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Forced Perspectives – Snippet 33

Forced Perspectives - Snippet 33 "I just care that he's paying me." Vickery let out a bitter laugh. "You called him as soon as Tom told you we were here, didn't you? I bet he's not paying you a million-four." "No," said Galvan cheerfully, "he's not. Neither are you." "No. But the reason I came here today, hoping you had a line on the guy who has the book, is because a collector in London just lately learned about the existence of it, and he wants it real bad." Vickery was cautiously pleased with this story; it seemed fairly credible. "He got...

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 Initiate – Snippet 32

This book should be available now, so this is the last snippet. The Initiate - Snippet 32 They rode for a time Sam found hard to measure; it passed quickly enough but somehow he knew (as one knows things in dreams) that it was a long journey. Outside the windows the subway car passed through darkness, but occasionally he got glimpses of vast caverns and distant flows of glowing magma. Suddenly the tugging sensation grew much stronger, and pulled off to the right rather than straight ahead. "It's here!" Sam called out, and felt the subway...

Forced Perspectives – Snippet 32

Forced Perspectives - Snippet 32 Vickery yawned widely. "Excuse me. I probably could have made a living at it, even with Galvan taking forty percent, as she did. It seemed almost natural at first -- remember when it first started happening, you seemed to have a body, in the visions? That turned out to be just a projection, like a visible phantom limb, and it wore off, but it did make the visions less disorienting. Yeah, I got sent to offices to see documents that had been on a desk an hour earlier, and rushed into empty restaurant booths to...

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 Initiate – Snippet 31

The Initiate - Snippet 31 Chapter 13 As the city sweltered through August Sam found himself busier than he had ever been in his life. He was getting instruction from Sylvia, Moreno, and Lucas -- and, of course, he had to keep his contact with Lucas secret from the others. During those weeks he recruited more spirits to his service. On Lammas Eve he climbed to the roof of Columbia's Butler Library where he bound a sylph into a tin pinky ring and then secured a year's service from a song-spirit, making his words more persuasive. As the equinox...

Forced Perspectives – Snippet 31

Forced Perspectives - Snippet 31 CHAPTER SEVEN: Two and Two is Four During a one-minute-interval update on his iPad, Don Foster tapped back to the All Events page. John Taitz was driving Harlowe's Chevy Tahoe slowly north on Normandie, past more of the apartment buildings which, it seemed to him, made up most of Los Angeles. They had just received Harlowe's order that Vickery and Castine, as well as Ragotskie, were to be killed. Taitz briefly wished he'd had a drink or two before setting out. "Where's Ragotskie now?" he asked. "As of thirty...

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...

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