By Jasper Fforde
A Thursday subsequent electronic assortment: Novels 1–5
Fall into the realm of Thursday subsequent with the 1st 5 novels within the New York Times bestselling sequence that includes the popular certain Operative in literary detection who's “part Bridget Jones, half Nancy Drew, and half soiled Harry” (Michiko Kakutani, The big apple Times).
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Besides, the wars with the Kel-Morians is none of our business. Let the people who care about it fight it—” “Trace, you know the wars are our business, whether you like it or not,” Karol interrupted. “But I agree with your father, Jim, there’s no reason you should be saddled with our debts. Plus, I don’t recall you mentioning the military before. ” “He’s a gunnery sergeant, Mom,” Jim said patiently, as he finished his stew. “And I have been thinking about it,” he said. “Tom got me interested in the marines a long time ago, but …” Jim looked at his worried parents and felt a little guilty.
The response was still ragged, but a good deal louder, and phrased correctly. “That’s better,” Timson allowed grudgingly. “Not perfect, but better. Draw your gear, pick a place to bed down, and report to me. We’re eating field rats tonight, better known as barf boxes, and don’t even think about trying to heat one of them up. If you burn this dump down it will be deducted from your pay. ” This time the answer was nearly perfect. ” “All right, assholes,” Timson growled. ” It didn’t take long for Raynor to get a mat, blankets, and towel.
The problem was, the Arbellan rebels had been defeated ten years earlier! The rations had apparently been sitting in a warehouse for a very long time. Once the meal was over, Raynor returned to his mat, removed his fone from the travel satchel, and surfed the latest sports scores, followed by a news summary. He readied his Dopp kit, and began what turned out to be a long surveillance of the men’s bathroom. Raynor had taken Timson’s—and his father’s—advice seriously and knew there was a very good chance that a person like Harnack would come looking for revenge.