|Storm of Lightning|
Simon Pulse, Mercury Ink
September 15, 2015
978-1481444101 and 1481444107
Michael, Taylor, Ostin, and the rest of the Electroclan go on their most dangerous mission yet as the thrilling action continues in this electrifying fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling series! The resistance movement has been compromised.
The Voice is in hiding.
Their families are missing.
Can the Electroclan pull together to defeat the Elgen once and for all?
The book is split between four different viewpoints: Michael and the Electroclan, Hatch and the Elgen Glows, Charles Ridley, (Taylor's Father) and a final scene involving Schema.
The book opens with a squad of Elgen Helicopters attacking Timepiece Ranch, the headquarters of the Resistance. they blow the compound to smithereens, but an automatic RPG takes down one of the Helicopters and the crew is presumed dead. The helicopters spray the remains of the compound with napalm then rendezvous with the rest of the Elgen fleet.
Back at the Taiwanese Starxouce plant, (taking place after the events of the previous book) Hatch's senior EGG, David Welch, gives him the news of the Resistance's annihilation and the fact that the Electroclan have escaped with Jade Dragon. Hatch, instead of going into a rage, attempts the news with much restrain. he relays to Welch his plan to have the Elgen overtake Tuvalu, a remote Polynesian island nation near Australia. (in other words; finish what the Electroclan delayed when they sunk the Ampere, the Elgen's Luxurious super-yacht) He has Welch arrested, stripped of his title and locked in the ship's brig, intending to toss him into the rat bowl after the takeover of Tuvalu to present an example to the Elgen that he does not accept failure at all.
Michael and the Electroclan are returning home to America in one of the Resistance's private jet planes. They are all still shaken after receiving the news, but Michael, Taylor, and Ostin are more shaken than ever, as Ostin's parents and Sharon Vey, (Michael's Mother) are among those presumed dead. As well as Grace and Tanner, two other members of the Electroclan.
Michael And Ostin talk to the Pilot, Scott, and he reveals that the Ranch was located in Sonora, Mexico, which was, to answer Ostin's question, why the U.S Army didn't intercept them before their attack.
The Plane lands in Bisbee, Arizona, instead of the Ranch's personal airstrip for safety reasons. After locking and storing the plane, Scott and the Electroclan enter the Mexican Border through a small town called Naco, where they plan to book a hotel for the night and travel towards the ranch the next morning. During Dinner at a taqueria across from the Hotel, Scott relays some info about the history of the town to the group, (Which Tessa responds to with gleeful sarcasm) but the evening is brought to a halt when Scott tells the group that they will not attack the Elgen if they are still at the Ranch, causing Michael to become more ticked off that ever.
Michael goes for a walk in the middle of the night and becomes accosted by some Mexican gang members who try to force him to give them his money and watch. as he tries to leave, one of them chucks a beer bottle at Michael's head, which ticks him off so much that he sparks all over his body and shoots the gang members full of electricity, which renders them unconscious. After returning to the hotel, Taylor and Ostin discover that Michael's body is covered with Lichtenberg figures, which are permanent scars left on a person's body after they are electrocuted. Michael realizes that his huge surge against the gang members is what gave him the figures. He decides to pass them off as tattoos.
Charles Ridley, Taylor's adoptive father and a Policeman in Boise, Idaho, is visited by his boss, Chief Davis, and some secret agents and is interrogated by them over the disappearance of Taylor and his wife, Julie. They point out that they believe Julie is responsible for Taylor's disappearance and plan on arresting her upon her return to Idaho. Charles is visibly shaken over this as he believes Julie was away on a business trip. (She works for a travel agency)
The Electroclan soon arrives at the Ranch after navigating some debris and craters from the attack. Ian scans the area and is puzzled that there are no human remains among the destruction. Taylor finds the building where she and Michael had their prom dinner and sadly confirms Michael's fears: The Elgen have taken it all from them.
Before leaving, Ian spots a wounded and burned Elgen soldier from the downed Helicopter; Michael brashly interrogates him with help from Taylor and Abigail and they learn that there were no survivors at the ranch when they attacked and that the man hates the Elgen for leaving him and dousing him and his crew with napalm. They decide to take him to the red cross in Naco.
Ian, Tessa, Zeus, Abigail and Ostin stay at the Red Cross while the rest of the gang retrieves their luggage from the hotel. As they leave, a Mexican man spots Michael and draws attention towards him, having noticed the figures on his skin. With help from Nichelle, who can also enhance power, (albeit not as efficiently as Tessa can,) Taylor is able to reboot the minds of the man and those around him. Scott urgently takes them back to the Red Cross where he negotiates with the head doctor to let them take the guard back to the Hospital in Bisbee. They cross the border without incident, much to Scott's utter confusion, and arrive at the hospital. Scott tries to radio Boyd, his co-pilot, but he doesn't respond, which worries everyone. They check into the Hotel Gadsden, (which is rumored to be haunted) where Scott calls Boyd, who had stayed with their plane at the airport, and learns that he flew out hours after their trip to Mexico and took the plane with him. Scott leaves for the airport with Ian, Zeus and Tessa to find out what's going on, leaving the others at the Hotel.
Later that night in Nichelle's room, Michael and Taylor take watch and discover a masked man force his way into Michael's room with Ostin, they awake the gang and prepare to attack him, thinking he's with the Elgen. Jack successfully ambushes him and he is revealed to be Gervaso, The Resistance's head military man and strategist. He reveals that the Resistance received word from the Voice about the Ranch being compromised and they evacuated long before the attack; meaning that their parents (and everyone else at the Ranch) are alive. He furthers adds that he told Boyd to fly out after they had left to keep the Elgen off their tail.(it is implied that he sent Scott to where he is hiding,) and that the Voice lied to them about the Resistance being wiped out because they wanted to make the Elgen believe that they were destroyed if they intercepted their transmission. He congratulates the gang on their success in Taiwan and gives Jack his special Military issued dagger as a gift for jumping him. (No one has bested him until now.)
They leave with Gervaso in his van and head for Tucson to wait for orders from the Voice. They secure a hotel by the University of Arizona and Michael, Ostin, Taylor, Mckenna and Nichelle browse around the University strip mall.
Upon their return at the end of the day, Gervaso approaches them by the hotel pool where Jack and Abigail are swimming and gives them news from the Voice: The Elgen are on the move and are setting off from Taiwan to begin their attack on Tuvalu. Michael and Taylor are angered by this not because they nearly died destroying the Ampere, especially after Gervaso adds that after they destroyed the boat, they had sent messages to the Tuvaluan administration, as well as the MI6, The President and the UN, only for them to ignore their warnings. They are to rendezvous with the Resistance at their secondary headquarters in Southern Utah, Christmas Ranch, Where Ian, Tessa and Zeus have arrived at. They all go to sleep and prepare to leave the next morning.
Back in Taiwan, The Faraday, where The Elgen is temporarily staying since the Ampere's destruction, is still docked at the Taiwanese harbor and is set to set sail soon. Quentin, Tara, Torstyn, Kylee and Brian are hanging out the game room after returning from stocking up for the long journey to Tuvalu. While playing a video game, Bryan inadvertently tells Quentin about Welch's arrest, which rattles him immensely as Welch is not only one of his close friends but he also considers Welch as a father figure. He becomes even more angered when he realizes that Hatch is punishing Welch for Jade Dragon's escape and that they could be next since they were assigned to guard her.
Tara and Torstyn visit Quentin in his room where he mulls over what Hatch may do to him since he's the leader of the glows.Torstyn and Tara vow to protect him if Hatch goes after him, and Quentin states that that goes for all of them, including Kylee and Bryan.
They go visit Welch in the brig with Quentin disguised as Hatch (who is said to be away in Jakarta to pick up the Elgen's two new warships; the Edison and the Franklin.) Quentin interrogates Welch and tries to break Welch into blaming Quentin for the mission failure, but Welch still claims responsibility, which hurts Quentin. Tara drops the illusion at his request and Welch is stunned that they are even trying to talk to him; he is more than ready to accept his demise, but Quentin is still hell bent on rescuing him. He and Tara are equally shocked to hear from Welch that he, Tara, Torstyn, Kylee and Bryan have been implanted with tracking devices years ago at the academy and that Hatch has long ago been planning for when they might rebel against him. (Michael stated in the second book that Hatch was so many bodyguards because he's paranoid of being ambushed) Quentin once more pleads for Welch's help in saving his life and he reluctantly agrees.
Quentin, back under the guise of Hatch, orders the two EGGs guarding the brig to escort Welch, now under the guise of a fictional Taiwanese prisoner on board the Faraday, to the Taiwanese officials who are waiting for him on the island. The guards attempt to check him out but Quentin fries the check out kiosk and disarms the guards before they escort him. he quietly gives a gun to Welch and Tara agrees to hold the illusion until he can escape.
Later, Tara visits him and talks to Quentin until she reveals herself to be Hatch, who had received word of Welch's escape and the deaths of the two guards. He reveals to Quentin the battle plan of the invasion. He will be flying out to the Island ahead of the invasion force with Tara and Torstyn and will be hosting (and distracting) the Tuvaluan Dignitaries while the army commences the attack. he assigns Quentin to lead an attack on the communications buildings and cut off Tuvalu, accompanied by Bryan and an Elgen Squad.
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