Straight ahead of him as he entered, Alex found a technician in a Banner Petroleum uniform. As he reached for the pistol holstered at his hip, Alex shot him; not in between the eyes like the movies, but in the mouth, where the round punched through the tech’s teeth and out the back of his head, ripping his brain stem out with it. Instant kill.
Alex swept the room, firing again as he took out an armed guard lurking in the corner. The back of the guard’s head exploded from Alex’s shot and spattered a thick, chunky wad of gore on the wall behind him as he slumped against it and slid to the floor.
“That was gory,” Ted noted as he moved into the room behind Alex and headed for the stack of servers.
“Headshots, bro. Bonus XP.”
Ted rolled his eyes, but it didn’t distract him from his mission as he opened his bag and slipped out the laptop. “Don’t you suck at Call of Duty?” he replied while stabbing USB cables into their ports as the laptop screen flashed to life.
Title: You Think This is a Game?
Author: Bernard Maestas
Genre: Young Adult Thriller
Wisecracking smartasses Ted and Alex are an elite army of two, fighting for fortune under the banner of their private military corporation Reagan Kirwan International. MIT-trained computer hacker and engineer Ted is the brains. Freerunning ex-French Foreign Legion commando is the brawn. With their unique combination of skills, they are in high demand on the blurry and ever-changing modern battlefields.
When oil is struck in a Somalian province, two titans of the energy industry collide head-on over the lucrative rights. The result is a war which rages both in the boardrooms and on the already bloody sands.
Hired for the simple task of tipping the scales, Ted and Alex’s mission takes a dangerous and deadly turn. They learn they are not the only trump cards in play and, this time, they may be on the wrong side. Facing the most dangerous of adversaries, constant perils, and treacherous corporate politics, they must stand together if they want to survive – and, more importantly, collect their paychecks.
Because war is a two-player co-op and all they have is each other.
Bernard Maestas lives in paradise. A police officer patrolling the mean streets of Hawaii, he has a background in contract security and both military and civilian law enforcement. When not saving the world, one speeding ticket at a time, he can usually be found wasting time on the internet, playing video games — or both. Occasionally, he finds time to write books.
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