An Excerpt from The 25th Hour (Book One in The Adventures of Mackenzie Mortimer):
The teenaged gunman looked puzzled, as he pulled the trigger with no result.
Mackenzie grinned. “Lose something?”
The shooter stared in disbelief at the empty magazine well in his AR-15.
Mackenzie held up the gun’s magazine. “Looking for this?”
“I don’t know how you did that, smart-ass, but that’s the last trick you’ll pull.” The gunman reached into his backpack and pulled out another magazine filled with ammunition. “I’m the one carrying the extra ammo. We brought enough to turn these halls into Swiss cheese.” He popped it into his rifle’s magazine well.
Mackenzie’s eyes bulged. He glanced down the long hallway, wondering how far he could get before being mowed down in a hail of semi-automatic gunfire. He knew, without the pocket watch, he would never make it in time.
“Don’t bother running kid; your time is up.” The teen raised the gun. “You’ll make a nice splat on the wall.”
Mackenzie gulped. Had it all been for nothing? Had he merely postponed a killing spree? He wanted a chance to say goodbye to his family, and Marlene, and Vanessa. If only he could have a little more time.
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Time is running out… fortunately, Mackenzie Mortimer has a few more minutes than anyone else!