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It was a bank robbery, however this time the gunmen came not for the cash but for the bank itself, and all that followed happened faster than a domino knockdown.
ABOUT THE SERIES
These are stories about a man who is not alive anymore. He was a financier, a retired intelligence officer. I had the good luck to arrange a couple of financial frauds. We bumped into each other before the recession, in the flood of shit, together in the dust. After his death I still had power of attorney.
This is a novella, and the second in a series of novellas. Unfortunately, I think much of the understanding of previous characters and plot were carried on into this work without the benefit of background information. Also, since English is not the author's first language, both sentence structure and unusual dialogue use sometimes make it difficult to understand who is speaking or what they are talking about.
The author calls her work financial thrillers. This is a new genre for me. I suppose it's meant to be along the lines of Wall Street insider trading schemes gone wild. The narration is in first person, and the author claims that first person to be herself. Since the plot gives a rather bleak and, therefore, accurate look at the financial disaster and corruption by middlemen and swindlers in Moscow who make their money by slowly destroying the banking industry, after reading the author's biography it is difficult not to feel she is not in fact the Anna from the novellas. It does contain an insider's slant that begs explanation, especially when one wonders if the loose ends are unknown elements or intentional hooks for the next book in the series.
The plot is fast-paced, but sometimes inconsistent, like a memoir being written by an ageing nursing home patient. There is also some course language some may find offensive. Both add to the "real" feel of this piece of "fiction".
Overall, this work would have scored much higher with me if the author found an English as first language speaker to clean up this Russian to English translation. Although, with dashes instead of quotation marks for dialogue, she would also benefit from a source language translator who went back through the manuscript to correct obvious computer language mistakes made by the translation software.
Book Bling gives this 3 stars.
I was born in Moscow. I studied at the Moscow State University at the Philosophical faculty. I got a PhD in philosophy and stayed without work and without money. The financial crisis began. Some years I was looking for a work, but took it easy. My ex-husband was a dissident and we expected that the Union would collapse. I was a securities trader in an investment company by chance. And then there was the default in 1998. I was without work again.
This was my best time. I became the financial middleman of off-market private transactions. I had nothing. I have been looking for too-big deals. But then there was a time that it was quite possible for me to be the middleman in the sale of a Libyan oil tanker or the sale of aircrafts abroad. I got sick of conducting multi-million dollar transactions and lost all sense of reality.
I met Victor. He was a retired Foreign Intelligence Service officer. He was a magnificent fraudster. I understand how strange it sounds. But at that time before the Yeltsin decree in February 1996 the Intelligence Service was pumped up by money. And Intelligence Service officers one by one began to hold the post of deputy chairmen of the bank. It had happened overnight. Certainly, I could say: he was a magnificent financier, but... to call him as a financial fraudster would be more truthful.
Capturing the bank was in my sights. The insider of the bank was the vice-president of the bank. I write about his capture almost unchanged. Victor would be recognized by his conversations. Before leaving, he left me his three passports... So I do not know his real name. There were no closed doors for him. He had friends from the federal agency for government communication and information and from the board of directors of Deutsche Bank. All kinds of people.
Years passed. Victor is long gone. And there are fewer middlemen.
I feel myself to be on the way out. The whole generation is on the way out as well, those who are described as robbing the country. I like those who robbed the country, and I'm pleased how it was done. They were really talented financiers, nothing worse than financiers on Wall Street. They left the country and have taken the money with them. Since then, Moscow's air did not smell of millions any longer. But it seemed to me, it was still in the depths of my house between a pile of white shirts.
Now there are no more financial middlemen. The young have got jobs first. They receive a salary at the end of the month, and seem to have already forgotten the smell of crazy millions. It's like being drunk. There's a dizziness from it... They did not want to breathe this air. They did not want to poison their lives. They earned their money. They had wives, children, dogs, cars, which it is necessary to care of... Their heads have been overflowing with thoughts of petty cash.
Then the middlemen were old. And I stayed with them. Therefore, the heroes of my novels are in their sixties. For the former friends who stayed in the stock market I became infected. No, I just died. And I have been smelling of sweet cadaveric decay. It seemed to me that I was among the dead. And it felt really bad for me as a living being. But I shared their way of thinking. I was the same as they were. Ridiculous and old-fashioned, useless clutter, rubbish. Market garbage.
My friends were precisely the same as a middle-aged gentleman. Sometimes I catch a strange look at myself, but then forgot about it. The metropolis cleaned me from their memory. There was no need to be as nice as kind people who talk with clients and colleagues daily. I had a different way of talking. My talking always led to a deal. And in case it didn't, I would give the finger and immediately forget the useless person as if shaking off dust. And that's all.
I have nothing to regret. I had nothing to blame myself for. Dogs wouldn't blame themselves for their dog's life, would they?
I could not return back to the stockmarket. It has changed. Brokers, buyers, and sellers have been changed. They all had grown up a little. They have got each other for 0.1 percent interest, ready to set their ass to everyone at 0.5 percent, and would sell their own mother at one percent. I could not do that. The market has kicked me out as garbage.
And the old, among whom I used to be, are gone. The reality of small money has burnt out people around me as fire burns wood. Sometimes it seems to me that I have gone mad, that I live in the world turned inside out. Sometimes I would like to be like anyone... to have a rest, eat, dress, buy a car...
But I can't do it. It would be a living death.
It seems to me I would lose days and years and end up in devastation and poverty. And I would lose the scent of money, and the skill ... I clung to the sale of oil, diamonds, and bank guarantees, though I'm sure that it was simply thin air and there was nothing behind it. Sometimes I woke up and thought that all was not with me. But I lived and breathed the air of millions. It was my life. In my life I gained money from thin air. Emptiness is a magnet for me.
Now I have got nothing. I do not care. I like my life. I like to go for millions. It's impossible to stop me. I might be put down like a mad dog.
And I still have a sense of money. I can smell the street's air and say that the market has changed. It smells as sharp as the smell of fresh bread from a bakery in the frost.
THE DEAD BANK DIARY is my first novel. There will be more.
I write in the genre of financial thriller.
My novels are not based on real events (that would be silly)), but you will feel the reality.
All my characters are real people.
The story goes from the first person, it's me. No crimes, or anything of the kind. No politics or 'danger' Russian reality. Only MONEY. The beautiful frauds which may occur at any bank. I love beautiful gray schemes, on the verge of crime.
Please read about the Series and an interview with me on RobberMagazine.com
The Thyroid Cure provides an incredibly comprehensive under-standing of autoimmune thyroid disease. While user-friendly for patients, the depth of research that clearly went into creating the text makes this a must read for any healthcare provider dealing with thyroid issues as well as autoimmune diseases in general. David Perl-mutter, MD #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Grain Brain
In The Thyroid Cure, Michelle Corey outlines the exact steps that anyone can take to reverse ANY kind of chronic, inflammatory autoimmune condition. You will learn how to become empowered in health, navigate the broken medical system and get the right care, so that you can undercover the roots of your illness and heal for good. You will discover what you can do on your own to restore your and health, and how to find and work with a practitioner if necessary.
The book comes with online companions such as: A letter to your doctor explaining the rationale; a test request so you can have a baseline for where you stand at the beginning of the program; mind-body assessments so that you and your doctor can get closer to identifying the roots of your condition; a 14-day detox program to kick start your recovery and help you become aware of any foods that might be triggering your condition.
Chronic inflammatory conditions such as autoimmunity can be successfully and quantifiably reversed when the underlying splinters are uncovered and removed, and the core systems of the body are restored to balance.
The Thyroid Cure is based on cutting-edge science and combines ancient healing principals with the current advances in functional and integrative medicine.
I was first interested in this book because a dear, immediate family member has been diagnosed with thyroid problems, and I wanted to learn more about the thyroid in general and holistic ways in which to help maintain a healthy thyroid in particular. I wasn't disappointed. Corey's 500 plus page book presents extensive information about the thyroid and researched strategies for dealing with thyroid conditions.
She shares her own personal journey and extensive research that she has done over many years. . The book is also underwritten by various medical practitioners. At present, the author is a counsellor in her own clinic, helping clients gain knowledge about their own condition, so that they can experience better health.
I particularly liked the index so that I could look up areas relevant to my family member's condition. Also useful were the guides to understanding how food, medicine, and stress reduction work together when trying to find an effective approach to wellness.
The author has developed what she calls a Thyroid Emergency Repair Kit to help both her clients and readership. Corey offers herself as proof that her recommendations work. She received a six-year treatment. Then she opened her clinic in 2008 and by 2010 she was well.
Anyone concerned with the health of their thyroid and overall autoimmune systems will benefit from this book.
Book Bling gives this 5 stars!
Michelle Corey is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, health care advocate, researcher and author. Michelle studied holistic nutrition at Clayton College of Natural Health, and functional medical protocols at the Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics.
After completely reversing her autoimmune condition Michelle went on to help hundreds of people reverse autoimmunity and other chronic conditions. She is currently an advisor to the Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics and the Functional Medical University, teaching doctors how to integrate Functional Medical protocols into their practices. She is also a member of the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants.
Michelle works one-on-one with people who suffer from complex autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, and offers Functional Mind-Body healing retreats in beautiful Taos New Mexico.
The functional mind-body approach she introduces in her first book, The Thyroid Cure, is a practical, results-based holistic healing program that blends the sciences of functional medicine, psychology, epigenetics and nutrigenomics with the classic principles of detoxification and mind/body awareness.
Jasmine Steele’s life was exactly where she had wanted it to be. She had the love of her life, a job as a detective and never gave up on her dream of writing the next great novel. It’s true what they say about life, it changes without warning, and Jasmine’s dreams slammed to a halt the minute her brother was killed. Between guilt, becoming the guardian of her nephew, hiding her grief – she lost her soulmate, her dreams and ultimately herself.
Now Steele is faced with a series of murders that pulls her back into her brother’s case and puts everyone around her in grave danger. Forced to face her demons, Steele must find out who the killer is before she loses someone else she loves. The killer doesn't care who dies, especially if it keeps Steele quiet – permanently.
Sometimes your worst enemy is yourself.
Detective mystery writing at its best. Amato's female detective is Jasmine Steele, who had an ideal life doing what she loved best until tragedy struck. Her brother and sister-in-law were killed in a tragic accident. She is now the guardian of her seven-year-old nephew.
Jasmine is having trouble adjusting to her grief and new responsibilities. Worried, sad and scared of doing something wrong, she doesn't have the energy or self-confidence to keep her relationship with police detective Jazz alive. But now, more than ever, she could use the support and understanding of a fellow detective and friend.
Bodies are starting to pile up and Jasmine and her nephew Chase are threatened. It looks like the recent murders may even be related to her brother's death. Jasmine has to find out who's responsible while keeping her nephew safe.
The plot twists and action fly in this female-driven detective mystery series. This is book one, and if it's any indication this is going to be a must read series for lovers of the detective mystery genre.
Book Bling give this story 4 stars.
Kimberly Amato is a freelance writer from New York and holds a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Kimberly has managed to meld creativity and love of the human mind into a career in entertainment. Between her awards for an independent comedy project to her lauded portrayal of a psychopath in Under the Raven's Wing, Kimberly continues to bring rich stories to life in a variety of genres.
Even though her chosen topics might be serious in nature, Kimberly always finds time to indulge her inner child. A self-proclaimed "coolest aunt ever", she would rather be writing her novels on a Disney Cruise Ship waiting for Lilo and Stitch to appear than in an office. She also routinely destroys her writers' block by playing video games and renovating her home before getting back to work on future novels.
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Everyone wants to fall in love and stay in love. Being in love is magical and wonderful. It has been said that love makes the world go ‘round, which is probably true. But even more important is the fact that love makes every day richer, fuller, and more enjoyable. Quite simply, love is what makes life worth living.
Unfortunately, looking for real love and a relationship that lasts can be baffling and challenging. Chad Stone’s The Love Magnet Rules offers women step-by-step advice for finding their perfect romantic partner. The tips are straightforward and easy to follow. The book covers everything from how to get yourself in the mindset for love, how to talk to the opposite sex, what to do when you think you’ve found The One, and how to use your Love Magnet skills to keep your love alive.
If you follow the guidelines found in The Love Magnet Rules, you will become a love magnet, and you will get your dream lover.
“What a great book of ways to attract love to you! Chad Stone has outlined a methodical, tested way to find the love of your life. His stories—including his personal ones—are inspiring and heartwarming. The Love Magnet Rules is an easy, illuminating read not to be missed.”
—Kathryn Alice, author of Love Will Find You
As a feminist and happily married woman, when I was asked to review this book as a favor to a friend, I admit that I was skeptical. The last thing I wanted to do was hear one more man tell women what they should feel, think, or do. I am happy to report that I was wrong. This book is more in the way of an Andy Lander's response to the woes and who's it's of dating, from online winks to real life dating. The author is honest and direct. He did his research with both genders, and though of course he discovered that men and women are different--in the way they go about finding love-- he doesn't make negative judgments with an undertone of gender-bias.
One of the biggest merits to Stone's work is his willingness to admit his own failures while explaining how he turned mistakes into opportunities for success. From examples with outcome scenarios to trial and error testimonials, this book is helpful to either bachelors or bachelorettes.
Chad Stone is a nationally known dating and relationships expert and writer. After his first marriage ended in divorce, Stone bravely entered the world of modern dating. He embraced his new single life and began to learn everything he could about dating, relationships, and finding love again.
Mr. Stone interviewed single adults of both sexes to get insights about what works and what doesn't work when searching for a romantic partner. He researched online dating, and he helped other single adults write effective online dating profiles. As part of his research, he attended dating events including "speed dating" evenings and dating mixers. His research and personal dating experience became the basis for his humorous memoir, Confessions of a Middle-Aged Babe Magnet.
The success of Confessions of a Middle-Aged Babe Magnet led to Stone's bestselling book of dating advice for women called The Love Magnet Rules: 101 Tips for Meeting, Dating, and Keeping a New Love. The Love Magnet Rules is filled with practical dating and relationship advice including how to mentally prepare for new love, how to maintain a positive attitude during the dating process, and how to keep the passion alive once you've found The One.
Chad Stone shares his own personal brand of dating and relationship advice (often humorous) on his website at www.ChadStone.us. Visit the website to sign up for his free e-newsletter. He also invites you to follow him at www.Facebook.com/ChadStoneAuthor.
Chad Stone owns a successful marketing and public relations business. He lives with his wife in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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From the slowly progressing New Adult saga...Daughter of Ancients
Why did I feel a sudden premonition run up my spine at the thought of Hunter with a weapon in his hand? His name alone dictated that he would be quite comfortable handling them. Something about him wasn't right. I had to find out what, sooner than later. Hunter made me feel like prey. Every time I turned around he was there, silent and still, like a stalker. Waiting. Watching. But for what? I'd had enough.
IN 2013 A NEW MOBILE APP WAS QUIETLY LAUNCHED ON ITUNES. IT QUICKLY BECAME THE FASTEST GROWING MOBILE APP IN HISTORY. IT WAS CALLED TUNA LIFE, AND FOR A BRIEF MOMENT IT CATAPULTED AUSTRALIA AND THE GOLD COAST INTO THE LIMELIGHT OF THE TECH WORLD. BUT NOT ALL WAS GOOD ON THE COAST. GIRLS HAD BEEN DISAPPEARING FOR YEARS….
Andrew Engels, a bored accountant, has an epiphany when he walks into an auditorium where kids barely out of high school are presenting new business ideas.
It changes his life. It changes everything.
Scott Davis, an experienced crime reporter at the Gold Coast Times, has recently been reassigned to cover business news for his struggling employer. When he starts digging about the new economy, where teenagers become overnight-millionaires on half-baked ideas and empty promises of future revenues, he finds a lot more than he expected.
Girls have been disappearing from the coast for years. Could their cases be somewhat connected?
And do we really know what we agree to when we download a mobile app? What sort of power do we allow companies like Tuna Life to possess over their users?
Read the story that captures the essence of the exploding mobile app industry. But be warned: You may very well reconsider downloading that next app onto your phone….
Set in the Australian Gold Coast, this book grabs your attention from page one and holds on to it through a well-developed, continually unwinding plot line and character development.
Despite the mobile apps are going to take over the universe and bring about social destruction theme, there is enough intrigue and suspense to entertain even those for whom app download is a foreign language.
The plot brings together a rather bizarre mixture of people, from a washed up reporter, a failed accountant who starts his own tech company, a Russian Businessman, and some missing girls. Hamre manages to make a logical connection between this strange cast of characters and wraps all the loose ends up neatly.
Book Bling gives this novel 4 1/2 stars!
Erik Hamre spent the better part of the last decade working in the banking industry in Australia. Before that he worked in corporate banking and the finance industry in Norway. He has a Master of Business and Economics from The Norwegian School of Management and a MBA from Bond University Australia.
He resides on the Gold Coast in Queensland, with his wife and son.
In 2013 he retired from business to focus on writing and golf. He still sucks at golf. You can be the judge of his writing.
You can contact Erik on email@example.com
"A talented writer can convince a reader that fantasy is real; a gifted author makes it look easy from the opening scene. Such is Krafton's brilliance in The Heartbeat Thief." --Rachel McClellan, Amazon bestselling author
Haunted by a crushing fear of death, a young Victorian woman discovers the secret of eternal youth--she must surrender her life to attain it, and steal heartbeats to keep it.
In 1860 Surrey, a young woman has only one occupation: to marry. Senza Fyne is beautiful, intelligent, and lacks neither wealth nor connections. Finding a husband shouldn't be difficult, not when she has her entire life before her. But it's not life that preoccupies her thoughts. It's death--and that shadowy spectre haunts her every step.
So does Mr. Knell. Heart-thumpingly attractive, obviously eligible--he'd be her perfect match if only he wasn't so macabre. All his talk about death, all that teasing about knowing how to avoid it...
When her mother arranges a courtship with another man, Senza is desperate for escape from a dull prescripted destiny. Impulsively, she takes Knell up on his offer. He casts a spell that frees her from the cruelty of time and the threat of death--but at a steep price. In order to maintain eternal youth, she must feed on the heartbeats of others.
From the posh London season to the back alleys of Whitechapel, across the Channel, across the Pond, across the seas of Time...
How far will Senza Fyne go to avoid Death?
The latest in dark fantasy from Amazon Bestselling Author Ash Krafton...It's a little bit Jane Austen, a little bit Edgar Allen Poe, and a whole lot of stealing heartbeats in order to stay young and beautiful forever...
In 1869 England, beautiful Senza Fyne is in love with her charmed and privileged 17-year-old life, so much so that she is willing to avoid losing it at any cost. When death begins stalking the people she loves, she becomes increasingly fearful of dying. That's when she meets Knell, a mysterious stranger, who offers her a solution. By the time she realizes the cost for his salvation is too high, it’s too late to take it back.
Senza's heart no longer beats, so she she is forced to steal the heartbeats of others in order to survive, to never age, to remain eternally youthful. She meets some interesting people throughout the decades, and visits some interesting settings, such as Whitechapel during the reign of Jack the Ripper.
The story spans more than 150 years, with the heroine moving from city to city, country after country. The story might have been darker, with more interaction with Death or even Knell, but it holds the reader's interest. The ending holds a fun surprise. and ties the story up nicely. This New Adult novel is sure to be a hit.
Book Bling gives it 4 stars.
Ash Krafton is a writer of all things spec fic. She believes spectacular endings make the best beginnings... Why not? One billion black holes can't be wrong.
The second bravest thing she's ever done was volunteering to go first when her Girl Scout troop visited a High Ropes challenge course somewhere back in the eighties. (Thankfully, few photos exist.) The third bravest thing was wearing her purple Colin Stuart boots with the extreme stiletto heel to her kids' school open house one year. (Three floors, all steps, no brakes.) The top of the Brave Things list, however, remains to be written.
Contact Ash through her website: www.ashkrafton.com
And don't forget to say hello to her alter ego, AJ Krafton, who writes New Adult speculative fiction. AJ's début book THE HEARTBEAT THIEF, can be found here: http://amzn.to/1FZb0Vk
A marine archaeologist standing-up for herself. A psychopath with mother issues. A hitman who hates failure. A soldier with a point to prove. A policeman out on a limb. And a treasure that tests every allegiance.
Brett Rivera has spent three years searching for the Drachen. The day she finds it is the day her life changes: there is no sign of its legendary treasure and now a cold-blooded killer is hunting her. What does he know that she doesn’t?
Brett is chased in Finland, double-crossed in Tallinn, abducted in Lübeck, and shot at in Bremen as this action-packed thriller dashes across northern Europe, barely pausing for breath.
A shipwreck. A lost treasure. A hell of a race from one to the other.
The first book in the Matthys Rossouw Pursuit series, Drachen is a mystery thriller and an action-packed adrenaline ride in exotic locations that will leave you breathless.
Brett Rivera is a marine archaeologist who has been on the quest of searching for the Drachen – a wrecked ship that holds secrets and treasures of Germany. But when the Drachen is discovered, the treasure is missing and Brett has a killer on her trail. The hunt for the treasure takes Brett across northern Europe at break-neck speed that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.
This book is sure to be a reader's favorite for years to come.
Book Bling gives this story 4 Stars!
Brendan le Grange was born and educated in South Africa, though he now lives between Manila and Hong Kong with his beautiful wife and daughter.
As a business consultant, he has travelled to forty countries and lived in three. And it is reading binges to break up these transits - with the likes of Clive Cussler and Jack du Brul - that inspired the writer to emerge, bringing to life the cities, characters, and history he encountered.
The breakneck pace balances Van's laconic voice, pulling readers headlong into a maelstrom of violence, magic, and prophesy. Dark-fantasy fans will enjoy this gritty supernatural mystery and its memorable protagonist - Publishers Weekly
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Van H. Avram, PI, stumbles from case to case, getting by on his good looks and appeal to desperate dames. But when a missing-person case dumps the body of a skinny blond thing on his doorstep, he finds himself plummeting into the clutches of an underworld intent on human sacrifice. An underworld of biblical origin.
An ancient evil rises up to destroy the world and, without asking for it, Van is thrust into the role of savior. As reality—and the occasional building—collapses around him, he’s chased, battered, and seduced by demons, vampires and unhinged women, all against a background of a war-ravished world wrapped up in vintage fashions and flying diesel-powered vehicles.
Time ticks down to a do-or-die moment as the fate of the universe is decided in one final battle. But to save the universe, Van must face his own demons and an unremembered past.
Promoted as a detective "noir" by the author, this book runs the gambit of genres and comes out fighting. Its audience is broad and its appeal new age.
Van Avram, a bad ass war veteran turned PI with a fondness for alcohol gets tangled up with Mina Camilla. At which point the game is afoot.
And by game I mean a paranormal fantasy complete with agenda-riddled humans, vampires, fallen angels, and shape shifters, the pace is fast and the settings on-target with Gothic crypts and deserted churches.
This is a gritty mystery filled with human emotion and relationships, made real with masterfully descriptive writing. The novel is on the Amazon Best Sellers list for a reason. You will not be disappointed with the depth and scope of this story.
Book Bling gives this story 5 Stars!
Meet the Author
Mark was first published at the ripe old age of eight, when a local newspaper published his review of Disney on Ice. The next time his name was in print was a life time later at the age of fifteen, when a national magazine ran his review of the Commodore 64. It was downhill from there, picking up a weekly column in the Sunday Times which funded a rather noncommittal path through university, studying a wide range of topics from Robotics, Anthropology, Philosophy, Computer Science, and Psychology.
In fact so many subjects were studied he was eligible for graduation at the end of his second year, based purely on attendance.
He finally left and joined the corporate world before realizing work isn't that much fun, and going back to study. Further writing followed with regular columns for various technology magazines and newspapers around the country. Then as the Then as the desire of permanent food and shelter began to bare its teeth, another attempt at the corporate world beckoned as a technical writer, which turned out okay. Shifting from technology companies to resource companies provided the opportunity to travel and live in some desolate and exotic locations where the locals aren't overly friendly.
A Lady is dead. Her noble line ended. And the King’s Reaper has come to reclaim her land and her home. In the marches of Aedaron, only one thing is for certain. All keeps of the old world must fall.
Elinor struggles to find her place in the new world. She once dreamed of great things. Of becoming a hero in the ways of the old world. But now she is a Reaper. And her duty is clear. Destroy the old. Herald the new.
The girl put a hand on his shoulder. Her voice was low. “Whatever happens next. You mustn’t move.”
And then the ground underneath the horse exploded upward and a pale white form the size of a wagon erupted into the air. The horse let out a scream that turned into a wet gurgle as white writhing tentacles enveloped the animal. The copper tang of blood filled the air and Conbert felt his stomach lurch.
He thought to go for the sword he carried at his side but he saw the girl’s eyes.
He held himself still as another of the creatures breached the drowning grass. It was a huge mass of rippling white flesh, except at the front where the mouth opened like an exposed wound. Massive tearing fangs lined the pink maw, and white tentacles writhed from the worm's throat, seeking the remnants of the thrashing horse. The two monsters tore the horse apart in seconds, powerful tentacles flaying meat from bone with horrific efficiency.
As the rendworms began to slide across the ground in their direction, Con felt a terror urging him to run. He fought against it, trying to focus instead on the perfect stillness of the young girl. The huge worms slid past them.
And then as Con held his breath, the girl moved.
The young cadet was fast and sure as she darted forward. She struck out with the mace, swinging it with both hands, and smashing it into the rendworm’s side. There was a loud crack, and Con knew that somewhere inside the sinuous horror a bone had broken under the blow.
Mark and Joe have been writing and telling stories together for the last 25 years. They share a love for the classic fantasy tales of their childhood. Their Echoes of the Ascended series brings those old epic characters and worlds to new life.
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