts his military working dog, Soldier. Plagued by PTSD, though, Soldier’s a wreck. Then, again, so is she—
Unless she can allow Pete’s brother, Hank, to heal her damaged heart.
And Not Every Wound Heals.
Haunted by memories of Afghanistan, Army MP Gabriel Dane risks everything on a treacherous trek through the Black Wolf Wilderness. Maybe he makes it out, maybe not. He doesn't much care. But then he meets a mysterious woman named Mac, who’s insanely strong, a little spooky—
And much more than she seems.
With killers on their way, Sarah must find the courage for a daring plan before time runs out.
Now, It’s A Fight: To Life…
Joe “Kujo” Kuntz and Six are en route with a Special Ops team to recapture Kate McEvoy. Yet, what exactly have Vance’s people created—and what is she in the process of becoming?
Or To The Death For Them All.
Reluctantly joining forces with Wynn, Kate McEvoy suspects a double-cross and attempts to signal her minders for a rescue she knows will end in her recapture. To her horror, she discovers she no longer has access. Instead, the biobots and Jack are battling for control.
Because Kate is no longer she—but we.
Gabriel Dane has disappeared. Worried, Kate McEvoy sets off in the middle of a freakish snowstorm to track him down. She’s also curious about what she can do now. The biobots in her brain are changing Kate in ways her DARPA masters never intended and don’t suspect.
And if they catch on to what she’s becoming, they’ll never let her go.
And Two Can Keep A Secret...
There’s distant gunfire in the Black Wolf, but there’s also nothing Sarah Grant or Hank Cooper can do. Instead, they’ll wait out the storm, and who knows? Because Sarah wonders if maybe it’s time she let Pete go—
Until the moment Sarah happens on photographs she’s never seen and realizes what she believed about Pete is a lie Hank’s been happy to keep.
If One Is Dead.
Kate is a lone wolf but never alone. Jack Campbell lives in her mind and at the tail of her eye. Created by her enhanced brain, Jack is the ghost in her machine: a phantom whose power only grows…
And one which may have plans of its own.
Jack Campbell is dead, and that’s Kate McEvoy’s fault. Afghanistan was a disaster she can’t shake, and the blood’s on her hands. The military rebuilt her for its own purposes, and her masters have plans.
But they’ve got another thing coming.
But, Sometimes, That Life Is A Lie.
Meanwhile, on Chaney Peak, Sarah Grant is clearing a landing zone for a rescue chopper when, out of the darkness and snow, a solitary search and rescue team member appears. Mark Mitchell is not only competent but charming. For Sarah, being stuck here suddenly isn’t such a terrible prospect.
Until the moment she realizes Mark may not be what he seems.
And Now, Time Is Not On Your Side.
Hurt and puzzled by Sarah’s sudden coolness, Hank Cooper’s set out for Lonesome to get help. Once the wounded girl’s safe, he and Sarah will find space and time to talk.
Except Hank makes a mistake.
And now, his time is running out.
THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE INVENTION OF THE BATTLEMECH...
Break-Away is the first of six novellas detailing the struggle to create the next awesome weapon to rule the battlefield—the BattleMech.
In the mid-25th century, factions of mankind are desperate to invent the next technological leap in warfare—a machine that would give each group an overwhelming advantage on the battlefield. And no one is more aware of the race to perfect this new machine than the leaders on Terra.
But during the final trials to find the first pilot for the Terran prototype, the contest is infiltrated by a deadly enemy who wants to ensure that no one survives. It's up to the last remaining Terran candidate—and a scientist struggling to make a breakthrough on the human-machine interface that will control this new war machine—to save Terra's BattleMech program from those who wish to destroy it.
An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions. When it happens, Alex was hiking in the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.
Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling novel about a world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.
A universe torn apart by unending warfare.
A mission, to stand up against the darkness.
This compilation contains a selection of eighteen of 2004's best fiction pieces, as well as an all new story about young Kerensky by Loren L. Coleman!
Includes stories by your old favorite BattleTech authors: Randall N. Bills, Loren L. Coleman, Blaine Lee Pardoe, Robert Thurston, and Michael A. Stackpole
As well as stories by new favorites: Ilsa J. Bick, Dan Duval, Jason M. Hardy, Kevin Killiany, Steven Mohan, Jr., Louisa M. Swann, and Phaedra M. Weldon!
Jenna Lord's first sixteen years were not exactly a fairy tale. Her father is a controlling psycho and her mother is a drunk. She used to count on her older brother—until he shipped off to Iraq. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire.
There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and everyone cries for his innocent victim. (This is not one of those stories either.)
Mitch Anderson is many things: A dedicated teacher and coach. A caring husband. A man with a certain...magnetism.
And there are stories where it's hard to be sure who's a prince and who's a monster, who is a victim and who should live happily ever after. (These are the most interesting stories of all.)
Drowning Instinct is a novel of pain, deception, desperation, and love against the odds—and the rules.
Ms. Avery’s missing. The last time Sarah saw her, the social worker was heading for the tamarack bog where Sarah’s dad lays his traps. Which was stupid. Sarah could’ve told her: her dad can be a bear. A real monster.
And now, Ms. Avery’s gone. Sarah’s dad says the lady never showed. Which Sarah thinks is a lie because Sarah’s sick. Really sick. She’s so sick that when Hank McDonald shows Sarah an old American Indian medicine bag that belonged to his grandmother, an Ojibwe healer who also knew a lot about shapeshifters and black magic—that’s when Sarah sees Ms. Avery’s ghost in the mirror.
That’s when Sarah steals a magic skull from that medicine bag.
And that’s when the Bearwalker comes for her.