Path to Destruction (Apocalyptic Novelette)

Path to Destruction (Apocalyptic Novelette)

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by Debra L Martin, David W Small
     
 
Can a ragtag band of soldiers save what's left of the USA?

In a last attempt to turn the tide in a desperate war, General Matthew Smith of the American Freedom Fighters asks Master Samurai Kenzo and his unit of warriors to make a batch of the ultimate weapons--memory weapons that infuse its user with the skills and memories of a master warrior. But, will the

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Can a ragtag band of soldiers save what's left of the USA?

In a last attempt to turn the tide in a desperate war, General Matthew Smith of the American Freedom Fighters asks Master Samurai Kenzo and his unit of warriors to make a batch of the ultimate weapons--memory weapons that infuse its user with the skills and memories of a master warrior. But, will the cost be too high when the weapons fall into the hands of a unit of unstable augmented soldiers?

Short story ~10,000 words, 50 pages

Also available in the THE PATH, Dark Future 3-pack. Read all 3 stories together.

THE RIGHT PATH: Fifteen-year-old Abraham "Ham" Jones, a cripple, and Zia Slate, a fourteen-year-old tomboy with an attitude, find themselves unlikely partners in this post-apocalyptic tale of survival. It is decades later since the world blew itself apart. Life is harsh, gangs rule the streets, the system cops keep the peace anyway they can. Being a kid in this world isn't easy, being a cripple is about the worst sentence handed down. Being a girl with no protection is only slightly better.

Ham and Zia's lives are irrevocably changed when they meet a mysterious old man bearing gifts - a cane for Ham and a knife for Zia. But, nothing is as it seems. Everyone wants something and no good deed goes unpunished. Forced into a desperate encounter, they must fight for their lives when it's discovered they now have possession of two of the legendary memory weapons, the very weapons that ultimately destroyed the world.

ZIA'S PATH (Sequel to The Right Path)
In this second novelette about crippled teenager, Abraham "Ham" Jones, and his tomboy partner, Zia Slate, the stakes are even higher. They have agreed to accept the memory weapons from their new guardian, Henry Lloyd, but with the power of the weapons comes the responsibility to follow "the right path." It's suppose to be simple: help one person at a time, but nothing in this harsh world is ever simple. It's a dog-eat-dog world where food is scarce and gangs rule the street.

When Ham decides to go into the worst gang-ridden area of the city to save a little girl, Zia doesn't think it's a good idea. It's too dangerous, but eventually she agrees and the two set off in search of the girl. When Zia goes off to scout ahead, Ham's worst nightmare comes true. Zia is snatched by slavers. Can Ham find out where she has been taken and mount a defense to save her in two days before she is sold as a sex slave?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012354723
Publisher:
Debra L Martin
Publication date:
04/05/2010
Series:
Dark Future Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
87 KB

Meet the Author

Debra L Martin writes SF/fantasy with her co-author, David W Small. They have been writing together since 2006 and have produced four novels, THE SILVER CROSS, ASSASSIN'S CURSE, QUEST FOR NOBILITY and THE CRYSTAL FACADE, and three stories in the Dark Future series. Debra lives on the East Coast with her husband and 2 cats. David lives on the West Coast with his wife.

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Path to Destruction (Apocalyptic Novelette) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Katya_Sozaeva More than 1 year ago
After the wars and fighting, after the dropping of the nuclear weapons, a small, ragged force continues to try to fight to save the United States. General Smith is the lat general and he has convinced one of his commanders - Kenzu - to create memory weapons, with which contact brings a connection and fills the mind of the wielder with the memories of the expert fighter whose neurons were copied. Will these memory weapons be the path to salvation - or the path to destruction? A prequel novel in the "Dark Future" series, chronologically this takes place before "The Right Path." Fans of dystopian science fantasy should find this an engaging novella, and those collecting the Dark Future series should not miss this one.
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