For many fans of New York Times bestselling author Larry Correia’s Into the Storm (2015), Savio Montero Acosta was the epitome of swashbuckling: suave, confident to the point of arrogance, a skilled swordsman whose greatest challenge in life was to find a truly great challenge.
Such was his popularity that he’s even a tabletop model. So, Into the Wild would never have been wild enough without the debonair Ordsman reuniting with the Malcontents to add his own brand of heroics to their mission. But when Cleasby, now the leader of the Malcontents, stumbles upon Acosta in the city of Ironhead Station, it’s hardly under the best of circumstance…
The Ironhead Station jail was beneath the main cavern. The tunnels were smaller here, and the air seemed humid. It made Cleasby uncomfortable, especially whenever a train would rumble by above them—the vibrations caused dust to rain down.
The jailer walking ahead of him was Rhulic. The dwarf had an iron helmet shaped like a pot, a gigantic ring of keys in one hand, and a knobbed club on his belt. “I’ll warn you, lieutenant, this prisoner is a scary one. I’ve been running this place for a long time, seen a lot of hard cases come and go, but there’s something not quite right about this one. Lots of mercenary scum pass through Ironhead, and when they get out of control, they end up here. Years of dealing with them, and I get a gut feeling for the ones who are really dangerous. The worst, the real killers, there’s an intensity about them, but at the same time, they just don’t give a damn about nothing. This one is like that but worse somehow. Like the only thing keeping him from killing you is that you’re not worth his time.”