Mc Alister's Spark
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In an instant the developed world is destroyed and plunged into anarchy. Can Zach McAlister, Karen Davenport and Mike Farrow survive as theyre thrust into a feral and deadly new order?
Not only must they come to terms with their Stone Age environment and the use of only Medieval technology, but also face the terror of marauding tribal gangs, whose only method of survival is violence and conquest.
Will they be able to forge a future themselves and their descendants? The question can only be answered through their courage, determination and friendship. But, is that enough?
Set in Australia, this is the second in the McAlister series and has On the Beach meeting Mad Max. A thrilling and entertaining read for teenagers and young adults. Action and adventure abounds which keeps you turning the pages.
Excerpt from McAlister's Spark
Chapter 4 A Horseman Rides By
A .40 calibre bullet blasted from Dereks pistol muzzle at a velocity of 370 metres/second. Two screams rang across the bush. One was from Karen as she stared in horror, the other came from Derek as he crumpled to the ground with an arrow impaling his thigh. The shaft had penetrated right up to the fletching. In shock Derek had fired wide and the bullet zinged away into the bush. With two crims out of action, Karen elbowed Tom in the guts, turned and drove her knee into his groin. He groaned, released his hold on her and staggered back a few paces, but he was still standing and levelled his gun, aiming between Karens eyes.
Bad move, sunshine, a voice said calmly from only a few metres behind the tent. Dont even think about it or youre a dead man. Drop the gun.
A man who looked in his mid-twenties sat astride a black horse. Hed re-arrowed his bow and held a firm bead on Tom. The stranger kept a rock-steady aim and Tom knew he stood no chance. He relaxed the grip on his pistol and let it drop to the ground. Dereks gun lay beside him and Mike went to retrieve it.
Just leave the guns where they are for the moment, the stranger said, transferring his aim to Mike. We seem to have restored the status quo. Im pretty sure I know what this is all about, but fill me in anyway. Quick version will do.
Karen told him. The stranger listened, but didnt comment. He dismounted and tethered his horse before picking up the two automatic pistols. He herded the three escapees close together sensing Karen and Mike werent his immediate threat.
New uniform? the stranger asked with just the hint of a smile as he passed Karen. She disappeared into the tent, dressed and was back in seconds.
Police issue? he asked holding the guns towards Mike for inspection.
Mike nodded and the stranger turned to Tom. Derek and Cedric were no use. They simply moaned and nursed their wounds.
Where did you get these guns? he asked.
The stranger put a bullet through Cedrics skull.
You were saying ..?
He sensed Karen and Mike were ready to move.
No heroics please, the stranger said without raising his voice. I can kill you just as easily.
That pulled them up short. It was the sheer decisive finality and self-assurance of the man. No one was in any doubt he meant exactly what he said. No warning, no second chance.
We cant let you shoot people. Were police officers ... Karen stammered.
Not anymore, the stranger snapped. Youre just survivors same as the rest of us.
He turned back to Tom.
Now, where were we? Oh yes, the guns. Where did you get em?
Took em off two coppers back in Bright.
And they just let you?
Naw, we ad to persuade em, didnt we?
You murdered them?
Yeah, so what? Whats it to you? Like yer said there aint no cops no more. The stranger shot Tom through the temple, turned the gun on Derek and put a bullet into his heart. He rifled through their pockets and collected any spare ammunition he found. It was all the three villains carried that was worth anything. He emptied the magazines, handed one weapon to Mike and pocketed the other along with half the bullets.
Half each, the stranger said, that seems fair to me.
Karen just stared at him.
They were baggage, he said.
Who are you? she managed at last.
Not the Lone Ranger thats for sure. My names Zach McAlister...
Table of Contents for McAlister's Spark
|Prologue Cosmic Onslaught|
|Part One Blackout|
|Chapter 1 Aftermath, the Beginning|
|Chapter 2 Road Rage|
|Chapter 3 Bedlam in Gippsland|
|Chapter 4 A Horseman Rides By|
|Chapter 5 Respite|
|Chapter 6 The Gathering Storm|
|Chapter 7 Invasion Force|
|Chapter 8 Enemy Territory|
|Chapter 9 On the Run|
|Chapter 10 Build Up|
|Chapter 11 Siege at Emu Creek|
|Chapter 12 Battle Scars|
|Chapter 13 Showdown on Main Street|
|Part Two Filling the Void|
|Chapter 14 Warlords Return|
|Part Three Brave New World|
|Chapter 15 The Word-Keeper|
|Chapter 16 Wedge Farrow|
|Chapter 17 Exile|
|Chapter 18 On the Road to Somewhere|
|Chapter 19 Blue Flame|
|Chapter 20 The Wrath of God|
|Chapter 21 The Librarian|
|Chapter 22 Colonel Charlies Campaign|
|Chapter 23 War Footing|
|Chapter 24 Strike Force Go|
|Chapter 25 Out on Loan|
|Chapter 26 Lakeside|
|Epilogue The Book Club|
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