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Special Purposes

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1987, THE HEIGHT OF THE COLD WAR. For Captain Vadim Scorlenski and the rest of the 15th Spetsnaz Brigade, being scrambled to unfamiliar territory at no notice, without a brief or proper equipment, is more or less expected; but even by his standards, their mission to one of the United States’ busiest cities stinks...

World War III was over in a matter of hours, and Vadim and most of his squad are dead, but not done. What’s happened to them, and to millions of civilians around the world, goes beyond any war crime; and Vadim and his team – Skull, Mongol, Farm Boy, Princess, Gulag, the Fräulein and New Boy – won’t rest until they’ve seen justice done.

“A fast-paced thrill-ride that wastes no time with lengthy exposition or build-up... With striking imagery and Smith’s incredible imagination, this is a dramatic and exciting slice of sci-fi.”
Fantasy Book Review on The Age of Scorpio

“The protagonists are effortlessly brought to life, only growing in personality as the novel progresses.”
SF Book on Veteran

“Superlative, full-throttle, Harry Harrison-style SF: fiendishly inventive, highly accomplished and compulsively energetic.”
British Fantasy Society on The Age of Scorpio

Genre: Science Fiction

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