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The Reprisal

Written By:Jerry Ahern - 1985

  • The Reprisal  - Jerry Ahern cover


If civilization were destroyed today—would John Thomas Rourke be able to survive...?

World War III and its aftermath of all-consuming fire left civilization on the brink of extinction. But John Thomas Rourke—the ex-CIA Covert Operations Officer, weapons specialist and survival expert—still lives, fighting the elements and the odds.

And those odds have never been more heavily stacked against Rourke than when he hinds his son mortally wounded and Natalia and all of his family kidnapped by a Russian foe, long thought dead.

As Rourke's son hovers between life and death under the watchful eyes of John Rubenstein, Rourke loads his weapons and sets out across a desolate America. His destination: "The Womb" in Colorado, where he must battle an enemy who brutally tortures his helpless captives before killing them. Rourke cannot afford to fail. There will be no second chances for... THE SURVIVALIST



From less than two yards away, Rourke looked at the man—he was at least seven feet tall. The technician's body looked to have been poured into the fatigue uniform with his muscles rippling visibly underneath it.

"Vitamins?" Rourke asked him.

The technician smiled, hurling himself forward. John Rourke side-stepped. But his couldn't get out of the reach of the huge man's fists. He took a glancing blow and edged back—and then Rourke stepped in and hit the technician with a right hook to the chin. The big man toppled over... right on top of Rourke!

The next split second was critical. The technician had the bulk and strength to pin Rourke down and kill him. And Rourke wasn't sure if he had it within himself to survive...




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