Bravo: Blood Road
(Bravo Saga, #2)
Publication date: October 21st 2016
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Bravo and his beloved handler, Lieutenant Nathan Ingalls, are together again amidst the ashes of an apocalyptic California. Together, they are using their skills to help a rebel militia group seek out survivors in the desolation of Death Valley.
But when the Death Brigade – a vicious anarchist group arisen from the dust of a fallen society – rolls into town, tragedy strikes. Someone is taken. Neither Nathan nor Bravo will allow that. The hunt is on – Bravo will not fail in his task to protect his friends.
The Black Market.
Rescuing the people you love sometimes comes with a price. When Bravo and his friend, India, are taken to Blood Road, they are forced to fight for their lives in a terrifying and vicious society of gambling, deceit and violent entertainment.
Alone and afraid, Bravo is forced to fight for his life every day in an arena while cruel spectators make bets on the odds of his victory. His only allies in this dark place could perish as suddenly as he could.
The bonds of friendship are tested, and the agonizing teeth of loss sink their fangs deep.
Life or death. Fight or flight. Bravo must choose.
One mission, completed.
One duty, fulfilled.
And now, the Blood Road will wreak its vengeance.
This is the conclusion to Bravo the bomb dog’s thrilling and poignant tale of love, loss and ultimate sacrifice, a #1 bestselling phenomenon.
Bravo was there. He heard Danny scream, tasted the sharp jolt of terror heavy in the air. He came straight for him, sailing like a dark bullet through the night. The coyote did not see him coming. Bravo hit him like an arrow, rage pulsing through his body.
How dare this wolf-thing harm Danny! The fury was a tangible thing, flooding through his veins like a wildfire. He bit the coyote below the mouth, in the soft flesh of the neck, where the lifeblood was.
Take away lifeblood, take away life. That was the law of the fight. Bravo had learned that in the Arena, but it was an unspoken and silently understood fact of instinct. Blood contained life…remove blood, and the enemy would fall.
The coyote yelped and released its hold on Danny. The little boy stumbled backward, crying, while Bravo drug the dog-thing to the ground, holding it there, second by second, as the life drained from it and the hot, salty blood spilled onto his face and stained his fur.
Bravo felt nothing but the storming satisfaction of the bite and the devotion to the kill – the mission. This was his job, to protect Danny at all costs, because Nathan was not here, and because that is what Bravo was: a protector.
Random Trivia with Bestselling Author Summer Lane
If you could live the life of any one famous author of history, who would it be?
I’m not really sure, although it would be interesting to see what Jane Austen’s life was like, or Charlotte Bronte. It would be a fascinating adventure to live the life of Jack London. He was an explorer and gold prospector, so I imagine he had many colorful experiences during the 19th century.
Why did you become a writer?
Quite frankly, I became a writer out of necessity. At the time that I started writing, I didn’t have a lot of options, I didn’t have any money, and I couldn’t afford an education. The only thing to my name was a laptop and a Microsoft Word program. That’s it. I thought, “How can I turn this into a career that supports me?” More than anything, I wanted to be completely and utterly self-sufficient. So I started writing. I started selling my work, and then I started selling my novels. It began as a rather desperate struggle to survive, and now it’s fun! I can do the things that I want to do in life, and write the stories that I want to write and share them with the world!
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
Yikes! I can’t imagine my life without writing! But I have a good imagination, so here we go: if I was not a writer, I would be either a teacher or a zoologist. I would love to work in the outdoors with animals, or possibly even something with the forestry service in California. I love the wilderness.
Imagine that you are casting the movie for your books. What actors play which roles?
Hmm, good question. The Collapse Series has several core characters at its heart, and I can think of a few actors that I could see playing the main roles: Shailene Woodley as Cassidy Hart, Chris Hemsworth as Chris Young, Tom Hiddleston as Harry Lydell, and Jon Bernthal as Uriah True. When it comes to Bravo, though, it’s all about finding the right dog, and the right actor to play the part of his handler, Nathan Ingalls.
Are there going to be any more Bravo books?
No. The Bravo Saga will cap at two books, although you will see more of Bravo in The Collapse Series and The Zero Trilogy. He may even pop up again sometime…but that’s all I can say about that!
Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 14 novels, including books from the hit Collapse Series, Zero Trilogy and Bravo Saga. She is the owner of WB Publishing and Writing Belle, an online magazine devoted to the art of storytelling. Summer is also an accomplished creative writing teacher and experienced journalist.
She lives in the Central Valley of California with her husband, Scott, where she spends her days writing, teaching and writing some more. Summer loves to visit the mountains (nature rocks!), the beach (Hawaii is heaven) and have hot cups of tea with good friends (tea is always a good idea). She also loves dogs and traveling!