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The Macedonian Hazard – Snippet 01

The Macedonian Hazard - Snippet 01 The Macedonian Hazard By Eric Flint, Gorg Huff, Paula Goodlett Prologue: Build, Sell, or Die Queen of the Sea, off the coast of Trinidad November 28, 321 BCE Stella Matthews lay on the bed in her cabin on the Queen of the Sea and watched TV. Stella was fifty-two years old, a bit overweight, recently divorced, with two adult children left behind by The Event, and was on the Queen of the Sea to, as the movie said, "get her groove back". Being dropped in the fourth century Before the Common Era was not helping...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 41

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 41 "Seems to me we are here to spy on matters that are manifestly none of our business. And how is it that Sophie's understanding of personal matters might be lacking? She is a widow, she knows --" "Her marriage was arranged for her. Just as Poppa had planned for you and me, until we were saved by the changes wrought by the up-timers. Now be silent or begone!" "This is wrong," Leonora grumbled. But she craned her neck to get a better look through the crack of the door. *   *   * The...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 40

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 40 Chapter 21 Oranjestad, St. Eustatia Anne Cathrine, daughter of King Christian IV by morganatic marriage (and so, not a princess) yawned, stretched, fended off the sunlight that eked in through the slight gap in the hurricane shutters. They were just slightly ajar, held there by an adjustable hook-and-eye that had been set just so. She smiled into the morning light. That had been done by her wonderful, kind, thoughtful, Eddie. Her war-hero, ducal, up-time machine-wizard Eddie. Her adoring, innocent,...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 39

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 39 "So our choice was between standing around while the knowledge from Grantville's library drives a radically new history, or to have a hand in shaping it. And these islands are among the places where those changes will come the fastest and the hardest." Joost Banckert's frown was no longer impatient but somber. "There is much to think about in what you have said, Eddie. But none of it shines a light on how mariners such as us, bred to pursue profit individually and aggressively, can make money when we...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 38

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 38 Chapter 20 Oranjestad, St. Eustatia Eddie turned, discovered the source of the tongue-in-cheek comments: Joost Banckert. The vice admiral had finally made his way up the dock to them, but the man who'd been walking with him earlier was still on the dock, haggling with a ship's master over an untapped tun of wine. "I have a similar reaction to Jan's 'careful planning,' Joost," Tromp said mildly. "Welcome home." "Good to be here," Banckert replied, glancing over their heads at Oranjestad's roofs....

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 37

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 37 Eddie almost snapped his fingers: the Secret Service! That's what O'Rourke's attentive hover looked like. Eddie paused, reflected. Of course, maybe it looks like that because that's exactly what it is. But that wasn't the way bodyguards typically worked in this day and age. They came as a large group, often in formation, and with bright uniforms that sent a clear message to all who saw: "get too close, and you'll get run through." But maybe it was different with Hugh. After all, even though he was...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 36

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 36 Chapter 19 Oranjestad, St. Eustatia  Cornelis Jol began stumping along rapidly on his peg leg when he caught sight of the three of them in the far shadows of the Fort Oranjestad's seaward wall. He waved to two others behind him, who had become ensnared in the growing tumult of trade and acquaintance-making in the street. "Keep up, you malingerers!" he shouted over his shoulder. "I've a wooden leg and I move twice as fast as you do!" He grinned at van Walbeeck, clapped a hand down on Tromp's...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 35

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 35 "Ah, Maarten Tromp, you are delighting in his torment of me," van Walbeeck lamented histrionically. "Soldiers, particularly jongeren like this Cantrell fellow, have little appreciation of the trials and tribulations that an administrator must endure to produce such a grand spectacle." He waved a hand at the ship-crowded harbor. "Why, there must be well over one-hundred ships, out there!" "Only if you count the boats from St. Kitts," Eddie needled, barely able to repress a smile. "I do count them!"...