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The Demons of Constantinople – Snippet 43

This will be the last snippet.  The cover for the book has been delayed so the book won't be published until May 1st. The Demons of Constantinople - Snippet 43 "Green Lantern. Paul and Kitten are in Pucorl's lands today, studying basic magic with a puck of Pucorl's acquaintance." "Yes." Wilber grinned. "I've met Pucoransis. Well, at least the kids will be entertained. I don't know how much they'll learn. Put me through to Pucorl, would you? I would like to arrange a pickup, in case I need it." "I'll take you back," Leona insisted. "As...

The Demons of Constantinople – Snippet 42

The Demons of Constantinople - Snippet 42 Pucorl had to call Wilber to get the words, as no one there spoke Italian. So from then on, Wilber was in on the talk. "Why did you attack us?" asked one of the customs officials. "It's a sea monster," the panicked sailor shouted. "Well, yes," Joe said, "But that's no reason to attack me. I was only bringing these fellows to inspect your ship." A tentacle lifted out of the water and pointed at the customs officials. The Genoese sailor shrank back on the pallet where he was sitting. "Ah, Pucorl, you...

The Demons of Constantinople – Snippet 41

The Demons of Constantinople - Snippet 41 Joe was out today, almost on a day off. He was patrolling the Bosporus Straits and grabbing some snacks, instead of sitting at the docks of Constantinople, waiting for Pucorl to need a ride. As part of the deal, he had a crew of five officials of the Constantinople bureau of tariffs. They were approaching a galley showing a Genoese flag. And Joe had a bad feeling. Suddenly a rain of arrows shot from the galley and three of them hit his decking. They hurt. Squid aren't particularly aggressive. In...

The Demons of Constantinople – Snippet 40

The Demons of Constantinople - Snippet 40 Chapter 12 -- A Pause to Breathe Location: The House of Gaius Augustus Crassus, Constantinople Time: 3:34 PM, November 25, 1372 The afternoon sunlight pouring through the glazed windows was augmented by candelabras along the walls of the hall. The ladies in their gowns and the gentlemen in their tunics, which were shorter gowns, made a glittering display. Or would, if you hadn't grown up with twenty-first century Paris fashions, materials, and techniques. The silks from China didn't shine and the...

The Demons of Constantinople – Snippet 39

The Demons of Constantinople - Snippet 39 *** Leona was watching the djinn as Wilber spoke. She saw it look around and see her floating in the air of the netherworld with her wings folded and sitting on something it couldn't see. It was a minor djinn, nothing more than a zephyr. It gave a little squeak of fright and took off running. At that point instinct took over. Both cat and crow were active hunters, and if the will-o'-wisp part of her was less active about it, it was still a hunter. Leona was off Wilber's shoulder and flying after the...

The Demons of Constantinople – Snippet 38

The Demons of Constantinople - Snippet 38 Bertrand wanted to keep pushing. Partly because it was the right strategic move. But politics were involved too. His king, Charles V of France, wanted the Christian powers to push the Turks back across the Bosporus. So did Pope Gregory. And because of the phones in Paris, they could tell him so. The pope was in Avignon again, but Avignon wasn't Rome. It was only a few days away for a fast rider. And besides, the pope had a crystal set enchanted by a cherub in Avignon. The effect of these things was to...

The Demons of Constantinople – Snippet 37

The Demons of Constantinople - Snippet 37 "Allah protect me!" "That will be up to Allah, I would imagine," the slate said. "I am simply here to examine your wound and see if it is becoming infected." That was a whole other fear, to be without his left arm. It would end him as a janissary, probably end him period. Fear for his life warred with fear for his soul, and it was fear for his life that won. He let the priest examine his wound with the phone. *** "There is a bit of infection, but not much yet. If we treat it now and seal the wound, he...

The Demons of Constantinople – Snippet 36

The Demons of Constantinople - Snippet 36 Chapter 11 -- Battle Damage Location: Inn Converted into Hospice, Tzouroulos Time: 4:15 PM, November 22, 1372 Andronikos had a broken arm. Which to hear him tell it was because of Bill Howe's cowardice in failing to support him. He had lost almost ten percent of his knights, again the fault of the twenty-firsters, their cowardly demons, and Bertrand du Guesclin. This time because Pucorl was late in coming to his defense. His cousin Demetrios was dead because Pucorl had abandoned his duty and because,...