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Valley Of Shadows – Snippet 22

Valley Of Shadows – Snippet 22 “Assets,” Tradittore volunteered, his eyes narrowing almost imperceptibly. “Assets.” If the topic made Khabayeva queasy, it certainly didn’t show. “We need to utilize them efficiently–no waste. Also, we need stop wasting collection opportunities by … Continue reading

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A Pillar Of Fire By Night – Snippet 31

A Pillar Of Fire By Night – Snippet 31 CHAPTER ELEVEN “We are the worm in the wood! “We are the rot at the root! “We are the taint in the blood! “We are the thorn in the foot!” –Kipling, … Continue reading

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All The Plagues Of Hell – Snippet 34

All The Plagues Of Hell – Snippet 34 Chapter 17 Milan Milan had a week of frantic preparation. The reason given for the hasty marriage was the war with Parma. So far that had amounted to very little, and in … Continue reading

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All The Plagues Of Hell – Snippet 33

All The Plagues Of Hell – Snippet 33 She will die, whispered the asp in her bosom. Nothing lives through the poison of the great serpent, unless the serpent wills it… and even then, they live but for a while. … Continue reading

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Valley Of Shadows – Snippet 21

Valley Of Shadows – Snippet 21 He saw Paul and few others nod, but also noted a several blank looks. “Not big metal boxes for money,” Tom said, folding his arms across his chest. “Selected Area For Evasion. A place … Continue reading

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A Pillar Of Fire By Night – Snippet 30

A Pillar Of Fire By Night – Snippet 30 No doubt who’s still in muddy scraping, either. Got to give them credit, too, though, for sending someone to arrange to give us our bodies back . . . and the … Continue reading

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Valley Of Shadows – Snippet 20

Valley Of Shadows – Snippet 20 However, cleanly severing a human neck while keeping the spinal cord intact and connected to the brainstem was surprisingly difficult. They had wasted one “asset” already and their co-opted medical examiner was getting frustrated. … Continue reading

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A Pillar Of Fire By Night – Snippet 29

A Pillar Of Fire By Night – Snippet 29 At the harbor’s new edge, a quay rapidly put in by his engineers, rode a mid-sized Roll On-Roll Off civilian transport, chartered to the Tauran Union. The RO-RO somewhat lightly loaded … Continue reading

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All The Plagues Of Hell – Snippet 32

All The Plagues Of Hell – Snippet 32 Chapter 16 Duchy of Milan Carlo Sforza rose in the predawn, as was his custom, and with his usual troop, exercised his horses. It was as much a habit with him as … Continue reading

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A Pillar Of Fire By Night – Snippet 28

A Pillar Of Fire By Night – Snippet 28 CHAPTER TEN “It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.” –Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace) Parilla Line, … Continue reading

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