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Mortal Gods: “HVT” – Chapter 7

Mortal Gods: “HVT” is an original story set in the universe of Mortal Gods. I have published this short story serially here at Liberate Liberty and simultaneously at Liberty Island Magazine. Chapter 7 completes 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 7:
He whipped his assault pack off his back and unzipped it. He plunged his hand inside and grabbed the biometrics equipment. The device was about the size of a large camera that a professional photographer might use. He moved quickly and simultaneously counted down time in his head.
30, 29, 28. . . . But the voice in his head was not his own. Instead, it was the voice of the RMD operations officer who had helped train him on how to collect the biometrics intelligence.
“You had better be quick in collecting all the…

The Stought Brothers: ‘The Mystery at the Market’ – Chapter 6

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.
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The Stought Brothers: “The Mystery at the Market”
By Gunner B. Summit

Chapter 6:

Heathcliff looked down at the hole he had torn in his pants. He had slid feet first into the base during one of the times he was runner. That ripped the material in the knee of the left leg of his pants.

He looked over at Reggie who took off the plain ball cap he was wearing. He wiped the sweat off his forehead with his forearm and then put the cap back on his head.

“So what do you …

Mortal Gods: “HVT”: Reality Intertwined with Fiction

Mortal Gods: “HVT” is nearing its conclusion. And as it does, I’ve collected a few news items that somehow relate to at least one part of the story.
“HVT” is not about any real-life event or organization (past, present, or in the future), but it does include elements of reality and it presents a unique solution to a real-life challenge within the confines of the fictional Mortal Gods universe. Read the story to find out more. And as you do, reference the following news items to help you think about the ideas and plot the story presents.
** “New York Air Guard Pararescuemen test Orion spacecraft rescue support equipment in Hawaii” (DVIDS, March 7, 2017)
** “The Army Just Started Producing Its Brand New Ballistics Helmet” (Task & Purpose, March 23, 2017)
** “Air Force’s Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Breaks Orbital Record” (Space.com, March 25, 2017)
** “JNIM claims number of attacks across Mali” (The Long War Journal, April 18, 2017)

Intelligence Analysis through Fiction

Fiction is a perfect venue for intelligence analysis and even forecasting future events and possibilities. This might seem odd at first, but when you think about it, it makes sense. The Spike by Arnaud de Borchgrave and Robert Moss demonstrates this.

World Tribune reprinted a 1980 article on the novel in 2015.
WASHINGTON — Would anyone be interested in reading a non-fiction report about how the “Disinformation” directorate of the Soviet KGB influences America’s media, top government officials and even White House policy using a network of radical U.S. think tanks?  Arnaud de Borchgrave and Robert Moss wisely decided that no, a straight article or book on the subject would be neither widely received nor believed. Instead, they produced a novel, “The Spike,” that has remained on the best-seller lists and has sold 158,000 copies in hardback since being published by Crown this spring.
The article then quotes de Borcgrave explaining how nonfiction writings on important topics may not captu…

The Stought Brothers: ‘The Mystery at the Market’ – Chapter 5

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 5:
Two days after Reggie and Heathcliff had first visited Dan they did so again. They all were ready to play pickle again as soon as the Stought brothers arrived at Dan’s house.
After about an hour of play, it was Dan’s turn to be the runner again. Reggie and Heathcliff were the fielders. Reggie threw the ball to Heathcliff as Dan was in between the two bases.
“Run at him!” Reggie yell…

Mortal Gods: “HVT” – Chapter 5

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 5:
Ms. Benton, Ms. Venter, and Mr. Serna joined Adam as everyone exited the briefing room. The four of them began walking towards the G-4 office. Two younger men, armed with Sig Sauer pistols in holsters on their hips, led them.
The younger men were security personnel for the RMD headquarters. They looked like clones, or at least twins, from behind. The pistols they carried were standard issue. No one pretended they’d have any effect against Adam.
Ms. Benton an…

The Stought Brothers: ‘The Mystery at the Market’ – Chapter 4

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 4:
“You did well, Rasheed,” Ahmed Al-Majid told him. Rasheed couldn’t have been happier. This was the first time he met the leader of terrorist group Al-Sayf.
“Thank you, Emir,” Rasheed said. He called him “Emir” as a title of respect. He also kept his head bowed.
Two armed men were in the room with them. They were at the headquarters of Al-Sayf. But Ahmed always feared for his safety.…

Short Story Review – Thumbs Up for ‘Hold On’ by Dave Dubrow

Editorial Note: Minor spoilers in the following review.

“Hold On” (2015) by Dave Dubrow (@davedauthor) is a quick tale of speculative fiction. It succeeds as a great short story. It also succeeds in showing that speculative fiction (or science fiction) doesn’t have to be about robots, monsters, or the far-flung future. Instead, it can be a great genre for peeking just slightly ahead to see things we might experience sooner rather than later.
First, full disclosure: Dave and I are both creators at Liberty Island Magazine. And we both contribute to The Loftus Party. So we’re colleagues. Nevertheless, I can honestly say I enjoyed “Hold On.”
One of the elements of a great short story is that it starts by dropping you into the middle of the action. Things have already happened to get the plot to where it is at the start. In fact, this is a necessity because if the author spends too much time on exposition he’ll soon find he’s no longer writing a short story.
This subsequently forces you as …

Mortal Gods: “HVT” – Chapter 4

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 4:
Ms. Chapman delved into how they planned to conduct Operation Caelus.
“RMD plans to launch Mr. White into space using a new vehicle the government has recently developed,” she said as she gestured to the slide. “The vehicle is capable of vertically launching into space and then flying—not gliding—back to the same location after returning from space.”
She indicated to her briefing assistant that she wanted the next slide. “For those who are interested in more…

The Stought Brothers: ‘The Mystery at the Market’ – Chapter 3

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 3:
Dr. Stought spent a few more hours at the hospital so Dr. Ugo could continue showing him around. Meanwhile, Cordelia, Reggie, and Heathcliff went back to their host family, the Gwanis.
The Gwanis lived in a spacious condo in one of the high rises in Lagos. Geoffrey and Cordelia had their own bedroom. And so did Reggie and Heathcliff. No sleeping on couches or pull-out beds.
Cordelia…