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Mortal Gods: “HVT” – Chapter 3

Mortal Gods: “HVT” is an original story set in the universe of Mortal Gods. I am publishing this short story serially here at Liberate Liberty and simultaneously at Liberty Island Magazine. I will publish a new chapter each week (normally Mondays) until I complete the story.

Click on the “Mortal Gods HVT Serial” tag at the bottom of the post to view all the chapters of, Mortal Gods: “HVT.”
Foreword:
Note: This story takes place after the events of, “Like Hail and Fire, Mixed with Blood,” in the book, Mortal Gods: Ignition.
Chapter 3:
Adam returned to his quarters and stayed there until someone contacted him on the landline phone in his room. He soon was back in the series of hallways of the underground facility.
This time his feet made a louder sound on the clean floor, with his boots pounding out a dull thud. He didn’t pass anyone on his way to his destination this time.
He wore a black tactical uniform. The RMD had specifically designed it for him and while it bore a resemblance to a m…
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The Stought Brothers: ‘The Mystery at the Market’ – Chapter 2

The Stought Brothers: “The Mystery at the Market” is an original story for middle grade (ages 8-12) readers. I am publishing this short story serially here at Liberate Liberty and simultaneously at Liberty Island Magazine. I will publish a new chapter each week (normally Mondays or Tuesdays) until I complete the story.

I’m publishing the story under the pen name, Gunner B. Summit.
Click on the “The Mystery at the Market” tag at the bottom of the post to view all the chapters of, The Stought Brothers: “The Mystery at the Market.”
The Stought Brothers: “The Mystery at the Market” By Gunner B. Summit
Chapter 2:
Reggie and Heathcliff entered the Lagos Tranquility General Hospital with their parents. The owners had invited their father, Dr. Geoffrey Stought, to visit the facility. He was a world famous physician who specialized in brain surgery. He was going to perform a surgery on a patient here. The other doctors would watch and learn how to do it.
Cordelia was Geoffrey’s wife and the boys…

The Stought Brothers: ‘The Mystery at the Market’ – Chapter 1

The Stought Brothers: “The Mystery at the Market” is an original story for middle grade (ages 8-12) readers. I am publishing this short story serially here at Liberate Liberty and simultaneously at Liberty Island Magazine. I will publish a new chapter each week (normally Mondays or Tuesdays) until I complete the story.
I’m publishing the story under the pen name, Gunner B. Summit.
Click on the “The Mystery at the Market” tag at the bottom of the post to view all the chapters of, The Stought Brothers: “The Mystery at the Market.”
The Stought Brothers: “The Mystery at the Market” By Gunner B. Summit
Chapter 1:
Rasheed al-Tikriti walked down the hospital hallway in Lagos, Nigeria. He smiled at people as he passed them. Otherwise he looked at the room numbers. And he noticed how many nurses where at the nurse stations. He kept track of other details too. He had worked here long enough that he was even becoming familiar with some of the scuff marks on the tiled floor. He didn’t need to notic…

Mortal Gods: “Russia” – A Tale for the Times

Mortal Gods: “Russia” is yet another story that I am writing. I don’t know when it might be ready for publication but I hope sooner rather than later. Aside from being a tale for the times, it also is a great way to write creatively about the U.S., Russia, and national security.

“Russia” is a story starring Adam and Victoria White. It is set after the events of “The First Transgender Superhuman” in Mortal Gods: Ignition. During this time, the U.S. government issues Adam and Victoria a letter of marque and reprisal to hunt down the people who supported overthrowing the U.S. But this mission is interrupted when the government comes to Adam and Victoria with another assignment: find out who attempted to steal and sell U.S. intelligence on a very sensitive matter.
Adam and Victoria take this assignment and ultimately find a Russian connection. (This connection helps introduce readers to a new character in the Mortal Gods universe.) And as the story progresses, Adam and Victoria discover t…

“They Haven’t Given Women the Best Opportunity to Succeed” – An Overview

“They Haven’t Given Women the Best Opportunity to Succeed” is currently scheduled to be a one-shot short story. But it could evolve into a series. One of the unique things about it is that while it is a story first, it also serves as a vehicle for something else I’ve long had in mind: fiction as a means of intelligence forecasting.
Nothing in the story is meant to forecast exactly how things will turn out in real life. However, elements in the plot are meant to show potential things that could happen. One might even say it is a worst-case scenario. Or maybe it isn’t a worst-case scenario—just a really bad one.
Women in combat. Women are “badass.” Tiny women can beat up large men in movies. Even young girls can now beat up large men in movies. Society has spoken. It wants women to be just like men and it wants to sweep away all the old rules regarding the male-female relationship. Very well. “They Haven’t Given Women the Best Opportunity to Succeed” agrees with society that there is n…

“Letters of Marque and Reprisal” – Ready to Go Soon

“Letters of Marque and Reprisal” is a light-hearted espionage story (intended to be a series) and I am about ready to start serially publishing it even as I don’t yet know when the begin date might be. Here is more of what you can expect from it.
This story follows a group of people employed by a business that ostensibly runs a Christmas tree farm. The company is headquartered in Pennsylvania, on the East Shore of the Harrisburg metropolitan area near Hershey. And while it actually does farm Christmas trees, it has another reason for existing: it’s a cover for a private military company that has received letters of marque and reprisal from the U.S. government to hunt down and neutralize national security threats.
The story opens by quickly introducing the main characters and then they are off on their first mission. They deal with all the normal things that people deal with when starting a new job, egos and distrust included. Yet they must overcome these challenges and work together …

Mortal Gods: “HVT” – Chapter 2

Mortal Gods: “HVT” is an original story set in the universe of Mortal Gods. I am publishing this short story serially here at Liberate Liberty and simultaneously at Liberty Island Magazine. I will publish a new chapter each week (normally Mondays) until I complete the story.
Click on the “Mortal Gods HVT Serial” tag at the bottom of the post to view all the chapters of, Mortal Gods: “HVT.”
Foreword:
Note: This story takes place after the events of, “Like Hail and Fire, Mixed with Blood,” in the book, Mortal Gods: Ignition.
Chapter 2:
The room was a small waiting room and a nurse in a white, skirted uniform was standing behind the reception desk in anticipation of him. She was above-average in height for a woman. But the six-foot, five-inch tall Adam towered over her.
“Mr. White. Please follow me,” she said, almost making it through those five words without her voice breaking. She hurried out from behind the desk and then to a door inside the waiting room. She opened it and held it long e…