Blood in the Ashes (Ashes Series #4)

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"Blame the mothers and fathers and lawmakers and politicians and judges and TV programmers and sports heroes if you want to know why the young aren't civilized."--BEN RAINES

Through Darkest America

After nuclear apocalypse brought civilization to its knees, one man rose up to lead a once-great nation out of the ashes. When everything fell apart, it was Ben Raines, heroic soldier and survival expert, who became the leader that freedom-loving, ...

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Overview

"Blame the mothers and fathers and lawmakers and politicians and judges and TV programmers and sports heroes if you want to know why the young aren't civilized."--BEN RAINES

Through Darkest America

After nuclear apocalypse brought civilization to its knees, one man rose up to lead a once-great nation out of the ashes. When everything fell apart, it was Ben Raines, heroic soldier and survival expert, who became the leader that freedom-loving, law-abiding people everywhere could rally around.

Now a bloodthirsty religious cult called the Ninth Order is spreading a doctrine of hate across the land. Soulless and sadistic, they're sending their fanatical armies against Raines and his Rebels, plotting treachery within his own ranks. If their terrible plan succeeds, Ben Raines will die. . .and so will all his dreams for the future of America.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786019601
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Ashes Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 1.07 (d)

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BLOOD IN THE ASHES

By WILLIAM W. JOHNSTONE
PINNACLE BOOKS
Copyright © 1985 William W. Johnstone
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7860-1960-1



Chapter One
FIFTEEN

Ike both felt and heard the man's skull pop under the hickory club. He quickly dragged the robed and hooded man into the room and closed the door, after checking the lock. He damn sure didn't want to get locked back in with a stiff.

Ike stripped off the robe and put it on, grimacing as he did so. The robe stank of old sweat. Fanning the body, Ike discovered a .38-caliber pistol and a pocket full of cartridges. He found a package of cigarettes-Lord only knew how old they were-and a Zippo lighter. Even though Ike had been trying to quit smoking for years, he made up his mind he'd sure fire one up if he got out of this loony bin in one piece.

He smiled. After he wasted a whole bunch of these kooks, that is.

He slowly opened the door and looked up and down the dimly lit hall. Must be a gasoline generator producing the power, he thought. The hall was quiet and deserted. He slipped out into the hall, stood for a moment, trying to get his bearings, then walked in the opposite direction his guard's footsteps had always sounded. He passed a room that smelled strongly of kerosene. An idea came to him. He smiled grimly and entered the room.

He found two five-gallon cans of kerosene and a carton of rags. Ike saturated the room with raw kerosene and ran back to the room where he'd been held captive, leaving a trail of kerosene as he ran. He doused the dead man with kerosene, and threw the rest of that can of flammable liquid on the walls and floor. He lit a handful of rags and dropped them to the floor, backing out of the room.

He backed right into a breathing body.

"Brother Jake?" the man said. "Why ... you're not Brother-"

That was as far as he hot. Brother whatever-in-the-hell-his-name-was felt his throat explode in pain as Ike ruptured his larynx with the knife edge of his hand. Brother Yo-yo hit the floor and began flopping around, slowly suffocating, gagging and making horrible choking sounds. Ike hastened death's touch by kicking the man in the temple with the toe of his boot. The man croaked once and was still. Fanning the body, Ike found another .38 pistol, more cartridges, and a long-bladed hunting knife in a leather sheath.

Ike took the seconds required to check both pistols. Fully loaded. He tossed Brother Yo-yo into the burning room, shut the door, and picked up the second can of kerosene. He ran down the hall, slopping kerosene on the walls and floor, the fire trailing behind him as he ran.

Smoke was rapidly filling the corridored building as Ike came to a dead end. A dirty window faced him. He unlocked the window and climbed out, closing the window behind him.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from BLOOD IN THE ASHES by WILLIAM W. JOHNSTONE Copyright © 1985 by William W. Johnstone. Excerpted by permission.
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