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Initiate 16

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"Initiate 16 lay paralyzed, face-down on a glass table. Scores of blood-stained, shiny metallic needles, attached to snake-like arms, jutted from her back, neck, arms, legs, and even the backs of her heels. Her whole back was peeled open, revealing her spine. The bright lights in the ceiling above her shone on the slick, pink sinew of her back and upon several links of bone that composed her spine. Upon each link was carved an ancient rune - 'the Odu', her teacher had called them. She didn't know what an Odu was but she knew it gave her power... and pain. The nerve-blocking chemicals coursing through her blood, bones and sinew numbed the pain, but she didn't like them inside her body. She didn't particularly enjoy initiation either, but it was a step closer to godhood - and only a god would dare tread where she would soon have to." Afrofuturism meets "Into the Badlands" meets "28 Days Later" in this post-apocalyptic, biopunk thriller. It's the year 2057. Ikoko, a physically weak, abused and psychologically disturbed young woman is selected against her will to become the first physically-enhanced hunter of "mutes" - people infected with the horrific Midway Mutagen. If the procedures go well, Ikoko will be transformed into the first of many Ologun - human killing machines - through genetic engineering. But such a powerful creature must be controlled and she will be... via an invasive memory-implantation program. But the plan goes awry when the products of a top-secret project gone wrong break out of the facility where they are being held and flee into the nearby city of Atlagos. In the ensuing panic, the scientist in charge of implanting Ikoko's memories inserts a program of her own making - one that turns Ikoko into a modern-day African warrior - part Shaka Zulu, part Mino ("Dahomey Amazon"). Ikoko must face monsters - of meat, metal and combinations of both - to save herself, those she's tasked with protecting, and maybe even a world gone absolutely mad.

ISBN-13: 9781717595683

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 05-06-2018

Pages: 538

Product Dimensions: 9.02h x 5.98w x 1.20d

Series: Initiate 16

As Technical Director of the Afrikan Martial Arts Institute and Co-Chair of the Urban Survival and Preparedness Institute, Balogun Ojetade is the author of the bestselling non-fiction books Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within, The Afrikan Warriors Bible, Surviving the Urban Apocalypse, The Urban Self Defense Manual, The Young Afrikan Warriors' Guide to Defeating Bullies & Trolls, Never Unarmed: The Afrikan Warriors' Guide to Improvised Weapons, Ofo Ase: 365 Daily Affirmations to Awaken the Afrikan Warrior Within, Ori: The Afrikan Warriors' Mindset and Ogun Ye! Protecting the Afrikan Family and Community. He is one of the leading authorities on Afroretroism - film, fashion or fiction that combines African and / or African American culture with a blend of "retro" styles and futuristic technology, in order to explore the themes of tension between past and future and between the alienating and empowering effects of technology and on Creative Resistance. He writes about Afrofuturism AND Afroretroism - Sword & Soul, Rococoa, Steamfunk and Dieselfunk at http: // He is author of nineteen novels and gamebooks - MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman: Freedonia; Redeemer; Once Upon A Time In Afrika; Fist of Africa; A Single Link; Wrath of the Siafu; The Scythe; The Keys; Redeemer: The Cross Chronicles; Beneath the Shining Jewel; Q-T-Pies: The Savannah Swan Files (Book 0) and A Haunting in the SWATS: The Savannah Swan Files (Book 1); Siafu Saves the World; Siafu vs. The Horde; Dembo's Ditty; The Beatdown and Initiate 16 - contributing co-editor of three anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology, Steamfunk and Dieselfunk and contributing editor of the Rococoa anthology and Black Power: The Superhero Anthology. He is also the creator and author of the Afrofuturistic manga series, Jagunjagun Lewa (Pretty Warrior) and co-author of the Ngolo graphic novel. Finally, he is co-author of the award winning screenplay, Ngolo and co-creator of Ki Khanga: The Sword and Soul Role-Playing Game, both with author Milton Davis. Reach him on Facebook at https: // and on Twitter at https: // Find his books on Amazon at https: //