By David J. Williams
With The equipment of Light, David J. Williams completes his furiously paced, stunningly imagined trilogy—a paintings of imaginative and prescient, attractiveness, and pulse-pounding futuristic action.
September 26, 2110. 10:22 GMT. Following the assassination of the yank president, the generals who've seized strength begin global conflict 3, launching a shock assault opposed to the Eurasian Coalition’s forces in the course of the Earth-Moon approach. around the orbits, tens of millions of particle beams and lasers blast away at each other. The aim: overwhelm the opposite side’s weaponry, paving the best way for nuclear bombardment of the cities.
As inferno turns into Armageddon, the rogue commando unit Autumn Rain embarks on one final run. Matthew Sinclair, an imprisoned spymaster, plots his get away. And his former protégé Claire Haskell, able to hacking into either nets and minds, is understanding that each one her powers might in basic terms be enjoying into Sinclair’s plans. For at the same time Claire evades the warriors of East and West amid carnage within the lunar tunnels, the surviving individuals of the Rain converge upon the Moon, one step prior to the Eurasian fleets yet one step in the back of the mastermind who created Autumn Rain—and his negative ultimate secret.
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The voice of Stephanie Montrose is clipped, terse. There’s loads of historical past noise. Her photo is fuzzy. She’s basically having a look right into a dwell feed instead of utilizing a cranial implant. The Operative clears his throat. “Madam President,” he says. Static. Then: “Carson. are you able to listen me? ” “I can. ” “Do you've gotten her? ” “Not but. ” “What’s taking see you later? ” “What’s taking see you later is that she’s hell on wheels. ” Montrose says not anything. “How’s it taking a look up there? ” the Operative provides. “We’re profitable. ” “But now not but received. ” “Is that sarcasm? ” “Just the facts,” says the Operative. “Spare me,” snaps Montrose. “Their def-grids are collapsing. Their towns lie helpless ahead of us. ” “I don’t think in counting chickens. ” “What the hell is that imagined to suggest? ” “The Eurasians could have a few tips up their sleeves. ” Her hawklike face seems at him nearly interestingly. “Do you recognize that for a truth? ” “Not even vaguely. ” “So depart the contingency making plans to me. ” Montrose shifts her head; the Operative will get a glimpse of the conflict room in the back of her: rows of displays and consoles, analysts pacing via slim passages among them. “What the East is dealing with is the heaviest zone-attack ever fastened. no matter what last-ditch video games they need to play can’t topic. I’ll rule the Earth-Moon process in the hour. ” “You and Szilard. ” “Again, I notice sarcasm. ” “And back, I plead innocence. ” “Szilard doesn’t have the administrative node software,” says Montrose. “He’s the junior accomplice. ” “And what am I? ” “If you bring Haskell, you’re no matter what you need to be. ” “I wish Mars,” says the Operative. “You’ll have it,” replies Montrose. “Roll it up as a U. S. protectorate, make me protector? ” “Done upon the peace. Now carry the Manilishi again to me—alive or useless. ” He stares at her. “Believe me,” she says, “I’d like to plug the complain into my battle-management grid simply to watch the sparks fly. yet it’s now not a demand. Our forces are sporting all ahead of them. All I need’s her body—one means or one other. ” “Understood. ” “Report in once attainable. ” The Operative cuts off the comlink. He seems on the 3 bodyguards that Montrose has assigned to be in his presence continually. Their visors stare again at him impassively. He is aware they’ve been assigned to kill him below sure stipulations. He’d like to recognize accurately which of them. He shall we monitors snap on inside him that express him the subsequent klicks of underground chambers—show him, too, the cloud of chances that denote the easiest bet as to Haskell’s place, now slashing out previous the left flank of the trackers. The InfoCom razors recalibrate. The mechs stream onto the outer boundary of Haskell’s place. Montrose’s eyes flick clear of the reveal, go back to flitting via 100 others. conflict readouts parade in rapid-fire model earlier than her, yet they’re simply the summaries of summaries. The struggle room round her is processing additional info consistent with moment than the complete 20th century produced. many of the genuine concentrating on is being dealt with via pcs; at a tactical point, the situation’s relocating a ways too quick for people to get entangled, although razors are continuously optimizing the concentrating on sequences and making overrides as essential to the prioritization algorithms.