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The Savage Horde

Written By:Jerry Ahern - 1983

  • The Savage Horde  - Jerry Ahern cover


If civilization were destroyed today—would John Thomas Rourke be able to survive...?

John Thomas Rourke, M.D., ex-CIA Covert Operations Officer, weapons expert, and survival authority is on the move again—searching for a cache of eighty megaton warhead missiles secreted on the New West Coast.

It begins with a firefight between Brigands and a unit of U.S. II armed forces, a battle that ends with Rourke, and a seriously wounded Natalia, taking refuge on a submarine.

The sight of the sunken remains of San Francisco is a grisly reminder of the Night of the War; the horde of half-dressed savages waiting on the shore, a deadly example of the madness of this brutal post-holocaust world.

Surrounded now by murderous madmen and threatened by a mysterious officer who has been traveling with him, Rourke must call on all his training to escape and continue the search for his family. He must go on—he is The Survivalist


The Deadly Hunt

Rourke swung the CAR-15 off his shoulder where it had hung muzzle down. He pulled the rubber plug from the muzzle and dropped it into his musette bag where he carried some of his spare magazines and other gear. He shifted the rifle forward, working the bolt and chambering the top cartridge out of the freshly loaded thirty-round stick.

He started forward across the sand, feeling he was being watched, waiting for it to come—

It came.

"Kill him!"

The shout—somehow oddly not quite human.

Rourke wheeled, snapping the CAR-15's muzzle forward, ramming the flash deflector into the face of the man—man?—coming for him. The machete dropped from the right hand as the body reeled.

He turned, hearing something—feeling something. Two men—like the first, half in the clothing of "civilized" men and half in animal skins, unshaven, hair blowing wildly in the wind. One had a long bladed knife secured, lashed to a pole—a primitive pike or spear. The second held a pistol...




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