From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author John Gilstrap, a new Victoria Emerson Thriller. With America brought to the brink of destruction, one woman becomes the last hope of a nation and its people.
One-time congressional representative Victoria Emerson has become the leader of a small town in West Virginia, where it’s a struggle just to provide food and shelter. Progress is encouraging—until one morning her son sounds the alarm “Blue Fire!”—the code phrase for imminent danger.
A renegade band of National Guardsmen wants to take over the town and steal its resources. They’ve got the firepower to eliminate anyone who puts up a fight. But Victoria swore an oath to defend her people. It’s time to tap into the traditional American values of courage, ingenuity, and patriotism—and fight fire with fire.
Praise for the Victoria Emerson Thriller Series
“A nonstop roller coaster of suspense! Crimson Phoenix ticks every box for big-book thrillerdom.” —Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author
“Crimson Phoenix snaps with action from the very first page.” —Marc Cameron, New York Times bestselling author of Bone Rattle and of Tom Clancy’s Shadow of the Dragon
“An engrossing sequel . . . Fans will delight in the resilience of Gilstrap’s family of preppers and their quest for survival on their terms.” —Publishers Weekly on Blue Fire
Gilstrap's engrossing sequel to 2021's Crimson Phoenix finds former U.S. Congresswoman Victoria Emerson continuing to organize an Ortho, W.Va., community of like-minded survivors of Hell Day, an "eight-hour conflict that left the world in ruins" 34 days earlier and wiped out all 21st-century technology. Then troops led by Capt. Roy Magill, of the Maryland National Guard, show up. Magill, who claims to represent the U.S. Army, threatens to arrest members of the Ortho community unless they hand over their provisions. His brutish intimidation tactics lead to a firefight and mass casualties for his side. In the aftermath, as rumors and reports of marauding groups grow, the community prepares for an inevitable reprisal attack. Meanwhile, Emerson's missing 18-year-old son, Adam, tries to protect his pregnant girlfriend as they make their way to Top Hat Mountain, where he hopes to reunite with his family. Power struggles among surviving U.S. government officials hunkered down in D.C.-area bunkers add to the drama. Fans of doomsday military thrillers will delight in the resilience of Gilstrap's family of preppers and their quest for survival on their terms. Readers will eagerly await the next installment. Agent: Molly Friedrich, Friedrich Agency.