Storm & Fury
A Storm and Fury Adventures Collection
by Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin Genre: Paranormal Historical Adventure, Steampunk
New Pittsburgh, 1898 – a crucible of invention and intrigue. Born from the ashes of devastating fire, flood and earthquake, the city is ruled by the shadow government of The Oligarchy. In the swarming streets, people of a hundred nations drudge to feed the engines of progress. The Department of Supernatural Investigation was set up to take care of those things that live below, that go bump in the night… those odd cases that go beyond ‘standard’ investigation. Nicknamed ‘Storm and Fury’, Mitch Storm and Jacob Drangosavich are two of the more creative agents, working in New Pittsburgh and obeying the rules – when they have to.
A collection of short stories and novellas set in the world of the Iron & Blood novels and the related Storm and Fury Adventures.
Includes: Airship Down, Ruin Creek, Resurrection Day, The Hunt, Grave Voices, and Rogue. Plus two bonus stories: Ghost Wolf and a Steampunk fairy tale: The Patented Troll
“Watch out!” Mitch Storm yelled as he swung around, coming in to a firing position and leveling his rifle. The shot flashed past Jacob, catching a large gray wolf in its shoulder just as the wolf lunged for the kill. The animal yelped in pain and drew back, bleeding but not defeated.
“Behind you!” Jacob Drangosavich blasted his shotgun, aiming at the wolf running toward Mitch. He missed, cursed, and reloaded, but the wolf changed course, escaping the shot.
The wolves were huge and fast—and more aggressive than Mitch or Jacob had ever seen before. They worked as a pack, keeping their would-be prey corralled, striking in teams with uncanny precision. And despite what Jacob had heard about wolves preferring not to engage with humans, these animals seemed to be looking for a fight.
Four government agents. Four man-sized wolves. Jacob liked better odds.
It was supposed to be a routine mission—as much as any assignment was “routine” for the Department of Supernatural Investigation. Reports of strange sightings and unusual kills of deer and farm animals had the locals worried. Theories abounded, ranging from packs of rabid wild dogs to crazed bears. A few old-timers muttered about dark magic and a witch in the forest. DSI sent two agents to investigate. Those agents disappeared.
A man’s scream made Jacob wheel around, in time to see a wolf lunge for Keller, one of their fellow agents. Keller wasn’t fast enough to get out of the way, and the creature knocked him to the ground, raking him with its claws. A second wolf closed quickly, biting deep into Keller’s arm and knocking his rifle out of reach. Keller shouted and struggled to get loose, pinned by wolves that were each as big as he was.
Mitch gave a war cry and ran toward Keller, rifle at the ready. He shot the wolf that had the agent pinned, catching the animal in the chest and knocking it off Keller and onto its side. The second wolf snarled and sprang at Mitch, who barely dodged out of the way of its sharp claws.
A rifle shot cracked. “Got it!” Agent Anna Corbett muttered as the wolf fell over.
“There’s another one coming!” Jacob yelled, blasting the third wolf with his shotgun.
Gail Z. Martin discovered her passion for science fiction, fantasy and ghost stories in elementary school. The first story she wrote at age five was about a vampire. Her favorite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At age 14, she decided to become a writer. She enjoys attending science fiction/fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history sites.
Larry N. Martin is the author of the new sci-fi adventure novel Salvage Rat. He is the co-author (with Gail Z. Martin) of the Spells, Salt, and Steel/New Templars series; the Steampunk series Iron & Blood; and a collection of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Iron & Blood universe. He is also the co-author of the upcoming Wasteland Marshals series and the Joe Mack Cauldron/Secret Council series.
The Martins have three children, a Maltese, and a Golden Retriever.
Ghosts, Airships and Explosions By Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin
Storm and Fury is set in 1898, in a Pittsburgh that’s slightly different from the historical version, full of mad scientists, genius inventors, clockwork monsters and lighter-than-air zeppelins. It’s a melting pot of new immigrants who have come to the mines, and more established residents who’ve built an empire in coal and steel. There’s also the tension between old and new—the Old World and the New World, habits and customs, and magic vs technology.
That’s a heady brew, a mixture that’s ripe for combustion. Plenty of tension, conflicting agendas, mutually-exclusive goals, and the promise of fortune and glory to the victor. It’s also a time when anything seemed possible. Scientists and inventors dreamed up and built amazing contraptions from clockworks and the new-tangled electricity. Yet beneath it all lurk ancient superstitions, supernatural creatures, and dark magic, vying for control.
Mitch Storm and Jacob Drangosavich are agents from the Department of Supernatural Investigation. It’s their job to check into weird happenings, stop paranormal predators, and keep magic in the shadows so regular people can sleep peacefully at night. Storm and Fury shares their adventures!
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