The lethal plant cancer know as Earthblood had destroyed life on the planet in a matter of months, leaving a barron wilderness road where markers are corpses and cities are death traps. Into this nightmarish world the crew of the United States space vessel Aquila returned, a world of grim hunger andd sudden death.
THE HUNTERS OF THE SUN
The surviving crew members reunite after harrowing journeys to find family and friends, determined to fight and defund their place in what's left of a world gripped by madness. Continued rumors of a secret military base in the north give Commander Jim Hilton and his crew new hope. But as they follow the trail left by General Zelig, they find they must cross paths with a paramilitary group prepared to claim the new world for its own.
THE SPOTLIGHT WAS COMING TOWARD THEM
The volume was deafening, close to pain level. Jim clapped his hands over his ears, wincing from the roaring voice, booming and unrecognizable, battering the senses.
"Captain Hilton and the crew of the Aquila! Anyone know about Operation Tempest? Show yourselves." The Chinook was about two hundred yards away, to the north of the ghost town, hovering over a maze of dry ravines."
"Sorry we're a day late on the rendezvous here... tech problems. Come on out, folks. Okay, we got you on the scanners."
Now the blinding light had located them, sucking them into a cone of brightness so powerful it almost felt like being suffocated in a force field.
Jim Hilton held his breath, feeling like a fly trapped in amber. He was aware of Sly Romero screaming in terror.
Then above it all, the noise of gunfire.