Peril stalked the corridors of the lunar habitat. Fear was its companion. The killer, a woman, fed on that fear. No one in the lunar station was safe from her wrath, not even the fresh, young team that had just arrived from Earth to erect the first lunar space elevator. When completed, the space elevator was destined to be one of the great engineering projects of all time. The unreeling of the space cable had just begun, when the killer struck a vengeful blow.
Now, with a catastrophic solar flare flashing overhead, the race was on.
Can Chief Clay Flynn and Senior Tech Lou Santini stop her before it was too late? Can they save the lives of the men, women, and children of the Lunar Station and its life-sustaining resources from total annihilation?
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
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The woman sat, half-naked, shivering in the cold, sterile air of the lunar habitat.
She sat, legs crossed, finger poised on the trigger of her automatic pistol. Her gaze was fixed, her hand steady. The barrel of the snub-nosed weapon was pressed firmly against the taut flesh of her right temple, its metal rim carving out a round indentation in her throbbing, tension-filled skin.
The woman had a wild look in her eyes. Flaming red hair. Strong, muscular arms. Savage, feral eyes. Bone-handled hunting knife sheathed at her waist. Tattoo of a rising Phoenix splayed in full color across her neck, shoulder, and upper arm.
This was not the first time the woman had been here, in this desolate place, on the cusp of ending her life with a bullet to the head.
But, would this be the day, the day when she finally did it, the day when she finally pulled the trigger and ended it all?
She found that it took a lot of nerve to end one’s life, more than she cared to admit. Each time before, when the gun had been in her hand pressed up against the side of her head, doubts had crept in.
Was this really how she wanted to end it? Or would she be leaving behind unfinished business?
No, not yet! she suddenly thought, relaxing her trigger finger. First, make them pay! First, make the bloody bastards pay!
That’s when she decided — Revenge first, suicide after.
Once she had her revenge, then she could dictate the terms of her own demise and finally put an end to her wretched life.
But, revenge first . . . .
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