VX is not a good way to die. So when the President of the United States gets confirmed intelligence that a shipload of the stuff is headed for Florida, he orders that every stop be pulled out. Including bringing in his ultimate weapon: The Kildar.
Heart-sick over the deaths of so many of his followers, former SEAL Mike Harmon, hero of Ghost, Kildar, Choosers of the Stain and Unto the Breach, decides to sit this one out. WMDs headed for the U.S. no longer matter to the newest in an ancient line of mercenary leaders.
But when his best friend and intel specialist both are seriously wounded in an ambush aimed at him, the Kildar gets his gameface on. The terrorists will learn to fear the Ghost all over again.
Set in the Bahamas and Florida, A Deeper Blue is a fast-moving thriller that starts off at a rocket pace and never slows down. The novel proves once again the adage that sometimes it takes bad people to do good things. Fortunately, Mike Harmon is a very bad man.
". . . a complete adrenaline rush, filled with nonstop, kick-ass action and hair-raising suspense." —Richard Marcinko
"Ringo surpasses himself in his latest Kildar novel [Unto the Breach]. . . attains a terrible beauty not unlike that of the Norse Eddas." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This is definitely vintage Ringo, and fans of the prolific writer of action tales will be gratified." —Booklist
Tell the truth: you flat-out love science fiction and fantasy. Time travel. Space opera. Alternate history. Doesn't matter. What you love is the story. The great idea. The adventure and action. That good old-fashioned science fiction staple, the Sense of Wonder.
We know exactly how you feel. Here's the best of the best: new science fiction tales told by the likes of David Drake, Gregory Benford, Gene Wolfe, Esther Friesner, Mike Resnick, John Barnes, and L. E. Modesitt, Jr. The list of award-winning story-tellers and brilliant new talent goes on and on. More important: here are stories that grip you. Transport you. Expand your universe. Make you late for important appointments like bedtime and supper!
Edited by New York Times best-seller and creator of the hugely-popular "Ring of Fire" series, Eric Flint, a master story-teller in his own right, these tales are all taken from the e-pages of Jim Baen's Universe, the new standard in science fiction storytelling created and inspired by publisher and editor Jim Baen, whose nose for a great story made him a science fiction legend!
"[T]he story comes first and foremost." — Eric Flint, Jim Baen's Universe Editor-in-Chief
Top-selling writers and brilliant newcomers, from one of the hottest on-line SF magazines, edited by a New York Times bestselling author
Steamboats that launch Greek fire; telegraph lines connecting the battlefront on the Indus to ancient Constantinople, Byzantine palace plots aided by wireless devices: General Belasarius and his battle-hardened troops must advance quickly through the history of technology to stave off a coming age of ultimate darkness. And now -- the epic final battle that will either give birth to or destroy Aide, Belasarius's doughty crystalline advisor and humanity's loyal friend!
The latest entry in New York Times best-seller Eric Flint and military SF master David Drake's ground-breaking "Belasarius" series.
"High spirits and ingenuityDrake and Flinthave devised an intriguing premise and developed it intelligently."
—Publishers Weekly on Eric Flint and David Drake's The Tide of Victory.
The planet Korwar was a glittering jewel of a world, inhabited by the galaxy's wealthiest, visited by the upper classes of other worlds in search of diversion. The jewel had a flaw: the Dipple, its name coming from a contraction of "displaced person," where the misfits, the hopeless, the penniless eke out a wretched existence on the dole. Two young men hoped to escape from the Dipple:
Troy Horan was deported from his own planet after it lost an interstellar war. When he had a chance to work in an unusual pet shop, offering exotic creatures from other worlds to the wealthy, he though his luck had changed. But the owner was playing a dangerous game of intrigue, and when he was murdered Troy barely escaped with his own life. Aided only by telepathic animals from old Terra who had befriended him, he had no choice but to hide in ruins left behind by the now-vanished original inhabitants of Korwar; ruins which explorers had entered without returning. . . .
Nik Kolherne had a face so cruelly scared and disfigured that he wore a mask to cover it. When he was recruited with a promise of being given a new face, a face which would make a young heir think he was someone else, he was uneasy, but accepted the offer. Then he found out that he was party to a kidnapping for more sinister purposes than he had been told, and he was the only hope of the young heir's survival—if the two of them could survive on a planet veiled in eternal night, swarming with dangerous predators. . . .
Publisher's Note: Masks of the Outcasts has previously appeared separately as Catseye and Night of Masks. This is the first combined publication of the complete book.
Rhavas was a good, holy, and pious man—and the cousin of the Avtokrator. He would probably have become ecumenical patriarch of the Empire in the capital, Videssos the city . . . if his world had not suddenly and tragically fallen apart when the Empire of Videssos erupted into civil war and the Khamorth barbarians swarmed over the borders.
As the home he loved was brutally sacked, Rhavas had to flee for his life, and then make his way through lands swarming with fierce nomads and with soldiers loyal both to his cousin and to the rebel. He may never see Videssos the city again, let alone preside in its High Temple.
He has always followed Phos, the god of light and goodness, Videssos' god, and despised evil rival Skotos. Those who fall off the Bridge of the Separator during judgment in the afterlife tumble down to Skotos' ice forevermore. But when evil seems to have swallowed the whole world, what is a cleric who reverences logic as well as goodness supposed to believe
It's a harder question than Rhavas wishes it were.
FANTASY ADVENTURE BY A BEST-SELLING AWARD-WINNING MASTER
THE WINNERS OF SCIENCE FICTION'S MOST COVETED HONOR
Isaac Asimov, SF legend, contributes one of his last, and best stories
in "Gold . . ."
Charles Sheffield tells of a computer expert who suddenly discovered
evidence that someone had built a working digital computer in 1855,
investigated, and discovered something even more amazing . . .
Connie Willis, already a multiple Hugo and Nebula award winner, offers
two unique stories: In "Even the Queen," the Women's Revolution revolves into a
new cycle. And in "Death on the Nile," Agatha Christie meets the Twilight Zone
for a tourist in Egypt.
Hugo-winning stories by Harry Turtledove, Nancy Kress, Lucius Shepherd, Janet
Kagan, and Geoffrey A. Landis.
Praise for The New Hugo Winners:
"If you want proof that SF is a vibrant, evolving genre, look no further than
this collection of Hugo Award-winning stories... this book is one excellent,
imaginative story after another.... This is one of the best collections of
contemporary SF you're likely to find anywhere."—Kliatt
"It is easy to see why these stories are award-winners..... They are all
engrossing... the best current writers in the field."—VOYA