How Did Alisha Survive the Cully River Meat-eaters?
During Alisha’s death-defying Broadtown mission she released her catcher at two thousand feet and soared down into a crosswind, somehow managing to stay upright on her slats even as she tossed blasters to take out ten concussion launchers, a tank, and everyone in the Czech field command tent. She even managed to do this without crashing. Still, she had no hope of surviving, for she headed straight to the Cully River, thick with meat-eaters.
As she reached the Cully River at high speed, she dropped the bag of remaining blasters into the water, soared over the surface of the water as she triggered the blasters to explode. The explosion beneath the water tossed her in the air while killing or knocking unconscious all the meat-eaters in the vicinity. By the time she fell back into the water the sharks in the area were dead or stunned. This wasn’t luck, but perfect timing of the explosions coupled with her agility to remain upright and ride the water.
At the time, however, everyone believed she had died by meat-eaters in the Cully River. But miraculously she survived.
And now she discovers that after the Broadtown battle, Jack (Colonel Sparks) sent out men to locate and retrieve Alisha’s wind-catcher. This is fabulous news. She has made so many modifications to her catcher that she is relieved she won’t have to start from scratch and try to re-create the same masterpiece twice.
What Jack doesn’t tell her until later is that it is in need of repairs. But even if she has to begin with a new windcatcher, having the old one will ensure she modifies it the same.
So she is thrilled that Jack took the time to rescue it.
Alisha Kane, the Corps’ best flyer, is promoted to colonel, in charge of teaching the Corp’s SkyRyders her extraordinary flying maneuvers. The man she loves, Logan, continues to place the Corps first and insists they both remain focused on their work. For Alisha, this means ferreting out the best flyers in a Corps that has systematically forced great flyers into mediocrity. Logan focuses on learning Alisha’s flying techniques so that he can become the hero the East Coast desperately needs. The result includes fractured ribs and broken hearts, but through it all they never relinquish their love of the Corps.
Jack sighed and stood up. “Regrettably, I have to leave now and take Wonder Woman away with me. General Powell wants a full accounting within the hour.”
Alisha sighed, handing the jacket back to him. “I’ll go get my flight suit…ah shit! My catcher!” She had disconnected her catcher at a thousand feet before taking her suicide-bombing run behind the concussion launchers. She’d never find it this late. It had probably blown across three states by now.
“It’s in my jeep outside. As soon as the battle was contained, I sent a squad out to recover it.”
“Even though you didn’t think I survived?” she asked, pleased by the gesture.
Evidently, Colonel Logan had reached his breaking point and for the first time in the last hour, he spoke. “Of course he retrieved your catcher. Even if you were gone, we could still learn and improve our flying techniques by studying your alterations. He wasn’t being kind, Alisha. He was doing his job.”
The SkyRyder’s Series, Book 2
The SkyRyder’s Series, Book 1
About the Author
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.