If I had a glass window and a written caption — this could be my garage.
The Brown Water Navy
sic transit gloria mundi
Australia is Large
And insurance companies never want to pay off. They like taking the premiums and they send our slick brochures. But they vanish when it’s time to pay off on a boat that went down. That’s what happened to my boat, Defiant (not pictured above), and I went to court and won. But you shouldn’t have to go to court when your 32′ SeaRay sinks. It’s unhappy enough in and of itself.
“Do you SCUBA dive from your boat, Mr. LL? Do you deep dive with mixed gas?”
“Yes, in fact, I do SRT training for organizations as well, but what does that have to do with the price of tea in China?”
Their sum total argument was that I scuba dived from the boat with friends even though scuba or closed circuit diving was not the proximate cause of the damage, it was a faulty bilge pump. They didn’t want to talk about that. The boat didn’t sink to the bottom but the engines were ruined as was much of the salon. I am not fond of insurance companies – moving on.
Five years have passed since the Norse Goddess Eir appeared in the red mist of the erupting Bárðarbunga volcano. Very little has been heard from her since she vanished from the safe house in Herefordshire, England.
The effect of neutrino research in China still results in volcanic eruptions, halting the planned forced expansion of the People’s Republic of China out of fear of forces that they don’t fully understand. However, they’re making moves to remedy that situation through the recruitments of assets that can get them what they want. The Long March has been delayed, but can never be stopped.
In the Manila underworld, where nobody is quite who they seem to be, Mike Vega is working as an arms merchant against Chinese interests and is removing meddlesome people in favor of those same interests.
French/Korean Sylvie Kim, working as an agent of the Chinese Fourth Bureau of Guojia Anquan Bu in The Philippines, has a mission too, and that mission is Mike Vega.
Ilya Sergeivich Zavrazhin an upwardly mobile operative of the Russian SVR is under orders to beat everyone to the punch.
It is a land of chameleons embracing each other where the laws of cause and effect are confusing and the outcome is far from predictable and none of the actors have any genuine belief in Norse deities returned to Earth or in Loki’s Fire. But that’s about to change.
There aren’t many human beings who are stranger or more unusual than Poke-A-Haunt-Us.