The Savior – Snippet 31

The Savior – Snippet 31

They’re dumbfounded from the march. Get them moving, man. Give them something to do.

“You heard the colonel,” Abel screamed out. “Get those orders to companies and stop hanging around here like a bunch of flitterdonts looking for dead meat!”

He began shouting precise assignment.

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1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 18

1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 18

Uriel nodded. “I agree. But that was then, and this is now. Now everyone knows that up-timers can create money and that money is good. I think as long as you didn’t increase the money supply too much, just Sarah Wendell von Up-time would be enough to provide credibility.”

“I hate that expression,” Sarah said, referring to the “von Up-time.” It was a tag that the Daily News had put on up-timers with an op-ed piece that claimed that they were the true nobility. And it was becoming fairly popular with some up-timers and a lot of down-timers. “And, like I said before, I am not looking for a job. Besides, even if the person you get to head your bank were an up-timer, even if it was Coleman Walker or my dad, it wouldn’t make any difference if everyone thought the king could order them to print more money.”

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Polychrome – Chapter 10

Polychrome – Chapter 10

Chapter 10.

“So, Captain Thunderstroke –”

“Hah!” His laugh was as abrupt as his last name. “Nimbus, please. Or ‘sir’ when I’m training you. But if the Rainbow Lord has decreed that I, personally, train you, we are equals. Say on, then.”

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The Savior – Snippet 30

The Savior – Snippet 30

PART SIX

The Clash

The Present

1

Approaching Progar District

476 Post Tercium

Once they were above the Second Cataract, the road climbed steadily. Rocks jutted more often from the soil of the Valley, and the Rim grew closer and closer. Soon the Valley was barely a league across from West Rim to East Rim. Finally, they were walking on broken stone rather than dirt. The scree was smooth enough for passage of the wagons, but crunched with every step.

What bothered Abel, and was clearly bothering von Hoff, was that the cliffs on either side were now at the edges of the Road. They were marching through a constricted passage, perfect for an enemy sniper or bowman. It troubled von Hoff enough to send Abel to General Saxe and request that he be permitted to send skirmishers up the rocks to take care of any threat from above.

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1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 17

1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 17

Chapter 7: A Trip to Bohemia

September, 1634

Prague

As it happened, Karl’s wait for the king’s pleasure wasn’t long at all. In fact, the king’s call came as soon as they arrived at the palace. Karl was escorted to a small throne room, not the big one, more of an office really. And before he could even finish his bow, Wallenstein asked him, “Was your father a thief?”

“I don’t think so, Your Majesty,” Karl answered carefully. “Though I am aware that others hold a different view. I prefer to think he was simply a practical man.”

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1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 16

1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 16

Magdeburg

This time Karl checked into his hotel and sent a note to Sarah asking when she could see him. Then he cooled his heels for a while and occupied himself with paper work.

It was the next day at noon when he met Sarah at the American Cafe. “So what’s so important?” Sarah asked, before they had even ordered.

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Paradigms Lost — Chapter 27

Paradigms Lost — Chapter 27

Chapter 27: Empathy and Electronics

“Jason, you need your rest. It’s been twenty-seven hours. Go to bed.”

I was too tired to jump at the sudden voice from a formerly empty space. “Verne, I’ve got work to do. I’m going to find that bastard and silver him like a goddam mirror. I don’t have time to sleep. You heard what Winthrope told me.”

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The Savior – Snippet 29

The Savior – Snippet 29

It was Abel’s goal to bring the ways of Treville to Cascade.

This was the right thing to do, first of all. And second, it advanced the cause of progress, although he was perhaps the only man living on this world who appreciated that fact.

His worries were resolved. The Treville Regulars hit the Blaskoye from behind. The attack was completely unexpected and devastating. Abel didn’t wait.

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The Savior – Snippet 28

The Savior – Snippet 28

2

One year later

Cascade District

473 Post Tercium

The stockade stank of sweat tinged with the iron tang of blood. The Cascade Scouts looked fearful in their guise as Blaskoye. Some of the Firsts were still convinced that they were the captives of Redlanders. The more perceptive knew this was a lie, but, Abel hoped, had not yet discerned what it was he and the Scouts intended to do with them.

Good. They’ll be more pliable that way.

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1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 15

1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 15

Chapter 6: Your Presence Is Required

August, 1634

“You have another letter, Prince Karl,” Josef Gandelmo told him when he got back from his latest trip to Magdeburg.

“Is it from Gundaker again?” There had been several letters from Gundaker, each ordering Karl to stop seeing Sarah Wendell and reminding him of his obligations under the 1606 treaty between his father and uncles.

“No, it’s from King Albrecht.”

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