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The Shaman of Karres – Snippet 03

The Shaman of Karres - Snippet 03 Chapter 1 When the shriek of space-alarms is welcome, things are pretty rotten, Captain Pausert reflected. He'd been near to dozing in the control chair on the Venture 7333. That was a good thing considering how little sleep he'd had the last few days, and a bad thing when he was in command of a starship. He blinked to clear his vision. The screens showed that it was a fairly normal problem on the fringes of the Empire's space, a larger ship following directly down their course. There was only one good reason...

The Shaman of Karres – Snippet 02

The Shaman of Karres - Snippet 02 "And they're the bad guys?" asked Pausert, glad to have that at least clear. Threbus pulled a face. "Actually… no. The other side are probably what we'd consider 'the bad guys'. The Karoda slavers are not popular with anyone, not even on their own world. But while the people of Karoda may not like them, they like Iradalia less. And a huge amount of money flows through them. That affects the whole economy of both worlds." Captain Pausert bit his top lip. Slavery was legal in the empire. Common on some planets,...

The Shaman of Karres – Snippet 01

The Shaman of Karres - Snippet 01 The Shaman of Karres By Eric Flint and Dave Freer To the world's ambulance and paramedic volunteers. True shamans. Prelude The Leewit was unsettled. She usually dealt with that by going up as high as possible and breaking things with supersonic whistles. Tempting though it was, this time she knew that it wouldn't help. That was enough to make her even more annoyed, which didn't help either. She really didn't like changes. Not merely changing scenes -- she'd seen enough of those on the Venture 7333. That was...

All The Plagues Of Hell – Snippet 53

This book should be available now, so this is the last snippet. All The Plagues Of Hell - Snippet 53 The officers were not talking--not while they were together. But their troopers were much less reticent, and quite happy to spill. There were five thousand men en route, nearly two thousand of them cavalry, some from the Carreressi of Padua as well as the Viscount di Scala's forces. The attack was for tonight, the men would be crossing in boats to attack Rivalta, so that it was taken and held. Shots had been heard and reported, and they'd been...

All The Plagues Of Hell – Snippet 52

All The Plagues Of Hell - Snippet 52 "I suspect they'll try to get men on this side, to attack the bridge from the flanks, and hit the outposts hard with the cavalry, and hope that in the retreat there'll be enough chaos on the bridge to take the towers. They're not worth much, defensively." "Well, barring a cannon-shot down the causeway." "They're hundred year-old relics," said Pelta. "As likely to blow up and kill the users as do anything useful. And they probably know that. That's why Carlo changed the guards here--they seemed very cosy...

All The Plagues Of Hell – Snippet 51

All The Plagues Of Hell - Snippet 51 Chapter 28 The Duchy of Milan, the eastern frontier Francisco rode out that afternoon, having had Kazimierz approved by Sforza, and the matter handed on to various functionaries. The man who claims the name of Kazimierz, Francisco cautioned himself. He made a mental note to ask someone familiar with the nobility of Hungary just who the man was sometime But that could wait. Right now, Turner had a war to deal with. Both the east and west were fragile--simply because there were two fronts and a limited...

All The Plagues Of Hell – Snippet 50

All The Plagues Of Hell - Snippet 50 "And on the other side of the Po?" asked Francisco, taking his commander's pulse. It was faster than it should be. It was easier to keep him talking for as long as possible, while he got the examination underway. "How am I supposed to wave my hands around if you're holding my wrist?" demanded Sforza, half annoyed, half amused. "So far we're sparring. They advance. We retreat. They assume it is a trap. They retreat. We advance back to where we came from, sometimes a bit further forward, because our...

All The Plagues Of Hell – Snippet 49

All The Plagues Of Hell - Snippet 49 "Venice is sitting out a perfectly good war with Milan? That is surprising." His grandfather shrugged. "It's one I plan to sit out if they do, at least while I wait to see what is happening, and can see when and where to strike. I have no desire to have Sforza ruling a powerful, wealthy duchy that near to Ferrara, even if I did not have my own axe to grind, but only a fool underestimates the man. And it seems he has a number of fools opposing him. If they attack singly, he can devour any of them, and, as I...