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#2: Enchanter on the Roof ® James Field. Part 44
In the last post: With Dick Charmer at Bert's mercy, he wanted to teach him a lesson he wouldn't soon forget…
Dick Charmer, back pinned against the knobby tree trunk, rubbed his fingers through his hair as if a pain throbbed deep inside his head. "Honestly, Bert," he whined, "I haven’t any designs with Olive. It's you she loves. She told me so."
"Didn't look much like it." Although Bert suspected he lied, he closed his eyes briefly and gave a compulsive nod. Despite the reassuring words, he didn't want to lose focus. He'd savour them for later. “I ain’t got time to stand here chatting with you, so I think I’ll just modify your mug anyway.” He grabbed Dick Charmer’s shirt collar in his left hand and drew his right fist back ready to strike.
“Wait!” Dick Charmer covered his head in his arms. “Don’t hit me. I’ll give you anything you want.”
Bert cocked his head and sunk his arm. “Yeah, like what?”
“You can pick any piece of treasure from my pouch of goods.”
Bert brought his callused fist up again.
Still Bert hesitated.
“Okay, show me.”
As soon as Bert released him, Dick Charmer dived for his small suitcase, snapped the locks, opened the lid, and plucked out his cloth pouch of stolen jewellery. His fingers shuddered as he tugged on the drawstrings and let Bert peek inside.
“Ah, me Rolex.” Bert dug in and fished his watch out. “And Olive's engagement ring.”
“One more thing,” said Dick Charmer. “Anything you like.”
Bert shook his head. “Three more things. This watch and ring belong to me. They don’t count.”
To be continued…
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Quest for Lost Heroes by David Gemmell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Good story. A little complicated maybe with all the weird cultures, clans, names and places, but by the middle it had me hooked. In a minor way, this reminded me of Lord of the Rings. All the elements are here: wizards, the void, brave heroes, damsels in distress, battles, action, and the search for an object that will save the world. In this case, a pig farmer's daughter!
Unlike many quest stories whose hero is a reluctant girl, this legend is about a bunch of magnificent old men. They are has-been heroes who miss the glory of war and set off on a quest just for something to do.
All sounds rather amusing, but this is serious stuff. One rape scene near the end of the story seemed unnecessary and almost had me throwing the book away in disgust.
Seemingly, it's the fourth in a series, so I came in a bit late, which explains why I found it tough to get into. Still reads fine as a stand-alone though. I shan't go back to read the earlier titles, but if there had been a follow-up, I would have read that too.
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