By John Birmingham
A superb tale within the The Disappearence trilogy. A "What if" tale of the chilly War… a small piece of exchange background of the interval advised through a biography of 1 of its avid gamers, Lieutenant department McKinnon, an adventurer in a special post-WWII global of yankee isolationism.
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The way he slowly raised his machine pistol was a taunt. Marlowe didn't hesitate— and found it surprisingly easy. The bullet took the spook cleanly between the eyes. Blood and brains spattered Christine's body as he fell back on top of her. The other two twitched but didn't follow through. Marlowe must have struck them as considerably more determined than he felt. " There were no more takers. Carmila had lowered the strangled spook to the ground and was slipping the noose out of the deep fold that it had cut into his neck.
Carmila rolled over and shook her head. "I try to eat as little as possible. " "Marlowe, why don't you go to the kitchen. Just ask and it will do what it can. " "You keep the whole place on-line, even when you're not here. " "Yes, but we can afford it. " "You go up the marble stairs, along the kinetic tunnel, make a right, down the corridor and second left. " The kitchen was larger than Marlowe's apartment and more than a little intimidating. With its gleaming chrome, steel, and black glass, it looked more suited to surgical procedure or space battle than to the preparation of food.
Vampires were coming out from all over. There were a lot of them. Lit from behind by headlamps, the leaders cast long, dramatic shadows. Marlowe didn't even bother to fire. It was now just a matter of how many he got before they got him. Vampire vengeance contained a good measure of Russian roulette. Marlowe thought about shooting himself, but he just couldn't do it. Suddenly, there was a scream of tires from one of the exits. It was the Buick, running backward at high speed. It broke through the line of vampires, scattering them left and right, and screamed up beside Marlowe.