The Burning Skies

By David J. Williams

In his electrifying debut, The reflected Heavens, David J. Williams created a depressing futuristic international grounded within the army rivalries, terror strategies, and political wrangling of our personal time. Now he is taking his masterful combination of army SF, espionage mystery, and dystopian cyberpunk one step further—to the sting of annihilation . . . .

Life as U.S. counterintelligence agent Claire Haskell as soon as knew it really is in tatters—her project betrayed, her lover useless, and her stories of the previous suspect. Worse, the defeat of the mysterious rebel workforce referred to as Autumn Rain was once no longer as whole as many believed. it's speedy changing into transparent that the group’s final aim isn't really just to spoil the tenuous international alliances of the twenty second century—but to rule all of humanity. And they’re beginning with the violent destruction of the web and the assassination of the U.S. president. Now it’s as much as Claire, together with her skill to jack her mind into the structures of the enemy, to win this very unlikely war.

Battling ferociously around the Earth-Moon method, and navigating a fancy international full of either steadfast loyalists and ruthless traitors, Claire needs to be prepared for the Rain’s subsequent circulation. however the actual enemy may possibly already be one step prior to her.

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I want greater than that to ensure there’s not anything else in Jarvin’s records. ” “Bring ’em with us. ” • • • She’s waking up back. Or a minimum of, she thinks she is. She proposal she was once conscious awhile again too. yet then hearth flared opposed to her. Lava fell throughout her. She used to be dreaming. She used to be happy of it. yet now she’s in a metal-walled room. Strapped right into a chair, in what sounds like zero-G. She’s donning civilian garments. She attempts to move—and can’t. She attempts to entry the quarter, in basic terms to discover that she’s bring to a halt. The room’s in actual fact been sealed to instant entry. She’s not likely at any place. Nor can she bear in mind how she came within the first position. All she understands is that something’s very unsuitable. She attempts to imagine again to whatever … whatever … greedy to recollect whatever that feels genuine. yet it’s like achieving for land in a global of never-ending water. Nothing’s stable. apart from the Rain. She recollects now. After she and the Throne and his operatives reached Earth, she restarted the sector, and the Eurasian quarter restarted with it. That made him offended. She recalls the expression on his face as he lay there together with his medical professionals getting to him. She instructed him it wasn’t her fault the 2 zones rebooted even as. It used to be simply the way in which the Rain configured the whole lot, although she didn’t just like the expression at the president’s face. It used to be considered one of ignored chance. It was once a question in her brain: who understands what he may have performed had he been faced with the temptation of an undefended East? She hates to even ask the query. yet Harrison needed to be content material with settling with the Rain—and even ahead of he may stroll back, she used to be merging her brain along with his once again in that unusual congress, utilizing the amplified government node to complete the task they’d began jointly again on the Europa Platform. simply this time the Rain had no counterplans prepared. They have been stuck. They knew it. And there have been so few of them left. A triad in Zurich, a triad in London, one other in HK … she helped the Praetorians wipe them out. She wept whereas she used to be doing it. She knew all their names, remembered all of them too good. yet she didn’t belief her thoughts of them. And she’d already selected facets. Or so she concept. Now she’s much much less convinced. She stares on the room round her, attempts to recollect what she’s lacking. So what’s the tale? ” asks Linehan. “The tale is you get to forestall staring at the vid. ” “I suggest what’s up together with your hack? ” “I comprehend what you intended. Now get in the following. ” Linehan doesn’t circulation; he retains on watching on the urban within the window whereas the ayahuasca retains on crackling in his brain. it kind of feels to have intensified now that he’s at the Moon. He feels so long past it’s nearly as though the city’s looking at in at him: the center of lunar farside, the translucent dome of downtown Congreve shimmering within the distance. The L2 fleet’s a blaze of lighting within the sky past. the town underneath it has controlled to slide during the occasions of the final a number of days. It’s been left unscathed. up to now. “How are we entering into? ” “I’ll inform you as we go,” says Lynx.

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