A former American spy in hiding and his former CIA handler find themselves on the run in Europe after they unearth shocking top-secret information. Against a backdrop of paranoia, late night whistle blowing and high-level back stabbing, Steve Haberman’s latest thriller, Darkness and Blood, is the sequel to The Killing Ploy. Sometimes being overly suspicious can keep you alive.
Being one of the highest ranking members of an anti-terrorist organization called Luxarx, Kaleth assumes he knows everything there is to know about the organization, and their most prominent foe, the Umbra.
He is proven wrong, however, after a chance encounter with one of their supposed enemies. The Umbra in question isn’t violent or threatening—he’s just scared. And he makes Kaleth start to question everything he has been told by his superiors.
Kaleth decides to investigate this oddity, but to get to the bottom of this, he needs help from someone outside of the organization—he doesn’t trust the agents outside of his team not to betray him. Enter Nef, a brother of one of Kaleth’s coworkers, who knows his way around computer security—something Kaleth sorely needs to be able to break into Luxarx’s most secret database.
But instead of simply finding out what is going on at Luxarx, Kaleth ends up discovering an ancient secret involving his country, his government, and even his own existence.
In 2057 amid rampant violence the U.S. is on the verge of war with the Lost Land.
Determined to destroy the Lost Land, U.S. President Amos Carpenter closes the Lost Land border and hatches a secret plot to nuke the Landers into submission. But Peter Gillen and Rose Horne are determined to reach the Lost Land. With official border crossings sealed, their only hope is an overland trek through the Rocky Mountains where roving gangs hunt “crossers” like them for sport. When private BT O’Connell, Rose’s lost love, is sent to the Lost Land as part of an invading force Rose, BT and Peter are caught up in the President’s plot and alone stand between the Lost Land and nuclear Armageddon.