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In the Wreckage

Metahuman Files Book 1

by Hailey Turner

In The Wreckage - Hailey Turner
Part of the Metahuman Files series:
  • In the Wreckage
Editions:Kindle: $ 3.99 USD
Pages: 433

A Marine with honor.

After surviving a horrific chemical attack that turned him into a metahuman, Captain Jamie Callahan got a second lease on life. For three years he’s been working for the Metahuman Defense Force and leading Alpha Team—all against the wishes of his family. The job requires his full dedication, so it’s no surprise Jamie doesn’t have time for a relationship. An enticing one-night stand with a gorgeous stranger is all it takes to show Jamie exactly what he’s been missing. When a mission to take down a terrorist cell brings that same stranger back into his world, Jamie’s life gets complicated.

A soldier with secrets.

Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan was only looking to relieve some stress after a long mission. He didn’t know the hot guy he picked up at a bar was the leader of the MDF’s top field team. When Kyle and his partner get seconded to Alpha Team to help fight a terrorist threat, he has to balance his desire for Jamie against his duty to keep his secrets safe. That gets harder and harder to do amidst regulations both are tempted to break.

Two men trying to survive.

Giving into passion could cost both their careers. Abiding by the rules will only result in heartache. An attack on MDF headquarters brings with it a choice Jamie and Kyle can’t escape—duty, or love?

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Eye In the Sky

Ground level in the Chicago megacity was a humid, crowded mess on the best of days. When a mafia-backed terrorist group led by metahumans waged war against law abiding citizens, Chicago became a shitshow of the worst kind not even the police could handle. Which meant the best counterattack came not from local authorities, but in the form of government-backed metahumans.

“Where the fuck is our cover fire?”


Jamie Callahan ducked back behind the questionable cover of the northern Michigan Avenue bridgehouse as a spray of automatic fire pitted the ground near him. He glanced over at his second-in-command and communications and infiltration specialist as Sergeant Ekaterina “Call me Katie” Ovechkina dropped down beside him, biolocked AKR-75 assault rifle gripped in her hands. He could barely make out Katie’s blue eyes through the shifting schematics on her helmet’s tactical goggles HUD, but the tight smile curving her mouth was annoyed.

“This is getting ridiculous,” Katie said by way of greeting.

“You’re telling me,” Jamie replied.

“How the fuck am I supposed to shoot at someone I can’t even see?” their temporary sniper snapped over Alpha Team’s encrypted comms channel.

“Tank gave you the target’s position,” Jamie replied coolly. He long ago got used to the embedded nanotech comms against the bones in his head amplifying everyone’s voices on the battlefield even if he had yet to get used to the idiots washing in and out of their overwatch position.

“Well the target ain’t there!”

Jamie glanced up at the building across the Chicago River from them, eyeing the general area their sniper should have made his nest. Jamie tilted his head at Katie and tapped at the side of his own helmet with two fingers. “Tell me Eagle has eyes on us.”

“You know what happened the last time I telepathically scanned for him? He screamed like a little girl and Bones almost took a fifty cal to the ass. You really want to risk that again?” Katie retorted.

“No LOS!” their sniper said, sounding more than a little frantic. “No LOS!”

As far as Jamie, a Recon Marine captain turned captain of the Metahuman Defense Force’s Alpha Team, was concerned, if a soldier on secondment couldn’t stomach working with metahumans, then they shouldn’t be on his team. After three years of training and field deployment under the MDF banner, Jamie thought the powers that be should have figured that out by now.

“He’s gone after this,” Katie said flatly, looking Jamie straight in the eye.

“The second we get back to base,” Jamie promised before shifting the position of his own biolocked AKR-75 against his shoulder. “Tank, you got eyes on the target?”

The deep voice of Alpha Team’s transport specialist came through the comms loud and clear from his position on the other side of the bridge. Donovan Williams sounded beyond thrilled to finally finish the damn fight. “Fucker hasn’t moved and neither has the bomb.”

“Looks like they armed it, but I can’t see a timer, and they dropped the remote detonator in the river when we dropped their aerial transport with an RPG,” Madison Chan reported. Their demolitions specialist sounded way too cheerful about that fact. “Permission to move in, Apollo?”

“Negative, Nova,” Jamie replied. “Wait for Bones to get in position.”

“What are you freaks waiting for down there?” their sniper snapped over the comms in an agitated voice.

Jamie narrowed his eyes, cold anger at the insult flung toward his team coursing through him. Katie leaned in close beside him and murmured, “Orders, sir?”

Fuck it, Jamie thought. He was done with catering to a xenophobic asshole. The brass could write him up for dumping the latest idiot they’d assigned his team in the middle of a fight for all he cared. Not like a black mark on his record would be detrimental career-wise with the MDF as it would in the Marines. Metahumans, especially military trained metahumans, were difficult for the MDF to come by. They wouldn’t want to give him up over something like this.

He hoped.

“Apollo to Eagle, stand down. I say again, stand down. We’ll handle this problem without you,” Jamie announced to the team at large and their misbegotten add on specifically. “Icarus? You’re taking overwatch.”

Any further insults their temporary sniper would’ve shouted over the comms were blocked by Katie’s smooth intervention. She cut him out of the team’s encrypted comms channel with a swipe of her finger against the rugged, curved control screen strapped around the underside of her left forearm.

“Copy that. Y’all couldn’t’ve cut him out earlier?” Annabelle Brown drawled.

The former Night Stalker pilot sounded only mildly irritated. Anyone else would’ve been spitting nails, as she liked to say. Annabelle rarely deviated from her calm under pressure attitude, but when she did, Jamie did his best to fix whatever it was that pissed her off. Jamie was always happiest when his team was happy.

“Yeah, like last month?” Donovan muttered.

“Cut the chatter and focus,” Jamie said. Katie moved up beside him, both their weapons primed and held at the ready. Katie used a quick series of hand signals to inform Jamie of her preferred position and he nodded silent agreement.

“I got eyes on the bridge. The bastards hunkered down at their makeshift perimeter ain’t movin’,” Annabelle said.

Jamie scanned the sky for a few seconds, finally locating the small, human-shaped speck that was Annabelle hovering next to a skyscraper somewhere near the ninetieth floor. He trusted Annabelle in the overwatch position over the idiot assigned to them, but giving her that task took her out of the main fight for the remainder of the mission.

“Wounded are secure. I got eyes and a shield on the bomb,” Trevor Sanchez said twenty seconds later.

As their resident medic and telekinetic, Jamie had tasked him with protecting the civilians against any stray Sons of Adam attack and getting them out of the line of fire before rejoining the main fight. Alpha Team had enough firepower, both in the form of weapons and metahuman enhancements, to hold off the enemy while Trevor handled the wounded. Care for civilians always got them top marks on the news streams, and Jamie knew enough about handling the media that good press was better than any press, especially when it came to the MDF.

They were going to need a lot of good press after today.

“Copy that, Bones. Tank, relay position of the target to Nova for a hard strike. On my mark.”

Jamie listened to the stream of chatter over the comms with one ear while he mentally ran through the revised plan on the fly. They had a limited window of time to pull this off without incurring any further casualties to the civilian population or damage to the surrounding buildings. The Sons of Adam had deployed only one metahuman for the fight, but when that one metahuman could turn invisible, it made everything all the more difficult.

Alpha Team excelled at overcoming difficulties.

“Execute! Execute!” Jamie snapped in between a lull of gunfire from the terrorists.

Reviews:Parvathy on Gay Book Reviews wrote:

In the Wreckage is an action-packed, sexy as sin, beautifully written sci-fiction romance set in the futuristic world. The book is filled with heart throbbing action packed moments, beautiful emotions and a bunch of well etched phenomenal characters who make the story completely thrilling and engrossing.

Jamie is the head of Alpha Team of Metahuman Defense Force. One night he chances upon Kyle in the bar. They spend an unforgettable and phenomenal night together but the next day they realize that Kyle is none other than the person assigned to work with him and his team. And what follows is how they face the mounting threats against them and how they navigate their beautiful and mind blowing connection. I loved Jamie and Kyle and how the author has developed their relationship.They both are not supposed to fraternize as its against the rules of MFD and how they decide to take a chance on each other has been portrayed really well. What I loved the most is that theirs was not an insta-love but rather their relationship is at that point where things are still progressing. What I also loved is that both men are really understanding of each other and their personalities also mix well in spite of them being different. The dynamics of their relationship was really interesting to read. And their sexual chemistry and the way it has been explored was truly mind-blowing. The sex scenes are panty-melting hot. But their bond and trust also comes through in those scenes. It was explosive as well as really beautiful. The way their emotional bond is slowly developing and how they are slowly falling in love is also being portrayed exceptionally well and it is delightful to read. I felt like I was going on their journey with them. I fell completely in love with Jamie and Kyle by the time I was finished reading the story and I cannot wait to continue on their journey with them.

Another important aspect of this book is the science fiction element. I really liked the world author has built in the book. The futuristic tech and the future world has been explained well without losing focus on the characters and their story. It was intriguing and fascinating to get lost in the world the author has built. I really liked the premise of Metahumans and I cannot wait to read more about them in the upcoming books. The secondary characters are also very well developed and they all are a joy to read. The action sequences were written in such a way as to make it seem as if we are right there in the middle of what was happening. I completely loved everything in this book.

In the Wreckage is a completely engrossing and thrilling sci-fiction romance with a bunch of extremely endearing characters. I loved this book utterly and completely and I cannot wait to read what’s coming next !!!

Simone on Dirty Books Obsession wrote:

What an amazing debut novel!!!

This book pushed all my buttons!!!

The blurb is conclusive enough so I won’t go into further detail. You will get the idea what is going on when you read it. I will just say something about the great job the author did with this book.

As for the worldbuilding… One word: excellent!

Everything is described with a passion for detail and you just feel the excitement and the dedication of the author to introduce us to the world she created. So, if you are looking for a fantastic, action-packed sci-fi story with lots of emphasis on paranormal elements, burning-the-sheets hot sex, and great characters, don’t look any further. You will get it all in this book.

From the very beginning, you will be thrown right into the action and it felt like being part of the team. Admittedly, I had to write down the names, functions, special abilities and code names of the team members, because they were introduced in quick succession and my old brain could not memorize them, not for the life of me. A few glances at my notepad helped, though and after a short while I had a feeling I would know each member for ages. The story is a well-made combination of thrilling, hot and personal moments and I think it is safe to say that this book will satisfy the needs of everyone.

What was just meant to be a random hook-up for Jamie Callahan and Kyle Brannigan …in search of some stress-relief on both sides,…turns into something both men feel instantly, but are intent on not pursuing any further. Don’t get me wrong, I am not talking about insta-love here (and believe me, I was thanking all my lucky stars for that!), but a connection Jamie and Kyle cannot deny for long when they – albeit involuntarily – meet again as part of the same team. Despite their own principles and the non-fraternization policy of their employer, both men cannot take their hands off each other and what follows is some hot sex and a slow but steady development of deeper feelings.

Jamie has a very complex personality.

I loved his caring-at-the-job, but bossy-in-bed attitude. Kyle found in him the Alpha to his Omega, so to speak, with him being more on the submissive side in bed, but a bad-ass in his job, nonetheless.

Speaking of bed… Boy, can this author write sex scenes!!!

Long, kinky and hot as hell.

Did I mention they were long? As in thirty pages long?

Yes, umm, I counted the pages. And that was just the first one. Thirty pages of hot and kinky sex… I was in book heaven! I said to a friend that this was one of the hottest sex scenes I have ever read and I stick by my word. And that was just one of them…

The story itself was exceptionally well written…but the editing could have been a tad better. Umm, I am really not an expert in regards to English grammar and everyone who reads my reviews probably recognizes that in an instant, but I had to read some sentences twice because they just seem to be strung together without the use of any commas, so it was hard for me to understand them immediately. Some words were missing too, but overall, that did not keep me from enjoying this book immensely.

I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel! Highly recommended!

About the Author

Hailey Turner writes m/m Sci-Fi and Paranormal Romance, because who doesn't like two hot guys falling in love, and is the author of the gritty, sexy Metahuman Files series.

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