While tracking a CIA informant who has information on an international cabal known only as Atlas, Carl Johnson—the American Terrorist—stumbles upon a sinister test program to control police through high-tech behavior control. He soon learns that Atlas is leveraging the media, corrupt officials, and our basic desire for security and freedom to attempt the assassination of US President Shirley Mallory and achieve world domination. Everything Carl thought he knew about police brutality, Black Lives Matter, and the lengths people will go to for power and greed gets turned upside down again. He has mere hours to save millions of American lives, but will have to take on elite units of the Chicago PD and Atlas mercenaries first. This short story is a preview of the danger and intrigue he’ll face in the third installment of the American Terrorist Thriller Series, Escalate! (American Terrorist 3).
Jason Peares had cleared his name of murder charges in a court of law, but he still led the life of a man on the run, always looking over his shoulder for some bounty hunter with an old dodger, a troublemaker looking for a fight, or a gunslinger trying to build a reputation. Trusting no one had become a way of life. After finishing a cattle drive, Jay reluctantly accepted a job as peacekeeper in Bronco, Texas. Mr. Pritchett wanted some squatters cleared off land he needed. But as Jay got to know the squatters, especially Marabelle Hopkins, he started to see that Pritchett was secretly waging a brutal and deadly war against the homesteaders. Now two men stand in Jay’s path toward happiness – a ruthless land and cattle baron and a deadly gunfighter named Slade whom Jay had once called a friend.
In 1882 three dangerous men declare war – the most accomplished manhunter in the history of the west, a vicious killer terrorizing the southwest, and Jason Peares, the ultimate gunfighter. Ten years ago as an outlaw gunfighter, Jason Peares killed Marshal Gallagher’s son and the lawman swore to avenge his son’s death. Now a settled farmer and family man, Jason accidentally crosses Gallagher’s path again in an explosion of violence and death, bringing anguish to Jason’s new family. Remembering the marshal’s decade-old promise to shoot him on sight with no questions, Jason leaves his new family and rides the trail to kill the man he believes has been hunting him for ten years. A long and deadly chase ensues, a battle of wits where the advantage repeatedly reverses and the hunter becomes the hunted. But the real reason Marshal Gallagher led his posse into Jason’s town was to track down the Strange Scalpers, a band of murderous outlaws who killed Gallagher’s wife in a botched bank robbery. Ultimately, Jason Peares and Marshal Gallagher must do the impossible – set aside their years-old hatred and join forces to prevent the Strange Scalpers from killing other innocent people. If they don’t, neither will live long enough to settle their old score.
The Joshua Experiment
How hard can it be for a squad of government mercenaries to kill a super-smart six-year-old boy who literally has the power to destroy the world? Plenty hard, when Raven is protecting him.