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Backlash is the prequel novella to The Wildblood series by S. A. Hoag. Set on a near-future Earth mostly devoid of humans, this reveals some of the harsh realities facing people of The Vista, and how Team Three began.
Before Team Three became Team Three, there was The Blackout.
Vista Security is used to the feral bands of human wandering the landscape since a brief and devastating war wiped away civilization. Sixteen years later, they’ve adapted to dealing with the challenges facing their safe haven.
That is, until a new threat appears, one they never expected and one they have little defense against. Security throws in everything they can muster; it quickly takes a toll. Their advantage – an untested team of officers barely more than children themselves; officers with dark secrets and a hidden agenda.
In a free-for-all battle to preserve one of the last sanctuaries of man, Team Three discovers their secrets are their strength and that their future will take them far beyond what they’ve ever known.
Action, a bit of romance and a good splash of sci-fi set the scene for Backlash, the prequel novella of The Wildblood series.
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“Code 15, six miles north,” Mac answered.
“Negative on the Code 15,” Dispatch came back. “No tow available.”
“It’s going to be damn dark by the time we walk in,” Shan pointed out.
“There are some new houses about a mile over there,” Mac told her. “We push this dead beast off the road in to cover, get our gear and camp there until they can send someone around in the morning.”
“Good enough,” she said, gathering her belongings.
“Central Dispatch, we’re going to get in cover on Aspen Park Drive until daybreak. Put us in for a Code 15 then, if you would.”
“First thing after curfew,” Dispatch said.
“Let our families know we’re just stranded.”
It took them half an hour to get the car into the trees and hike over the hill to the line of houses being
built. A few were nearly finished and they picked one in the middle of the block. After a quick perimeter check, they hauled their gear inside and began setting up for the night.
“Pick a room and get the windows covered,” Mac directed, finding a corner to prop an AK in. He locked the door and started arranging their gear. It would get cold overnight, but not dangerously so. The solar disc heater would stave off the chill.
“This one is as good as any,” she said, dropping her pack and setting her AK down while she tacked up the heavy curtains folded neatly beneath the window. He came in behind her and closed the door. “Did you bring anything to read?”
“Always,” he said. They never knew when they’d need temporary entertainment. Books were the preferred choice. The heater would give off enough light. The radio, considering a blackout, was likely pointless but if anything happened, they needed to know. “Hungry?” he wondered, unrolling his sleeping bag.
“I’m not.” She wasn’t and wouldn’t get that way until they were back in The Vista. Wound up and ready, with no place to go.
“Don’t pace, Shan. Sit down, relax, use the few hours you get of free time.”
“Okay, Mom. I don’t like being stuck out here.”
“No shit. I might never have known that if you didn’t say so.”
“Smart ass.” She arranged her bedroll next to his, tucking a blanket in the bottom and fluffing the small, flat pillow by beating on it. Then she settled in, digging a book out of her pack.
“Herbert,” Mac said, revealing the author without telling her which book.
“Asimov,” she countered.
“I’ll raise you a Bradbury.”
“I’ve got . . .” she went through the various items carefully packed away for such an emergency. “A pack of dice, some sugar cubes.” Shan pulled a stray book out. “Ah-ha! Zane Gray.”
“Really?” Mac asked. “Trade me.”
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S. A. Hoag is an author, lapidary artist, very amateur astronomer (“I just look at the stars, I can’t name ’em.”), and accidental desert-dweller. Born in the middle of Colorado, more specifically Salida, she has lived in a number of cities in a number of states before crash-landing in the New Mexico desert. Not Roswell, however. Science Fiction has always been her first interest in reading and writing; many other genres sneak into the novels and that’s alright with her.
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