Howie and Marcy fight their way back into the fort to rescue Lani, only to find her on a killing spree. Her body made weak by the incessant and relentless purge of the Undead, and believing Howie has betrayed her with Marcy, she now seeks to destroy him and all he loves. With tensions running high, Maddox and his crews watch on while Howie tries to reason with the woman he thought he loved. She leads him to the armoury, where they are together and alone. She holds a grenade in her hand, ready to detonate.
After the carnage of the night and dealing with an infected Lani, the team leave the fort and once more venture into rural towns to find food and buy time. As the day wears on, the tension between Howie and Marcy grows, with increasingly petty arguments that sap the morale of the others. They find a deserted village where the infection strikes in vast numbers. With too many to fight head-on, the lads flee and take refuge in an old mansion.
Born in Czechoslovakia, Mark Slouka's parents survived the Nazis only to be forced to then escape the Communist purges after the war. Smuggled out of their own country, the newlyweds joined a tide of refugees moving from Innsbruck to Sydney to New York, dragging with them a history of blood and betrayal that their son would be born into.
It was a sultry day in August when the ghastly cold first came. Snow began to fall; ice formed, and in a brief hour New York City was paralyzed. A new and deadly weapon had been directed at America by a ruthless, international syndicate, for, under cover of the sub-zero weather, barbarous armored warriors swarmed into the United States, turning our country into a helpless colony to be exploited savagely.
The people of San Angela had no idea Mill Roth left his cattle empire to a woman by the name of Hattie Stamps, the widow of Beaver Stamps, who was Mill's oldest and best friend. Until she showed up claiming the Roth Empire, everything was fine. Some of the citizens, other cattle operators, and people of high standing were filing section claims and branding cattle as fast as they could be caught. Plat Hargis and Floyd Sutter, both wealthy cattle and land owners, were claiming the largest chunks of the properties.
Kasma, baleful divinity from the wastes of Asia, had laid his blighting curse upon America. All who opposed him came to ghastly ends: amnesia, madness, and screaming, agonized death - for the cult of Kasma enforced its dread dictates with a new, deadly weapon, unseen, unheard, which razed the mightiest buildings, which lay wide regions barren - without man or bird or beast!
New England had fallen to the invaders without resistance, and the rest of America was stripped of defenses, trembling at the advance of the godless, soulless ravagers. Jimmy Christopher - known in the Secret Service only as Operator 5 - was ridiculed to scorn by strong-headed, short-sighted authorities, handicapped senselessly by them in his struggle to save our nation.
Having a baby doesn't always come easy, at least not for Amanda and Connor Kirkpatrick. For five years they've worked at starting their family. Timed lovemaking and failed fertility treatments drain the romance from their marriage. At the same time the couple begins working with fertility specialist, an adoption seems possible. But Amanda is afraid to hope her dream might finally come true, irritating the heck out of Connor.
They call Secret Agent "X" the Man of a Thousand Faces. Armed with his irresistible gas gun, wearing impenetrable disguises, "X" infiltrates the darkest corners of the underworld to crush all crime czars! The enigma of enigmas, Secret Agent "X" has been deputized by a high government official to battle the darkest, most diabolical enemies of America before they sink their poisonous fangs into the nation's healthy core. Faceless and unsung, "X" infiltrates these threats in a bewildering array of disguises.
No one believed at first that America was in danger, that a little third-class power could conquer the great United States. But the man who called himself Montezuma the Third - who had reestablished the barbaric Aztec Empire - was armed with a new invincible weapon that caused his enemies literally to explode from within! The American people, helpless, began to dread the fetters of shameful slavery.