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Marque of Caine – Snippet 30

Marque of Caine – Snippet 30 Thlunroolt kneaded the head of his walking stick. “The rite is an outgrowth of their inability to breed, to cull, naturally.” Thlunroolt’s lids nictated rapidly, quivered. “They use their own younglings, still half-feral, to … Continue reading

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Marque of Caine – Snippet 29

Marque of Caine – Snippet 29 Chapter Nineteen April, 2124 Rooaioo’q, BD +66 582 After three hundred meters, the dense cover–mostly goldenrod trees and five-meter tall clusters of day-glo green tubules–began thinning. “Silence, now,” Thlunroolt murmured, even though none of … Continue reading

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Marque of Caine – Snippet 28

Marque of Caine – Snippet 28 Chapter Eighteen April, 2124 Rooaioo’q, BD +66 582 The second planet out from BD +66 582, a K5 main sequence star, actually had a name: Rooaioo’q.  Somewhat larger than Earth, but not quite as … Continue reading

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Marque of Caine – Snippet 27

Marque of Caine – Snippet 27 Chapter Seventeen March, 2124 Second-Five, Zhal Prime (BD +71 482 A) Riordan awoke with a start. He was in his quarters. Alnduul was standing close to the room’s iris valve, his eyes as somber … Continue reading

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Marque of Caine – Snippet 26

Marque of Caine – Snippet 26 Riordan landed into the first long stride of his sprint toward the complex. Creatures approached from either side: Alnduul hit the leaders. Most of the others skittered to a halt, fighting over the soon-to-be-carcasses … Continue reading

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Marque of Caine – Snippet 25

Marque of Caine – Snippet 25 Riordan waited for one of the snake-gliders to roll over and was rewarded with a glimpse of the manipulators. They were reminiscent of a shark’s claspers, except they were longer and stronger. That was … Continue reading

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Marque of Caine – Snippet 24

Marque of Caine – Snippet 24 Chapter Fifteen March, 2124 Second-Five, Zhal Prime (BD +71 482 A) The Dornaani ship faltered at the last moment, its nose tilting down to port as it kissed the surface of the pond. Steam … Continue reading

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Marque of Caine – Snippet 23

Marque of Caine – Snippet 23 “Yes,” Alnduul answered, walking to the forward edge of the aperture. “We must not be on board when Olsloov attempts to land. My crew’s attempt to terminate the port authority override could easily fail.” … Continue reading

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Marque of Caine – Snippet 22

Marque of Caine – Snippet 22 Chapter Fourteen March, 2124 Second-Five, Zhal Prime (BD +71 482 A) Ironically, the shift to LP 60-179 marked the end of the most uneventful periods that Riordan had ever spent travelling between the stars. … Continue reading

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Marque of Caine – Snippet 21

Marque of Caine – Snippet 21 Riordan hoped his friend was correct. “So when do we start?” “‘Start’?” Alnduul halted before an iris valve so finely crafted that its scalloped sections seemed to be one seamless surface. “I mean, start … Continue reading

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