Guardians of the Phoenix
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Humankind has been annihilated by drought and the nuclear and biological conflicts following the Great Breakdown but some desperate bands of humans still survive.
Global warming has taken its terrible toll. The seas have dried up and deserts cover much of the Earth's surface. Humankind has been annihilated by drought and the nuclear and biological conflicts following the Great Breakdown. Desperate bands of humans still survive. Some live far underground, away from the searing temperatures and ongoing conflicts on the surface; others scrape a living in the remains of shattered cities above ground. In Paris, Pierre lives like an animal among the sand-drifted ruins of the once great city. Near death, he faces a choice: join the strangers heading south in search of water, or remain in the city and perish. Guardians of the Phoenix tells the story of the last survivors on planet Earth, their desperate fight for survival and their last hope to save the world.
after him. Dawn light was showing on the horizon to the east. Hans stepped from the transporter, followed by the Edo and Lomo, then Giovanni and Josef. They all moved timidly, their fear at Hans's rage counterbalanced by their ghoulish curiosity. Ivan stood whimpering in the sand, hands still raised above his head. He managed, "Don't shoot... I promise. I'll make up for it. I'll go without food for three days, four! And water! No water for four days! I promise..." "Shut up!" Samara noticed
He held her to him and they left the cemetery, Kath wiping tears from her cheeks. "I'm so silly... I knew what it would be like. Oh," she took a deep breath. "Let's get back to the others, Dan. I want to hold Millie." They climbed the hill. The half-track stood on the cobbles outside the church on the top of the hill, its modernity out of place in such an ancient setting. Paul emerged from the church to their left, Millie clinging to his hand. When she saw Kath, she cried her name and ran
grew their own food. And then some bastards came along and..." He wept; he sat on the bed and the tears came. "It was such a... such a peaceful place, Ed. They didn't deserve this." Ed stood slowly, bones creaking, and limped across to Dan. He sat down on the bed and put an arm around Dan's shoulders, holding him. Ed said, "If this happened around twelve hours ago, whoever did this will be long gone by now. Which is just as well." Dan looked up. "Then again, I'd like to confront the bastards
of it. Miles and miles of it. More water than there was desert, blue and sparkling in the sunlight." Millie thought about that. "Where did it go?" Ed smiled. "It dried up, Millie. It dried up and vanished, and now there's only the empty sea beds where the oceans once were." The girl fell silent, frowning. Paul glanced across at Ed. He looked content with the girl on his lap, for the first time since Paul had met him. He said, "Did you ever see the sea, Ed?" The old man laughed, without much
day, Brazil declared war on the North American Alliance. Xian and Richard huddled by the radio, listening to the faint broadcast in silence. The first nuclear strikes had obliterated Brasilia and New Orleans. Xian recalled Richard's optimism about the North American Alliance, but she refrained from reminding him now. As they were packing up to head south, they received a summons from Whitehall: their presence was required at a top level meeting of European government officials and civil