Title: Broken Hearts
Author: Ioana Visan
Series: Broken People, Book Two
Genre: Science Fiction, Cyberpunk
When life breaks you, you pick up the pieces and move on.
As The Nightingale Circus begin a quest to deliver a power source that has the potential to change the outcome of the war in the Far East, their efforts are thwarted when Nicholas is apprehended by French authorities.
Meanwhile, Dale stays in Bratislava to protect Aurore and her power source. When the largest weapons manufacturer in Europe discovers her secret, the chase is on.
With a tracker hot on their heels, Dale and Aurore struggle to stay one step ahead. Their dangerous journey takes them across Europe and leads them to the only ones who can help them – The Nightingale Circus.
“We have an arrest warrant with your name,” the officer said over the sound of guns being
aimed at Nicholas. “You’re required to come with us … peacefully, if possible.”
Murmurs broke out among the crew.
Nicholas glanced at the guns. Those were not regular weapons, but were specially designed
to target telechargers. He didn’t feel their presence on the power grid. It didn’t matter. He had no
intention to oppose resistance. There were too many people around who could get hurt. Besides,
he’d always known it would end like this.
The murmurs increased in volume.
Until he left the scene, he was still manager, so Nicholas slowly turned around.
Behind him, the stilt men elongated their legs, and the aerialists slipped forward through the
crowd. Almost everyone had exited the train by now. The knife throwers stood immovable in
place, but their knives were never far from reach. At a window, Cielo opened her mouth.
“Don’t!” Nicholas raised a hand.
Cielo’s mouth snapped shut, but if her eyes had been as powerful as her voice, several
people would have been lying on the ground already.
Sorry, mouthed Spinner.
They had sold him out. The realization hit him harder than expected. They had lured him
out, knowing damn well what would happen, and they had let him walk into the trap without a
warning. Sure, their loyalty was to the circus first, and he’d only been manager for one day, but
he’d traveled with the circus for years. The betrayal hurt.
“Sir?” the officer said.
“It’s all right. I’ll go with you.” Nicholas turned and presented his wrists to another soldier
holding a pair of thick manacles.
They closed with a click, and Nicholas’s shoulders slumped. The device inside the manacles
annihilated his ability to manipulate mass and energy. Ever since he could remember, he’d never
been without it. Its absence made him feel empty.
Nicholas turned again and said with all the confidence he could muster, “Stick to the
schedule, and take the power source to Paris. Also, wake up Big Dino. We had a deal.”
Rake grunted and crossed his arms over his chest. The rest of the crew members froze. Well,
that cleared up who was the boss.
Nicholas stepped forward to follow the soldiers, but Anya’s silhouette, pale and shivering, in
the car doorway made him stop.
“It’s going to be okay,” he said, repeating the same words she’d told him earlier.
This time, however, they both knew it was a lie.
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Prizes: 3 ecopies of Broken People and 2 ecopies of The Nightingale Circus
About the Author
Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can’t, she writes about it.
After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in “Human Instincts”, she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, and then she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler Legacy” series, before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series.
Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a short story collection “Efectul de nautil” and the Romanian edition of “Human Instincts”.
She was awarded the Encouragement Award by The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.