Born and raised in the hinterlands of Montana, Daniel Swensen has written everything from cell phone advertisements to RPG gamebooks to speculative fiction. He lives with his wife Gina and two spoiled cats.
By Daniel Swensen
Published: November 27, 2012.
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Alexa Bernell can do what no one else can -- or so she thought, until the Omen Project found her. Shaped by drugs and brutal training, she was their weapon. Until she got loose.
Haunted by the memories of what she's done, Alexa ran. Now the Project is hunting her. They've sent Cav, her friend, her lover, and her only confidant.
If she wants to be free, she has to kill him.
Beneath a Vengeful Sun is the inner (and outer) journey of Ránača, a concubine laboring beneath the yoke of cruel captors.
This is the third short story I've read by Ron Leighton, and I think it's his strongest yet. The character of Ránača is strong and compelling; wracked by self-doubt, yet resolute. As with his other short stories, Beneath a Vengeful Sun hints at a much greater scope, mentioning a panoply of cultures, nations, and snippets of history.
Beneath a Vengeful Sun is a fun adventure, well worth your buck, and another stirring lead-in to Leighton's upcoming (I hope) Shining Lands book.
Some zombie / infection stories pull their punches. This one does not. Event Zero literally gets you inside the action, in a delightfully uncomfortable way. If you're looking to get outside the bog-standard zombie stuff, check this one out.