The Collective: A Novel of Adventure and Suspense

By Jack Rogan, Christopher Golden

The Collective is a gripping mystery from Christopher Golden, writer of Tin Men, written lower than the pseudonym Jack Rogan.

In a quiet group outdoor castle Myers, Florida, a house invasion and homicide draw a crowd of Feds. not anyone understands that this killing is a part of an unlimited, chilling conspiracy. in any case, the sufferers have been simply a typical relations. Former FBI brokers Josh Hart and Rachael Voss spearhead the research, following a path of probably unintentional deaths. Then, in a tranquil Boston suburb, somebody comes after the seven-month-old daughter of Gulf conflict vet Caitlin McCandless. Cait has strive against education and information of a surprising secret—and she’ll desire either to avoid wasting her daughter’s life.

Voss and Hart, looking for solutions simply McCandless delivers, quickly locate themselves up opposed to far-reaching forces, yet what actually startles them is discovering enemies inside of their very own chain of command. In a race opposed to time, energy, and secrecy, Voss, Hart, and McCandless are approximately to return jointly round an explosive fact: In the US, somebody is waging battle opposed to children—for the main scary cause of all.

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Turcotte snapped. He dragged a hand throughout his mouth like a under the influence of alcohol short of a bottle. “Fuck! ” On-screen, al-Jubouri got here toward the lady with the machine. He peered over her shoulder, glancing again at his hostages each moment or . the fellow used to be nonetheless twitchy. “We’ve bought to move in,” Voss acknowledged. “Not but. Let’s simply see what he does next,” Lewis stated. “I can’t danger the lives of my humans. ” Voss spun on him. “They’re already in danger! ” Turcotte had his cellphone pressed to his ear, challenging to understand how lengthy till his tactical staff arrived. “Call him! ” Wetherell acknowledged. “Have the negotiators get him at the cellphone. See what else he desires. whatever to distract him. ” Boyd threw up his fingers. “If we do this, he may perhaps twig to the truth that we’re looking at him. ” “If we don’t—” Captain Wetherell begun. Al-Jubouri’s voice interrupted him. “You understand how to make a video on that factor? ” the feminine officer—Voss hated now not figuring out her name—gave a bit shrug. “Not relatively. I don’t … this isn’t my computing device. ” Al-Jubouri smiled thinly. He knowledgeable the gun in his correct hand at the offscreen hostages and appeared to think about a second, as if finding out even if the time had come to kill them. Then he glanced again on the girl cop—this anonymous girl whose terror burned itself into Voss’s unconscious. and perhaps her moral sense. “How previous are you? ” the killer requested. the girl blinked and glanced clear of him. “Twenty-four. ” “Twenty-four,” al-Jubouri echoed, “and you've got by no means made a video in your computing device? no longer for fb or the YouTube? I don’t think it. ” “I—” He positioned one in every of his weapons opposed to the again of her head, looking at the offscreen hostages warily, nonetheless education the opposite gun on them. “I don't think you,” al-Jubouri stated. “You will end up me correct, and we are going to make a video, you and that i. otherwise you will end up me incorrect, and you'll die, and another individual during this room will take your home. ” “You piece of shit,” acknowledged an analogous gruff voice they’d heard from off digicam earlier than. “If you pull that set off, they’re coming throughout the door when you. you recognize that. You’re a lifeless guy. ” Al-Jubouri raised his eyebrows. “Are we no longer all useless males? it is just a query of once we carry ourselves to dying. ” Voss knew it then. She had suspected all of it alongside, yet now she observed the chilly simple task in al-Jubouri’s eyes and there may be no denying the reality. He meant to die. Al-Jubouri knew it was once his simply attainable go out. He had desired to get a message to a person, a few form of visible, yet with Skype now not operating, he had to make a video. might be he intended to submit it, as he’d acknowledged, on YouTube or fb. or even he desired to make a few type of jihadist speech prior to he died, to teach the area he had taken those hostages. yet to this point he had no longer stated a rattling factor approximately Allah or Islam, by no means brain al Qaeda or the other reason or trust. “Video,” al-Jubouri stated, pushing the barrel of the gun opposed to the again of the feminine cop’s head. “Leave her on my own, asshole,” the gruff voice tousled. Al-Jubouri rolled his eyes. Whoever that gruff voice belonged to—uniform or detective—the man was once pushing al-Jubouri too a long way.

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