Five years ago, U.S. Army Warrant Officer Rachel Peng joined the Office of Adaptive and Complementary Enhancement Technologies, a top-secret federal agency which blended cutting-edge cybernetics with communication and information technologies. Today, OACET has gone public, its Agents revealing themselves to the world as cyborgs capable of talking to, and taking control of, any networked machine. Rachel’s new job as the OACET liaison to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police is not what she would call fun. She and her partner, Detective Raul Santino, are usually bored senseless or are fighting with their coworkers. Neither of them are prepared when a routine act of harassment plunges them into a murder investigation. And they certainly didn’t expect for the evidence to point directly at Rachel and the other cyborgs. The murder is only the beginning. Soon, Rachel and Santino find themselves deep in a game of cat-and-mouse with a killer and his hidden agenda. The killer has planned for every contingency, every possible outcome… except one. Rachel herself.
Conspiracies, political cover-ups, acts of terrorism… As one of the first cyborgs employed by the federal government, Agent Rachel Peng thought she had already lived through it all. Then, without warning, fourteen blocks of downtown Washington, D.C. are gone, blown apart by bombs unlike anything Rachel has ever seen. The evidence is even more troubling, with each new clue suggesting their own people might be behind the attack. Rachel and her partner, Detective Raul Santino, might not believe that the Department of Homeland Security is responsible, but the rest of the country does. As tensions mount and the city begins to burn, Rachel learns that none of her usual investigatory techniques apply—for the first time in her long career as a cop, finding the bad guys might not be as important as learning why they wanted the public to rise up against their own government. But even if Rachel and Santino can discover the killer’s motive, it might be too late to stop what he’s put into motion.
State Machine by K.B. Spangler
Almost a year has passed since the Office of Adaptive and Complementary Enhancement Technologies went public. Agent Rachel Peng has settled into her new job as cyborg liaison to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police, but for Rachel and her team, murder is always just the beginning. This time, the body is found in the unlikeliest of places—a storage room under 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Robbery gone wrong would be bad enough, but Rachel and her partner, Detective Raul Santino, can’t stop once they’ve caught the murderer. As soon as they’ve solved that first mystery, they find themselves pulled into a wild chain of events, with Rachel at their center. Rachel and Santino must discover why a millennia-old artifact had been lost beneath the White House, and the race to recover this stolen piece of antiquity will put them up against one of the country’s most powerful political figures. And he won’t rest until Rachel and OACET have been destroyed.