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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Shan fidgeted, adjusting her sidearm, then the mirrors. She was distracted and had no reason why. Overreacting, she thought to herself. She always got skittish in the spring, when the snow melted and the Nomads started moving. Besides, Wade was minutes behind her and Team One was on the interstate a few miles away.

"Car Ten, radio check," she keyed the mic, hearing the tension in her voice. If Wade talked to her, she'd be able to shake the feeling.

"Car Ten," Dispatch replied. "You're clear."

It wasn't the response she was hoping for, and she suppressed the urge to call Wade, seeing Quinlen emerge from the depot. Shan waved him down. "Hold up a few minutes."

"What's going on?" he asked.

"I'm not sure," she said. "I'll let you know as soon as I know." Both men were 'Conda, which meant Wade trusted them. By default, so did the rest of Team Three.

Glancing up to see where her rookie was, Shan caught movement, something in her rear-view mirror. She imagined a faint cloud of dust from the east, towards The Vista. It was gone before she could decide what it was.

Not dust, but smoke. The south outbuilding erupted in a deafening roar, sending shrapnel and debris in all directions. The blast slammed her forward into the steering wheel and her vision went dark for a few long moments. Her car blocked the brunt of the explosion, the rear window cracking in a spiderweb pattern but it held together. Shan could feel the flames and knew it was close. She couldn't breathe from the thick smoke and dust.

Then she gasped for air, endless hours of training kicking in as she swiped blood off her face, away from her eyes. It didn't hurt, it wasn't an immediate worry. "Code Nine," she radioed in. "Code Nine, Depot North. We're under large arms fire. They're east of us."

The airway screamed to life, Dispatch issuing orders to half the personnel in Security. Inside the depot, someone activated its defense system, a series of steel plates tilting up from the ground. They provided a minimum of protection, when the hydraulics worked. Today, they did.

If the Scavengers had known how to use what they had, Shan realized she'd never have heard the explosion. They were likely too far away for the shotgun to be of any use and she was a close-quarters shooter, not a sniper. Wiping blood away from her eyes again, she lurched out of the car and went to her hands and knees, wanting to vomit the rations she'd just eaten. The ground was spinning. She waited for it to stop.

Parr was yelling through the smoke. Her ears were ringing from the explosion, making it was a futile attempt on his part. Shan looked up to see the fire was spreading in all directions fast.

"Back it up, back it up damn it," Parr went on the air. He knew she was sitting on forty gallons of gasoline, not to mention the storage tanks. They'd hear that explosion clear to The Vista.

Groping for the steering wheel, nausea forgotten, Shan pulled herself back into the driver's seat. Then she threw it in reverse and floored it. The car swung backwards, tires spinning in the gravel. She sideswiped a canopy support, metal shrieking agony against metal. The car stalled as she hit the retaining wall but the canopy didnít come down. The pump hose had snapped off, dry.

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The Wildblood Series

A Post-Apocalyptic Action Adventure

No one remembers what started the war, the big one. Civilization stopped, and what came next was fueled by rage and fear.

Twenty years on, 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 world 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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