The Rogue Retrieval
In the culture of Terry Brooks' Landover sequence, Piers Anthony Xanth books, and Terry Pratchett's Discword novels, scientist and blogger Dan Koboldt weaves ask yourself, humor, and middle into his debut novel, The Rogue Retrieval.
Sleight of hand…in one other land
Stage magician Quinn Bradley has one dream: to headline his personal express at the Vegas Strip. And with expertise scouts within the viewers wowed by means of his most up-to-date functionality, he is familiar with he’s approximately to make the big-time.
What he doesn’t anticipate is a suggestion to move on a quest to a spot the place magic is all too real.
That's how he reveals himself in Alissia, an international hooked up to ours via a mystery portal owned by way of a robust company. He’s after an worker who has long gone rogue, and that’s the least of his difficulties. Alissia has real magicians…and the penalty for impersonating one is dying. In an international the place even a twelve-year-old might beat Quinn in a swordfight, it is just an issue of time until eventually the tips up his sleeves run out.
Picked up anything. Stand by.” Quinn heard anything crunching seriously throughout the snow. “Looks like a bear,” Kiara acknowledged. “Logan, hit the pulse.” The infrared sensor posts additionally had an ultrasonic emitter, anything Logan referred to as a “pest deterrent.” honestly, it was once a couple of hundred occasions extra robust than comparable units offered for domestic use. The frequencies have been simply past the diversity of human listening to. “Seems to be working,” Logan stated. “He’s relocating off. Wait, i used to be flawed. Who left their meals.
stored Logan from looming insubordination fees. It got here from the comm unit strapped to Kiara’s wrist, the only disguised as a large steel bracer. “Thank God. Command is up,” she stated. reduction flooded her face. however it was once short-lived. The stiffness got here again. “What’s wrong?” Logan requested. “There’s been one other breach on the facility. A workforce of gunmen has infiltrated the gateway.” “Into Alissia?” Chaudri requested. “Yes.” “How many combatants?” Logan requested. “Several. Bravo staff got here in after.
Knew she’d be tempted. If she may well get shut adequate, she may be able to warn them with the flash sign. Her Morse code used to be a piece rusty, notwithstanding; she started operating via it, simply in case. Kiara hadn’t fairly instructed her what to do during this state of affairs. Her task used to be to monitor and file if males fled. How I’m purported to do this and not using a comm remains to be past me. At this variety, she wouldn’t have the ability to hit both guy with the crossbow, so she was once lifeless. She got to work her approach south, preserving.
Plink, plink, plink. The .223 quality rounds had 0 probability of penetrating the drone’s armor; at top, he may possibly wish to irritate it. yet tense will get your recognition. simply ask Bradley, he concept to himself. Plink, plink, plink. “Come on, you bastard,” he acknowledged. “Come round for a greater shot.” The drone obliged him. Quinn watched Logan’s determined run with binoculars. He made the bunker by way of a hair. Then he began taking pictures again. Rounds sparked off the rotor housing, extra demanding to the drone.
The drone. It shuddered less than the impression, wasting altitude. Hell, probably he was once correct in any case. Time to complete this. “Trebuchets,” Quinn acknowledged over the radio. The engineers signaled that they have been prepared. He raised his arm, attempting to are expecting the place the drone may prove. Its rotors made a terrible noise, just like the screech of an outdated motor vehicle initiating in chilly climate, yet to date they’d held. The craft banked in order that. He introduced his arm down sharply. “Fire!” Counterweights dropped. nice palms.