donderdag 31 december 2015
Dark, confined, the housing container held the Arrowhead team’s doom. Inside, with visibility down to inches, their rifles were useless.
Blades scraped from their sheaths and glinted in the faintest slivers of light that filtered in from the street. Cold, cruel eyes flashed as well as teeth, bared in a vicious grin, as Duwende bolted out of the shadows.
The lead Arrowhead contractor choked on his own gasp as his throat opened in a gaping gash, his head lolling back as the muscle tendons supporting it were cleaved in two. He had been swinging his rifle to bear on the shadowy figure lunging at him but instead found Duwende’s blade cutting along the forearm of his firing hand, severing the tendons and causing the contractor’s grip to falter. He died on his feet, a torrent of blood streaming down the front of his vest, his brain still zapping the signal to fire to severed nerves that would never receive the message.
Duwende breezed past the first contractor still on his feet, ducking into a low crouch under the second’s sweeping rifle muzzle. He came in low and slashed upwards, carving deep wounds into the man’s inner thighs, the wide incisions crisscrossing over his groin. The massive arteries in his legs opened up, blood hitting the floor with a loud, hard splat.
On to the next, Duwende swooped in. The man’s armor protected his upper body, the sides of his neck, but that meant nothing. Lunging into the Arrowhead contractor, Duwende knocked him off balance. Blades twisted in his hands before he stabbed them upwards, into the Arrowhead contractor’s armpits, then guided their cutting edges down the length of his arms to the elbows.
More hot blood gushed from twin geysers, splashing off Duwende’s forearms and across the floor.
Author: Bernard Maestas
Genre: Young Adult Thriller
Wisecracking smartasses Ted and Alex are an elite army of two, fighting for fortune under the banner of their private military corporation Reagan Kirwan International. MIT-trained computer hacker and engineer Ted is the brains. Freerunning ex-French Foreign Legion commando is the brawn. With their unique combination of skills, they are in high demand on the blurry and ever-changing modern battlefields.
When oil is struck in a Somalian province, two titans of the energy industry collide head-on over the lucrative rights. The result is a war which rages both in the boardrooms and on the already bloody sands.
Hired for the simple task of tipping the scales, Ted and Alex’s mission takes a dangerous and deadly turn. They learn they are not the only trump cards in play and, this time, they may be on the wrong side. Facing the most dangerous of adversaries, constant perils, and treacherous corporate politics, they must stand together if they want to survive – and, more importantly, collect their paychecks.
Because war is a two-player co-op and all they have is each other.
Bernard Maestas lives in paradise. A police officer patrolling the mean streets of Hawaii, he has a background in contract security and both military and civilian law enforcement. When not saving the world, one speeding ticket at a time, he can usually be found wasting time on the internet, playing video games — or both. Occasionally, he finds time to write books.