The Armor Thieves

In Berengaria, a country tucked into a forgotten corner of Europe, Andrey and Nina, a brother and sister, take opposite sides in a civil war. Descendants of an ancient warrior queen, both wear pieces of their ancestor’s alien-made armor that protects them even from nuclear weapons. Nina has envied her brother since her childhood. She wants to destroy him and his lover and fellow fighter, Vesna. Andrey loves his sister but is ready to sacrifice her to overthrow his country’s murderous Troika regime.

Meet Mark Budman

Mark Budman is a first-generation immigrant to the US. An engineer by training, he currently works as a medical interpreter. His fiction has appeared in Catapult, Witness, World Literature Today, Mississippi Review, The London Magazine (UK), McSweeney’s, Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is the author of the novel “My Life at First Try,” published by Counterpoint, and co-editor of immigration-themed anthologies published by Ooligan Press, Persea, and the University of Chester (UK). One of his short story collections received a starred review at Kirkus.