“The most fascinating AI character in recent memory.” – Entertainment Weekly
Meet Emily - she can solve advanced mathematical problems, unlock the mind's deepest secrets and even fix your truck's air con, but unfortunately, she can't restart the Sun.
She's an artificial consciousness, designed in a lab to help humans process trauma, which is particularly helpful when the sun begins to die 5 billion years before scientists agreed it was supposed to.
So, her beloved human race is screwed, and so is Emily. That is, until she finds a potential answer buried deep in the human genome. But before her solution can be tested, her lab is brutally attacked, and Emily is forced to go on the run with two human companions - college student Jason and small-town Sheriff, Mayra.
As the sun's death draws near, Emily and her friends must race against time to save humanity. But before long it becomes clear that it's not only the species at stake, but also that which makes us most human.
"A page-turning sprint.... The pace never slackens." – Kirkus Reviews
Wyatt Stoke had just about pissed his life away by the time he hit forty. When his uncle died, he suddenly found himself inheriting a rundown house in Baytown, Texas, an equally rundown salvage tugboat (the Yemanjá), and the scrappiest rag tag crew of small-time crooks and addicts that ever yanked a sunken yacht off a Galveston shoal. But during a salvage and rescue job on a container ship that’s burning out of control in the Houston Ship Channel, Wyatt and his first mate come across a pair of corpses they were not meant to find. Within twenty-four hours, Wyatt finds himself and his crew in the crosshairs of Louisiana drug runners, corrupt law enforcement officials, and an FBI investigation into just what happened on that burning boat. Dodging bullets, sharks, mercenaries, oil platform explosions, and drug-addled Cajuns, Wyatt and his crew have to criss-cross the Gulf on the surface and the seafloor itself to uncover a smuggling operation that's processing fuel for one of the worst terrorist armies in modern history.
Fields of Wrath (Luis Chavez)
Following his ordination as a priest, Father Luis Chavez returns to the mean streets of his youth, hoping to put his past behind him. But the brutal murder of a worker in Ventura County’s vast farm fields compels Luis to return to his criminal roots in order to unravel a massive conspiracy. Teaming up with Michael Story, an ambitious Los Angeles deputy DA, Chavez goes undercover as a farm laborer to bring down an immense human-trafficking ring tied to one of California’s most prominent and powerful families.
Fighting to stay on the path of the righteous while confronting evil at every turn, Father Chavez finds himself in a battle of good versus evil, with the souls of hundreds hanging in the balance.
City of Strangers (Luis Chavez)
When a priest is brutally gunned down in front of St. Jerome’s Chinese-American Catholic Church, Father Luis Chavez is asked by the archdiocese to lead an inquiry. With the confessed killer already in custody, it looks like an open-and-shut case. That is, until Father Chavez digs deeper.
As the killer’s confession unravels, Father Chavez teams up with Deputy District Attorney Michael Story to get to the bottom of it. Together, they discover a conspiracy leading back to one of the world’s oldest criminal organizations.
But just as the team is about to break the case, a mysterious virus sweeps through Los Angeles, sending the city into a spiral of panic—and Father Chavez into the heart of a mystery that could rock the City of Angels to its core.
Wages Of Sin (Luis Chavez)
Not a day goes by that Father Luis Chavez isn’t haunted by the cold-blooded slaying of his brother, Nicolas. But as the years pass and the case remains unsolved, there looks to be no end to his torment.
When Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Story discovers a possible link between a murdered prosecutor and Nicolas’s death several years before, the priest investigates, uncovering an international money-laundering scheme tying American banks to Mexican cartels. Finding himself the target of a brutal cartel hit squad, Father Chavez heads to Mexico, where he unearths a long-buried secret that pushes his faith to the breaking point.
As he fights to stop a seemingly endless cycle of killing, Father Chavez closes in on his brother’s murderer, learning that sometimes the most incipient evil is found closest to home.
The Cleaners Volume 1 Absent Bodies
“Riveting tale…an outstanding debut of a promising series” – Booklist
In the dark tradition of Los Angeles noir, The Cleaners is the story of a ragtag team of for-hire trauma-scene cleaners led by ex-surgeon Robert Bellarmine. Contracted with sanitizing some of the nastiest crime and accident scenes in the tri-county L.A. basin, the team battles against what could only be described as the grim, unknowable face of the supernatural. But by focusing on the scientific explanation, no matter how aberrant or extraordinary, they counteract centuries-old superstition to prove things are seldom what they seem...
In Absent Bodies, Bellarmine and his crew take on a series of gruesome tasks starting with a bloodbath that covers an entire neighborhood. This investigation leads them toward uncovering a disturbing mystery involving missing people — mostly children — which dates back longer than the history of the city itself.