A short raw snippet from “They Said it would be Easy”

“Honey, there is a young fellow who insists on speaking to you. He looks military and is disgustingly earnest. I believe he is genuinely young. He doesn’t look like he’s regressed in life extension. He acts young,” Ben said like it was an indictment. “Do you want to get rid of him, or should I call Security and tell Jon he’s stalking you and we want him gone the safe and gentle way, before I take matters into my own hands?”
Martha came and leaned over Ben’s shoulder.
“Lieutenant I’m not involved in politics now. I don’t want to be involved in politics again. It took months to get the smell off when I abandoned that profession before. Who do you represent, and what sort of trouble are they fomenting?”
“I’m Aaron Janowicz, Ma’am. I did not identify myself as a lieutenant,” he said blushing.
“Well excuse me if you made Captain and I guessed wrong, but Captains don’t usually get thrust out on the sharp and pointy end of things,” Martha said.
Aaron opened his mouth like he was going to reply and then changed his mind and began again.
“Madame President, I’d rather not discuss this on com. Can’t you spare a moment and speak with me face to face in a more secure environment?” he pleaded.
“How do I know you’re not just an assassin, here to finish me off?” Martha asked.
“Would an assassin simply call and ask for an appointment?” Aaron asked with an unbelieving look.
“It sounds very efficient,” Ben said, eyes lighting up. “That’s going in my next book. I have this character I’ve been wanting to kill off, he’s such a creep, but I hadn’t figured out how to do it. The look on his face when he realizes he delivered himself up on a platter for the slaughter will be priceless,” Ben had a manic snarl anticipating it already.
“Uh, that’s just in fiction,” he added when he saw Aaron’s horrified reaction. “This time.”
“Pay no mind,” Martha said. “You get used to the evil cackling as he types. Look, we’re not going to invite you to our home. We’re going to dinner in a bit at a place called the Quiet Retreat. If I leave word with the maître d’ that you are our guest at the club, will you sit and have a civilized interview in a public place, and leave when I tell you I’ve heard enough and not make a fuss?”
“We won’t have eavesdroppers there?” Aaron asked.
“Not political ones. We may have social media stringers take our pix, but they have never posted audio. They simply aren’t interested in ancient politics,” Wiggen assured him, “and it’s the best deal you are going to get.” When he hesitated Martha added. “And I promise I won’t let my husband test his plot device on you.”
“Thank you, Ma’am. I’ll be there,” he agreed reluctantly.

10 Responses to A short raw snippet from “They Said it would be Easy”

  1. Joyce November 16, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

    Thanks! Enjoyable, as always, but also tantalizing, yes, as always.
    Which of these two books do you think will come out first? I love both series and will be thrilled either way.

    • Mac November 16, 2015 at 10:01 pm #

      April 7 for sure. Much further along.

  2. Joyce November 16, 2015 at 10:26 pm #

    Oh boy, can’t wait!

  3. Katie November 17, 2015 at 12:52 am #

    Ohhhh exciting. Any idea of timelines for when these might be coming out?

  4. Chuck C November 17, 2015 at 3:07 am #

    Thanks for the fix.

    Is she going to have Gunny watching from the edge of the room?

  5. John November 17, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    A teaser of a snippet. Need to find another hobby, to fill in time between book releases 🙂

  6. Todd Stewart November 18, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

    Can’t wait. Wiggen is such a strong character the plot line can’t help but hold attention.

  7. Cheryl November 18, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

    Can’t wait. Enjoyed this teaser but knew I would. I check your website daily for new teasers and hopes of updates on your publishing timeline.

  8. ChuckC December 8, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

    Any hope for some more snippets?
    And an update on when you expect new books to be out?

    • Mac December 10, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

      I’ll look for something.

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