The Rope Eater by Ben Jones

By Ben Jones

Whilst Brendan Kane accepts a stranger's provide of work--two years on a boat departing the next morning--the nature of the adventure isn't divulged. It concerns no longer, notwithstanding, for Kane is directionless himself, having simply witnessed the Civil War's horrors in simple terms to come back North with not anything however the outfits on his again and as many useless soldiers' letters as he may well hold in his wallet.
Aboard the mysterious Narthex, Kane meets a ramshackle workforce that comes with an eccentric health care provider and a three-handed Muslim choked with frightening lore. Kane learns purely that they're crusing for the Artic looking for gold or even whales. but if it seems the Narthex's vacation spot is a temperate paradise hidden amidst glaciers--a legendary place--Kane and his cohorts needs to fight to outlive not just the awful Artic stipulations, however the loosening grip on sanity of an egomaniacal captain and the data-obsessed general practitioner. With every one moment that passes, it kind of feels more and more not going any of them gets out alive.

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Sol, totinka. Sit, sit. Bertha will get you a nice cool lemonade,” she said with stagy affection, her gray eyes reckoning slyly as always. ” A heavily built woman in her early fifties, she dressed too youthfully, and her hair was hairdresser-aged, the ends tipped with silver. “Sit. ” She prodded him toward a kitchen chair with patting motions of her soft hands. “I do not want lemonade, Bertha. Stop pushing me to sit! I am dirty—let me wash my hands. Do not concern yourself so much with my comfort all of a sudden,” he said.

Nazerman; I’ll take any amount you’re willing to give, regardless of the spirit in which it is given. ” She took out a little pad of receipts with the imprint of the Youth Center on top, made a great show of impersonal efficiency about taking out a ball-point pen and ejecting the little nib. But then her demeanor failed her. “I’m still new at this. Perhaps you can tell me if I will meet such heedlessness often. indd 42 7/1/15 3:34 PM t h e paw n b r o k e r “See here, Miss Birchfield,” Sol said heatedly, “I resent having to explain to you.

He began to move menacingly toward the little gate that led from behind the counter. “All right, animal, get out of here! Come on, out! ” “Okay, okay, mister, don’ go gettin’ all hot like. Gimme the four rubles, I take the four,” he said, his hands trembling and flying around with his need. ” His face showed the agony of some inner burning, an unbearable expression that filled the Pawnbroker with rage. “Go on now,” Sol said, pushing the money at him. “And don’t go bothering me with your foul mouth any more.

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