The Machinery of Light

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 yankee president, the generals who've seized strength start up international struggle 3, launching a shock assault opposed to the Eurasian Coalition’s forces in the course of the Earth-Moon method. around the orbits, tens of hundreds of thousands of particle beams and lasers blast away at each other. The objective: 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 break out. And his former protégé Claire Haskell, able to hacking into either nets and minds, is figuring out that every one her powers could in simple 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 at the back of the mastermind who created Autumn Rain—and his bad ultimate secret.
 

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An InfoCom colonel stands subsequent to her. “Awake at last,” he says. “Just in time to work out the president—” “—go fuck herself? ” “She’ll wish you to be extra articulate than that. ” “She can wish all she likes. ” “I’d be cautious approximately pissing her off. ” “Yeah? Why’s that? ” “She’s in an exquisite undesirable temper right away. ” “I can think. ” “You don’t have to think something. We’ll be there in under 5 mins. ” She stares up at him. “What’s your half in all this besides? ” “I’m a devoted servant of the president. ” “That’s a job that’s going out of style. ” He shrugs, turns away. Carson,” says Riley. “Been too long,” says Maschler. “Indeed,” says the Operative. He’s attempting to not glance stunned. attempting to make it appear like he knew this was once going to happen—like he knew he was once going to run smack into the lads who ferried him off Earth all these days in the past whilst that Elevator blew and set this all in movement. “You men been staying out of hassle? ” “We’ve been staying off Earth,” says Maschler. “And that’s positive by means of us,” provides Riley. they appear at each other. “How quickly can we depart? ” asks the Operative. “That’d be now,” says one of many squaddies. The train’s slowing to a halt. doorways hiss open. Haskell’s guards steer her gurney onto a platform, via extra doorways and into an elevator. She feels her belly lurch as she drops at pace throughout the shaft. She’s estimating she’s now a number of klicks underneath the extent of the educate, which used to be nowhere close to the skin first of all. The doorways open. Haskell’s driven out, down one other hall, up a ramp to an enormous pair of blast doorways. extra InfoCom infantrymen stand in entrance of them. Haskell’s escorts halt. “Now what? ” she says. “Now we go away you,” says the colonel. “You suggest you don’t make the lower? ” “I stick with orders,” he says in a tone that says probably it’s time you begun doing a similar. yet Haskell says not anything. The colonel gestures to his infantrymen and leads them backpedal the hall whereas the blast-door guards experiment Haskell. They put on the uniforms of Montrose’s bodyguards. “Can’t be too careful,” she says. They forget about her, status again because the doorways swing open. Haskell watches because the area in the back of them turns into noticeable— “Huh,” she says. She’s having a look down 5 extra meters of hall, at an excellent greater set of blast-doors. The bodyguards push her towards them, cease. once the outer doorways in the back of them shut, the warriors visit city, stripping Haskell right down to her epidermis. Their eyes pass extensive as they see how that skin’s been marred—covered with half-healed scars of never-ending intricacy. “Who did this? ” asks one among them. “That’d be me,” she says. again whilst she was once attempting to map out the vectors of Autumn Rain’s sector assaults. Now she’s bought all of it found out. notwithstanding probably it’s too past due besides. the warriors get busy lacing her with IVs, moving her to a different gurney and rigging her in one more go well with of specialised armor. They place the swimsuit in order that now she’s upright. “Thanks,” she says. the internal doorways slide open. Congreve’s shedding away. The engines of the trip proceed to throttle up.

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