The End of Infinity

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Jack Blank confronts his destiny in this action-packed conclusion to the trilogy Publishers Weekly calls a “no-holds-barred adventure.”

Ever since Jack Blank learned that he came from the amazing country of the Imagine Nation, he’s known that his fate could go down two very different paths—he could either be the greatest hero the world has ever known, or its greatest villain.
Now the final battle is here, and ...

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Overview

Jack Blank confronts his destiny in this action-packed conclusion to the trilogy Publishers Weekly calls a “no-holds-barred adventure.”

Ever since Jack Blank learned that he came from the amazing country of the Imagine Nation, he’s known that his fate could go down two very different paths—he could either be the greatest hero the world has ever known, or its greatest villain.
Now the final battle is here, and it’s time for Jack to discover the direction of his destiny.
The action-packed trilogy concludes with more surprises, twists, and adventure than ever—along with the same humor and heart that has brought so many fans to Jack’s story.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416995685
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: A Jack Blank Adventure Series , #3
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 398
  • Sales rank: 95,199
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Myklusch lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.

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The End of Infinity

  • CHAPTER
    1

Ghost in the Machine

Solomon Roka moved through the Rüstov super-dreadnaught Apocalypse with the swift, silent purpose of a black ops commando. He was a tall man with a lean, muscular build, short black hair, and three days’ worth of stubble on his face. He wore a formfitting black suit lined with flexible circuitry and carried a backpack filled with all the tools of his profession. Roka crept around corners like a thief in the night, and although the time of day in deep space was relative, he was without question a thief. He was there to steal the future of the Rüstov people.

Roka approached a sliding metal door with a small window right at eye level. As he reached out to open it, a green light lit up on its access panel. He froze in place and his heart followed suit. The door was about to open from the other side. Rüstov sentries were coming through. They hadn’t seen him yet, but he had only a few seconds before they did.

Roka had no cover in the empty passageway. The door on the opposite end of the hall was too far away, but he ran for it, hugging the shadows as he went. The sound of compressed air being released filled the hallway as the doors began to slide apart behind him. He had time left for only a simple choice: right or left. The lack of an exit in either direction was not a problem. The uncertainty surrounding each option was. Roka made up his mind and activated his Ghost Suit. The circuits covering his body blazed with light, rendering his molecules intangible as he leaped through the wall directly to his left. He just hoped he wasn’t diving into a situation worse than the one he was trying to escape.

Roka found himself alone when he emerged on the other side of the wall. He stood on the engineering deck of the ship, overlooking the Apocalypse’s powerful warp core. He had to get his bearings straight and find his way to the detention block, but first he needed a minute to collect himself and gather his nerves. They were scattered everywhere, which was unusual for him. This kind of operation was Roka’s stock in trade, but this was more than just another job. This breakout wasn’t about money; his own freedom was on the line this time too. There was something else as well. The Apocalypse wasn’t just any Rüstov ship. It was the personal flagship of the Rüstov emperor. Roka was quite happy to go on living without ever having the honor of meeting the Rüstov leader.

Getting back to business, Roka activated a holographic map-finder device on his wrist. It emitted a high-frequency sonar pulse that generated blueprints of the ship and projected them into the air in front him. The ship’s plans glowed brightly in the darkness, faded down, and returned as each sonic pulse sounded. Roka saw where he needed to go. His objective was three hundred feet below him, straight down.

Roka measured the drop with a laser ruler and took out a length of special evaporating rope. He latched himself to a railing overlooking the ship’s engine, jumped over the top, and dove down alongside the white-hot column of pure energy that powered the starship’s Infinite Warp Core. Air whistled through Roka’s hair as he fell, anchored to the walkway above. He swung his feet out to land as the floor raced toward him. The thin, black rope stretched like a bungee cord, slowing his descent, and then dissolved into smoke as he touched down softly on the ground. The jump would have been perfect if not for the fact that he landed right among a trio of Rüstov Para-Soldiers.

Before the Rüstov even had time to register his presence, Roka flipped down a pair of shades and set off a light grenade to blind his enemies. He grabbed the Para-Soldier closest to him by the wrist, turned, and flipped it over his shoulder. The Rüstov sentry crashed into one of its fellow guards, and Roka detached a small disk from his belt. He slapped it onto the third Para-Soldier’s chest. Electric currents poured out of the disk, ripping through the Rüstov’s body and permanently disabling it. The first two Para-Soldiers were just getting back up when Roka jumped and threw both feet into them, kicking them back over the edge of the platform. They fell into the warp core’s towering column of energy and were vaporized instantly. The whole fight, if it could truly be described as such, lasted all of seven seconds.

The Rüstov threat neutralized, Roka once again activated his Ghost Suit and phased through the wall on his right. He emerged in the detention block and took a deep breath, mentally preparing himself for what would be the hardest part of the mission. Roka walked down the hall, forcing himself to ignore the pleas for help coming from the prisoners who were locked up in the cells to his left and right. It wasn’t easy. Roka knew what was in store for them. A long time ago, he’d been a Rüstov prisoner himself. It was absolutely killing him to leave them behind, but there was nothing he could do for them. Not here. Not now. But maybe . . . just maybe, if what he’d been told was true, there was hope for them yet.

At end of the hall, Roka arrived at a locked door. He could see through its foggy laser-proof window well enough to make out a prison lab on the other side. This was it. Roka narrowed the focus on his Ghost Suit to phase only his hand. It flickered like a faded movie projection as he ran it through the lock, shorting out its circuits. The door slid open and Roka entered the lab.

The room was empty, which was good, but Roka still didn’t like what he found inside. In the center of the lab was an operating table surrounded by vicious-looking surgical tools and trays of techno-organic hardware. Roka didn’t know what kind of sick experiments went on in this room, but it was clear that whatever prisoner had spent time on that operating table wasn’t dealing with the standard Rüstov infection.

Next to the table was a stasis pod, large enough to fit a single person inside. Next to that, a holo-screen readout displayed the words “Infection Level: 25%.” Roka plugged a CodeBreaker into a data port on the pod’s access panel, and the cover rose up like the lid of a coffin. Gas poured out from the inside. As the vapors cleared, Roka noticed a red light flashing on the pod, blinking out the words “Incubation Period Interrupted.” He’d set off a silent alarm. Roka frowned and, in a very businesslike manner, knelt down to remove a pair of special suits from his pack. He held one out toward the figure in the pod, who was just waking up. “Put this on. We don’t have much time.”

A groggy voice called out from inside the pod. “What’s going on? Who are you?”

Roka kicked his pack away and stood up, pulling his suit on over his clothes. “I’m Solomon Roka. I’m here to rescue you.”

Jack Blank stepped out of the stasis pod and nearly fell over. Roka caught him and propped him up. “Can you walk?” Jack nodded, and Roka thrust a space suit into his arms. “Put this on. Quickly. We need to be gone before the guards show u—”

They moved into the light and Roka stopped talking.

“What is it? What’s wrong?” Jack asked.

It took Roka a moment to answer. He was locked in a frozen stare, transfixed by Jack’s appearance. “You, uh . . .” Roka shook his head and started sealing up his own suit. “You’ve got something on your eye, kid.”

Jack touched a hand to his face and drew in a sharp breath. He checked his reflection in the stasis pod’s glass lid, and sure enough, there it was. A parting gift from the Rüstov. Just a little something to take home with him. The mark of Rüstov infection surrounded Jack’s eye like a line drawn with black paint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    To read or not to read

    This book series is the kind of one that you want to never end and then watch it over and over again.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Good but...

    It came out late come on ive been waiting for this amazing book to come out .
    All 3 are great books and I recomend them to anyone who likes fiction books.
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (:

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Best series

    These are my favorite books

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Epic concusion

    Do NOT read this book if you have not read the first two. Well i waited 200 days for 398 pages. But those were the best 398 pages i have ever read. Definately take time to read this book if you've read the first to.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Make another

    I just finished the secret war and i am seriously sreaming for a book to come after his one. Matt Myklusch is the best of the best.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Good series

    Boss

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    awsome

    best book i ever read

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Jack, I am you father!

    This seriesis awesome

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    Kida pricy...

    More expensive but not as good as accidental hero

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Jack Blank

    I think that Jack has 2 versions of himself. One is Revile. And one is Legend (maybe) Because cognitos circleman. I forgot his name, told jack that Revile is ONE possible future.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Could not have been better.

    An epic conclusion to an epic trilogy. (Spoiler) jack sortof becomes revile, but in a way you dont excpect

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Lando L

    I was so sad when this book end anyone who likes books you have to get this i promise you will like it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Really liked

    Full of action and awesomeness. Good book for 9-12 year olds. I'm 10

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Hollyclaw.

    Because. Lets think. You and firestrike and alot og other cats have insulted me. (Not that im hurt by it) now those kits are going to pay for your huge mistake.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Hollyclaw

    No more questions or I kill a kit. Now go!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    I have really enjoyed this series and I am actually sad that it

    I have really enjoyed this series and I am actually sad that it has come
    to a close. I'm sort of hoping that Matt Myklusch will dive into this
    world again to tell the stories of some of its other characters... we'll
    have to wait and see. What made this series so great? It is a
    fabulous blend of realistic fiction and comic-book style heroes and
    villans. There are elements of science fiction, full-on fantasy, and
    there is no end to the action-packed adventures! Jack is a great
    character because he has a destiny that he must decide whether to
    embrace as inevitable, or to try to shape along the way... though he has
    no idea who he truly is, he has a fantastic moral compass that leads
    him... he has a strong sense of loyalty and friendship that he will not
    let fall the way side. He is a hero that I can truly get behind... oh,
    and did I mention that he can mentally manipulate machines? Awesome.
    Not only does Jack fight his way into embracing and then changing his
    destiny, but he learns the truth about himself (finally!!) and decides
    exactly what type of hero he wants to be for the rest of his life. I
    loved how Jack's friends stood by him, even when they had their niggling
    doubts, and how Jack refused to lose any of them in the biggest, most
    important battle he'd ever seen. Reading this book was like watching an
    epic superhero movie, in the best possible way. As I said before, I
    look forward to hearing more from this author and hopefully in this same
    world!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Dy

    NO!!! I BOUGHT A DIFFERENT BOOK BECAUSE I DIDNT KNOW THIS WAS OUT!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    It is was amazing it already came iut btw

    SOOOO GOOOD

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Pure awesomeness!!!

    Totally awesome! I laughed so hard when I found out who Jack's father was... It really doesn't get old for me. I love these books so much!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    This is awesome

    This book was amazing

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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