By William C. Dietz

A thrilling new Legion of the Damned epic tale-from the nationwide bestselling writer of For those that Fell.

captured via the alien Ramanthians and imprisoned in a brutal slave exertions camp, the Confederacy's Presidential entourage needs to retain their identities mystery. yet diplomat Christine Vanderveen is anxious that a number of the prisoners will be tempted to bare the ruse. decided to guard the President, she faces down competition, either alien and human, the entire whereas hoping for rescue.

And rescue is at the way-an unauthorized attempt, equipped by way of basic invoice Booly, manned by way of a crew of volunteers with not anything to lose. Heading it's Lieutenant Tonio Sanchez, Vanderveen's former lover, who needs to try and put aside his own emotions for the sake of the mission.

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Solar Tzu The artwork of struggle general yr circa 500 B. C. PLANET JERICHO, THE RAMANTHIAN EMPIRE because the orange-red disk slipped lower than the western horizon, and the already-long shadows solid by means of the structures opened up to surround the total camp, the evening creatures started a discordant symphony of screams, hoots, and grunts. And it was once then, at the cusp among day and evening, that the secret agent ball fired his repellers and emerged from his hiding position. because of the cloaking expertise outfitted into his physique, Oliver Batkin used to be rather convinced he may break out digital detection. yet that wouldn’t render him invisible to the Ramanthian guards, or to the protection cameras perched atop tall poles. the instant Batkin crossed the fence, the cyborg dropped down so he used to be just a foot off the floor as he made his manner towards the Ramanthian headquarters construction. A trip that required the secret agent ball to conceal within the shadows till the way in which was once transparent, pace throughout open floor, after which cover back. whenever Batkin did so, he anticipated to listen to a shout, via the staccato rattle of gunfire, and a normal alarm. yet his activities went undetected, and the undercover agent finally stumbled on himself subsequent to the development within which Commandant Mutuu lived and worked—an accomplishment that wouldn’t suggest a lot until he may perhaps get within. Guards have been stationed to both sides of front door, in order that element of access used to be blocked, as have been the seriously barred home windows. So Batkin fired his repellers, rose till he used to be in spite of the eaves, and the slanted roof upwards. ultimately the secret agent encountered a moment pitched roof, which stood toes above the 1st and sat atop its personal helps. The vertical surfaces on each side have been lined with steel mesh meant to maintain pests out whereas permitting sizzling humid air to flee from the rooms less than. however it used to be additionally a manner in, or quickly will be, as Batkin prolonged a small torch and reduce a gap within the mesh. the outlet used to be means too small to confess his rotund shape. yet that didn’t topic as the cyborg had no use to go into individually. A small port irised open at the aspect of the agent’s physique, and a tiny sphere darted out into the humid air and bobbed up and down as a night breeze tugged at it. Having taken regulate of the spy-eye, Batkin despatched the gadget in the course of the newly created gap into the constitution past. Then, because of onboard sensors, the cyborg may possibly “see” what the tiny robotic observed and “hear” what it heard because the distant sank into the gloom less than. because the insects have been too reasonable, or too lazy, to construct anything greater, the inner partitions rose basically partway to the ceiling. That allowed Batkin’s proxy to cruise the darkness whereas peering down right into a succession of boxy areas. Batkin observed what gave the look of a shadowy place of work, and a throne room, through an area that triggered his nonexistent middle to leap. simply because there, bathed within the mild from a unmarried glow cone, used to be a scale version of the distance elevator! entire with an orbital counterweight that dangled from a section of string. After checking to make sure that the convention sector was once empty, Batkin despatched the spy-eye down for a more in-depth glance and recorded every little thing the robotic observed.

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