The Unborn Series
After the world’s water resources were decimated by successive droughts, only one group stood to profit from the resulting chaos. The Forge Corporation had been buying up international water rights for years, and collapsing governments were falling over themselves to sell.
As the big dry continued, Forge’s role began to extend towards governance, and the corporation began to be seen more as saviors of the people than as a money-hungry conglomerate. Their power was cemented when the pandemic era hit, and wave after wave of viruses and unheard-of diseases decimated populations, governments, and social institutions. Forge was the only organization in a position to offer leadership to people no longer able to feed themselves.
At first, the corporation was seen as benign benefactors, but that situation quickly began to change as Forge started to exert more totalitarian control. Nowhere was this control more obvious than in its Birth Project, which required all pregnant women to surrender their unborn children to the corporation. Those who had doubts about what was happening were forced to flee and take their chances in the desert or risk being imprisoned as slave labor in the corporation’s food wells.
Even the most senior members of the directorate were not immune to falling foul of the all-powerful corporation, as Summer Hurst discovered when she found herself pregnant with twins. Now, she was faced with the daunting choice of trying to escape or surrendering her unborn children to the Birth Project, where she had been working as a technician. Few people knew better than she did just how dire problems had become within the project.
She was not the only person facing difficult decisions. With a coup looking imminent, and his son held hostage by a wildly unpredictable desert clan, her husband Jake was also having to come to terms with a new reality. One that would shock him to his core.
As Summer Hurst, heavily pregnant, adapts to life in the caves among the Navigator clan, the world outside is becoming increasingly confused and violent. A power struggle for who will lead Compound 17 begins to unfold, with numerous contenders prepared to wage war over the leadership role.
The long-laid plans of the Navigators are thrown into confusion following the coup in the compound. Now the group must try to consolidate as it tries to make head or tail of what is actually happening back in the land where so many of them were once held, prisoner. In a community that has always prided itself on its compassion and democracy, suddenly cries for blood and revenge are beginning to be heard. Cool heads are called for, but when the pressure is on, and people carrying the scars of previous atrocities are given a voice, then there is always the possibility for things to go horribly wrong.
In Compound 17, the militia is divided by internal power struggles, unpredictable attacks from among the civilian population and an unknown force that seems to materialize for long enough to launch an assault before vanishing into thin air. The leaders know that it is just a matter of time before headquarters lead a counter-attack but have no idea what form it will take or how it will be performed. Amidst all this confusion, can the fugitive, Jake Hurst, make a difference and would anyone listen to him if he could?
As always, Nash, the bounty hunter, continues his underhand dealings and schizophrenic maneuvering. He seems to be an ever-present threat, circling like a predatory animal, just looking for an opportunity to take advantage of any sign of weakness or lack of attention. He remains as unpredictable as ever, but with an almost uncanny ability to turn circumstances to his own advantage.
The chaos in Compound 17 continues, and then finally it happens – Compound 1 launches its long-delayed counter-attack. Besieged and lacking solid leadership, it is a matter of time before things come apart at the seems. If Compound 17 falls, it won’t be long before the new powers come looking for the Outliers to provide the labor to man the well farms.
In the desert, Jake and Rider must now decide on the best course of action if the Navigator clan is to survive. What is needed is for a decisive blow to be delivered against the militia. But how does that happen when you are a small clan with limited arms up against a militia whose weapons now include hybrid super-soldiers who are prepared to die without flinching?
Hovering in the background, like some unfathomable diabolic force, Nash remains as unpredictable as ever. Will the bounty hunter throw in his hat with Jake and the Navigators, or will he lean toward the new militia force that appears to be so all-powerful? Either way, can anyone trust a man with his pedigree?
Amidst all of this confusion, Summer must try to be a mother to her newborn twins and support both her husband and her son in their efforts to stabilize the clan. By necessity, the risks that both men take to start to become more and more desperate, and Summer needs to remain their rock of stability.
As the immensity of the challenge that the Navigators are facing begins to become clear, many of the senior members come to realize that, short of a miracle, their losses will be huge. The best that they can hope for will be the survival of the children and the hope that they will one day carry on the legacy that the elders have handed down to them.