Review: Caesar’s Ghost by Reb MacRath

Posted in Reviews, Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 27, 2016 by David North-Martino

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Caesar’s Ghost is a well-written mystery or mhistory (mystery + history—-do you see what MacRath did there?) with a splash of the speculative. What would happen if Julius Cesar returned—-could live again in our current time? A man with that type of ambition and cunning would surely set his sights on some amazing conquest, wouldn’t he?

Along the way, Caesar is reunited with Cleopatra (Cleo), and teams up with some colorful characters, including a college professor, a private investigator, and even a mob boss. Yes, as you will see, they all become very close as Caesar works out a grand scheme to the benefit of all… Well, maybe not all. But—-at least—-to some!

I’m being a little cryptic here. I don’t want to spoil it for you. This is such a unique book, and it has something for the mystery lover, the lover of noir, and for those who have an interest in history.

No one else would have dared to write this book. No one else could have written this book. I recommend it wholeheartedly. Go on… Grab it! I know you want to. Quickly now. Adventure awaits.

Wolves of Vengeance: New Cover!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2016 by David North-Martino

The new cover for Wolves of Vengeance is now live! Cover by Lynne Hansen Design.

 

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“A paranormal wolf novel with real teeth, plus theme, strong plotting, rich characterization…and style to spare. North-Martino’s a writer to watch for.”—Reb MacRath, award-winning author of The Suiting and Caesar’s Ghost

THEY ARE COMING…

Detective Adrian Callahan misses his wife, and can’t find a new meaningful relationship. To take his mind off his own troubles, he focuses all his efforts on a missing persons case he believes is tied to a series of unsolved serial murders, a case that is quickly going cold.

Facing opposition from the police chief, who needs to put limited recourses elsewhere, Callahan is ordered to investigate a string of wild animal attacks that have been occurring within the city limits. The attacks become more frequent and stranger, and he quickly finds himself in uncharted territory, believing in creatures that his rational mind knows can’t exist.

Now he must find the young female victim, he feels may still be alive, before the animals he’s hunting take him off the case permanently.

THEY WILL SHOW NO MERCY

Captain Amanda Rann has spent most of her adult life in the military. She has little to show for it except a failed marriage, and a burning desire to get back to the two little girls she loves. But before she can return to civilian life, she has one last mission to complete. Amanda finds herself in charge of an all male Special Forces unit, tasked with completing the toughest black ops mission of their lives. But maintaining unit integrity is the least of her worries, these creatures have come to settle a score. And when she faces them, she’ll know they are the…

WOLVES OF VENGEANCE

Year in Review 2015

Posted in Goals on December 31, 2015 by David North-Martino

Each year I create a list of goals for every area in my life. Throughout the year I work on those goals, track my progress and my challenges. Then, to keep myself honest, I commit to posting a list of some of my top accomplishments and challenges, and some of my smaller ones as well.

I challenge you to create a list of goals, keep track of them during the year, and then celebrate and post your accomplishments at year end. If you do, please let me know. I’d love to look at your list.

Writing Career 

Short Stories

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Sat Down Inside Her accepted and published in Wicked Tales: The Journal of the New England Horror Writer’s Vol. 3.

Received author copies and extras copies of Wicked Tales.

Received payment for Sat Down Inside Her.

Wicked Tales premiered at AnthoCon.

Finished Halloween’s Child Redux, approximately 5,000 words. Still needs a proofread.

Received an invite to submit again from a top market.

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Novels

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Wolves of Vengeance

Four-star review on Amazon and Goodreads

David T. Wilbanks reviewed Wolves on his blog. You can read his review here.

Updated Categories on Amazon to test if it affects sales.

“Hand sold” a copy to a new FB friend.

Year of the Demon (Dark Crime Thriller)

Finished 94,500 word 3rd draft.

Completed 4th draft edit.

Proxy Mate (Science Fiction Novella)

Came up with an idea to continue Proxy Mate. I will continue working on it next year.

The Tower (Supernatural Thriller)

Completed Approximately 40,000 words of the first draft.

Networking

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Attended  Larry Correia’s signing at Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester, MA.

Attended Writer’s Coffeehouse New England at the Andover Book Store in Andover, MA. Reconnected with many writer friends.

Wrote reviews for novels I enjoyed.

Kept up with writer friends through social media.

I had to reclaim my account after a spammer took over my LinkedIn account.

Marketing

Finally set up amazon UK Author Page.

Created Scribe’s Arcanum Web episode #1 on Youtube.

Included in La Dance Diabolique: A Red Hot Boogie Woogie. I’m all dressed up in hot pink! You can’t miss me. Hahaha!

Non-Fiction

Began a super secret non-fiction book, but haven’t gotten back to it yet.

Martial Arts

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Attended the New England Martial Arts Conference in Johnston, RI.

Continued practicing Pyung Ahn and Naihanchi forms, kicks, and boxing drills.

Practiced Kali Sinawali.

Worked Filipino boxing drills and Kali double stick drills with Patty  3x per week on average.

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Health

Lost 13 pounds since my last physical.

Utilized P90 & P90X to supplement martial arts training.

Returned to Myfitnesspal to count calories.

Had dental Cleanings. No cavities! The dentist told me I do a very good job cleaning my teeth. Gold star!

Had field of Vision Test. No damage to my field of vision. Moved from a generic eye drop to a brand name. Evidently the generic sometimes causes an allergy that will knock out a whole class of glaucoma drugs that can be prescribed.

Weighed-in weekly.

Had to deal with a medical billing issue. It ended up being straightened out after much time and stress, but unfortunately did not end up in my favor.

Weaned off Protonix and replaced with Pepcid AC.

Began Probiotic.

Had my annual physical.

I was put on a low oxalate diet to counteract kidney stone symptoms.

Had a flu shot.

Family

Called my parents  2x per week on average.

Celebrated Patty’s birthday.

Kept up with one of my Lit professors over email.

Lit a candle for my sister.

Called my aunt and keep up with her through email. Also, called her before her surgery.

Visited Mom & Dad for Breakfast.

Celebrated my birthday (Like jack Benny, I celebrated another 39th birthday).

Gave Patty roses for Valentine’s Day.

Donated in my sister’s name 2x this year.

Hid a St. Patrick’s Day card in Patty’s lunch.

Breakfast in Webster for Mother’s Day

Celebrated our 20th wedding Anniversary.

Called my Dad for Father’s Day.

Visited my parents at Foxwoods.

Attended BBQ at the in-laws.

Met with my parents to celebrate their Anniversary and my Dad’s birthday.

Called my Mother to wish her Happy Birthday.

Thanksgiving at In-laws.

Christmas/Hanukah celebration with my parents at Texas Roadhouse.

Christmas at the in-laws.

Cars

Inspected my car and replaced a parking light.

Had to replace a tire and headlight on Patty’s car. Tightened heat shield two times.

Washed undercarriages of our cars after winter snowstorms.

Patty’s car failed inspection because of an exhaust problem.

Found a good deal on an exhaust pipe with labor and had Patty’s car fixed. Had car reinspected and it passed.

House

Sailing

Cleaned out and organized entertainment center.

Unplugged anything we’re not using to save money.

Fixed scuff on kitchen table with wood makers.

Rearranged living room and reappropriated organizing furniture from other rooms.

Changed HVAC Filter quarterly.

Worked with the Board of Trustees to resolve a neighbor issue. Unable to resolve issue so had to come up with a creative solution. The problem is better but still unresolved.

Adjusted HVAC vents seasonally.

The gas company changed out the meter.

The association had painters work on our townhouse.

Put up paintings in living room and dinning room.

Changed out bedroom curtains

Lubricated upstairs door hinges to stop squeaking.

Opened seized PO box lock with WD40 and tools.

Ordered and received new lock & keys for mailbox from post office.

Purchased and installed a new fill valve for upstairs toilet.

Planning

Purchased, installed, and began using Opus One (Upgrade of Opus Domini) virtual day planner.

Computers and Tech

Patty installed 8 Gigs of RAM into my Macbook Pro. Patty also upgraded the memory in her Mac.

Researched digital audio files and lossless formats. Decided to continue buying CDs for superior music quality and convert to AAC format.

Rediscovered and enabled SRS Wow on my car stereo. Wow!!!

Fun/Travel 

Food

Great seats for The Tenderloins/Tru TV Impractical Jokers at the Foxwoods Grand Theater.

Attended the Scituate Art Festival. We made the paper!

Attended the Federal Hill Columbus Day/italian Day Celebration.

Stayed at Mohegan Sun while Patty was in a training. Stayed in a Deluxe King Room. Ate at the Summer Shack, had a Buffett Breakfast. Drank Starbucks Cold Brew. Won a small amount of money.

Traveled to Kittery ME. Stayed at the Coachman Inn. Parused the shops. Had lunch at Weathervane.

Whiskey/whisky tastings: see previous months.

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That’s it for 2015. See you in 2016… HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of Solo Training 3 50 and Older

Posted in Martial Arts with tags , , , , on November 29, 2015 by David North-Martino

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Solo Training 3 50 And Older is chock-full of information, drills, and exercise for the aging martial artist. Don’t let the title fool you; this book is great for any aging martial artist. I’m just hitting my mid-40s and I found the information in this book very helpful. I had the opportunity to borrow this book for free using my Prime Membership, and I’m glad that I did. If you find just one idea that you can put into use in your own training, then the time it took to read the book was worth it. I found plenty, and I was reminded of some drills and concepts that I had forgotten.

Christensen covers a wide range of subjects. He spends a good deal of time on resistance training—a very important aspect of solo training for any aging martial artist. He also covers proper diet, training your core, and speed training, among other topics.

This book is subtitled Karate, Kung Fu, and Taekwondo. That’s an important distinction. Christensen wrote the book with the traditional stand-up martial artist in mind. But even if you practice non-classical or reality based self-defense styles, I think you’ll get something out of it. Kata training is also covered. I’ve always felt that kata was best practiced at home anyway, leaving the time in class for drills and sparing that requires partners.

Chapter 14 gives you a fairly thorough look at “fight enders.” Just make sure you understand use of force laws before you employ them. But as we age, we don’t have time to mess around. If you’ve mostly focused on sports with rules, this is good information to know.

At the end of the book Christensen provides tons of drills that you can implement or modify to your liking. Inevitably a few reviewers will comment that anyone with an intermediate or advanced level of training could come up with the same or similar workouts. While that might be true, I just don’t see why anyone would want to reinvent the wheel. Christensen has done all the work for you in this volume, providing a template that you can modify to your heart’s desire. Since Christensen uses these workouts himself, you know they work. And that will save you time, and the trial and error of putting together your own workouts.

If you’re a student, you know you can’t improve enough by just training during class time. If you’re an instructor, you have to put in the time before or after class for your own improvement. This is a book that will help you to improve while reducing injury. It’s a welcome edition to any martial artist’s library. I know I’ll be adding a physical copy to mine.

A Short Review of Birdman

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , on November 19, 2015 by David North-Martino

 

Birdman

Absolutely fantastic! Hayder is an amazing writer. Her attention to detail, both in characterization and setting, is awe inspiring. Birdman is a very dark book, and many will find it too disturbing. She elegantly handled all the gory details, cutting away most of the time, leaving a great deal to the imagination. Highly recommended. Get it here.

 

Beginner Filipino Double Stick Techniques taught by Guro Raffi Derderian.

Posted in Martial Arts with tags , , , , , on November 13, 2015 by David North-Martino

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Here’s my review of the DVD Beginner Filipino Double Stick Techniques taught by Guro Raffi Derderian.

I’ve had the pleasure of attending seminars with Guro Raffi. The training has always been informative and top notch. When I heard that he was coming out with a double stick DVD, I absolutely had to have it.

My wife watched the DVD with me and was so impress she decided she wanted to train with me.

For the last few weeks we’ve been systematically working through the beginning drills. We’ve found them to be clearly taught, each one building on the next, and haven’t had any problems progressing. And there’s plenty of material. You couldn’t ask for more on one DVD.

I also skipped ahead to the Heaven Six section. Watching Guro Raffi really helped me to smooth out my sinawali.

Like all Filipino stick videos, the material is sometimes presented quickly. This shouldn’t present a problem for students who are currently training in Filipino stick styles at a school or who have taken seminars.

Beginner Filipino Double Stick Techniques provides a great introduction to double stick. As an absolute beginner in the Filipino arts, with only a few seminars under by belt, assisting my wife as we go, I’m finding the drills on the DVD fun, challenging, and very doable.

Great stuff! Highly recommended! Purchase Beginner Filipino Double Stick Techniques here.

Guro Raffi Derderian is also available for seminars. Check out his rattan sticks. They’re the best.

Wolves of Vengeance Sample: Chapter 5 (Captain Amanda Rann)

Posted in Novel Sample Chapters with tags , , , , , on November 4, 2015 by David North-Martino

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Wolves of Vengeance

CHAPTER 5

Amanda had mixed feelings standing in front of Crone again, but she had a job to do and she would be damned if she wasn’t going to carry it out to completion.
“I told them I’d bring in a team of hunters to track down whatever did this,” Amanda said.
“Very good, Captain Rann,” Crone said pushing a small jewelry box across the table toward her. Silver captain’s bars gleamed on top of black velvet.
“I don’t understand, sir,” Amanda said, but she did and she wasn’t sure she liked it.
“I’m promoting you, which as you know comes with the obligatory raise in pay grade,” Crone said and then smiled. “Congratulations Captain.”
“You’re putting me in charge of a team?”
“Yes, you’re going to be commanding a small infiltration team of five men…”
“Men, sir?” Amanda asked. “I’m going to be commanding a team of male soldiers?”
“That is correct and they won’t like it either. But you are the only one I have at my disposal that I feel is capable to pull off this mission. Besides, I don’t think we have time to pull in an experienced team from California.”
“These men have never done special ops?”
“Oh, they’ve done special ops. They just haven’t done paranormal ops. I guess there’s a first time for everything.”
Amanda didn’t like the sound of that. Tackling unknown Papas (code from the NATO phonetic alphabet for paranormal creatures, just like Tangos were used to signify terrorists) was tough enough, doing it with an inexperienced team was just next of suicide.
“I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right,” Crone added. “You’re bound to take casualties. But these men know they’re expendable and they’re willing to do what it takes to protect us and this great nation.”
“Hoo-Rah,” Amanda called out automatically. It had been drilled into her and it gave her strength just saying it. And she needed all the strength she could muster.
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Crone didn’t waste any time. He drove her personally by Humvee to a once abandoned aircraft hanger, now a hulk of weather-darkened steel. The airstrip hadn’t held up as well. Dead weeds waited for resurrection in the cracks of the tarmac. A test awaited her in the cool confines of the hanger. She knew the men also waited. And she was ready.
She entered the hanger ahead of Crone, her stride and her breathing matching her determination. She felt completely in the moment, in her element. All thoughts of family, of strife, disappeared and she felt prepared to do her job for God and for country.
“Colonel on the deck!” Spittle sprayed as Amanda barked the command.
The team snapped to attention.
“At ease gentlemen,” Crone said as he walked in and stood next to Amanda. “Meet Captain Amanda Rann. She will be your commanding officer on this mission.”
One soldier, with lieutenant’s bars, smirked.
“I think the Captain has a few words for you before we begin,” Crone barked.
Amanda took a breath and stepped forward.
“I see you all like wearing pussy-puke grins on your faces. I know you think you’re above being commanded by a woman,” Amanda said. “I’m here to tell you that you are wrong. And as a gesture of my goodwill you may all speak freely before it’s time to shut the fuck up and get the job done. Who’s first?”
No one spoke. Her verbal violence of action had created an awkward silence. Then the Lieutenant took a step forward.
“Where are you from, ma’am?” the soldier asked.
“That’s Lieutenant Skakes just so you know, Captain,” Crone interjected.
“I’m originally from Indiana, Lieutenant,” Amanda replied.
“And I can speak freely without fear of reprisal?”
“Have at it, Lieutenant,” Amanda said.
“I think I speak for the rest of the team when I say we don’t like being led by no popcorn Captain,” Lt. Skakes said.
Laughter burst from the team. Crone’s steely stare brought them back to composure.
“Popcorn Captain? Why don’t you explain what you mean by that,” Amanda said, keeping her face expressionless. The Lieutenant hesitated but quickly regained his confidence.
“Ma’am, I hate to offend your delicate ears, but I know I popped a lot of corn when I was stationed in Indiana. If you know what I mean,” Skakes said, his grin growing wide. The smirks returned to the faces of the team.
“You look like a pretty big man, Lieutenant. I have a proposition for you.”
“You’re propositioning me?” He looked back at his team incredulously, and that elicited more laughter.
“That’s right,” Amanda said, slipping out of her bomber jacket. “You’re in line for a promotion. I’ll give you a chance on getting it quicker than you expected. Come take the command from me.”
“I don’t think that would be right, Ma’am, seeing you’re much smaller than me. And female.”
“Take the command from me or be led by me. It’s your choice.”
Skakes looked to his team and then to Crone as if pleading with someone to tell him what to do. He had allowed her to drag him into a no-win situation. If he won, how much respect would he gain by beating up a woman? But if he lost…
“Okay, but I’ll go easy on you,” Skakes said.
Amanda knew she would have to put the fight into him before she finished him. If she didn’t, she would never earn the respect of the team. Still, he was a big guy, if he connected…
Skakes tentatively stepped forward, while the other four men fanned out creating a semi-circle. Amanda took a step forward with confidence.
Skakes put his hands up like a boxer and walked clockwise following her movement. Amanda kept her hands down and her mind in a relaxed state of awareness. She could tell Skakes was eager to get this over with.
Skakes’s nervous energy finally got the better of him and he stepped toward her with a right hook, his hand open as if to slap her down.
Amanda lifted her left arm exposing the ulna bone by turning her wrist outward. Her arm intercepted his strike. He winced when the soft portion of his lower arm slammed into the unyielding bone. She knew he wouldn’t want to do that again.
Amanda immediately twisted her hips and thrust her arm out hitting the bridge of his nose with the heel of her palm.
Blood exploded from the Lieutenant’s nose, and he grabbed it as he took a step back.
Fury burned his cheeks. Skakes rocketed at her, blood flying from his nostrils, teeth gritting. Adrenaline dumped into her system as his fist made a straight line for her face.
Waiting until the last second before impact, Amanda stepped in diagonally past his punch, allowing his fist to fly over her right shoulder as she used her body momentum to hit his lower sternum. He sucked wind. Then she raised her knee and stamped down diagonally through his knee joint. A sickening crunch echoed in the hangar. The force of the impact drove his knee along with his body to the floor. Skakes screamed.
She could have easily stopped, let the medics take him away. That, of course, wouldn’t have been enough of a demonstration.
She stomped him with her boots breaking ribs, spraying more blood, dislodging teeth.
Crone took out a cell phone and called for the medics. Everyone stood in silence as they came and carted away Skakes’s twitching body.
“Who’s the next in command?” Amanda asked when the medics were out of earshot.
They pushed a hardened soldier out of the group who had suddenly lost his nerve.
“What’s your name soldier?”
“Master Sgt. Doggel, Captain.”
“Well Master Sgt., congratulations. You’ve just been promoted to Lieutenant,” Amanda said never taking her eyes off him.
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“Lieutenant Doggel, why don’t you introduce the team,” Amanda said after Crone had left her to her business.
“Yes ma’am. The man to my left is Private First Class Duncan Clarke. When he played football in high school, they called him Icebox. We call him the same.”
Icebox nodded and gave her a wide grin.
“Ma’am,” he said, his deep voice filling the hanger.
“The man on the other side of Icebox is Sgt. Robert Garcia, as you can tell the ladies find him easy on the eyes so we call him Diamond, you know, after the girls’ best friend.”
Diamond winked at Doggel and shrugged his shoulders. This brought on light laughter from the team.
To my left you’ll find Shooter Jackson. He’s got a cool name so we just call him Shooter. I almost named him Toothpick because he’s always sucking on one of those things and it’s driving me up the wall. Man has an oral fixation or something.”
Shooter gave a two-fingered Cub Scout salute.
“And what do they call you?” Amanda asked.
Doggel smiled.
“They call me Lieutenant,” he said.
“Good answer,” Amanda said, her lips upturning into a smile. “I think I’ll call you Dog, Lieutenant. Any problem with that?”
“Not a one, Ma’am.”
“Good. Now that we have the preliminaries out of the way, we need to get into the thick of it. The things I’m about to tell you are above Top Secret. They’re so far above Top Secret the President has to have a need to know.
“You are now part of a paranormal elimination team.”
“Like Ghostbusters?” Shooter asked. More laughter from the team.
“No. Not quite. I’m talking about parasitic entities, entities that are made up of non-corporeal energy, that have attached themselves to a host. In this instance, they’ve possessed dead dogs. They’ve already killed one victim. There will be more unless we stop them.”
“That’s like some serious Exorcist shit there,” Icebox said.
“You can’t be serious,” Shooter said, his toothpick bobbing over his lip as he spoke.
“I know many of you will have trouble believing this right now,” Amanda said. “You’ll believe soon enough. If you don’t wrap your head around it, you’ll die out in the field.”
She had seen it happen before. A paranormal event could create panic or instill shock, destroying unit integrity. That’s all it took for someone to get killed.
“All we need to know is how do we kill them,” Icebox said.
“You can’t kill them with ordinary ammunition. We have ammunition that’s been able to put down creatures like this.”
“You’ve done this before?” Dog asked.
“That is correct,” Amanda said. And she had, but in truth, this wasn’t like facing a common enemy. Paranormal creatures were all unique and what destroyed one wouldn’t necessarily annihilate another.
“Hoo-Ra, then, Captain,” Icebox said.
Amanda gave the rest of the situation report providing them with detailed maps of Wellington along with a thick packet of information on what had worked on other missions.
“If there are no other questions,” Amanda said. “It’s time for us to get our asses in gear and train.”
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“My name is Ralph Edinhart III, PhD. I am well aware that trilobites of your ilk call me the Geek.” The Geek wore a rumpled suit a size too big, a couple days worth of scruff stood out in unsightly patches on his face. “I’m fine with that. It’s my job to provide you with the state of the art weaponry and systems that you need to complete your mission.”
Amanda and her team stood inside the hangar; soon it would be converted to a training area designed to let them practice real world scenarios while also creating unit integrity, a bonding that the team would need to perform as a single unit, a spear to lance the enemy.
They wore the best armor system the United States military had to offer.
The process began by donning sweat-whisking undergarments. On top of that they wore standard issue black Battle Dress Uniforms (BDUs), similar in construction to that of SWAT teams. They slipped comfortably into a computerized armor system that protected the outer potion of their limbs, along with their chest, abdomen, and groin, while also enhancing their strength and agility. A computerized helmet and visor allowed for real-time heads-up monitoring of vitals, GPS mapping, and infrared and thermal displays of the surrounding areas. A backpack provided a CPU and batteries that monitored and powered the cooling system and electronic armor features. A small ration of water, contained in the backpack, supplemented a sweat and urine recovery system that provided continuous hydration through a straw underneath the lip-mike. The gun system also connected to the CPU.
“I don’t like this,” Amanda said.
“What’s not to like,” the Geek asked befuddled.
“I’m a KISS girl,” Amanda said.
The Geek furrowed his eyebrows.
“Keep It Simple Stupid,” Icebox said.
“How do we know this thing won’t break down in the field? If the system short circuits, the exoskeleton will freeze up and render us immobile. And the weapon system will be useless.”
The team looked at one another, nodding their heads in agreement.
“There’s nothing to worry about. Even in the unlikely event of a malfunction, you’ll be able to hit the fail-safe. That’s the plunger right there. Hit that and you’ll be able to leave the armor. With this equipment, statistically speaking, we’re talking about a 90% less casualty rate. The suit will even carry a wounded soldier 50 meters through use of the exoskeleton alone. We’re talking twelve hundred pounds of tensile strength so you should be well protected. You’ll also be carrying a computerized assault rifle with auto targeting that shoots 9mm silver tipped bullets.”
“I hear ya, Doc. But I still don’t like it.” Still, she had to acquiesce, she couldn’t argue with the possibility of lower casualties. She’d have to carry her Glock just in case.
“Wait a minute,” Icebox said. “Silver bullets? Like the Lone Ranger?”
“Just like in legend, we’ve found that paranormal creatures can’t be hurt by much, but they can be hurt by silver,” the Geek said. “We believe it has something to do with the subatomic structure of the silver interacting with the subatomic structure of the creature. Only a small amount of silver is practical in the manufacturing of the ammunition. The core of the bullet is lead.”
“That means we may have to hit these things multiple times to take them down,” Amanda said.
They spent the rest of the day learning to work as a team, clearing rooms, and engaging virtual paranormal wolf creatures that the Geek seamlessly integrated into the surrounding environment through their visors. The technology wouldn’t see civilian use for another twenty years. He monitored the missions from an observatory room jutting from the side of the hanger.
After executing the program over, and over again,, they had effectively won every situation without a scratch.
That bothered her. They had gone up and down this application looking at a host of scenarios and every single time the mission went right by the numbers. No one was injured, everything went according to plan. That just didn’t speak to reality. Shit always happened in the field and she couldn’t believe these things would be so easy to kill, even with special ammo.
She wanted to run it again, run the damn thing into the ground. But the team needed rest. In the morning, they would head to Wellington and begin their hunt.
“Hey Doc,” she called to the Geek through her lip mike. “The good news is we’re done for the night. The bad news is you’re coming with us.”
“I didn’t sign on for that,” the Geek said, voice cracking. “Why do you want me? I’ll only be in the way.”
“There’s only five of us. We’ll do all the heavy lifting. All I need you to do is babysit in the command van.”

Buy Wolves of Vengeance here.

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