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The Assassin's Dream

Townsend, J. D.

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ISBN 10: 1594142823 / ISBN 13: 9781594142826
Published by Five Star, Unity, Maine, U.S.A., 2005
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine copy with a fine dj, signed by the author on the 1st title page. Set in the year 2174 AD - two thirds of the male population has been killed by a neurological syndrome, and women have risen to dominate all aspects of life. 457pp. Desirable!. Bookseller Inventory # 003215

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Title: The Assassin's Dream

Publisher: Five Star, Unity, Maine, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition - 2nd Printing

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2174 A.D. Acquired Genetic Neurological Syndrome has killed nearly two-thirds of Earth's male population, and women have risen to dominate all aspects of life. The Whole Body governs with chilling efficiency; the Ministry of Termination dispatches those who might threaten the world order or whose usefulness has come to an end. To that end, a select few have been engineered to carry out the clandestine orders of the North American Council - K-Class assassins. At 19, Kay Black is probably the most talented assassin the Ministry of Births has ever produced. When routine assignment to terminate Angela Potemkin, a renowned scientist with the Central Office for Genetic Research, does not go as planned, Kay learns information about herself that turns her world upside down, and her search for the truth about her origins reveals that she has received an inheritance, something that makes her even more dangerous than an assassin. The trouble is she is not alone in receiving this unexpected gift, a gift that by its very nature will challenge the foundations of power in the world . . . if Kay can survive long enough to use it.

James Townsend is a veteran of journalism, a musician and a student of the mysteries of consciousness. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he writes, plays music and enjoys the humbling presence of the Rocky Mountains.

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She saw the eyes first.

They were sky-blue and wide with fear, riveted on Kay's face. In an instant everything else registered in Kay's keen senses. Angela Potemkin faced her from the opposite side of the room, atop a bed, propped up against pillows, clothed in an elegant suit. In her right hand, a small, black object. Time shifted, taking on the curiously slow quality it did on those rare occasions when Kay encountered imminent danger.

Her mind registered every detail—the stitching on the red shoulder blazes of Potemkin’s suit, the fall of coarse blond hair over the woman’s forehead, the beady texture of the bedspread upon which she lay, the bloodless whites of Potemkin’s fingernails as she clutched the object in her hand.

But it was the eyes she would remember. There was no surprise in them. Rather, they reached across the chasm between them with a knowing and fierce determination to communicate. Potemkin raised her left hand in Kay’s direction, palm out, in the universal gesture of one who wants something that is about to happen to stop, and Kay saw her mouth open to form a word.

By then, though, Kay’s training was in full control. The object in Potemkin’s other hand could be a weapon, and Kay leveled her own at the woman’s heart, her thumb squeezing the trigger. As the perfectly aimed dart whispered out of the barrel, Kay heard the woman’s voice drift to her across the room. "Kay, wait," she said.

But death would not wait. In an instant, Potemkin’s hand fell back to the position from which it had come and her head fell forward onto her chest, her body emptied of its animating force like a sail gone slack in doldrums.

Kay stood transfixed, visualizing those two impossible words slowly falling from Angela Potemkin’s lips as her slack right hand opened, revealing a device Kay now recognized to be a simple remote.

She could not possibly have heard her name uttered aloud in this place. And yet the wall monitor to her left flashed, and the image of the woman whom Kay had only just seen for the first time began to speak in clear, forceful tones.

"Hello, Kay. Please sit down. I have some things to tell you . . ."

The next words Kay heard made her feel as though she had been seized by a great hand and shaken until her teeth rattled in her head.

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