S. A. Hoag - Author
The Vista

The Vista

It's not a dystopia, it's not a utopia - it's their home, and they'd do anything to protect it.

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood introduces Team Three - they're young, ambitious, and at the forefront of a movement to discover what is beyond The Vista. They also believe they are genetically enhanced, a practice outlawed long before they were born. Venturing beyond their valley draws the attention of someone dangerous, someone that shares their past and wants to control their future, or destroy them because of what they might be.

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Excerpt

A storm moved in after nightfall, the rain almost ice as it fell from a black sky. No thunder, sparse lightning and that was the worst part of it - the broken, eerie silence between downpours. Shannon didn't like being in the city for any reason. Twice a week, four months a year she was anyway. It was her job. They might say ghosts weren't real, but most of 'them' had never spent a night in the long dead place. Sometime after midnight, she gave in and headed for home.

Crossing the Continental Divide, the rain turned to snow, huge white flakes splattering on the windshield and not melting. The road was mostly clear. Static on Shannon's radio was thick, but minutes later, she understood two words. Code Seven. Active aggressive incident outside the outer perimeter, but active aggressive still. She kicked it into overdrive and came down the mountain full tilt, pushing the car and pushing her luck on a road known to devour Scouts.

Then the outer marker merely went 'blip' as she passed it. If there was an alert, proximity warnings would have gone off all over Security. Alarms should be sounding in Dispatch and her car. She stared at the radio for a moment, realizing what she had stumbled in to.

Wargames. The call-out wasn't real.

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The Wildblood Series

Twenty years after civilization stopped, a tiny refuge, a place called The Vista, may be one of the last vestiges of humanity. Isolated, guarded, and hiding a dark secret, the people have survived World War Last, and they are content with that. Their children, however, are not. The search for others will send them out into a land they know nothing about, where the line between enemy and ally is blurred.

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Reader Reviews

"First time reading this genre and a longer story than my recent reads. Having said that, I'm hooked."

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"As a huge fan of the Fallout franchise and post-apocalyptic fiction and media in general, the Vista series feels like it has fallen from the sky into my grasp!"

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"This is dystopian fiction at its best. Looking forward to the sequel."

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"There are many undercurrents and betrayals going on. The Vista is well paced, and intriguing. I read it in one setting, determined to get to the truth ... and while I got many truths sorted out, others will have to be sussed out in book 2."

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"As a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, I was curious to see what new ground this story would cover. Not disappointed! The post-nuclear world is a bit different from the stories Generation X was told."

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"I really enjoyed this book, especially once I started to understand what made Team Three tick and how their special connection drove the plot forward to a very satisfying, action-packed ending."

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"There are only a few books that make me want to immediately re-read the second I finish reading. This is one of those books."

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