If civilization were destroyed today—would John Thomas Rourke be able to survive...?
No human being could possibly escape death when the earth's atmosphere explodes into a blazing wave of global fire. But John Thomas Rourke, ex-CIA Covert Operations Officer, weapons specialist, and survival expert would not be denied another chance at life. His family and friends are alive and about to enter a cruel, desolate new world.
Thinking that The Retreat is the last refuge of life on earth until the Eden Project returns, Rourke is stunned to find that others have also survived the fiery holocaust. Yet these humans live to kill and kill to live, eating the flesh of their victims. Rourke and all he holds dear will soon be nothing but gnawed bones unless he once again makes the most of his skills as... The Survivalist
Rourke's Desperate Gamble
Rourke stood. "There." he shouted. "No weapons!"
He stepped back on step, then a second one, then a third. His palms sweated.
There were boulder-sized rocks scattered all along the top of the mountain and from behind one of these now stepped a man. He was clad in human skins, a woman's head of hair dangling obscenely near his crotch. In his right hand was a stone axe—the handle perhaps two feet long, a massive flat rock laced to it with what Rourke sumised would likely be human hair woven into rope. "Do you speak English?" Rourke called out.
The cannibal's face seamed with something halfway between a smile and a snarl, his body bending slightly forward as his left hand joined his right on the axe. From behind another rock came another of the cannibals. Then from behind still another rock still a third, the second two armed like the first, each with a massive stone axe.
Rourke didn't move away. "I didn't come to kill you. I want my son!"
The first cannibal kept coming, raising the stone axe now to swing...