The Federal government of the United States of America has collapsed. The states have formed new alliances. But now chaos reins on the highways due to lack of law enforcement. Somehow trade between the states must continue. Into this world rides Shalako and his computerized truck. Follow his adventures in the new, and exciting action series: “Shalako Rides”. Here is a quick look at the first book of the series: “The Journey Begins” His satellite telephone rang, and Lynn asked him for a status check. "Everything is just fine," Shalako reported. "It's a beautiful night out here. I'm about 2 miles short of Strong City. Kansas. The radar showing clear road ahead. And I'm right on schedule." "That's just what we like to hear." Said Lynn." Is the truck working all right? No malfunctions, or anything like that?" "Tell Byron his baby is working like a dream. And tell him, I know he's standing right behind you, that I will take good care of her." "You're right, if he gets any closer, I'm going to smack him for blowing in my ear! He heard you. Check in in again about an hour, please," Lynn requested. "Will do, I..... What???..... Gotta go!" With that, Shalako cut off communications. Byron and Lynn looked at each other in alarm. Byron shouted, "Get him back!" "No way," said Lynn. "Something is happening out there and I won't distract him. If he needs us, he knows we will be right here. Meanwhile, we wait." Shalako sat up suddenly. A red light had begun to flash on his heads-up display. Script began to appear across the bottom of the screen. "Obstruction ahead, roadblock, decelerating." At the same time Sherry responded with, "roadblock ahead, cruise control off, brakes applied, stopping in 1500 feet, pilot assess situation." "What the heck? What now?" As the truck came to an abrupt halt in the middle of the road he thought, "I think I’ll shed some light on this situation." He reached down to the dash panel and pulled on the headlights. Immediately five 1,000,000 candlepower lights turned the scene ahead of him into daylight. Four of the lights were mounted on the truck fenders in the normal position of headlights. The fifth was mounted center line above the windscreen and tracked the motion of his helmet. He looked ahead and saw four or five cars blocking the highway. Behind the cars were two pickups with what looked like pedestal mounted weapons. And before he could say anything to them over his PA system, they opened fire!