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The Balance of Shadows
Shards of Shadow, Book 3
Joseph R. Lallo
Spieldauer: 8 Std. und 22 Min.
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Freshly certified for forensics, Alan is ready to do something meaningful with his photography. He’s teamed up with his friend Jessie on the police force, and not a moment too soon. A serial killer seems to be copying the infamous Metro Ghoul. Lives hang in the balance, and the killer may be more than the police can handle without some help from the shadows.
The whole world now knows of the existence of the World Under, thanks to fallout from the terrible events in Omaha a year back. As the World Under's most effective foe, Kal Hakala performed actions that were both heroic and horrific. Now, sidelined as an Agent, he serves the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation as its public face, charming talk show hosts and training new recruits known as "Green Peas". However, the World Under never rests, and events force Kal back into action.
A pipe bomb explodes at a birth control clinic, then a young client turns up dead in a dumpster. Kera, the clinic nurse, discovers that the girl’s Bible group is sharing more than the Good News. Confidentiality keeps her from telling the police, so she digs for the truth on her own—becoming the bomber’s new target. Meanwhile, Detective Jackson races to find the killer, fearing that his own daughter could be next.
How could a good photo-op go so wrong? A perfect time-lapse of the lunar eclipse should have earned Alan some cash and acclaim. Instead, he came home with an invader in his dreams and a terrible feeling of being watched. Now his life is a tangle of cults, mysterious white-suited visitors, and scheming shadows. Overnight, Alan's finely trained eye has gone from spotting photo-ops of local celebrities to unraveling a political plot that could shift the balance of light and darkness. Surviving the next few days will take teamwork, guile, and an awful lot of coffee.
Washington, DC was in the tight grip of the Russians. They planned to use their base on the Potomac to launch an all-out attack on the warring states of America. But the Red Menace made one mistake - they thought Blade and the Warriors would go like lambs to the slaughter. Instead, they fought with a savagery that would drive the invaders back to the land of perpetual nuclear winter.
The inconceivable has happened. America has been ravaged by nuclear war. James Wolfe, a trucker driving on an isolated state highway in the Northwest, seeing the mushroom clouds in the distance, hid out in an abandoned mine. Now, months later, after living on the pretzels he was hauling and a trickle of water in the mine, Wolfe emerges to a world he hardly recognizes. He, too, has changed.
The last vestige of civilization is under attack by a horde of savage fighters determined to plunge the world into total darkness and ignorance. Undermanned, outgunned, and overmatched, the Warriors of the Home desperately need help. But help is hundreds of miles away in Denver, and only one man has the courage and strength to accomplish the impossible. If he fails, the Home will perish; if he succeeds, it might be his last act of heroism.
Accompanied by members of the Freedom Federation, Blade and his deadly team rolled into a small Wyoming town hoping to slaughter the Doktor in a final ambush. But the predators quickly became the prey when they were cut off and surrounded by a savage hoard of blood-thirsty half-humans. They were seven against an army and their epic battle would live on throughout the ages - if any of them survived to tell the tale.
Agent Kal Hakala, who has been running the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation as its temporary director, has his hands full. First there was the windigo crisis that threatened humanity with extinction. Now he has received an anonymous challenge from a creature calling himself Maydock: "Come to Omaha within the next five days, or every day thereafter I shall kill 10 humans in many inventive and disturbing ways."
It was a mission of mercy that turned into a run with death as Blade and the Alpha Triad tried to rescue the pathetic remnants of humanity from the festering stinkhole that had once been the Twin Cities. Captured, tortured, and marked for "Reabsorption," the Triad had about as much chance to survive as a snowflake in a thermonuclear blast....
Postnuclear America was a slagheap littered with the charred debris of the holocaust. Only a few survivors remained - some dedicated to rebuilding civilization, most determined to drive humanity deeper into the abyss. Blade, an Alpha Triad Warrior, was a knife fighter with a razor-sharp temper. He had sworn to protect The Home from all invaders - but this time he had to slaughter the innocent to save the guilty.
The Time: 100 years after the nuclear holocaust. The Place: What's left of America. The Family: Isolated survivors of World War III, they huddled together for safety, surrounded by savage barbarians and bizarre, deadly mutants. The Alpha Triad: Blade, Hickock and Geronimo were the fighting arm of The Family – hard men, skilled in staying alive, no matter what the cost.
Kal Hakala is the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation’s best agent, but even he needs a break after his last case, which brought him a hair’s breadth from death and killed the fiancée of his best friend, a Mescalero Apache agent named Canton Asate. Kal’s temporary desk-job is nothing less than leadership of the entire BSI. Now it is on his head to assemble teams of agents to fight the latest Supernatural incursions and man up if they fail.
After avenging himself on the mythical monster that killed his sister, Kal Hakela is back at the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation. But, with only a few months left on his contract, he's tempted to retire along with his new love, former MI-7 agent Jeanie. When a friend and former BSI agent in San Francisco kills himself, he leaves Kal a clue, one he cannot ignore. The city is full of bad memories for Kal. In his last mission there, he killed a deranged serial rapist who used magic to murder his victims.
After faking his own death, Kal Hakala is free of the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation and can finally focus his energy on destroying the monster that murdered his sister. With the help of trusted former teammates, he embarks on a quest to find an artifact to activate a magical Tesla Coil, the only device powerful enough to kill a legend. But wherever Kal goes, trouble isn't far behind. It's not easy to locate an artifact without alerting the BSI.
After losing the love of his life to drug dealers and the Mexican Drug Cartel, Matt decides to seek revenge and take them on alone. His background in police work aids him in gaining information about the inner workings of the cartel. Will the information he gained from the police department and his own reconnaissance help Matt pull it off? Only Matt with his lust for vengeance and fighting skills will tell the final outcome. And if he’s able, he will do enough damage to put the drug cartel out of business, forever.
For 10 years Kal Hakala has been the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation's top man, the longest surviving agent in its blood-soaked history. The World At Large has no idea that The World Under exists. And its vampires, demons, zombies, and mythic monsters are growing increasingly restless. In all Kal's time with the Bureau, there has been no case he couldn't crack, no monster he couldn't kill. Then a plague of zombies comes to Denver, along with a vicious serial killer dubbed The Organ Donor.
Ring was a Captain recently discharged from the Union Army after the war had come to an end. Intent on making his way home to Abilene, Kansas to be with his parents, he is confronted with danger from many sources including a town held captive and harassed by Confederate deserters. But it’s not just deserters he must fight; next it’s a woman with a gun, one who alters his life for good. During his travels Ring meets a mysterious gunman, a Haitian by the name of Saki who carries a gun like he knows how to use it and is intent on killing.
The Earth is devastated, left a desolate wasteland of mutant beings and desperate renegades by the final holocaust of World War III. Out of the ashes rose Blade, leader of the brutal fighting force known as the Alpha Triad. Together the Triad must risk sudden death to retrieve the vital serum that would save a handful of survivors from a lethal disease. But first the Triad must fend off hordes of deranged humanoids, a hideously deformed creature that hungered for human flesh, and make their way through a long-dead city ruled by warring factions that let no one survive!
A 14-year-old girl is kidnapped. She's found dead a few days later, wearing a spotless wedding dress and make-up, her long blonde hair arranged around her shoulders. Investigators soon realize that she is yet another victim of a serial killer who is on the loose in San Diego; a killer who has police working overtime. Clues are hard to come by, even when the total number of dead girls reaches six - and each murder has the same M.O.