Guardians of the Gates

Guardians of the Gates

Part 1 of 3 - Th New Breed

by

Jeff Schanz

Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Action and Adventure

Short Description

When a madman wields a supernatural force that can wipe humanity off the globe, an ancient, dying society called The Saints are the only ones who understand the unfathomable threat. But their best chance to stop it is an agent who is a wanted man.

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GUARDIANS OF THE GATES-
When a madman wields a supernatural force that can wipe humanity off the globe, an ancient, dying society called The Saints are the only ones who understand the unfathomable threat. But their best chance to stop it is an agent who is a wanted man.

PART 1, THE NEW BREED-
There are cracks in the universe, punctures between dimensions where one dimension bleeds into another. These “rifts” are volatile and mere proximity to them can either kill living beings or deform them into horrific creatures. For half a millennia, a secret organization called The Saints has kept vigil over the rifts, shielding the public from their effects.

Sebastian is the best field agent The Saints have. On the surface, he doesn't seem special. He runs a small business, lives in a one bedroom apartment above a bar, likes Batman a little too much, and hasn't had a date in years. But Sebastian is special. All his life he's been able to hear other people's thoughts. Like radio stations, they stream through his brain, never leaving him alone or at peace. But it also gives him an advantage in his work.

One chilly London evening, Sebastian interrupts a deadly attack by a rift creature in normally serene Regent's Park. The creature is an oddity, even among the oddities that rifts produce, because it wasn’t created by chance. It was manufactured. And there are more of them. Why would anyone intentionally create these monsters?

Clues lead Sebastian to a broader scheme to harness and wield the powerful energy that comes from rifts. But since only damage and death have ever come from rift energy, what purpose could it possibly serve?

The Saints strangely dismiss Sebastian’s concerns and offer only the consolation help of a young computer hacker, completely inexperienced with work in the field, to further the investigation. Fortunately, Sebastian still has his brother, Marcellus, a witty and capable ghost who has his own unique skills and abilities. Other than being dead, Marcellus is The Saints’ next best field agent. Sebastian and his shortlist of allies are determined to find the source and purpose of the rift creatures at any cost, including possible expulsion from The Saints.

The ultimate showdown smells like a trap, and Sebastian’s meager team must survive the incredible odds against an even more incredible foe. A breed like Sebastian has never seen before. Smart, deadly, and powerful enough to supplant humanity as the most dominant species on the planet. The only obstacles in their way are a geek, a ghost, and an outcast.

Jeff Schanz

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