- Title: Broken Hearts
- Series: Broken People, Book Two
- Author: Ioana Visan
- Genre: Science Fiction, Cyberpunk
- Length: 233 pages
- Publication Date: September 21, 2015
When life breaks you, you pick up the pieces and move on.
As The Nightingale Circus begin a quest to deliver a power source that has the potential to change the outcome of the war in the Far East, their efforts are thwarted when Nicholas is apprehended by French authorities.
Meanwhile, Dale stays in Bratislava to protect Aurore and her power source. When the largest weapons manufacturer in Europe discovers her secret, the chase is on.
With a tracker hot on their heels, Dale and Aurore struggle to stay one step ahead. Their dangerous journey takes them across Europe and leads them to the only ones who can help them – The Nightingale Circus.
Two guards came running, stunners ready, and he sent them flying back against the wall hard enough to make them pass out before they could use their weapons. Given the sounds of echoing footsteps, more guards were coming. He didn’t wait for them to get close before he blasted them. Where was that bloody sign? Ah, there it was.
Cold sweat broke out on his temples as he hobbled down the second flight of stairs. He didn’t trust elevators at this point, and the stairs slowed him down to a crawl, making him feel like a two-year-old. Pain kicked in, first like a nagging buzz then quickly escalating. Trying to ignore it, he blew open another door.
Nicholas gritted his teeth and continued his painful walk. No more stairs, thank God. If he hadn’t been in so much pain, he would have cried with joy when he encountered the first window. Freedom was close, but so was shock. Tremors had taken over his body. Doors rattled to the left and right of him, and chairs danced across the floor in a nearby office. A pile of papers jumped off the desk and exploded into the corridor through the open door. Nicholas diverted them out of his path with a flick of his wrist.
He needed to get out. More guards appeared, but he swiftly dealt with them. The other human presences he felt around him stayed hidden behind closed doors, probably waiting for him to leave before they made any move. It was not worth risking your life, trying to apprehend a telecharger in a fight you would more than likely lose. Good thinking. In the back of his mind, the rows of cells screamed at him, feeling like black holes, but there was nothing he could do about them. He didn’t have enough strength to free the other prisoners. He needed to get to freedom before he passed out.
Start with Book One, Broken People
You don’t always get what you want, but if you’re lucky, you might get what you need.
For one week only, an impenetrable castle is open to the public, and Dale Armstrong has come to Bratislava to rob it. When he finds his partner’s arms mangled, he desperately searches for a way to fix him before time runs out.
Because the war in the Far East is sapping all the allied nation’s resources, only The Nightingale Circus has the spare parts, the power, and the expertise to fix prosthetics and help the injured, but nothing is free.
Unfortunately, Dale doesn’t know about The Nightingale Circus’s side job, but a forced encounter with the most dangerous woman in the city, the Golden Lady, sends him their way. On this roller coaster of crazy twists and flips, schemes and deceit, wishes and dreams, no one can foresee how the aerialist will land.
Anything is possible in a world of Broken People.
About the Author
Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can’t, she writes about it.
After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in “Human Instincts”, she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler Legacy” series, and then she designed prosthetics in “Broken People” before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series.
Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a Romanian short story collection “Efectul de nautil” and the Romanian edition of “Human Instincts”.
She received the Encouragement Award from The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.