Zombie Strike Part 6 Chapter 49

19 Nov
November 19, 2012

In Chapter 49, Slim, Sport, and Quentin fight to escape from the middle of the zombie horde attacking Skull Island’s command center. In DC, Mateo waits impatiently for news about Kenn and Mercedes. Robyn Adams gives Mateo advice.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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Badmoon Rising – Chapter 12 – There Are Worse Things Than Being On Trial For My Life

17 Nov
November 17, 2012

The blackness faded as I opened my eyes slowly. The world slowly came into focus. I looked around the cell. Something was wrong, out of place. Then, it came to me. Everything was black and white. I had shifted to wolf form in my sleep. I hadn’t done that in years. Shedding forms during sleep was something pups dealt with in the beginning of tysach. I shed my wolf form for true form, feeling my body extend as I emotionally triggered the transformation. My senses became sharper and integrated themselves, making the environment around me more complete. A scent floated into the cell. I looked at the door, where the Guildmaster stood with one of the marshals. The Guildmaster was in human form.

“Hello Marcus,” he said, guardedly, “I assumed that I was one of the three that you would want to see.” By the rules of rhiazen, I was allowed to see three and only three lycanthropes before going to see the lord or lady. I could talk to them as many times as I wanted, but only those three. The only other lycanthropes that could talk to me were the lord or lady (in this case it would be the Lady-Apparent), the marshals guarding me, and the lycanthrope who would speak for the opponent, usually the opponent himself. I guessed in this case it would be Smythe. I nodded to the marshal beside the Guildmaster. He slid the door open to allow the Guildmaster inside. As soon as the Guildmaster was in my cell, the marshal slid the door shut and walked back to his position by the staircase. I noticed that the two of them had leaned their rifles on the wall instead of carrying them. Their guard was relaxed. I placed it on memory, in case I needed it later. One of the things they drilled into me during my training as a hunter was that information was important, because you never knew when you might need it later. I filed that thought away as the Guildmaster sat down in front of me. Read more →

Badmoon Rising Chapter 11 – There’s a Dark Cloud For Every Silver Lining

17 Nov
November 17, 2012

“It’s nice to see that you managed to almost get yourself killed,” the Guildmaster growled as I walked into his office. As soon as Nick and me returned to the Guild, I’d been rushed to the infirmary. A lot of that had been hunters scrubbing out the remains of silver that contaminated my wounds and then letting my body take over. From what Nick told me when I woke up, it had been a close thing. I could feel that my body was still putting itself back together, but I was more or less operational. The Guildmaster’s expression told me he wasn’t happy that I went out with Nick, and even less pleased that I managed to almost get myself killed. I kept my face neutral and sat down in my normal chair.

“What the hell were the witch-hunters doing in West Tampa? I asked, completely ignoring the Guildmaster’s chiding remark. He growled a bit, but picked up a manila folder off of his increasingly crowded desk. The anger drained from his face to be replaced by a worried expression. The expression disturbed me. I knew that as the Guildmaster’s personal hitter, I was one of the few hunters that the Guildmaster could be totally honest and open with. It was one of the reasons that the personal hitter was usually a close friend of the Guildmaster. Still, it was disconcerting to see my leader look like he didn’t know what to do. Read more →

Zombie Strike Part 6 Chapter 48

16 Nov
November 16, 2012

In Chapter 48, Slim, Sport and Quentin work to infiltrate the zombie horde to take out the minion controlling it. In DC, Mateo, Kenn and Jess work to clear out the zombie outbreak in the hotel.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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Friday Quote – 11/16/12

16 Nov
November 16, 2012
Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction in stolen goods.

H.L. Mencken

Continuing the libertarian trend for Friday quotes with the reminder that government can’t create wealth for the society. Government can only affect wealth in two ways: creating the regulatory/judicial environment. and forcibly transferring wealth from one segment of the population to another. The best that a modern government can do is foster a legal/regulatory environment that is good for business opportunities and not steal too much wealth to hand out to its supporters.

Zombie Strike Part 6 Chapter 47

14 Nov
November 14, 2012

Chapter 47 wasn’t recorded, so here’s the text of the chapter:

Skull Island, South Pacific, 25 July 2010, 0315 Hours Local: Countdown: 1 Year, 3 months, 6 days

Slim and his driver, Michael, bounced back into the Zombie Strike compound. Michael slid the ATV into the laager where the hunting teams were waiting. They were the last team to return. Slim smiled as he dismounted. It had been a successful operation. None of the teams were lost, and by best estimates, the teams bought Zombie Strike two or three hours. Frank Pierre, the compound’s lead engineer was putting that time to good use. Outer buildings were being torn down to build a wall surrounding the old hotel. The hard packed rubble rising into some semblance of a barrier made Slim imagine he was in a Post-apocalyptic world, like Mad Max. He wondered if he would ever be able to watch The Road Warrior again. Read more →

Zombie Strike Part 6 Chapter 46

12 Nov
November 12, 2012

In Chapter 46, Slim, Sport and some of the support team go out to fend off the zombie horde bearing down on Skull Island’s command center. In DC, Mateo meets up with M&W’s legal representative before rushing off to the hotel with Kenn, Tredegar, and the lawyer in tow. He’s finally able to get into contact with Jess and hears more bad news.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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The Song Is Stuck In My Head, and I Can’t Get It Out! Cool!

09 Nov
November 9, 2012

I took my nephew to Cub Scouts last night because his dad was sick. NBD, I’ve done that plenty of times before. As we’re leaving, Nephew starts singing “The Star Spangled Banner.” Badly off-key and losing a lot of the words. So, being the uncle and having access to modern technology, I make him listen to one of the best renditions of our national anthem.

I’m speaking, of course, of Madison Rising’s rendition. I think I felt a little ill when the kid said it was only “Okay.”

Now, the song is stuck in my head and I must burn it out. Thankfully, most of my co-workers are vets, and they still smile when the song is played. Even in good, hard rock style.

Zombie Strike Part 6 Chapter 45

09 Nov
November 9, 2012

In Chapter 45, Slim is working hard to determine the extent of damage to Skull Island’s command center and figure out how long it will take to get them back on-line. Then Gunny, Skull Island’s head of security, brings even more bad news. In DC, Mateo is being questioned by the FBI. Special Agent Tredegar shows something that forces Mateo to action.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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Giving Words to My Rage

08 Nov
November 8, 2012

One of Barron’s commenters hits it out of the park.

This rant encapsulates so much of what I’ve been saying this election cycle. Very well said Wolfman!

And why aren’t you reading Barron’s blog?