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I can find your hope again. I can show you that great things can happen. Even right now.
Zoey in MIDNIGHT CITY by J. Barton Mitchell

Eight years ago, Earth has been conquered by extraterrestrial invaders. Since these days, the aliens, known as The Assembly, have broadcast a telepathic signal that ended any resistance. The mind control signal influenced the brains of all adults who then left their families and jobs, marched toward the nearest Assembly Presidium and disappeared forever. Only children and teenagers were left behind, unaffected by the signal, but turning adult, more and more of them also succumbed to Assembly control.

With all military crushed on the planet, most of the population subdued, there is not much hope left for the human race. It seems impossible that children who hardly know anything about fighting could form an effective resistance against the aliens, even more as they seem more interested in killing each other than uniting and facing the invaders. The very depressing perspective is that The Assembly will take more of the adolescents every day and it won’t last long until there isn’t anyone left behind.

In this society, Holt, a young bounty hunter, is transporting his prisoner Mira, when they find Zoey, a little girl who has obviously something about her, but who also needs protection. Although Mira and Holt are enemies at the beginning, they have to learn to work together when they want to survive and protect themselves and Zoey.

They have to face horrible feuding alien armies, zombie-like mutants and also a lot of not so well-meaning members of their own human mankind. Starting as a group of loners who don’t trust each other, they have to stick together and finally form a team that might be the beginning of hope …

Artwork by Evan Cagle

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All of them thought they were just doing their job, fulfilling their duty, making the Company profitable. And no one took a damned bit of responsibility. It wasn’t me, it was the Company, they said.
Mr. Fields, CEO of N-Corp, in Blood Zero Sky

Imagine the following scenario in the possibly not too remote future:

The world is dominated by two companies. N-Corp has a monopoly over America, South America, Australia and Africa while Europe, Russia, China and India bear the colors of B & S, short for Briggs & Stratton. These two companies are the only ones in the world – and they don’t only dominate all economic sectors, but also the capital market, education systems, media, police and military services, religion, the governments. To put it in a nutshell, N-Corp and B&S rule the world and are consequently in the driver’s seat for all imaginable areas of life of each and every person in their territories.

With mandatory high-tech implants N-Corp keeps all citizens focused on an endless cycle of work and consumption, unprofitables are banished to cruel work camps. But some people have been able to escape the slavery. They are members of the Protectorate, a secret order dating back to the American Revolution, and they have a huge goal: the restoration of America’s democratic freedom.

To achieve this goal, they have to infiltrate the upper management levels of N-Corp. May Fields, the CEO’s daughter, belongs to the management. She is head of N-Corp’s marketing team and you should think that she has almost everything anyone could want. Nevertheless, there is one crucial thing that will always keep her dissatisfied – she doesn’t have the freedom to be herself.

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