Strange Fortune by Josh LanyonStrange Fortune by Josh Lanyon

Strange Fortune

byJosh Lanyon

Paperback | December 1, 2009

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Valentine Strange, late of his Majesty's 21st Benhali Lancers, needs money. Happily, the wealthy Holy Orders of Harappu are desperate to retrieve the diadem of the Goddess Purya from an ancient temple deep in the mountainous jungle-an area Strange knows well from his days quelling rebellions. The pay is too good and the job seems too easy for Strange to refuse. But when Master Aleister Grimshaw, a dangerous witch from a traitorous lineage, joins the expedition, Strange begins to suspect that more is at stake than the retrieval of a mere relic.Grimshaw knows an ancient evil surrounds the diadem- the same evil once hunted him and still haunts his mind. However, experience has taught him to keep his suspicions to himself or risk being denounced as a madman. Again.Harried by curses, bandits and unnatural creatures, Strange and Grimshaw plunge onward. But when a demonic power wakes and the civilized world descends into revolution, their tenuous friendship is threatened as each man must face the destruction of the life he has known.
Title:Strange FortuneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.75 inPublished:December 1, 2009Publisher:Blind Eye BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:193556000X

ISBN - 13:9781935560005

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Chapter One The bite of spade on stone rang hollowly in the excavation site. This was followed by an equally ringing silence-and then shouts of dismay. From what Major Valentine Strange, late of the Emperor of Alba's 21st Regiment of Benhali Lancers, discerned, a nest of baby cobras had been discovered in the bowels of the ancient temple. Just one of any number of unpleasant surprises that had been laid bare as the bones of the old building were picked clean. The Great Temple was less than an hour's ride from the noise and bustle of the great capital city of Harappu to the eerie green silence of the jungle where the ruins of the ancient tombs had lain buried for centuries. Unsettling really, were Strange a fanciful man, to note how fast the jungle moved in to reclaim its own once life had departed. Sometimes before life had departed.

Editorial Reviews

"Lanyon has created a wonderful world of magic and spirits and spells and romance. It is a winner." -- Alan Chin, SF GLBT Literary Examiner