The long journey of the Neptune is well underway. Lady Vivian is
counting on her associate Long John Silver to take control of the
expedition. But Silver doesn't have enough men to take over the ship,
and Captain Hastings doesn't trust him. In the close quarters of a
tall ship, tensions rise; betrayal looms... Blood will be spilled
before the vessel reaches the Amazon, and a single act of routine
brutality will throw the Neptune into a maelstrom of death.
The long journey of the Neptune is well underway. Lady Vivian is counting on her associate Long John Silver to take control of the expedition. But Silver doesnâEURTMt have enough men to take over the ship, and Captain Hastings doesnâEURTMt trust him. In the close quarters of a tall ship, tensions rise; betrayal loomsâEUR¦ Blood will be spilled before the vessel reaches the Amazon, and a single act of routine brutality will throw the Neptune into a maelstrom of death.
Felix has done it. His painstaking efforts have paid off, and he is
now listed on the Human Stock Exchange. A new, more affluent life
begins - new house, new car, new opportunities - though he hasn't
lost his burning desire to climb higher and higher. Unfortunately,
the continued health of his stock requires not only constant hard
work from him, but also, increasingly, sacrifices, compromises ... and
Felix's meteoric rise to the top has brought him much, but it also
cost him dearly. Rachel has left him. His shareholders keep demanding
ever more from him. Desperate, horrified, the young man is losing
himself - but even that he is not allowed: Simon, the father of the
HSE himself, puts him back on the right track by force. Because, in
the public's eyes, Felix is a success story, hope ... And for the HSE,
he's the future of finance.
In tomorrow's world, the global economy will rest upon the listing of
humans on the stock market. But what sort of price will those whose
shares are traded have to pay for their prosperity? The first volume
of a painfully plausible trilogy. In a far too near-future, the
world's economy has collapsed. Amidst an unprecedented recession, the
only remaining bastion of capitalist prosperity is the new `Human
Stock Exchange', where individuals are listed on the market. Felix
Fox sells cars over the phone, a poorly paid, thankless, dead-end
job. But he is determined to make it big, at any cost. When the
opportunity arises to be listed on the HSE, though ... will the cost
turn out to be too high?
The bloody mutiny was a success, and Long John is now in command of
the Neptune. Following their native guide, the survivors find the
mouth of the Amazon and sail on towards Guiana-Capac. But after the
dangers of the open ocean, it's the unknown terrors of the jungle
they must now face with a damaged ship and a reduced crew. To
what doom will the lush labyrinth of the Amazon lead Long John, Lady
Vivian and Dr Livesey?
The Neptune is gone, stolen by the Indian guide Moc, or maybe by
Guiana-Capac's malevolent gods. The last members of the ill-fated
expedition-Silver, Dantzig, Livesey and Bonnet-are stranded in the
ancient city. Far from being broken, however, they will face head-on
what lies inside the gargantuan ruin, each for his own reasons:
revenge, duty, gold... or to rescue the beautiful Lady Hastings. For
Moc isn't done with them, and he has plans for Vivian.
Lieutenant Kazinsky has finally proven his loyalty once and for all
to his small band of rebels. The ambush he set for their pursuers
with Sergeant Sabiane destroyed their vehicles and even injured their
leader, Morvan. But `the Puzzle' never gives up on a prey. Soon, the
mutineers must face the hardest choice of all. Continuing means
killing other Frenchmen. Stopping means abandoning their friends,
maybe even betraying them. In the end, do they even stand a chance of
He was XIII's most dogged enemy from the start, but who really was the Mongoose, that mysterious assassin-for-hire who nearly killed the amnesiac hero so many times? During an encounter between him and Kim Rowland - an event that took place just before the start of the XIII series - the merciless hitman tells the story of his childhood and how he became a contract killer. `Anyone would have in my circumstances', he claims. But would they? You be the judge.
1917. Nivelle - `the butcher' - commands the French Army, and the
attacks he keeps ordering are pointless slaughters. The soldiers
can't take it any more. Discontent is turning into rebellion, and a
petition is being circulated in secret. When it makes its way to the
men of Sergeant Sabiane, something snaps in them, and what begins as
a simple cry of defiance becomes a full-blown mutiny when a handful
of them decide to take the petition to Paris ...