Dark New World
J J Holden
Society crumbles after an EMP attack, and the terrifying nightmare has only just begunâ€¦
Three people from different walks of life each experience the end of America. Cassy is a 33-year-old prepper and single mother, away on business. Ethan is a hacker and conspiracy nut living underground. Frank is a family man out camping with friends and family. When a devastating EMP attack in the middle of the night destroys Americaâ€™s infrastructure, they are propelled on an unforgettable journey across an ocean of chaos to reach safetyâ€¦ Safety from an unknown invader and from once-fellow Americans now hungry and desperate. Dark New World is a prepper story of survival and the fight to retain humanity in the face of an apocalyptic event.
A girl with a clockwork heart must make every second count.
When Penny Farthing nearly dies, brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick manages to implant a brass â€œTickerâ€ in her chest, transforming her into the first of the Augmented. But soon itâ€™s discovered that Warwick killed dozens of people as he strove to perfect another improved Ticker for Penny, and heâ€™s put on trial for mass murder.
On the last day of Warwickâ€™s trial, the Farthingsâ€™ factory is bombed, Pennyâ€™s parents disappear, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom note demanding all of their Augmentation research if they want to see their parents again. Is someone trying to destroy the Farthings…or is the motive more sinister?
Desperate to reunite their family and rescue their research, Penny and her brother recruit fiery baker Violet Nesselrode, gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling, and Marcus Kingsley, a young army general who has his own reasons for wanting to lift the veil between this world and the next. Wagers are placed, friends are lost, romance stages an ambush, and time is running out for the girl with the clockwork heart.
Her mom has disowned her. Her boyfriend tried to kill her. Her best friend is pretending she doesnâ€™t exist. Oh yeah, and the entire world hates her. Literally. Happy sweet sixteen, Libby Sparks.
Not exactly an ideal birthday, but itâ€™s pretty much what Libby was expecting when she showed up for her mandatory Inquest. Trying to run crossed her mind, but being hunted down by the Guardiansâ€¦again, didnâ€™t really sound much better than dying.
Having all seven talents marks Libby as one person capable of destroying the world, so itâ€™s no big surprise when she ends up with a Guardian blade at her throat. What is a surprise is being spared in order to become a pawn of the most ruthless Guardian of them all. Play nice, hide her powers, and heâ€™ll let her live until her eighteenth birthday, when her full powers unlock. Sounds like a pretty good plan until the life of her one remaining friend, Milo, is threatened and sheâ€™s forced to choose.
Abandon her friend to save her own life or embrace her destiny and truly become the Destroyer.
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Slow Burn: Box Set 1-3
Survive the infection! Survive the Infected!
A new flu strain has been spreading across Africa, Europe, and Asia. Disturbing news footage is flooding the cable news channels. People are worried and frightened.
But Zed Zane is oblivious. He needs to borrow rent money from his parents. He gets up Sunday morning, drinks enough tequila to stifle his pride and heads to his momâ€™s house for a lunch of begging, again.
But something is wrong. Thereâ€™s blood in the foyer. His motherâ€™s corpse is on the living room floor. Zedâ€™s stepdad, Dan is wild with crazy-eyed violence and attacks Zed when he comes into the house. They struggle into the kitchen. Danâ€™s yellow teeth tear at Zedâ€™s arm but he grabs a knife and stabs Dan, thirty-seven times, or so the police later say.
With infection burning in his blood, Zed is arrested for murder but the world is falling apart and he soon finds himself back on the street, fighting for his life among the infected who would kill him and the normal people, who fear him.
Slow Burn: Infected picks up the story of Zed, Murphy, and Jerome where Slow Burn: Zero Day ended.
All three have been infected but have not succumbed to the most pernicious symptoms of the virus. Nevertheless, their band of fearful survivors, have ostracized them.
Back on the street, with weapons to defend themselves but little food in their packs, they embark on a search for Murphyâ€™s family while following a rumor of safe haven in the form of a doomsday bunker in east Austin.
But the world is more hazardous than they know. They expect violence from the voracious infected but they have harsh lessons to learn about the uninfected. And humans to support the infrastructure of modern civilization, they find that danger comes in many forms.
Zed is saying goodbye to one friend and pressing forward with two new ones, Mandi, whom Zed and Murphy rescued from the bunker, is immune to the virus, and Russell, also a slow burn, but lower-functioning, childlike and docile.
After seeing the carnage at the dormitory, a raging, vengeful Zed wants only to kill Mark, his nemesis and the former leader of the ROTC squad. Since Mark has disappeared, Zed unleashes his fury on untold numbers of infected in his path as he makes his way back to the hospital, in an attempt to rescue Steph, a nurse whom he befriended while seeking help for the feverish Murphy shortly after the prison riot. But the brave medical staff, holed up on the tenth floor of the hospital, and running out of provisions, has decided to take matters in hand by exposing themselves to the virus, and shooting those who â€œturn.â€ Zed is determined not to face another loss, but time is running out.