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Marque of Caine – Snippet 39

Marque of Caine – Snippet 39 Chapter Twenty-Six May, 2124 Glamqoozht, BD+80 238 Alnduul closed the comm link to Glamqoozht’s port authority. “We have just received permission to travel planetside, Caine Riordan.” Riordan looked up from the equivalent of a … Continue reading

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Marque of Caine – Snippet 38

Marque of Caine – Snippet 38 “Exosapients. The ones you conjectured were watching over us. The ones who made it necessary for hostile aliens to resort to the subterfuge of the Doomsday Rock.” Corcoran’s eyes opened wide. “Are they, the … Continue reading

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Marque of Caine – Snippet 37

Marque of Caine – Snippet 37 Chapter Twenty-Five April, 2124 Rooaioo’q, BD +66 582 When Riordan re-entered the lab, Thlunroolt was once again seated behind the crescent table. His tone was less jocular. “My regrets for the delay, Caine Riordan. … Continue reading

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Marque of Caine – Snippet 36

Marque of Caine – Snippet 36 Chapter Twenty-Four April, 2124 Rooaioo’q, BD +66 582 Alnduul approached Riordan, hands outstretched. “We simply terminated the simulation. There is no problem–“ “No problem?” Riordan stalked toward the Dornaani, who stopped, retreated a step. … Continue reading

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Marque of Caine – Snippet 35

Marque of Caine – Snippet 35 Riordan forced himself to take a deep breath. The voice, the face, the small gestures, the nuanced shift between facial expressions that were as unique to Nolan Corcoran as his fingerprints: Christ, how did … Continue reading

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Marque of Caine – Snippet 34

Marque of Caine – Snippet 34 Alnduul had reached the craggy stone face. “That might be a closer analog,” he agreed, just before he stepped forward, shifted quickly to the right. And disappeared. “Do not be alarmed,” his voice assured. … Continue reading

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Marque of Caine – Snippet 33

Marque of Caine – Snippet 33 Thlunroolt leaned forward. “Is it extortion to simply ask that, just as I have promised you my silence, you promise me yours in this instance?” He glanced sideways at Caine. “Besides, unless I miss … Continue reading

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Marque of Caine – Snippet 32

Marque of Caine – Snippet 32 Chapter Twenty-One April, 2124 Rooaioo’q, BD +66 582 After three hours, Thlunroolt finally moved again, tilting his head upward to study the sun overhead. He picked up his walking stick, turned to look out … Continue reading

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Marque of Caine – Snippet 31

Marque of Caine – Snippet 31 Riordan suppressed an impulse to rush out into the water in an attempt to disrupt or chase off the geel. It was a pointless reflex here, one that had been evolved for, as Thlunroolt … Continue reading

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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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