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The Phoenix Rebellion Book Four: End Game -- EPUB

  • The final battle between all Humankind and the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing comes to a crescendo, and Michael Tanner's life is the prize.
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Release Date:
August 1, 2010
ISBN:
9781936000562
Cover Artist:
Jenifer Ranieri

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Nick Tanner set out months ago to find the Umani, Earth's only hope for salvation. Reaching Raxo brought revelations he still cannot wrap his head around, and now he's on his way home. But things aren't the same. Not by a long shot.

Michael Tanner has struggled since his rescue from New Mexico to find his place in his new world. He still questions his past, his existence, and the man he is becoming. He has also found a kind of love like no other -- a father's love. His childhood was nothing but pain. Can he be a good father?

Jacqueline Anderson challenges him, move him, confuses him. She wants more from him, more than he knows how to give. She wants to understand the haunting shadows behind his eyes... wants to understand the scars that mark his body.

The battle to survive comes to a crescendo, and Michael will finally discover the man he is meant to be.

EXCERPT

He bolted down the hall after her, nearly bowling over a tall, stunning woman with a mass of wavy, brown hair tied in a sky blue scarf. She stepped back, flattening her shoulders against the wall as he gripped the doorjamb of the first exam room and used it to propel him into the room as a barely muffled scream reached him. For half a second, his heart dropped into his gut.

Jacqueline was on the exam table, her knuckles white as she gripped the edge. Lacerations -- old ones rimmed red with infection -- crossed her bare arms and her clothes were dirty and torn. A more recent wound on her arm seeped dark red through the white bandage. Her neck arched off the pillow, her body shaking as she clenched her teeth, hissing sharply.

"Oh, God, Doc... please!" she screamed.

Michael moved to Jacqueline's side, hunching over her to hold her face in his hands. Her eyes were closed, her skin glistening with a fine sheen of perspiration. The tension in her body was enough to snap her in two.

"Jacqueline," he said softly but firmly. "Jacqueline, look at me."

Her eyes snapped open, her gaze immediately on him. Unshed tears made her eyes glisten and she sucked in another sharp breath. A tight groan forced its way through her teeth.

"I'm giving her a massive dose of Morphezine, Benzapriline and a fast acting NSAID," Lilly said softly as she loaded the infusion syringe in her hand.

"Jacqueline," he said again, not looking away even to acknowledge Lilly's words. "Jacqueline, hear me. You need to let the medication help you."

A choked gasp vibrated in her throat as she rapidly sucked in air, her eyes still locked hard on him. A drop of moisture escaped the corner of her eye and Michael brushed it away with his fingers.

"Look just at me."

Her hand snapped free from the edge of the bed nearest him and she curled her fingers into his shirtsleeve. The grip was hard and desperate, but he didn't look away from her eyes. He stroked back her matted hair, running his thumb over her cheeks. His own pulse pounded viciously at his temples. Michael wanted to know what they had done to her, where she had been, and how she had escaped, but none of the questions were as important as helping her.

The click and hiss of the infusion syringe reached him over the pounding in his ears and Jacqueline's sharp breathing.

"Deep breaths. Let it work."

Her eyes fluttered and her gaze shifted to the ceiling past him.

"No, Jacqueline," he said, repeating her name again to keep her with him. "Look at me. Look at me."

She pressed her trembling lips together, another tear rolling free. "M-Michael," she whispered. "Oh, god, it hurts."

"I'm right here."

Jacqueline released a deep, shuddered breath and he felt the tension rush out of her like water dumped from a bucket. The grip on his sleeve loosened and her lips parted, her eyelids sliding heavily over her dark eyes.

"The Morphezine is taking hold," Lilly said just outside his peripheral.

He stroked her hair, staring into her face. She blinked slowly, struggling to open her eyes again.

"I'll be here when you wake up," he said softly.


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Product Reviews

  1. Love/Hate Relationship with this book. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Apr 2013

    You know you've come across a great writer when she can make you both LOVE a book so much you can't stop reading it, and HATE the idea of finishing because you don't want to give up the characters.

    Gail Delaney spent four books making me absolutely love Michael Tanner. It's not because he's drop dead gorgeous (though, in my mind he's pretty darn hot!), or because he's smooth and suave (he's not...), but because he's just amazing. And in *End Game*, Michael finds love.

    I love Jackie. She's perfect for him, and Gail Delaney proved this to us over three books leading to this one. I love that it wasn't a rushed relationship. It built until it was undeniable.

    But man... the author really had me worried for awhile! I'm not going to spoil anything, but wow....

    I'm so excited she's doing a new series. I'm off to read her new one -- Phoenix Rising: Janus -- and then wait for the next one.


  2. Full of excitement, adventure, and romance! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Feb 2013

    Delaney crafts a compelling finish to "The Phoenix Rebellion" with "End Game." This final installment focuses on the romance between Michael and Jackie. It is 2053 and the Soracchi have scorched the Earth, killing a majority of the population, keeping a handful of humans for their biological experiments. Will hope arrive in time?

    "End Game" grabs the reader's attention with a heart-pounding chase. The Soracchi are after Phoenix operative, Jackie Anderson. Jackie, bone-tired and weary, jumps into the Charles River, in Boston, to get away. She makes her way to the Phoenix base in Tennessee where Michael and Lilly discover one of her ovaries missing. Slowly, Jackie begins to recover.

    Col. Nick Tanner, Michael's father, returns with Areth and Umani scout ships. They have pledged their help to rid the Earth of the Soracchi. He has a sweet reunion with CJ and the couple wed.

    With the help of the Areth's medical technology, the doctors determine that the Soracchi imprint in Victor is weak. They offer to help Victor rid himself of his Soracchi parasite. Victor agrees to the dangerous procedure. The Areth also offer to give Beverly her hearing back.

    Michael and Jackie grow close during her recovery. Jackie accepts Michael for who he is, and the couple make love. Shortly afterwards, the Soracchi attack and take Michael captive. Nick sends a message to the Areth and Umani armadas enroute. The armadas move with haste to arrive at Earth, but is it too late to save Michael?

    Delaney's writing is sharp, giving subtle clues and hints along the way as to extend of Michael's abilities. The plot flows nicely. The pacing is "spot on," slowing in the right places for the reader to get a breath before picking up again. The dialogue is realistic. Delany uses just the right amount of words to paint her futuristic world without weighing down the narrative. Delaney strikes a nice flow with her action sequences, painting vivid scenes in the reader's mind.

    Michael and Jackie are interesting characters that prove opposites attract. Michael is quiet and tends to hold things in. Jackie is outgoing and speaks her mind. The supporting cast complements the story well. Readers are rewarded with Nick and CJ's reunion. The Areth give Victor and Beverly new hope.

    "End Game" is sophisticated for CRR readers. Delaney's love scenes are tender and sensual, capturing the warm glow of love. The novel captures a gambit of emotions – hope, love, courage, fear, and delivers a rewarding finale to The Phoenix Rebellion series.



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