Abandoned. Hunted. On the run. In the wake of the Fourteenth’s extraction then escape from the EDEN base of Cairo, the crew of the Pariah find themselves hanging onto survival by a slowly stretching thread. Where does one turn when the whole world is after them?
If you’re Scott Remington, you turn to Iosif Antipov.
The story of Enemy One is not one of heroism. It is a story of desperation. While Antipov and the Nightman remnant migrate to the crumbling husk of Chernobyl, Scott is instructed to flee to the mysterious mountain facility of Northern Forge, nestled deep within the valleys of Norilsk. But even Northern Forge offers no promise of protection, as staying there may prove more dangerous than being on the run.
Checking behind him, Scott confirmed what he’d already feared: there was a mound of rubble between them and the street. They weren’t going anywhere. “Change of plans! We’re going through!”
“Through wha’?” asked Becan, shooting a wide-eyed look to Scott and pointing where EDEN’s gunfire was coming from. “Through them?”
The yes was implied. Comming the Pariah again, Scott yelled to Travis. “Get off the ground! We’re going to try and fight our way out of here. If we don’t make it, head to Northern Forge!”
Esther’s voice cut through. “We are not leaving you, Scott!”
“We’re not the mission. You’ve got what we came here for. If you can’t get us, get out of here!” A bullet dinged against one of his shoulder guards. Scott stumbled backward then retreated for cover. “Never a vecking break,” he said off the comm.
As the crew of the Fourteenth fights to survive, the line between hero and villain becomes more and more blurry. No question has been more prevalent in Epic than, “do the ends justify the means?” Are all options on the table when battling for a greater good? Or are there some lines that one simply cannot cross? The harder the world pursues Scott and his comrades, the more innocent lives are put at risk. Moral questions such as these permeate Enemy One, which is as much an exploration into the nature of self and identity as it is a shell-shocking fight for survival.
For no two characters is this confrontation with self more perilous than for Svetlana and Esther. Though both women find themselves in vastly different situations, they both must nonetheless face their true natures, untainted by their own rose-colored glasses, as their lives and the lives of those around them hang in the balance.
Staring at Scott with an almost calculating glare, Esther set her hands on her hips as if digging in to the trenches of defiance. At long last, though—and when it became apparent that Scott wasn’t budging—her face softened. Sighing, she put her hand back down and walked past him. “Did you know that I struggle with things?” she asked almost nonchalantly.
Walking again, he followed behind her. “We all struggle with things. I struggle, Dave struggles, Jayden and Becan struggle. Everyone here is struggling.”
“Yeah, well there’s a big difference between ‘everyone’ and me.”
“And what is that, exactly?”
Pivoting to face him, the scout answered, “Because you’re all good people.”
Enemy One is not for the faint of heart – and as is the case with every previous installment in Epic, it is not a story you’ll see coming. Never before have the stakes been higher for the Fourteenth. Never before has the danger been more real. This is the one you’ve been waiting for. This is the one you’ve been fearing. At some point, we all must come face to face with our true selves and with the prospect of our mortality. For the Fourteenth of Novosibirsk, that time has come.