Wednesday, January 13, 2016




By the time Alex returned, dripping soy steak juice from the napkin he’d wrapped the bits in, Sten had big-eared enough conversations around the fighting pit to learn a little about the woman.

Her name was Venatora and she was the boss lady of the most formidable colony of pirates in the Possnet Sector. The fact that the Himmenops had a human queen, rather than one of their own, only added to her mystery. 

She was also a keen gambler and would bet on just about anything, up to and including wagering on which head would hit the floor first in a double execution. 

It didn’t matter that she was wanted everywhere for her crimes – which were legion. Venatora had bribed, or cowed, every police official in the region and was heavily protected by her fanatic followers.

Alex thrust the sopping napkin at Sten. “Here, ye be,” he said. “Tak’ th’ mingin mess.”

Chuckling, Sten shook his head. “Got a job for you sergeant,” he said. “A job that will require all your stealthy Mantis skills.”

Alex frowned. Why was his friend pulling rank on him? “What manner a loony business is goin’ on in thae wee noggin?” he asked.

“I want you to slip over to the cages,” Sten replied, “and while everyone is busy watching the fights, feed the soy strips to the red Xypaca. I want it fat and happy by time the fight is called.”

Alex was aghast. “Guid clottin’ day, hae ye seenth’ size ay those burds?” he said, indicating Venatora’s guardswomen. “They’ll rip mah heed aff an’ drakh in mah neck.”

“That was my thinking as well,” Sten said. “My advice to you is don’t get caught.”

Grumbling, Alex headed for the cages. Meanwhile, Sten slipped out of the tent to reclaim the semi-quiet spot near the narcobeer fountain.

He got on the horn with Ida. “Sten, you clottin’ clot,” she grumbled, “why are you bothering me? I’m on vacation, remember? Drakh, we’re all on vacation! Go get laid or something. Leave me the clot alone.”

“You making money?” Sten asked.

Ida snorted. “What a stupid question. Of course, I’m making money. What’s it to you?”

“I need borrow some of it,” Sten said.

“Borrow? How much?”

“A hundred grand ought to do it.”

Ida exploded. “A hundred clottin’ grand? Are you nuts? Stoned? Kidnapped? What?”

“I need to lay a bet on a Xypaca fight,” Sten said.

Ida was scornful. “What the clot do you know about Xypacas?” she demanded.

“You’d be surprised,” Sten said.

“Give me a clottin’ break,” Ida said. “They’re like chicken fights on steroids. Nobody, but nobody, can figure the odds on those little scrotes. They’re too skitzy.”

“Nevertheless,” Sten said. “I need to make this bet.”

“What if you’re wrong?” Ida asked. “What if you lose? How are you going to pay me back?”

“It’s for a mission,” Sten said. “A legitimate Mantis expense. They’ll be obligated to cover our losses.”

“So, you have Mahoney’s approval, do you?” Ida said.

“Not exactly,” Sten said. “But he’s going to love us when he finds out. Maybe even let us off these interminable baby-sitting tours.”

Silence. Ida was as frustrated and bored as the rest of them. Maybe even more so. For a Rom to be cut out of the main action for all these months was beyond maddening.

Finally, she said. “Okay. I’ll transfer the credits to your account. But it’s against my better judgment.”

“I understand,” Sten said.

But before he could key off, she asked, “Say, Sten? There wouldn’t be a woman involved in this, would there?”

“That’s a clotting insult,” Sten said. “How dare you suggest that I’m ruled by my gonads?”

“I knew it,” Ida said. And then she was gone.




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After laboring as a Doctors Without Borders physician in the teaming refugee camps and minefields of South Asia, Dr. Ann Donovan thought she'd seen Hell as close up as you can get. And as a fifth generation CIA brat, she thought she knew all there was to know about corruption and betrayal. But then her father - a legendary spymaster - shows up, with a ten-year-old boy in tow. A brother she never knew existed. Then in a few violent hours, her whole world is shattered, her father killed and she and her kid brother are one the run with hell hounds on their heels. They finally corner her in a clinic in Hawaii and then all the lies and treachery are revealed on one terrible, bloody storm ravaged night.

BASED ON THE CLASSIC STEN SERIES by Allan Cole & Chris Bunch: Fresh from their mission to pacify the Wolf Worlds, Sten and his Mantis Team encounter a mysterious ship that has been lost among the stars for thousands of years. At first, everyone aboard appears to be long dead. Then a strange Being beckons, pleading for help. More disturbing: the presence of AM2, a strategically vital fuel tightly controlled by their boss - The Eternal Emperor. They are ordered to retrieve the remaining AM2 "at all costs." But once Sten and his heavy worlder sidekick, Alex Kilgour, board the ship they must dare an out of control defense system that attacks without warning as they move through dark warrens filled with unimaginable horrors. When they reach their goal they find that in the midst of all that death are the "seeds" of a lost civilization. 



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In the depths of the Sixties and The Days Of Rage, a young newsman, accompanied by his pregnant wife and orphaned teenage brother, creates a Paradise of sorts in a sprawling Venice Beach community of apartments, populated by students, artists, budding scientists and engineers lifeguards, poets, bikers with  a few junkies thrown in for good measure. The inhabitants come to call the place “Pepperland,” after the Beatles movie, “Yellow Submarine.” Threatening this paradise is  "The Blue Meanie,"  a crazy giant of a man so frightening that he eventually even scares himself.

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