Survival horror says it all.
Imagine Resident Evil… Silent Hill… with soldiers.
Straining to make that one clip of rounds last. Making sure not to waste a single bullet.
Lost in the shadows, low on ammo; only edged weapons; wounded, fighting to survive, the last remnants of the mission team trying to make sense of where they had gone wrong, and how to make it out alive with next-to-no resources.
Survival horror, where every bullet counts.
Featuring nearly 100,000 words of military fiction and sci-fi.
– Jeremy Robinson & Kane Gilmour (Callsign: Deep Blue, Ragnarok, and Omega, all part of the phenomenal Jack Sigler/Chess Team series)
– S.D. Perry (has written extensively in the universes of Star Trek, Aliens, and Resident Evil, among others)
– Weston Ochse (SEAL Team 666 and Grunt Life/Grunt Traitor)
– Matt Hilton (author of the high-octane Joe Hunter thriller series)
Plus another six established and emerging writers.
Survival horror was the theme for this release, with authors like NY Times-bestselling Robinson, and SD Perry, who has written some of the best Alien/Predator/Resident Evil tie-ins published to date. – Cohesion Press
"Of the four volumes thus far, Survival of the Fittest is arguably the most cohesive, certainly the most enjoyable for me to read. Every story was well-chosen; every author represented by solid, engaging storytelling, and every conclusion (even to those stories that are part of continuing narratives) inevitable and, at the same time, wonderfully surprising."– Dr Michael R. Collings
"Very enjoyable and well worth reading."– Hellnotes
"This anthology takes what's expected from the genre and turns it into the strangest, most bad-ass mix of military horror stories in the best way possible."– Horror Review
SHOW OF FORCE
A Jack Sigler / Chess Team Short Story
Jeremy Robinson & Kane Gilmour
"Show of force operations are designed to demonstrate resolve.
They involve the appearance of a credible military force in an attempt to defuse a situation."
—Joint Publication 3-0, Joint Operations
The helicopter set down a half mile from the raging storm, which made the desert look as if it were being sucked up into space. A twisting cloud of dust, sand, dirt and snow spiraled into the sky and covered a region that stretched for miles, engulfing most of the so called 'Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area.' Six bodies slipped from the rotary-winged vehicle and began a fast march toward the howling blizzard.
The region had been set aside as an International Biosphere Reserve in 1991, but in practice, that just meant there was very little there. Mongolia had agreed to the classification of the rarely-used land in exchange for developmental aid. Stretching over 3000 square miles, the place was a combination of drab-colored desert steppe and low, craggy, arid mountains.
The paramilitary team arrived at the leading edge of the storm, and was swallowed by the blinding whiteout conditions. Bursts of sand and ice particles, propelled to 100 mph by roiling winds, blasted across the landscape in thick, nearly solid slabs, buffeting their bodies. Unwavering, the soldiers pressed on. The radio earpieces and speakers inside their helmets, hidden beneath hoods, blocked external audio unless they were switched on. Without that block, they wouldn't have been able to hear each other over the mechanical, high pitched whine of the rampaging weather.
When the gusts of the storm periodically cleared, they could see each other in their full-body, white environment suits, trudging across the patchy scrub-grass-coated ground. The suits looked like the bastard children of environmental hazmat suits and yetis. With full-plate face masks, and tight, fur-coated hoods, they might have easily been mistaken for small polar bears missing their snouts – polar bears with plastic-coated automatic weaponry. The synthetic fur on the exterior of the suits repelled the sand and snow. Each member of the team also wore a tactical climbing harness that covered chest and pelvis, which could be used for rappelling or climbing, but more often was used for attaching equipment to the body. Underneath the outer suits they wore gel-heated full-body wetsuits to help maintain a comfortable internal body temperature.
Outside the environment suits, the mercury would be hovering around -40 degrees Fahrenheit, without the windchill. Scrubbing filters could provide exterior air if their self-contained tanks ran out, but they anticipated being on the ground for less than twenty minutes.
The land was barren rock and jutting hardy grasses – until unexpectedly, it wasn't. The hard ground gave way to treacherous sand dunes, and then just as seamlessly merged back into more crumbly rock and clumps of pale green vegetation.
"Charming. Like New Hampshire in the spring," one of them said, breaking the silence on their internal comms.
"Nah," the burly man in the lead said. "Spring is mud season. It would be like this, but we'd be caked in mud, too."
The slightest of the group groaned and said, "Golf alpha romeo." It was shorthand for 'get a room.' It was a common thing for the man and woman to bicker while in the field, but the other team members all knew how they really felt about each other.
"Hold up here," the slim man in the rear said. He squatted, and the others paused in their march without protest, dropping into similar crouches. They all held specially-designed, plastic-coated FN SCAR rifles, capable of withstanding the grit from extreme sandstorms. Even the weapons' muzzles were covered in a thin layer of plastic that would be ripped away once they opened fire, should it come to that. But they expected it wouldn't. This mission would be a cakewalk compared to what they normally faced.
The slight man, carrying a simple M-21 sniper rifle, also wrapped in white plastic, approached the thin man who had called a halt. He squatted and brought his weapon up in the direction his leader was looking, straight into the thick maelstrom. "King, you see something?"
The team's leader, King, stayed motionless for another full minute, before he replied. "No, Knight. Sorry. Just getting used to the complete lack of visibility and exterior sound. We don't know what's out here, so everyone stay sharp." Jack Sigler, callsign: King, stood up and headed out, into the howling storm.