Arcadian Genesis: Alex Hunter 0.5
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An aeon ago it crashed into the frozen earth. Millennia later it was removed from the icy soil, still functioning. They opened it … they shouldn't have.
Alex Hunter – in the mission that turned him from a normal man into the weapon known as the Arcadian – and the elite team of soldiers known as the Hotzone All-Forces Warfare Commandos must enter a hostile country to rescue a defected Chechen researcher from the center of a country at war.
But the HAWCs are not the only ones looking for the rogue scientist and the mysterious package he carries with him. A brutal and relentless killer and his death squad are on the trail too – and they bring a savagery with them that Hunter and his team have never witnessed before in modern warfare.
In this stunning prequel to Beneath the Dark Ice, the HAWC team must race the clock to rescue the scientist, prevent the package from falling into the wrong hands … and save the world from a horror that should never have been woken.
Arcadian Genesis features a sample chapter from Greig Beck's forthcoming novel Black Mountain.
man flinched as Bronson towered over him. He could see the fear in his eyes. Khamid sat mute, his body crumpled with exhaustion. Alex knelt beside him, placed a hand on his shoulder. Khamid hunched up as if waiting for a blow. Sam Stozer pushed in front of Alex and spoke softly over her shoulder. ‘Back off, Frankenstein. You’d be enough to scare anyone this time of the night.’ She offered Khamid a small canister of water. ‘We’re American, sir; you contacted us, and we’re here to help you.’ The
against the chamber door. ‘Describe exactly what is happening . . . and slowly.’ Millinov licked his lips. Fear was making his stomach roil, and he suspected he would need to use the bathroom soon. He cleared the phlegm from his throat. ‘I think . . . I think they are using the creatures to dissolve the blast doors.’ While he watched, telltale wisps of smoke curled up from the inner door’s brushed steel surface, which was now only visible in patches between the quivering mucous blobs. ‘And
focus would now be on extraction. Kolchek slung his gun over his shoulder, needing both arms to carry the package. As he turned, he grinned – but only for a moment. His head kicked back. Kolchek fell heavily, the leaden canister bouncing off his chest. Immediately, Bruda’s booming gun shattered the silence, erupting like a thousand thunderstorms all around them. *** Bronson frowned at the clipped instructions from the incoming chopper. They’d been pulled. He’d given coordinates that would
‘It was worth a try, nyet?’ Stozer turned to Alex. ‘We go out there we’re as good as dead.’ ‘We stay here we’re as good as dead.’ Alex tapped the canister, still wrapped up in its dirty towel. ‘But while we hold this, we’ve got leverage. They can’t be sure it won’t be damaged in a full-blown attack, or that we won’t try to destroy it ourselves. Listen, when I give the word, you run, and keep running until you find a safe place to call in the evac. chopper, or cross into Georgia. Either way
the freezing Chechen countryside or urban zones, it would move, change and dapple to provide as much camouflage as necessary. He sat back, his fist starting a slow beat on his knee. He loved this part: everything was locked and loaded, and you were committed – everything out of your hands now – buckled up and waiting for the fun to start. Like the suit he wore, his team’s profile was also invisible. They were HAWCs – the real best of the best – Hotzone All-Forces Warfare Commandos. Above