In ONE MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT, Black Ops: Automatik book two, the heroine Mary Kuri is a former Delta operator and a current member of the secret organization known as Automatik. She’s partnered with former SEAL Ben Jackson to recon a town that’s possibly a hub for gunrunners moving their deadly wares across the United States.
Mary and Ben soon find that the town is more dangerous than expected, and the attraction between their false identities might be more real than either wants to admit. When the action heats up and the gunrunners fight to defend their territory, we learn how Mary got her nickname “Bolt Action.” She’s a first-class sniper. You might remember her incredible shooting from the end of COUNTDOWN TO ZERO HOUR Black Ops: Automatik Book 1. In this book you get to see all her skills. And she gets to discover with Ben that there’s more to life than combat.
In honor of Mary, here are five historical women warriors who kicked butt:
The Amazons: We begin with one of the classic representations of warrior women. Once believed to be just myths created by the Greeks, recent archeological finds have supported the fact of a nomadic society roaming the steppes north of the Black Sea full of women who were buried with daggers, swords, and their chosen weapon, the bow and arrow.
Nakano Takeko: This woman warrior lived in mid-19th century Japan, where she studied the literary and martial arts. She was expert in the sword as well as the naginata (Japanese polearm). During a civil war, in the Battle of Aizu, she wasn’t officially recognized by the military, so she formed her own group of fighting women against the invading Imperial Japanese Army.
Queen Boudicca: This Celtic queen led her tribe and others against Rome around 60 AD, when the nation state tried to take her land. With an army said to reach 100,000 strong, she leveled the then capital of Roman Britain, as well as what would later become London. A subsequent defeat ended her rebellion, but her actual fate and the place of this battle remains unknown.
Amanirenas: Also fighting the Romans, this woman made her mark as queen in the Kingdom of Kush (now Sudan) from 40 BCE to 10 BCE. Said to have lost the sight in one eye from a battle wound, she pushed against the Romans in Egypt, who bordered her country to the north. After several conflicts, the Romans gave her a very favorable treaty.
Russian Snipers of WWII: As many as 2,000 Russian women acted as snipers for their army during World War Two. Some were merely teenagers, but all fought for their country with the same skill and determination as their male counterparts. The most famous, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, was heavily decorated and reached the rank of Major.
Nico Rosso, author of the critically acclaimedCountdown to Zero Hour, returns with Book Two in theAutomatik: Black Ops series—a sizzling romantic suspense in which two undercover operators fight to reclaim a small town from the ice-cold grip of gunrunners
He was her safety.
She was his backup.
Former navy SEAL Ben Jackson knows that sexy “Mary Long” is nothing but a cover; that beneath the stylish clothes and flirty smile is a stone cold super-soldier no one ever gets close to. Until her kiss hits him like one of her sniper rounds. But Morris Flats is no place for a hookup—menace hums through the town, and the more the two operators keep pushing for answers, the more deadly the current seems to run.
For former Special Forces sniper Mary Kuri, flirting with her muscular teammate feels like playing with fire. It’s hard to tell where the cover ends and the real feelings begin. What she does know is they can’t afford to lose focus. Their mission is to gather evidence, and with the gunrunners watching their every move, a single mistake could prove fatal.
It’s two against the world, and Ben and Mary are about to discover that not only do the lives of innocent people hang in the balance, but they’re also fighting to save the rare connection they’ve found with each other.
This book is approximately 72,000 words
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