Now in his second year as a superhuman cadet-in-training, Tom's been promoted to a mid-level member of the elite training corps known as Camelot Company, or CamCo. As training intensifies and the moment arrives to impress the multinational corporations who will make or break the cadets' careers, Tom finds himself drawn into a power struggle that's more dramatic - and with far higher stakes - than anything he ever imagined. There are nefarious new enemies to outwit, old friendships that take on new faces, a romance that Tom is encouraged to betray, and an increasing desire on Tom's behalf to demand nothing less than 'justice for all' - even if he sabotages his own future in the process. But what will his idealism cost?
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The impossible was just the beginning...
In his second year at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom Raines is faced with a moment that could make or break his entire future.
Drawn into a power struggle more dangerous than anything he has faced before, Tom tries to stay one hyper-intelligent step ahead. But when he learns that he and his friends have accidentally made the worst error imaginable, Tom must fin a way to outwit the enemy so nefarious victory seems hopeless.
Will Tom's idealism and bravado cost him everything - and everyone - that matters to him?
Tom honed in on Hank and stalked him from the casino to his private car, the drone far overhead cutting a lethal path through the sky. Hank's car began to pull out of the strip, but Tom was in control of a police drone, which could link remotely into vehicle auto navigation systems and tamper with them at will. Tom enjoyed messing with Hank's, steering the car back around and directing it toward the hotel he and Neil were staying in.
Hank must've finally realized what was happening, because he engaged the emergency shutoff. The car jerked to a halt and the bald man popped out from inside it, rubbing at the back of his neck, obviously trying to figure out where he was.
Then Tom pulled off his next trick: he plunged the drone through the night sky, and settled it mere meters before the stunned Hank Bloombury. Tom leveled the Tasers straight at the guy's bald head, and enjoyed the sight of the banker standing frozen in place, his mouth hanging open.
Thanks for sending that cop, Tom thought, and sent a talon of the drone's Taser lashing out, shocking Hank just enough to knock him to the ground. Hank scrambled back to his feet, but when he tried to dive back into the car, Tom sent another flare of electricity that way to block him. Hank tried to run in the other direction, but Tom steered the police drone after him, a relentless pursuer, and zinged him again. Then again.