Prodigal

By Marc D. Giller

In his riveting debut, Hammerjack, Marc Giller unspooled a futuristic mystery of world intrigue, company espionage, and techno-terrorism. Now he supplies a gritty new novel of lethal resurrection and a no-holds-barred struggle for the future…

Once an elusive hammerjack plunged right into a digital global of code, Lea Prism has been reborn as a company spook, hell-bent on ridding the universe of the anti-tech Inru terrorists. Their try to speed up evolution robbed her of her as soon as likelihood for happiness. Now the guy she enjoyed is not anything yet a disembodied consciousness–and a part of the pc matrix she has sworn to guard.

But from the depths of a Martian volcano to the radioactive barren region of Chernobyl, the Inru have introduced one final offensive–giving upward push to a last situation extra terrifying than someone might think. The forces of know-how are poised to distort the very worst of what nature has to offer...and the level is determined for battle.

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In the mean time, he steered me to supply in your each desire. ” “And what may perhaps these be? ” She gave Lea’s outfit a unmarried look, now not announcing whatever yet conversing volumes. “Don’t inform me,” Lea acknowledged. “Not to worry,” Alexis acknowledged, because the of them walked towards the prom of outlets at the decrease point. “Mr. Bostic prepared for applicable attire—a little anything we had flown in from Paris for an important day. ” “I may well let you know a few tales approximately Paris. ” “It’s an awesome urban, isn’t it? ” “You don't know. ” Lea strode around the foyer, the bladelike heels on her toes forcing her to head slowly. The sneakers have been an ideal fit for the lengthy sapphire dress Alexis had provided—camouflage for her journey via adversarial territory, whole with a diamond necklace on mortgage from the Chancery’s jewellery pavilion. Lea used to be surprised at how simply she mixed in, even if she nonetheless felt like an intruder. most likely a part of Bostic’s video game, she suggestion, getting ready herself as she stepped onto the elevator that may take her to the head of the development. It wasn’t a lot various from all that point she spent at CSS—or the Works, for that topic. every thing in her lifestyles used to be a covert operation. This workout was once no assorted. The elevator opened onto a quiet touchdown, mahogany partitions taking up a deep ruby hue in simulated gaslight. in this a part of the ground there has been just one condo, which Lea came upon on the finish of the hall. As she received nearer, she heard the muffled sound of voices at the different part of the door—a consistent din, which made her wonder whether she had arrived on the mistaken position; however the quantity was once right, precisely as Alexis had defined. no longer figuring out what else to do, Lea rang the doorbell. A second later, yet one more servant replied. “Miss Prism,” he stated. “Please are available in. ” at the back of him, the stilted laughter of a dinner party crammed the room. As Lea walked in, she observed a minimum of twenty humans engaged within the veiled banter of company executives—men and girls in strength clothes, sipping martinis from glasses with iridescent ice, framed opposed to expansive home windows that seemed upon the constellations of ny. one after the other, they fell silent as Lea entered their presence, a surge of nudged elbows and whispers diverting stares towards this new arrival. Then slowly, inexplicably, they started to applaud. The noise quickly reached a surreal pitch. Lea didn’t realize a unmarried face between them—even although those humans left doubtless that they knew all approximately her. It felt as though she were residing at the back of one-way glass, whereas those strangers watched her each circulation. Their adulation rushed at her, leaving her shaken and defenseless. till Trevor Bostic joined in, putting himself at Lea’s aspect. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he introduced with unbridled aptitude, “may I current to you the lady who single-handedly added us a victory opposed to our Inru enemies. Please, exhibit your appreciation for significant Lea Prism—our personal extraordinaire officier! ” all of the site visitors rallied on the point out of her identify, punctuating their applause with cheers and whistles—but it used to be Bostic who took the bows, thanking them profusely.

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