Gunsight (Borderlands, Book 3)

John Shirley

Language: English

Pages: 174

ISBN: B010BG56W4

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Mordecai and Daphne have gotten themselves in a tough spot near the highly dangerous town of Gunsight, one of the most remote outposts on the planet Pan­dora, out in the boonies of the boonies of the Borderlands. Daphne has been taken prisoner by Jasper, a local warlord who controls the area around Gunsight . . . except for that other settlement, the former mining town Tumessa. There’s some kind of big secret operation going on in Tumessa—another warlord, a particularly mutated Psycho named Reamus, is somehow making money. And he’s been relent­lessly raiding Gunsight and kidnapping Jasper’s people. Jasper may be scum, but he needs those people for raids on other towns, so it all has to balance out. Mordecai needs to negotiate for Daphne’s release, but now the only way he’ll ever see her alive again is to kill his way into Tumessa, find out what’s going on there, and report back to Jasper—only then will Mordecai get a paycheck and the girl. Mordecai doesn’t want the job, but he is pretty devoted to Daphne . . . and somehow, he just might be able to turn this entire mess to his advantage. . .

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The rodent-faced sons of bitches are treacherous. If they come at you like they’re on the attack, then fine. Now what I brought that thing here for, mainly, besides frying giant pink worms, is to shoot a hole in the base of the superstructure. Probably Reamus is in there. And I don’t want to go through those gaps down there, where everything’s burning, unless I have to. ” “How’s this? ” Brick fired at the superstructure, close to where it met the deck. The blast made a black mark on the metal. Brick kept firing, squinting, his tongue caught between his teeth as he concentrated, nailing the same spot over and over, till the metal turned red hot, then white hot.

He didn’t want to back off from a fight, not right now. That would mean having to think about Daphne. Besides, he suspected these guys had major loot hidden somewhere, and he wanted access to Krigg’s Komputers. “Cover me, Brick,” he said, taking a few bites from an energy bar. “I’m going to get on top of that corner building and snipe the bastards. ” Brick grunted assent. They got into the outrunner and, under Mordecai’s direction, Extra pulled it up close to the roof of the one-story building. “Brick, give me a hand up onto this roof .

Someone good at killing quietly, when he’s got to. I heard that describes you, Mordecai. ” He sipped his wine, cleared his throat, and added blithely: “You see, Tumessa is surrounded by killer robots, mutated Psychos, SlagSlugs, auto-turrets, varkid pits, and acid moats. All I want you to do is kill your way into it, quietly as you can, find out what Reamus’s secret project is, kill him if the chance arises, kill your way back out, and then come back here to report to me. You’ll get your lady back and a nice paycheck.

A Claptrap robot, and . . . we lost the rest of it. ” “You lost it? You ran—or you wouldn’t have gotten away alive. ” “We were way outnumbered! ” “Yeah? We’ll see what Reamus has to say about this. He’s gonna be pissed-off. And I think you know what that means. ” The Reamer turned to shout at the others. “We’re taking them into the fortress! Full cover! ” “Full cover,” Mordecai muttered, as the trucks escorted them through the gates of Tumessa. “How do we give these guys the slip? ” Brick shrugged. “You wanted to get close to Reamus.

I don’t know how else to describe it. Reamus has built a gigantic . . . vehicle. An armored tank that’s bigger than a lot of settlements, higher than any hill around here, and weaponed up like a bastard. ” “And you want to go where you’ll be on the wrong side of that thing? I like watching a good, uneven, unfair fight, but that’s just silly. ” “I hope to find some way around dealing with it directly. ” “What’s this mission you have? ” She gave him a sharp look with narrowed eyes. “Ah, as to that, well, I’ve gotta kill Reamus.

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