A dense black cloud boiled up in the southeastern sky. It rose high and fast, like a time-lapse movie of the birth of a thunderhead. But it was no rain cloud. Wholly black, it reached up and up until it loomed over her, blocking out the sun. Somehow, she knew, it was Death coming for her.
Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring--except for her.
So begins her desperate journey: to find water, and food, and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.
Gray I is the first novel in a continuing story.
Lou Cadle grew up in Tornado Alley near the New Madrid fault, was in San Francisco's 1989 earthquake, watched minor eruptions of Mt. St. Helens from close up, and hiked several times over Kilauea's active lava flows. Cadle currently lives in haboob country.
Cadle, who writes fantasy as LC Bard, has spent a year working in paleontology, collecting and cleaning fossils from Cenozoic and Paleozoic sites.
The galaxy is at war, but wars are won and lost in the shadows.
To the galaxy at large, Jack March is a privateer of the interstellar Kingdom of Calaskar and a former Iron Hand commando of the malevolent Final Consciousness. In truth, he is an alpha operative of the Silent Order, the most efficient and feared intelligence organization in human space. When there is a crisis, Jack March is the man to call.
But there are many forces that wish to enslave or destroy humanity, and March is the one to stop those forces...
It’s the end of oil. We knew it was coming. But it came so fast!
Devlin Quinn turns sixteen the same week that a battle in a distant war shuts off the flow of imported petroleum to the U.S. Gas runs low, then runs out, and soon the highways are empty.
And then it gets serious. The grocery store shelves are empty.
Dev is trained to fight—his father made sure of that—but is he trained enough? Smart enough? Tough enough? He is about to find out when people desperate for food flee the burning cities...
And Sierra's aggressive streak leads them into a confrontation with these Invaders, one that will put everyone's lives at risk.
Can the people in the neighborhood survive the end of oil?
Can our heroes survive the end of oil?
(Book 2 of 5)
When battered strangers arrive at the burned-out neighborhood down the hill, Dev and Sierra have to decide: help them, let them be, or drive them away? Their daughter’s life may be at stake--but so is their own humanity.