Midnight by Alex Segura (Pete Fernandez Mystery #5)
English | 2019 | Sci – Fi | ePUB | 1.3 Mb
Shrouded Loyalties : Blackwood felt her anger creeping up again. She took
A soldier returns home with a dangerous secret from an alternate realm, unaware that she is surrounded by spies and collaborators, in this intense military science fiction novel.
Naval officer, Mila Blackwood is determined to keep her country’s most powerful secret – shrouding, the ability to traverse their planet in seconds through an alternate realm – out of enemy hands. But spies are everywhere: her submarine has been infiltrated by a Dhavnak agent, and her teenage brother has been seduced by an enemy soldier. When Blackwood’s submarine is attacked by a monster, she and fellow officer, Holland, are marked with special abilities, whose manifestations could end the war – but in whose favour? Forced to submit to military scientists in her paranoid and war-torn home, Blackwood soon learns that the only people she can trust might also be the enemy.
three deep breaths before answering, “No, Vin. It is not hard to trust them.”
“No, ma’am? Their entire religion is built around cutting out some woman’s eye for stealing–”
“Vo Hina?” Blackwood broke in. “She’s one of their goddesses, not ‘some woman’. And she wasn’t stealing, she was hoarding. Her eye was shattered, not cut out. Their main god, Shon Aha, was punishing her – that’s why the Dhavnaks call the Shattered Moon ‘Vo Hina’!” By the moons, his ignorance sometimes…
“Hoarding. Exactly,” Vin said with a wave of his hand. “How dare anyone try to keep money for themselves in that forsaken country? And it’s always women, right?” He stopped, narrowing his eyes. “Wait. You actually know the legend of how it happened?”
Blackwood let out a sigh through her teeth. “A Dhavnak family used to live in our neighborhood. Four years ago, just before Belzen was pulled into the war. My little brother was friends with their kid. I caught pieces of the stories he’d share with him.”
“Your brother’s cozy with a Dhavvie?” Vin said incredulously.
“It was when he was thirteen,” Blackwood answered coldly. “Andrew’s friend is long gone now.”