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Jaz Parks has enough trouble in her personal life. What she doesn't need is more trouble with her vampire boss and another mission. This time she has to retrieve a vital piece of biotechnology by killing the maniac who stole it: an ancient Chinese vamp. Their cover in this mission: professional entertainers at the Corpus Christi's Winter Festival. The crew's all here: a psychic, a techno-wizard, a singing vampire, a juggling PI, and Jaz. Holy crap in a bottomless well, Jaz is going to bellydance. It's definitely, probably, quite possibly going to be the end of the world as we know it.
Jaz Parks here. But I'm not alone. I'm hearing voices in my head - and they're not mine. The problem, or maybe the solution, is work. And the job's a stinker this time -- killing the gnomes that are threatening to topple NASA's Australian-based space complex. Yeah, I know. Vayl and I should still be able to kick this one in our sleep. Except that Hell has thrown up a demon named Kyphas to knock us off track. And damn is she indestructible!
I'm Lucille Robinson (aka Jaz Parks). This is a mission unlike anything my vampire boss, Vayl, and I have ever been on. It's not our usual take-them-out-and-run; it's an undercover mission that needs the whole gang: a psychic, an interpreter, and a weapons specialist. We've never gone in which such heavy artillery before, but the more the merrier, right? Um... nope. At least not since Vayl and I learned part of our job is to ferret out a mole concealed in our unit. To add to our problems, we're being harried by a pack of reavers bent on revenge, and targeted by a Seer who wants to share Vayl's power - at any cost. This is going to be a blast.
Jaz Parks here. I. Am. Pissed. Just as Vayl and I arrive in Morocco to secure an ancient artifact, he wakes up calling me by another woman's name. And it's not even a good one. But since any form of argument transforms him into an unholy terror, I'm forced to play along until the gang and I can figure out what kind of power has so vastly altered his perceptions. So it's time for me to do what any well-trained assassin in my position might do. I attack. What follows is a hair-raising, breath-taking bullet train ride to the finish as the crew battles on multiple fronts. I now know what I have to do - I must return to hell one last time.
Jaz Parks here. My latest mission has taken me to the ancient Greek city of Patras; but instead of soaking up its splendor, I'm here to infiltrate a Vampere Trust. Only two vamps have ever escaped the tightly bound communities and lived to tell the tale: Edward "The Raptor"Samos, the most reviled criminal mastermind in recent memory, and Vayl, the CIA's number one assassin who also happens to be my boss. The Raptor is trying to take over Vayl's former Trust. Unfortunately the Trust's new leader has her own plans. This job is going to be the death of me.
I have two choices. Carve Brude's name into Hell's bile-encrusted gates. Or lose my soul. After an assassination attempt on Vayl, I find myself pulled into a tangled web that takes the gang to Romania. So how will I save a ghost, rescue a demon, and cheat the Great Taker out of a soul he's slavering for while defeating my nastiest foe yet so that Vayl can, at last, cherish a few precious years with his sons? With careful planning, major violence, and one (hopefully) final trip to Hell.
Start your summer off right with a dose of epic action and adventure from Orbit. We have a number of returning favorites including: A. Lee Martinez with his new monster-laden romp, Chasing the Moon; Iain M. Banks' latest Culture novel in paperback, Surface Detail; Trudi Canavan's The Rogue, the second volume of her new series following The Ambassador's Mission; the conclusion to the Jaz Parks series in Jennifer Rardin's The Deadliest Bite; The Company Man pits union breakers against stranger monsters in Robert Jackson Bennett's follow-up to his gripping debut, Mr. Shivers; the second volume in Kevin J. Anderson's Terra Incognita trilogy, The Map of All Things; and Mira Grant returns with Deadline, the sequel to last summer's zombie sensation, Feed. We also have some stellar newcomers to the Orbit line-up! Simon Morden blazes onto the scene with an action-packed cyberpunk trilogy that pits one Russian mad scientist against the whole of a future London underworld. Yakuza, Russian Mafia, CIA agents, and rogue AIs--what more do you need to know? Daniel Abraham's The Dragon's Path pairs one of the most acclaimed storytellers in fantasy with the kind of classic, epic fantasy we all fell in love with in the first place. And James S.A. Corey makes his debut with Leviathan Wakes, a space opera set in our own solar system that pits a rag-tag Outer Planet Alliance against the scheming corporations of Earth and Mars. This summer is going to be epic.
In this short story, told from each character's perspective, Vayl and Jaz spend a romantic evening together. This story takes place after the events of Bitten to Death.
A rabbi raises a terrifying ancient creature - the golem - to protect his congregation, but the results are far bloodier than he could ever have imagined. Now, Jaz and Vayl, the CIA's top assassins, must hunt down the golem and end its reign of terror. The events of this short story take place between Biting the Bullet and Bitten to Death, books 3 and 4 of the Jaz Parks series.Word count: ~4,800
I'm Jaz Parks. My boss is Vayl, born in Romania in 1744. Died there too, at the hand of his vampire wife, Liliana. But that's ancient history. For the moment Vayl works for the C.I.A. doing what he does best--assassination. And I help. You could say I'm an Assistant Assassin. But then I'd have to kick your ass. Our current assignment seemed easy. Get close to a Miami plastic surgeon named Assan, a charmer with ties to terrorism that run deeper than a buried body. Find out what he's meeting with that can help him and his comrades bring America to her knees. And then close his beady little eyes forever. Why is it that nothing's ever as easy as it seems?
In the power vacuum left by the death of Edward "The Raptor" Samos, a struggle for supremacy has begun between his former allies: The Flock, The Valencian Weres and the Coven of Inverness. The CIA feels the balance must be maintained. So when an agent planted among the Weres discovers a plot to assassinate the Coven's leader, Jaz and Vayl are brought in to take out the woman hired to do the deed, a killer as wily and Gifted as themselves. The Highlands of Scotland provide the background for a plot as twisted and strange as the ghost fanatics Jaz and her crew must mingle with as part of their mission's cover. And it is there, among murderers, demons and half-crazed relatives, that Jaz and Vayl will discover how far they're willing to go for love.
Two young college students end up in over their heads after making a deal with a voodoo queen, in this short story from author Jennifer Rardin.Word count: ~8,200
Now, together in one place for the first time, Quick Bites combines Jennifer Rardin's short stories into a wild ride of vampires, zombies, and voodoo that is impossible to put down. This omnibus edition includes the stories "Scouting Jasmine," "The Golem Hunt," "An Evening For Jaz and Vayl," "Paul and Brady Get Hoodoo with the Voodoo," and "Zombie Jamboree." Word Count ~ 27,000
Orbit is pleased to present a selection from each of our upcoming titles for Fall 2010. Inside you'll find everything from king-stealing thieves, to zombie-hunting couples. We have the newest Iain M. Banks novel Surface Detail, Greg Bear's triumphant return to deep space SF with Hull Zero Three, new novels from urban fantasy greats like Lilith Saintcrow and Jennifer Rardin. We're especially pleased to introduce debut author, Rachel Aaron, with her three rip-roaring fantasy adventures in three months.
Jaz Parks is on the hunt for a politically-powerful vampire; but little does she know that she herself is being hunted - by her future boss, Vayl. In this exciting short story that takes place prior to Once Bitten, Twice Shy, Vayl sees Jaz in action for the very first time.Word count: ~7200
A reality show host is in for a night she never expected when zombies take over her show, in this short story from author Jennifer Rardin.Word count: ~2,900
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