Afterlight by Alex Scarrow

By Alex Scarrow

The realm lies devastated after the big oil hindrance that was once defined in final gentle. Human society has roughly fullyyt damaged down and thousands lie lifeless of hunger or sickness. There are just one or beacon groups that experience controlled to type a brand new approach to life. Jenny Sutherland runs this sort of teams. in keeping with a chain of decaying offshore oil rigs - for protection - a couple of hundred humans have rebuilt a semblance of normality during this in a different way useless international. yet as Jenny and her humans discover their atmosphere once more, they begin to grasp now not each survivor has an analogous imaginative and prescient of a higher destiny than their catastrophic prior. There are humans in the market who could take every little thing they've got. battle is coming, and the stakes are really mammoth ...

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Not much cover here, but they had no choice. Beyond the trail, he spied canyons so deep and sheer that light could enter only at high noon. A gorge dropped away to their right, and they ran along its edge. Bright sun blazed on the far side, dulled by black mountain slate. A hundred feet below water rushed and tumbled, gray with sand, tossing foamy spray high into the air. They clambered up the steep embankment. He spotted the bridge. Exactly where they’d been told. Not much of a span, just shaky poles wedged upright between boulders on each end, horizontal timbers fastened on top, connected by thick hemp.

Pau pointed to a water clock that he said was from 113 BCE. A sundial, gun barrels, porcelain, astronomical etchings, each invention evidence of Chinese ingenuity. One curious item caught Ni’s attention—a small ladle balanced on a smooth bronze plate upon which he noticed engravings. “The compass,” Pau said. “Conceived by the Chinese 2,500 years ago. The ladle is carved from magnetic lodestone and always comes to rest facing south. ” “All of this belongs to the People’s Republic,” Ni said. “To the contrary.

His palms loosely gripped the rough hemp, ready to apply a death lock if the bottom fell out beneath him. The distant shadow grew in size, then was replaced with the distinct shape of an AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter. American-made, but this was no salvation. Pakistan operated them, too, provided by Washington to help a supposed ally with the war on terrorism. The Cobra powered straight toward them. Twin-bladed, dual-engined, it carried 20mm guns, anti-tank missiles, and aerial rockets. Fast as a bumblebee, and equally maneuverable.

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