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Days of Burning, Days of Wrath – Snippet 28

Days of Burning, Days of Wrath - Snippet 28 Chapter Ten Many intelligence reports in war are contradictory; even more are false, and most are uncertain." --Karl von Clausewitz    UEPF Spirit of Peace The door to the intelligence shop opened automatically.  Esma, always polite, half leaned in and rapped her knuckles on the inside of the bulkhead.  Inside, she saw at least half a dozen men and women hard at work, scanning intently or calculating the unknown. Otherwise, the shop was an antiseptic gray. Looking up from...

The Newton Cipher – Snippet 03

The Newton Cipher - Snippet 03 Espresso University of Notre Dame South Bend, Indiana Edelstein's office was a hazardous topology of stacked books and papers piled into miniature mountains. This particular mountain range extended across the office: in corners, beneath tables, and atop the cushions of old leather chairs. Surveying those precarious peaks, Trina knew that one little jolt to the room's unsteady tectonics -- a careless step, an absentminded gesture -- and the entire landscape could hit a full 8.0 on the documental Richter Scale....

Battle Luna – Snippet 27

Battle Luna - Snippet 27 They gazed all over, with no particular focal point, so they hadn't estimated the trajectory yet. She shrugged and signed, "Watch between shots." That last sign was normally used to mean explosive shots or "blasts," but its meaning was clear. She stepped back and pulled the release.  The second bomb arced up, contents slopping about. It flew tumbling, slowed, then started down out of sight. Morton pointed and signed for Godin to move up and take over vid, while he hopped down to show the ongoing report to Laura....

1636 The Atlantic Encounter – Snippet 24

1636 The Atlantic Encounter - Snippet 24 "But to Champlain. His first ventures into the New World were in the last century, and he visited New France for the first time more than thirty years ago. He has survived rivalries at court, changes in loyalties, conquest by the English, and even the enmity of the Queen Mother when she was regent. He even survived his own death." Stephane did not quite understand what Servien had meant by that, and it clearly showed on his face. "As you are aware, Stephane," Servien explained, "the up-timers have...

Days of Burning, Days of Wrath – Snippet 27

Days of Burning, Days of Wrath - Snippet 27 "Wait!  Wait!" Cherensa reminded them.  "Let the debris fall." After a slow count of ten, by which time Leon had the pack frame with the rest of the demo back on his back, Cherensa ordered, "Let's go!" All four jogged forward in a shallow V.  Leon went to the door and began to affix to it a large charge of plastic explosive, but flat this time, rather than shaped.  Cherensa watched over him as he made his preparations.  Meanwhile, Carrasco shone a light into the hole made by...

At The End Of The World – Snippet 27

At The End Of The World - Snippet 27 So Willow had made her choice. And there was obviously no going back. She didn't do it to try to get us to lift the quarantine; she did it to stay with Johnnie. Kind of the weirdest and scariest Adam and Eve reboot you could ever imagine. She knew the dangers. She knew that a balanced diet was going to be a big challenge for them. She knew all of it. But as she calmly, patiently explained through the door, she knew that we'd leave them a good supply, she knew which seaweed she could use to supplement their...

The Newton Cipher – Snippet 02

The Newton Cipher - Snippet 02 Seminar University of Notre Dame South Bend, Indiana One Week before Thanksgiving Present Day "We have a few minutes left," Trina Piper said, eyeing the fifteen undergrads sitting around the large table in front of her. Their mostly-bored faces were bathed in the wan glow of the fluorescent bulbs that illumined all thirteen floors of Notre Dame's Hesburgh library, including the seminar room here on the seventh floor, the home of the University's Medieval Institute. Bookshelves lined three of the room's walls,...

The Newton Cipher – Snippet 01

The Newton Cipher - Snippet 01 Note from Eric Flint: Steve Ruskin's The Newton Cipher is being published by Ring of Fire Press on August 1. We're going to snippet from it for the next month. Anyone interested in the novel can learn more about it on our web site: https://ringoffirepress.com/forthcoming-books/#newton THE NEWTON CIPHER By Steve Ruskin Prologue The College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity Cambridge University England A Night in April, 1666 It was well past midnight when Isaac heard the knock on the door. He was awake in his...

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