Cool Hand – Friday release
The last round of editing is still going on…
But I feel confident. Friday 6th March. (2015).
Here’s the temporary cover, and the first page. The book has grown another 3,000 words.
“Sometimes, nothing can be a real cool hand.”
Paul Newman as Luke Jackson in Cool Hand Luke.
“If you don’t believe your whole life has been a path leading to this one point, you’re not focused enough.”
That had been Top, while I was training in Ops 4-10.
But he’d also said: “You’re every second of training we’ve hardwired into you. Focus on the big picture and your instincts will handle the rest.”
What happened if my instincts led me down the wrong path?
It was just after midnight. I was burrowed into a thick layer of snow, peering through a gap in a field of winter wheat, scoping out the hideout of the last remaining Matlal Athanate in Denver. Or rather, an hour east of Denver in a remote location on the high plains—one reason why the place had been so tough to find.
In fact, I wasn’t the one who’d found it. It was Nick Gray, the skinwalker, who’d sent me the intel. I was grateful, but also wary. He’d already gone above and beyond the terms of his original contract in helping me rescue Emily Schumacher from Dr. Noble. In my current exhausted, foggy state, I couldn’t even remember what I’d promised him if he could hunt down the remaining Matlal. Anything he wanted, probably. With a bonus of extra ‘anything’ if we managed to rescue the toru—their blood slaves.