The Ruins of Anthalas by Richard Fox (The Ember War Saga Book 2)
English | 2019 | Sci-Fi | ePUB | 426 Kb
The Ruins of Anthalas : An ancient holocaust holds the key to humanity’s survival.
Only a sliver of mankind survived the Xaros invasion. With Earth’s defenses in ashes, nothing can stop the aliens’ inevitable return. Hope arrives from a cryptic message from a long-lost alien race, promising the means to rebuild the shattered space fleet. Captain Valdar takes one of the last strike carriers, the Breitenfeld, and his shell-shocked crew on a desperate mission to the dead world. Unfortunately, humans aren’t the only power that received the ancient message…
“Watch your corners. Damn things are tricky,” Hale said. “Bailey, you have a firing point?”
“One sec, sir,” Lance Corporal Bailey said, the smack of her chewing gum carrying through the IR net as she swiped and pinched on a screen attached to the back of her left hand. She double-tapped, and a section of the map popped up inside Hale’s helmet. A dashed line traced from the building to the distant stadium.
“The fifth floor?” Hale asked.
“You want me to make the shot or not … sir?” she asked. Hale tapped his fingers against his gauss rifle, then caught himself. His Marines would spot the nervous tic, and the last thing an officer should ever do was portray indecisiveness. Bailey, short and squat, cradled a gauss carbine in her arms, the two halves of her rail rifle strapped to her back.
“Sir,” Cortaro said through a private channel, “she’ll hit it. I’ve seen her put two rounds in a quarter twice that distance away.”
“It’s the escape route I’m worried about,” Hale said to Cortaro. He switched to his team frequency and sent the building to his Marines with the swipe of a finger. “Here’s our sniper’s nest. Let’s move out. Standish, take point.”
Standish, the lanky corporal, ran ahead without one of his usual quips. He stopped aside a building parallel to a four-lane street and took a quick glance up and down the road.”