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Sheriff of the Swamps Chapter 4

Three Little Pigs the commotion of the morning, the ferry terminal was once again as lethargic as it was when Kayla had arrived. Yellow crime scene tape blocked off half the parking lot, encompassing the field of combat. A bored deputy stood watch, protecting what little evidence remained. Dark stains marked where the dead men […]

Sheriff of the Swamps Chapter 3

Jackals When you shoot someone in Moreno Island, the cops send everyone. At least, that was the impression James had when the MISD showed up. A cop car, then two, then four and six and eight and then an ocean of cruisers, lights flashing, sirens screaming, more police than Babylon PD would ever send to […]

Sheriff of the Swamps Chapter 2

Trigger Pullers Moreno Island. East of Babylon, across the shimmering sea, it was so isolated that it was a nation unto itself. Left behind by the changing tides of time, it was decades out of date, hopelessly obsolete, so backward it could never hope to catch up with the rest of Nova Babylonia. Few young […]

Sheriff of the Swamps Chapter 1

James Wood heard the car long before he saw it. In the quiet of the woods, sound carried a long way. Loose gravel crackled under heavy tires. The engine purred, low and smooth and steady. A twig snapped. One vehicle, moving slowly, navigating the final turn into the farmhouse. Not an assault. Or so the […]

Wolves of Babylon Chapter 11

Hold The Line The rest of the week passed in relative peace. But only around Hunter’s Heights. The Pantheon surveillance team disappeared. With the police investigating the ambush outside the Temple of Galen, and stepping up increased patrols, it was no longer prudent to maintain the operation. While the Pantheon’s influence surely extended into top […]

Babylon Red Chapter 10

Alpha The crackling roar of the railgun flowed through the streets of Babylon, filling the narrow stairwell within electric rumble. Hot on its heels was a wet POP and a heavy SMACK. Karim sprung up, drawing Kayla’s shotgun from under his coat, unfolding and extending the stock. Galen! I seek your aid! Tear ward and […]

Wolves of Babylon Chapter 9

Silent Scope Babylon was always in a state of urban renewal. It tore down the old and threw up new edifices to ever-changing modernity. West of Wright’s apartment, a construction site promised a new condominium in two years. Security was laughable. No human security, no alarms, just cameras with huge gaps in coverage. Karim confirmed […]

Wolves of Babylon Chapter 8

War Council Symphonies of sirens echoed in the city streets. Police cruisers, flying ambulances, a PSB ESWAT gravtruck. Karim could identify them all by their tones, their pitches, the patterns of their wails. Truly, it was just another night in Babylon, where gods and devils dueled in the dark, and the humans caught in between […]

Wolves of Babylon Chapter 7

For the Good of All Karim was many things. Cop. Operator. Protector. Elect. In his short life he had seen so much, done too much. He had saved many people, yes, but he’d also killed more men and monsters than he’d dared to count. He’d upheld the law, but he’d also gutted a government. Of […]

Wolves of Babylon Chapter 6

Securing a property against physical assault was one thing. Securing it without being detected was something else. But creating the illusion of weakness, while still offering an invisible yet irresistible defense, now that was a mission worthy of the STS. Karim was willing to stand watch outside the temple forever, but it would merely prolong […]

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