Book 3 of The Drone Wars
By Frederick Lee Brooke
Matt knew Luke had a drone at fifty thousand feet somewhere above them, watching them with high-powered optical imagery. It was good to know the shooters had only been local Dark Fiber thugs. Homeland Security would have been ten times more dangerous. After Des Moines, and the massive coordinated government crackdown, Dark Fiber militia chapters were on the run everywhere.
However, none of this was going to make their landing in the dirt any softer. Matt glanced at Raine, scanning for the ground, same as him.
They saw you flying low, they figured you were the enemy, Luke said.
Just get us a ride, will you? We don’t plan on dying in this jelly jar.
Luke kept a national database of March22 loyalists, a list Matt had once seen on his twin brother’s laptop. The names and addresses of thousands of March22 volunteers, who lived all over the country, people trained and ready with cars, trucks, houses, boats, guns. Luke had scrolled down the list at warp speed but it went on endlessly, a list so long you would never reach the end.
I’m on it, Luke said. Time to make sure your seat belt is securely fastened, all carry-on items are placed under the seat in front of you, and your tray table is in the upright and stowed position.
Sander caught Matt’s eye. “Did you talk to him?” His tone was desperate. The helicopter continued to angle down through the darkness. You could feel yourself falling, but the rotors must be generating some lift. Otherwise they would be falling out of the sky like an anvil in the old TV cartoons.
Matt scanned below, searching for a light, a tree, a reflection off water. But everything was just dark down there, like a cellar where the light switch didn’t work.
“He said he would work on it. He’s got our coordinates.”
“Any second now,” Sander said. “Brace yourselves. Only thing is, we’re a hell of a long way from Abba’s. We can’t just hike across the whole state of Georgia.”
“Luke’s got our backs,” Matt said.
The worry lines in Sander’s brow smoothed momentarily. He knew Luke as well as anyone, and there was deep trust among the leaders. All except one leader, that is, Matt’s own father. The one who was so determined to mess up everything March22 had worked for.
Put simply, their mission now was to stop his father. Change his mind. And the leaders were convinced Matt was the only person who stood a chance of it, with Sander, his father’s old best friend, by his side. Today’s mission could determine the future of March22, and possibly the fate of the whole country.
Without further warning, a giant crash jolted Matt’s bones. A shock went through his entire system. The sickening sound of metal bending and crunching, Plexiglas popping, instruments shattering, steam escaping under pressure.
The last thing Matt saw was Raine’s beautiful face next to him, panic in her luminous green eyes.
About The Drone Wars
Matt Carney has nailed every mission underground guerilla organization March22 has given him, beating the odds time after time. But when he gets his new assignment, he quickly sees his chances of success dwindling to zero.
“Find the man,” they tell him. Except the man he is supposed to find is at the top of Homeland Security’s Most Wanted list, an expert at escape and deception.
“Stop the man,” they tell him. Except the man he’s supposed to stop is plotting the murder of millions of Americans in a sociopathic quest for a new social order.
…and this man, the one they want him to find and stop, is his own father.
Malls, airports and factories erupt in pillars of fire, thousands die, and cities teeter on the brink of collapse as Matt and his twin brother, Luke, fight to stop a man on an apocalyptic quest to obtain the final piece of his deranged puzzle—a piece that will allow him to put into motion his plans for the complete annihilation of the United States.
120,000 dead. Entire cities devastated. The country a hair’s breadth from a fate worse than death. Can Matt and Luke stop this nightmare before the world as they know it comes to a devastating end?
About the author
Frederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and followed with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. Saving Raine, the first book in Fred’s entirely new series, The Drone Wars, appeared in December 2013, and was followed by its sequel, Inferno, in June 2014.
A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.
When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.
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