Arcadian Genesis (Alex Hunter, Book 0.5) by Greig Beck

By Greig Beck

An aeon in the past it crashed into the frozen earth. Millennia later it was once faraway from the icy soil, nonetheless functioning. They opened it … they shouldn't have.

Alex Hunter – within the venture that grew to become him from a typical guy into the weapon referred to as the Arcadian – and the elite workforce of infantrymen often called the Hotzone All-Forces war Commandos needs to input a antagonistic kingdom to rescue a defected Chechen researcher from the heart of a rustic at war.

But the HAWCs usually are not the single ones searching for the rogue scientist and the mysterious package deal he contains with him. A brutal and constant killer and his dying squad are at the path too – they usually convey a savagery with them that Hunter and his workforce have by no means witnessed earlier than in glossy struggle.

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This raiding voyage was part of a new era of raiding that was to cause signiicant political problems for England. The second series of Viking raids on Britain was probably partially a result of increasing centralization of power in Scandinavia and partially a result of the exhausting of silver reserves in the Middle East. Arabic silver had been a mainstay of the Scandinavian economy but, as it ran out, so did the eastern trade routes and new sources of wealth had to be found. Combined with the weakness of the English crown, conditions were perfect for a renewed assault following 26 years of relative peace.

To make the Vikings go away, King Aethelred, who is known to us as “the Unready”, paid them 4,500 kilograms (10,000 pounds) of silver. According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, this was the irst time that Danegeld – a tax to save a land from ravage – was paid, but it was not to be the last. by James efies the Waves King Canute D To co nvin ce hi s nell. erful, Edwin McCon was not all-po w d he at th co urtiers an h ac seat on the be no wi ng Canute set hi s ves to retreat, k wa e th d co mman not.

These names have a visual or aural quality that relects their attributes – they could gulp down ships careless enough to stray into them, or they coursed dangerously fast, or made a frighteningly loud noise as the water ran through them. Their names indicate their fearsome nature and the danger they Exploration Seven hoa rds of treasure, weapons and armour have been found at Gn ezdovo in western Russia. Illustrated here is a hoa rd containing Arab dirhams made into pen dants. These date from the seco nd half of the tenth centur y and are eviden ce of trade between Kie van Rus and the Islamic world.

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