Excerpt by Israel Parker and Giveaway
Milton ignored the man’s advice and pulled on the door handle, but his door wouldn’t come all the way open. He shoved his shoulder against it until it popped free. Tasting blood, he tongued a split in his lip and felt blood also coming from his nose. He climbed out of the car with awkward steps and was glad when the guy at his window put an arm around his back and under his arm to help support his weight.
Milton looked back at his car. It was intertwined with two others, the silver one and a red one.
“Is . . . everybody okay?” Milton asked.
“I don’t know.”
Milton heard the sirens in the distance and saw the shadow from the drone circling overhead. Then he heard someone scream, “It’s him!”
Still dazed, Milton looked around and tried to focus his blurred vision. More screams rang out, then the bearded man grabbed Milton’s arm and tried to get him to sit down. His vision finally cleared, and that was when he saw Clarence Jasper.
“It’s that guy from the news!” the bearded man said.
It’s the guy from my dream.
Panic filled Milton as he pulled away from the man helping him. He watched Clarence Jasper stumble out of the red car, his face bloody from the accident, then make his way over to the silver car. The woman in the driver’s seat was unconscious, and an older woman was at the window trying to revive her. When she saw Jasper approaching with a pistol in his hand, she ran away in terror.
“Somebody do something!” a bystander yelled just as the UEP drone pulled into a low orbit over the scene. It was closer than Milton had ever been to one of circular drones that patrolled the skies over Green Valley. He saw Jasper look up at the drone for a moment before returning his attention to the silver car and the blonde woman inside. No one did anything except record the incident with their FONEs.
“CITIZEN!” a mechanical voice boomed from the drone. “PUT DOWN YOUR WEAPON! You are under arrest!”
Jasper was just short of the silver car’s window and started to kneel on the ground. At first it looked as if he were going to comply with the drone’s order, then he sprang up and reached the silver car in two steps. Pointing the gun in the window, he fired several point-blank rounds into the unconscious woman’s head.
The drone responded by shooting a tranquilizer dart into Jasper’s arm, one of the UEP’s widely used non-lethal tactics for taking down criminals. Instead of collapsing from the dart, Jasper turned and began slowly walking away from the silver car, but he stopped when he made eye contact with Milton.
Terrified, Milton took one unbalanced step backward just as another dart zipped though the air and hit Jasper in the neck. He wobbled one way then the other as he tried to start walking again, then he finally hit the ground.
“Thank God for the UEP,” the man next to Milton said.
A serial killer is on the loose in Green Valley, but what if he's the good guy?
The year is 2036 and the United States is pulling out of an economic crisis, thanks to new industries and technologies that thrive in Green Valley, Ohio. Regarded as "America's Hope," the city also boasts being named the safest city in America for five years running. But now Green Valley, one of only a handful of cities protected by the still-experimental Unified Enforcement Police, struggles to catch a new-era murderer who continues to kill and elude capture. As the elite federal police close in on the killer, they discover that something darker has infiltrated their perfect city.
Happily bumbling through his predictable life, Milton Simon comes face-to-face with murderer Clarence Jasper and is surprised to find that the killer has a message for him: JOIN ME. Milton soon learns that not only is Green Valley not the safe haven everyone perceives it to be; it’s Hell on Earth.
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About Israel Parker
Israel Parker is a former Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer, Coast Guard Officer, and author of widely successful YA book, The Anne Marie.
In 2004, Israel was stationed at Air Station New Orleans, one of the Coast Guard’s busiest air, search and rescue units. One year later, Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed the Crescent City. He participated in countless daring rescues. These experiences fueled his desire to tell his stories.
Israel currently is stationed in Barboursville, West Virginia with his wife Melanie, their two children and their faithful Basset Hound, Roxanne. He remains on active duty, serving his country as a Coast Guard Officer.
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