Nick lives at High Meadow med center. The people there stay hopeful as they work toward self-sufficiency. He counts survivors for Angus’s research. He wants his life to stay as normal as possible in a world he barely understands.
Wisp is a fugitive biobot. He lives off the land, moving from town to town, hiding his extrasensory skills. He is a Finder and will accept the right kind of job. Silence and subterfuge keep him alive.
Lily is a young girl with long brown hair and eyes the color of ripe cherries. She is searching for her brother. They were separated while fleeing armed men. She is part of something that started before her birth.
When these three lives intersect, a chain reaction of death and violence will change the course of the future and impact the very survival of the human race.
What had started as a simple trip turns into an undercover operation for Nick, leaving Wisp to return to High Meadow on his own with a van full of children. In the search for answers, Nick learns that the problems are more complex than he imagined. The country’s minimal infrastructure is teetering on the brink of collapse. And the people in charge are not at all what he’d hoped.
Angus predicts that the high mortality rate from the last round of flu could cause the disintegration of smaller settlements putting people on the road. With the train stations closed, there will be no food or shelter for these refugees, leaving them victim to marauders and starvation.
As Tillie scrambles to plan for a winter without train food, the influx of refugees is eating up precious supplies.
The world is changing again and they must adapt or die.
Wisp helps where he can, vetting the newcomers and finding stragglers, but not every person comes under his scrutiny. He has to learn new skills to deal with the increasing mental pressure of the desperate arrivals.
The refugees seem to be only concerned with food and shelter, but a handful of them might be working toward malicious aims. After a dangerous confrontation, Nick warns Angus that the biobots at High Meadow need more security.
Within the flood of people, not all are who they seem to be. The gentle people of High Meadow need to prepare for war or lose what they cherish most.
The president arrives at High Meadow with his entourage of bureaucrats and faux-military. Tillie and Angus don’t have time for any distractions as a massive wildfire bears down on their settlement. It will take more than hard work and good intentions to get them through this catastrophe.
Martin is leery about sending all of his men to aid those in the path of the fire thereby leaving their borders unprotected. They are most vulnerable in their commitment to help others.
Wisp and Nick work the fire lines seeking out people fleeing the raging flames. Only Wisp can find those lost in the heavy smoke, risking his life to bring them to safety.
Behind their backs, certain people are questioning every decision. At a time when they most need to work together, the outsiders are creating divisiveness.
Asher’s stuck in a strange old hotel in the middle of a cornfield in Kansas. He’s trapped on a retreat with the cast of his latest movie. There had been some bad feelings and worse behavior that disrupted the filming. To fix that, the studio sent them all out to the cornfield until they learn to get along.
Then an actress goes missing starting a cascade of events that has Asher up to his neck in lies, deceit and bad coffee.
When vultures start circling that cornfield, Asher knows that there’s a body in there. But it’s not who he expected. Things get more complicated when a new guest checks into the hotel. She’s got ties to the cornfield that might turn lethal for them all.
When the world falls apart, when civilization collapses, when life as we know it ends, our greatest terrors becomes real. Perhaps it's nuclear war with its poisonous radiation, hideous plagues or chemical contamination, rogue artificial intelligences controlling killer robots, or zombies that turn our friends and neighbors into inhuman monsters. What can the common man or woman do in the face of apocalyptic fears?
The Apocalyptic Fears Series gives you collections of bestselling, award-winning or just plain exciting stories by some of the best independent authors of today.
Shelter in Place by Saul Tanpepper
A Loss of Standards by Alice Sabo
Working by Committee by Steve Stroble
Going Gray by Brian Spangler
The Itch by Greg Dragon
Tunnel by J. Thorn
All the Dead Arising by Jamie Campbell
Journey to Rehnor: The Departure by J. Naomi Ay
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by T.M. Bilderback
The Zombie Pestilence by Randall J. Morris
The Life Lottery by David Estes
The Shattered Stones of Fate by David Estes
The Runaway by David Estes
Contagion by Joseph J. Bailey
The Bloody Ballad of Isaac Byler by J.V. Roberts
Station 331 by Darcy Coates
The Cloudy Skulls by Eva Harper
After the End by Gibson Morales
Antidote Anecdote by Chris Northern
Reaper's Run by David VanDyke
Hunter, an experimental Human, was raised by the Alleviators in their isolated enclave Clouded Vale. Coming back to his childhood home as an agent for Galactic Intelligence has him seeing things he’d never noticed before. Their latest patient causes a dramatic shift in everything Hunter had thought to be true.
Elaan was a waitress following the shadow of a dream she couldn’t quite express. Everything changes the day she meets Hunter. He is the key to a destiny that she never envisioned.
The ancient buildings and dusty libraries of Clouded Vale may hold the answer to centuries old questions. Hunter is determined to find those answers without endangering his adopted family.
Somewhere beyond the Four Rings lies the territory of the Surentur. Hunter and Trash want to investigate, but they have to find it first. To protect the Iguacans, they need a better understanding of the military might of their age-old enemy.
Hunter’s past endangers them all when a woman he’s never met makes revelations about his origins. Old ghosts rise up to distract him at a time when he most needs to focus.
She can change a life or even the world with her words.
She should have kept her mouth shut.
Flint thought that having six older brothers and growing up in a dangerous frontier town would prepare her for anything. She soon discovers that the world is a lot more complex than she expected, and it’s going to take more than a strong back and good intentions to achieve her goals.
When it comes to magic, all the wishes in the world won’t change who you really are. And sometimes that’s okay.