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Serpent Daughter – Snippet 21

Serpent Daughter - Snippet 21 Bailey shook his big, shaggy head. "No, that's not it. Jackson was ambitious, but his faithfulness was bigger than his ambition, and he knew the most important thing about ambition." Etienne looked and Bailey and smiled. "Tell me the most important thing about ambition." Eggbert chuckled. "You laugh, because you're thinking, this fellow showed no ambition at all until my accountant found him, deemed him corruptible, and used him to organize a revolt." "I laugh because I find wisdom in unexpected places," Etienne...

Heart Of The World – Snippet 21

This book should be available now, so this is the last snippet. Heart Of The World - Snippet 21 Boglu was riding up toward him, leading another horse. At the grim look on his face, his brows down and his mouth tight, Daud stiffened all over, warned. He looked past him, to the horse Boglu was leading. Rasul lay there, across the saddle. Rasul hung there, facedown, dead. Daud gave a violent shudder. His throat closed. He slid down from the saddle and went to the body, and put his hands on Rasul's back. The other men gathered around him,...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 23

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 23 De Curco y San Joan started as if struck. "P-parole? You are freeing us?" "In a manner of speaking. Forty miles north of here, just south of Guadeloupe, are a pair of small islands known as Petit-Terre. At least that is how they appear on up-time charts. Are you familiar with them?" "Vaguely." It was obvious he had never heard of them. "They are sufficient for a short stay," Tromp assured him. "Certainly long enough to allow you to fashion craft from what remains of those of your ships that will sail...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 20

Serpent Daughter - Snippet 20 The next nearest boat was still a minute out, and it was a canoe. Montse turned to face the oncoming beastkind. Her pistols were loaded, and she stood side to side with Miquel and a handful of Cahokian marines. "Load!" she shouted. "Aye, aye, Capità!" A few of the marines followed her instruction -- the others aimed already-loaded weapons forward. Maybe as many as twenty people huddled in the water behind Montse and her men. An old man holding a hayfork pressed himself to her side and stationed himself with his...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 22

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 22 Of the seventeen galleons that had been merchantmen, two had been sunk outright and two more would be scuttled as soon as their off-loading was completed. Of the thirteen that remained, five would require extensive repairs but eight were fit for immediate service. The twenty-one naos, an unusually high number for any Spanish fleet, had seen the least combat. Six had escaped. Three more had tried to flee but had been brought to heel by a several punishing broadsides. Twelve had been taken intact....

Heart Of The World – Snippet 20

Heart Of The World - Snippet 20 The smaller man sidestepped, and the bigger man crashed down hard onto the ground. The tall skinny man next to Daud turned to him, caught his arm, said in Arabic, "See how Moro is using Yaqi's own weight against him, there, see that" -- and hugged him.  Daud pushed him away. On the ground, the big man reached down to his belt for his knife. "Ayyiaaah!" Yaqi lunged to his feet, the knife in his hand, and from the crowd the bay mare burst in between them. Baibers in the saddle was roaring at them. He spun...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 19

Serpent Daughter - Snippet 19 Formally, Montse's title was admiral. Following the example of Josep and the crew of the Verge, most of the navy simply called her by the Catalan word Capità. This suited her just fine. She looked through her spyglass; at first, she saw nothing. Then she spotted a woman. She wore a tattered cloak that had once been dark red but now looked closer to black, and she scrambled down a steep bank toward the river. She was too far away to be audible, but Montse could see that her face was red and streaked, suggesting...

Heart Of The World – Snippet 19

Heart Of The World - Snippet 19 *** They all slept on the floor of the hall; the men had blankets and carpets but Daud lay down on the stone floor. He was afraid to sleep, as always, but sleep came over him, and he saw the eyes again, floating in the dark. He sobbed, in his sleep. Then someone touched him; he startled, but he only came partway out of the dream; he thought his mother had come to console him. She murmured to him, she wrapped him in her shawl. He fell into a deep sleep and dreamed no more. In the morning when he woke, Rasul was...

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