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About Russ Linton
Danger, depth, and discovery. A former government agent, philosopher, and explorer, I'm now a wandering bard exploring worlds real and imaginary.
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Deeply-held beliefs can lead to factional wars, and it’s been said that more people have been killed in the name of some god than for any other reason.
The Crusades, the Inquisition, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, and many more...
SNAFU: Holy War offers high-action horror based around conflicts of religion, either overt or covert, featuring previous SNAFU favourites along with some of the best brand new writers working in the field today.
Do you hear the call?
James A Moore
David W. Amendola
B. Michael Radburn
Case C. Capehart
Phil Scott Mayes
This is a collection of stories of bedlam taking place within the padded walls of an institution. Stories of experiments gone wrong, patients revolting against the staff, or even the deranged doings of those charged with giving care. They are sick, depraved, and atrocious - the type of stories that rarely reach the light of day.
Are you brave enough to crawl inside the minds of the thirteen authors who wrote these tales... Or are you afraid you’ll be locked up for peeking?
Featuring the talents of:
Delphine Boswell, Alex Chase, Sean Conway, Megan Dorei, A.A. Garrison, Tom Howard, Russell Linton, Suzie Lockhart and Bruce Lockhart 2nd, Jennifer Loring, Sergio Palumbo, Joseph A. Pinto, and D.M. Smith
*This book is a collection of similarly themed yet varying fictitious short stories from multiple authors.
All Spencer wanted was a normal life. College. A job. Maybe a research fellowship which culminated in freeing his mother from the psychic snow globe where he last saw her...
Then again, “normal” might be too much for the powerless son of the world’s most dangerous Augment to ask for.
Spencer is soon sucked back into his father's world of weaponized superhumans. Augments long forgotten have emerged from their former prison with their powers amplified. While Spencer and his team race to contain the threats, a digital cabal weaves a vision of the future as infectious as the computerized plague set to deliver it.
The Avengers meets Mr. Robot in this thrilling superhero universe. Readers have called the plot "scary brilliant and hopefully just fantasy". But will it become Spencer's new reality? Buy your copy today and find out!
The only time you get to fly is when you're fleeing your father's nemesis.
Games of catch are about as fun as dodging incoming artillery.
And getting your hands on all that power? Turns out, it’s not exactly a hereditary thing.
Unless you want to hand yourself over to Uncle Sam. No, not the World War II era Augment with mind control powers, but the U.S. government - specifically the D.O.D.’s not-so-aptly named Project Peacemaker. Oh, and once they’ve powered you up and tagged you into inventory, you can forget about them paying for college.
Superheroes? Please. They're all weapons with one mission - wreck my tender teenage years and make my initiation into adulthood a suicidal mission to do what my weaponized father couldn't: rescue my mother from a psychotic super genius.
But I’m game. Two years trapped in dad’s Fortress of Solitude may not have helped my social skills, but I’d wreck a whole army of killer robots to get a decent cheeseburger.
Look out world, I may not be the hero you want, but I’m all you’ve got. Just me, my l33t hacking skills, and a multitool between you and Armageddon...
Crimson Son isn’t your typical superhero novel. Fast-paced, engaging, with all the action you’d expect but set in a believable world and helmed by a hero with an unmistakable voice. Mr. Robot meets The Winter Soldier in this unique superhero series you'll love. Launch into action with Spencer today!
Can a misfit hacker finally fulfill an impossible legacy?
When his mother disappeared, Spencer went on a suicidal mission to find her.
When his father fell, he became the one thing he feared most.
Hacker misfit. Augment hunter. Now he’s got to figure out how to be what he never wanted to be: a hero.
With the world order crumbling and the rise of an Augment epidemic, Spencer and his unlikely crew of Not-So-Super Friends must confront the crisis which they helped unleash.
There’s Eric, a fellow hacker seduced by a digital revolution he struggles to control. Hound, an aging veteran who has lost his place in a rapidly changing world. Jackie, a newly minted speedster determined not to be just another Augment weapon like Ember her short-fused, fire-wielding mother. Throw in a couple former traitors and a clairvoyant mother who can’t seem to keep out of his headspace and this may just be Spencer’s last stand…
Spencer must make a team out of them and fast as their growing list of enemies tries to determine the fate of the world.
But can the powerless son of a superhero ever fulfill his father’s legacy? Read the exciting conclusion of the Crimson Son Universe, the superhero series that turns the genre on its head, and find out!
Praise for the Crimson Son Universe:
“This bright, quirky fantasy, gives "superhero" a whole new meaning...”
“Like an origami creation, he builds his tales in subtle layers, crisp folds of storytelling that make a shape far different than first expected.”
“A brilliant scary story that may well happen someday…”
“Russ Linton infuses his action-packed story with a genuine emotion that is often overlooked in tales like this.”
Suggested reading order for Crimson Son Universe:
Empty Quiver (Short Story Collection)
Crimson Son 2: Motherland
Crimson Son 3: Ashes
Under the Flickering Light (standalone novel)
Crimson Son 4: Legacy
The Crimson Mask has fallen. Spencer and his allies have been scattered across the globe. In the wake of Aurora’s final expression of grief, the United States has suffered a massive blackout.
Imprisoned in a country under martial law, Spencer accepts help from the wily and ruthless CEO of Nanomech. He makes a bargain to become what he’s always feared and loathed - The Black Beetle.
His father gone, this is not a time for heroes. This is a time for revenge.
Spencer must find a way to deal with the loss and prevent his quest for vengeance from consuming him. New Augments will rise to test his mettle, and one may just save him from himself.
Buy your copy today and experience a superhero universe of conspiracy and pulse-pounding action!
From the brutal curators at ImmerseOrDie.com comes this collection of indie short stories, each a distinct jewel forged in the fires of judgement, and each carrying that simple promise: Guaranteed not to suck.
They were never designed to be heroes.
Hurricane. Ember. Aurora. Danger. State-sponsored superhumans known as Augments. Weapons created to end a war.
With the war over, their creators couldn't surrender the power and sought to hide it in the shadows. They forged ahead with covert operations and proxy wars despite growing condemnation. But one by one, Augments begin to ignore their handlers or disappear altogether. The quiver emptied.
Empty Quiver takes a dark dive into the Crimson Son universe. Not your typical superhero tales, this short collection pulls no punches as it examines the clandestine program that changed Spencer’s world. If you think you'd like thrilling action and conspiracy set in a gritty superhero world like no other, then this is the book for you.
Click the Buy Now button to download your free copy and enter the universe of Crimson Son!
The ten stories in Carnage: After the End – Volume 1 are the terrifyingly harsh and brutal realities those survivors must face. Each one takes us to a place where humanity’s stragglers are forced to battle with enemies outside of their control; mutant beasts, groups of depraved and desperate people, and the terrifying threat of a dwindling food supply. Their fight for survival gets even more difficult as they search among the tatters of civilization for the will to carry on.
In a world where society has collapsed and terror lurks around every corner, no one can be trusted and nothing can be taken for granted.
Hell has invaded and happy endings are a thing of the past…
Contributing Authors in Volume One are Kimberly A. Bettes, Shane Cashman, Shane R. Collins, Laura Diamond, Rodney James Galley, Michael Griffin, Russell Linton, Adam Millard, Christofer Nigro, and Julianne Snow.
For M@ti, that isn’t enough. She wants to tear it all down.
An experiment from birth, M@ti sees the Manhattan Preserve differently than the teeming millions who inhabit the city. With her eyes to the stars instead of hidden behind VR gear, she uncovers their caretaker’s secret plans for galactic expansion.
But when a deadly hunter finds out she's hacked the networks, M@ti must decide if her unique skills are a curse or a blessing and choose sides in a centuries-old war which pits hackers against their AI overlords.
Can she cling to her humanity long enough to deliver the world from AI domination? Or will old wounds finally bring the human race to extinction?
It’s the apocalypse—again! It come in the form of shambling, brain eaters. What are you going to do? Pick up your copy of Zombiefied: Hazardous Material and find out in 27 of the best stories on zombies. Shamble on over to your chair and enjoy humorous, poignant, scary, and thought-provoking stories by authors such as Lyn McConchie, David Boop, Cynthia Ward, David Lee Summers, Bob Brown, John Lance, and Rhonda Parrish. One read and you’ll be Zombiefied!
Fresh out of prison, Ace returns to Saint Augustine to find that his victory over the Sunset King has fueled unintended consequences. The dead wander the streets of the ancient city, and it's up to him to stop them from dragging away the population, one by one.
But can he do it alone? His new partner, Araceli, continues to cling to her secrets. History buff Caleb isn't ready for primetime when it comes to facing the forces of evil. And Atofo? His crude mentor is MIA as the dead patrol the streets.
Ace can only rely on his magic and the mysterious force known as Kibaga's Cloak. But even those magics have been affected by the necromantic wave.
With no way to hold back the disease ravaging his insides, this might just be Ace's final mission. Only a grave sacrifice will see him through. But is he ready to pay the price?