Code Name Jack Rabbit by Elizabeth Noble
Series: The Vampire Guard
Book Number: 1
Publisher: Howling Corgi Press
Release Date: January 12, 2021
Tag Line: Where Legend and Myth Meet Science and Technology
Genre: Urban Fantasy/SciFi/Thriller
Vampires and werewolves live long lives. The Sleepless City saga might have ended but the story continues…
Welcome to The Vampire Guard, where legend and myth meet science and technology.
Vampires make the best spies. Throw a smart-mouthed werewolf in with three vampires, mix well, and The Vampire Guard’s newest team is bound to become one of their greatest assets. Super spies with a full range of skills. Warrior, hacker, thief, and scientist. They get in, do the job and get out before the bad guys ever know what hit them.
Forge, Blair, Declan, and Lucas are thrust into the world of high-tech spies and top-secret espionage conspiracies. Recruited into the world’s most elite and secret organization with one singular mission. Protect those who can’t defend themselves from ruin.
Life becomes complicated when an impending Presidential visit to their town, Boggslake, throws them headlong into the world of the vampires and werewolves of the Vampire Guard. Very quickly they uncover and confront a werewolf terrorist organization known as the Qiguan.
Together they must thwart an assassination attempt on the open waters of Lake Superior while tracking a previously unknown biological weapon controlled by the Qiguan—a weapon which may very well mean death for one of them.
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“How does a vampire get a holographic projection?” Lucas asked.
“One that moves and walks and is interactive, not just a static image,” Blair added.
Samuels smiled. “Very observant. I’m impressed. Most people don’t spot the signs so quickly.” He held up one finger when Declan stood and faced off with him. “You’re on an airplane, and unless you want to test the theory to see if you’ll survive a fall from thirty-thousand feet onto who knows what, I’d advise you not to do that again.”
“Why did you kidnap us?” Lucas asked.
“Don’t think of it as a kidnapping but more of a job interview.” Samuels rocked on his heels. “I, along with others, have a proposal for the four of you.”
Forge held his wrists up. “And kidnapping us, cuffing us to keep us prisoners on an airplane is supposed to instill trust?”
“I couldn’t be more sorry. We had to see how the four of you would work together in certain circumstances and with a particular set of stressors,” Samuels said, his expression genuinely contrite. “Besides, as you so succinctly pointed out, I’ve kidnapped three vampires and a werewolf. A potentially dangerous and volatile situation. This aircraft was the safest option for everyone.”
Blair walked around Samuels in the opposite direction from Lucas, meeting him partway. “How do you do that?”
“Will you two get away from there?” Forge snapped. Blair shrugged and Lucas heaved a sigh, but they both backed away.
Lucas looked at the ceiling. “See that thing up there? The one that looks like a light? It’s a projector.”
“Vampires aren’t actually without a reflection in a mirror or the ability to be seen on camera. Our bodies refract light and color differently under certain circumstances and conditions, the level of adrenaline in our systems being only one of the ways nature provided. There are technologies to circumvent those issues,” Samuels explained. “Though most times, being invisible on camera or in a mirror is an advantage.”
Lucas stared at him. “Fuck me.”
Samuels laughed. “You, Dr. Coate, are refreshing. Interested in finding out more?”
“No,” Forge growled.
“Hell, no,” Declan chimed in.
Samuels motioned to Forge and Declan. “You, both of you, are exactly what I expected.”
“Yes!” Blair and Lucas practically shouted. When Declan’s fangs dropped and his eyes turned completely dark green, Lucas rolled his eyes and said more firmly, “Yes.”
“The president was never coming to Boggslake, was he?” Forge asked.
Samuels shook his head slowly. “No. That was part of the test.” He smiled, this time it was warm, not creepy. “I’m happy to report you all passed.”
“What happens when this interview is over and we decline your offer?” Declan asked.
“Then, you’ve had an interesting experience and a good story to tell.” Samuels smiled smugly. “But no one has ever turned us down.”
“Creepy much?” Forge grumbled.
“Not at all, Detective. It’s due to the fact we choose those we interview very carefully. Now, we’re getting ready to land. Better strap in,” Samuels said and vanished.
Compartments along the wall opened, and flight chairs slid out. Declan kicked the closest one and shouted, “What about the damn cuffs?”
Samuels reappeared. “It’s not as if I can take them off in this form.”
“Someone is flying the plane,” Forge pointed out.
“Are any of you capable of flying—or more importantly, landing—an airplane?” Samuels countered.
Mystery, action, chills, and thrills spiced with romance and desire. ELIZABETH NOBLE lives by the adage “I can’t not write.” She doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t make up stories and eventually she learned how to put words on a page. Those words turned into books and fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M fiction. A part of every day is spent living in worlds she created that are filled with intrigue and espionage. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural.
When she’s not chronicling the adventures of her many characters, Elizabeth is a veterinary nurse living in her native Cleveland, Ohio. She has three grown children and now happily shares her little, brick house with a spunky Cardigan Welsh Corgi and his sidekick, tabby cat. Elizabeth is a fan of baseball, basketball (go Cavs and Cleveland Baseball) and gardening. She can often be found working in her ‘outside office’ listening to classic rock and plotting her next novel waiting for it to be dark enough to gaze at the stars.
Elizabeth has received a number of amateur writing awards. Since being published, several of her novels have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Jewel Cave was a runner-up in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category in the 2015 Rainbow Awards. Ringed Love was a winner in the Gay Fantasy Romance category of the 2016 Rainbow Awards.
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