Hector is trapped. The water truck, sealed to hide its human cargo, has broken down. The coyotes have taken all the passengers' money for a mechanic and have not returned. Those left behind have no choice but to wait. (Read more...)
Hector finds a name in his friend Cesar's phone: AnniMac, a name with an American number. He must reach her, both for rescue and to pass along the message Cesar has come so far to deliver. Are his messages going through? Over four days, as water and food run low, Hector tells how he came to this desperate place.
His story takes us from Oaxaca, with its rich culture and rapid change, to the dangers of the border, exposing the tangled ties between Mexico and El Norte, land of promise and opportunity, homewrecker and unreliable friend. It reminds us of the power of storytelling and the power of hope, as Hector fights to ensure his message makes it out of the truck and into the world.
Territorial Marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are back in Appaloosa, where their work enforcing the law has been exceptionally quiet. All that is about to change. (Read more...)
An ominous storm rolls in, and along with it a band of night riders with a devious scheme, who show up at the Rio Blanco camp, where a three-hundred-foot bridge is under construction. Appaloosa's Sheriff Sledge Driskill and his deputies are the first to respond, but as the storm grows more threatening, news of troubles at the bridge escalate, and the Sheriff and his deputies go missing.
Virgil and Everett saddle up to sort things out, but before they do the hard drinking, Beauregard Beauchamp arrives in Appaloosa with his Theatrical Extravaganza troupe and the promise of the best in lively entertainment west of the Mississippi. With the troupe comes a lovely and mysterious fortune-teller who is set on saving Everett from imminent but indefinable danger. The trouble at the bridge, the missing lawmen, the new arrivals, and Everett's shoot-out in front of Hal's Cafe aren't the only things on Cole and Hitch's plate as a gang of unsavory soldiers ease into town with a shady alibi, shadier intentions, and a soon-to-be-discovered wake of destruction.
As clouds over Appaloosa continue to gather, things get much worse for Cole and Hitch.
Only six weeks have passed since a super-EMP attack devastated the United States, but already, life has changed dramatically. (Read more...)
Most of America has become a wasteland filled with starving bands of people, mobs and gangs. Millions are dead, and millions more are suffering, with no end in sight. For Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Cruz and Barone, the turmoil and chaos they dealt with in the early weeks after the attack will seem trivial in comparison to the collapse of society that plays out before their eyes.
Uncertainty abounds as they all travel different paths in search of a safe place to call home.
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