When an elderly man bursts into flame at an assisted living center on Christmas Eve — and is consumed in under a minute — no one can explain what started the fire, much less whether it was an accident... or murder. There was nothing combustible in the room with him, nor anything that might have caused a spark. Nothing but a mild-mannered old man, looking forward to spending the holiday with his grandchildren on the morrow. If not for the unusual nature of his death, the police would have no reason to investigate.
But investigate they must... and the lead detective on the case will soon discover more than he bargained for, the facts he unearths painting a very different picture of the victim than his family would like. Meanwhile, the detective's own estranged father, recently released from prison, has come to visit for an indefinite period — complicating life for his son, and forcing him to confront the ethical implications of the secrets he himself continues to harbor.
Meet Gray Gaynes: a brilliant investigator, but also a man deeply wounded by his own personal tragedy... A man willing to go to great lengths to hide the truth of the irrevocable changes he is undergoing.
An all-new contribution to the lore surrounding everyone's favorite lost city...
In a time before recorded history, most of humankind lives in close proximity to a single magnificent City located on the Isle of Atalas. Ruled directly by a Pantholon of twenty-three gods, society remains in a pre-industrialized state, but great strides have been made in the realms of engineering and genetics.
In pursuit of absolute power, one of the four ruling members of the Pantholon sends his demigod son D'Akaio on a series of missions designed to undermine his rivals; as D'Akaio's fame grows among the common people, so too do the stories told about him (eventually becoming the very legends that informed Norse, Egyptian, and Greco-Roman mythology).
Meanwhile, D'Akaio's half-sister Adana launches her own private war against the Pantholon, working with an underground resistance movement to quietly rescue the women and children who are scheduled for sacrifice before the gods.
Events build toward a confrontation between brother and sister, even as the City and its depraved society speed toward prophesied doom.
You've seen the big-budget summer action flicks. You've read the books, maybe played the video games. You've heard all the conspiracy theories. But this is the real world, the present day. If the unthinkable happened, if we faced an actual, verifiable threat from outside our planet...
Blending military thriller and science fiction – with an emphasis on the science – new author R.L. Akers produces a well-crafted story peopled by characters you'll grow to love and hate. When the threat from outer space becomes known, the U.S. government is caught unprepared. With time running out, the military must adapt to an entirely new variety of warfare. Pilots and soldiers must be recruited, trained, and deployed to defensive installations in orbit above North America, and technology must take a giant leap forward – with considerable assistance from a surprising source.
But there are those who would halt these preparations: mercenaries and even traitors within the ranks. What motivates them to betray their world is unknown, but they will stop at nothing to prevent the newest branch of United States military from fulfilling its mandate.
From the shadows of rural England to the bowels of Area 51's Groom Lake installation, from the most remote corner of our planet to geosynchronous orbit thousands of miles above, the Gryphens Saga comprises a single well-researched and believable story about humanity's real-world response to the threat of alien invasion. You won't want to put these books down!