Alpha (Sunrise Alley)

Alpha (Sunrise Alley)

Catherine Asaro

Language: English

Pages: 368

ISBN: 1416555129

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Charon was the most ruthless—and brilliant—criminal of the twenty-first century, a practitioner of illegal robotics and android research. He is dead now, and General Thomas Wharington believes his team of experts has deleted all the electronic copies the megalomaniacal inventor created of himself. However, one major problem remains: Alpha,
the only android survivor of Charon's cybernetic empire. Outwardly indistinguishable from a human woman, Alpha has superhuman strength and speed, and perhaps even more deadly capabilities still unknown. Thomas's superiors want her dismantled and studied, but to Thomas it feels like murder. He stalls for time, a move that could prove disastrous. Alpha escapes from an escape-proof compound, kidnaps Thomas, and takes him to one of Charon's hidden installations. Charon might be dead, but Alpha continues to carry out her late master's orders, and she refuses to elaborate on what those orders entail. Her behavior is becoming more human—or so it seems. Is she developing emotions and a conscience, or is she just learning to counterfeit them as a means of carrying out her enigmatic orders? And do those orders include Thomas's death sentence?

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Tom Swift in Captivity: Or a Daring Escape by Airship (Tom Swift, Book 13)

Invasion Vacation

Senor Saint (Simon Templar 'The Saint', Book 33)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seek the death of my captors." "Killing me won't help you escape. It would have the opposite effect. They would take you apart for certain." She frowned at him, but she didn't deny his words. Leaves rustled to Thomas's left. He looked up and saw Edwards escorting Sam over to them. "Well, look at this," Alpha said. "Little Doctor Bryton." "Hello, Alpha." Sam spoke coolly and stopped a few paces away. Edwards remained at her side, and Thomas didn't ask him to leave. "Mind if I join you?" Sam

weight reasonably well. "Where did you get the car?" No answer. She slammed the trunk and the light disappeared. He suspected Charon had vehicles hidden in many places for emergency use. Alpha motioned toward the trees behind him. "Walk." "Where?" "Forward," she said dryly. Thomas realized he was clenching his jaw and tried to stop. He maneuvered around, using his makeshift cane for support and lurched forward, one clumsy step at a time, half dragging his broken leg. The top edge of the cast

as magnificent and just as deadly." As soon as it came out, he wanted to kick himself. Stupid, stupid. He didn't know which bothered him more, that he said it or that he felt so self-conscious. He had always expressed his love of jets more easily than his love of his wife, though the latter was the greater passion in his life. But machines couldn't reject your emotions. He was responding to Alpha as if she were a person, a woman who attracted him, not only physically, but in her intellect and

staring at the shoe, neither speaking, though they made abbreviated gestures as if they were conversing. With their wireless capability, they could communicate volumes at high speeds, like technology-induced telepathy. Had Charon never been human, they probably wouldn't have spoken aloud or gestured at all. Charon probably did it out of habit; he still reacted more like a man than a construct. A question came to Thomas, one he would have asked sooner had he been in better condition: How much

He sat at his console and read the Banshee article. It didn't say much, just that low fuel had forced him to land at BWI. An Air Force spokesman had given out the story that an F-42 pilot had diverted due to the weather. Precedent existed for a general taking up a jet even three decades ago, when the Air Force Chief of Staff, General John P. Jumper, qualified in the F-22 Raptor. The article referred to Alpha as Thomas's backseater. Although few women had been fighter pilots in his youth, it

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