Father William Clarke knows his share of desperate men. A priest in a
dangerous border town, Clarke’s business is to minister to anyone who’ll
listen: liars, beggars, thieves…even killers. But when Father Clarke
walks through the door of the Hard Case Saloon one night, he encounters
something new—a ragged, filthy stranger who insists he has no soul for
Clarke to save.
The priest scoffs at first, convinced the man’s proclamations are
nothing more than the ravings of a lunatic. As the stranger tells his
story, though, Clarke begins to fear his new acquaintance is anything
but crazy. Doyle Paver carries a secret, one powerful enough to threaten
Father Clarke’s beliefs, his sanity…even his life.
And like it or not, Paver is ready to confess.
Don’t call him a superhero.
Heroes change the world. Scott McAlister? On a good day, he manages to change out of sweatpants.
It wasn’t always like this. Scott used to be leader of the Protectors, the world’s one and only squad of superheroes. It was a decent gig, but far from the shiny force for good the UN advertised. He could abide the publicity stunts, the lies, the ham-fisted government handlers—but when one of the Protectors died under his command, it was too much. Wracked with guilt, Scott stepped down and into an early retirement.
Now, five years later, a desperate CIA chief shows up on Scott’s doorstep with a polite request and a cadre of shock troops to ensure that Scott accepts. His ex-teammate and ex-lover, Lyla Ravzi, has gone rogue. The former Protector has the ability to control minds, and she’s no longer interested in “protecting.” She wants world domination.
Scott’s mission is simple: Find Lyla and stop her. The messy little details are up to him. It’s the last thing Scott needs after five years spent trying to forget the Protectors and to get over Lyla, but the alternative is worse.
As he closes in on his target, Scott is forced to confront his past and face a chilling reality: Can he save the world and the woman he once loved? Or will he have to choose?
Nine-year-old Kayla suffers from horrible dreams, along with the nagging fear that monsters will come for her in the night. Employees of the Stafford Sleep Clinic think they know better, until an astonished technician discovers that beyond all of the machines, wires, and monitors he trusts so completely, the little girl's fears may not be imaginary after all.