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Cal and Niko Leandros Series, Book 10
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People die.

Everyone knows that. I knew it intimately as everyone in my life died thanks to my one seemingly harmless mistake. I'd brought down Heaven, lifted up Hell, and set the world on fire, all due to one slip of the memory.

I forgot the pizzas...


Caliban is a dead man. The Vigil, a group devoted to concealing the paranormal from humanity, has decided Cal has stepped out of the shadows once too often, and death is the only sentence. They plan to send a supernatural assassin into the past to take down the younger, less lethal Cal.

But things change when The Vigil makes one last attempt on Caliban's life in the present—and end up destroying everyone and everything he cares about.

Now, Cal has to save himself, warn those closest to him, and kill every Vigil bastard who stole his world. But if he fails, he and everyone in his life will be history...
People die.

Everyone knows that. I knew it intimately as everyone in my life died thanks to my one seemingly harmless mistake. I'd brought down Heaven, lifted up Hell, and set the world on fire, all due to one slip of the memory.

I forgot the pizzas...


Caliban is a dead man. The Vigil, a group devoted to concealing the paranormal from humanity, has decided Cal has stepped out of the shadows once too often, and death is the only sentence. They plan to send a supernatural assassin into the past to take down the younger, less lethal Cal.

But things change when The Vigil makes one last attempt on Caliban's life in the present—and end up destroying everyone and everything he cares about.

Now, Cal has to save himself, warn those closest to him, and kill every Vigil bastard who stole his world. But if he fails, he and everyone in his life will be history...
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    Books by Rob Thurman

    Title Page

    Copyright

    Dedication

    Acknowledgments

    Epigraph

    Prologue

    Chapter 1

    Chapter 2

    Chapter 3

    Chapter 4

    Chapter 5

    Chapter 6

    Chapter 7

    Chapter 8

    Chapter 9

    Chapter 10

    Chapter 11

    Chapter 12

    Chapter 13

    Chapter 14

    Chapter 15

    Chapter 16

    Chapter 17

    About the Author

    Prologue

    People die.

    All the time. Everyone knows that, right? The world is dangerous. Existence is precarious, the footing beneath you shaky. Your first breath isn't a guarantee and if you get that, your next breath is the same. Touch and go. Life doesn't come with a warranty. It's something to be snatched, clawed for, and held in the tightest of grips. Life cuts you no slack, doesn't care if you're around or not, but death . . . death can't wait to drag you to his party. And once he does . . . you know that old song is as true as they come, "It's hard to leave if you can't find the door."

    People die . . . but they usually don't die over something so meaningless. Me? I was the exception to that. I was the trigger. At least thirty people died all thanks to my one seemingly harmless mistake, one trivial, overlooked chore.

    I forgot the pizzas.

    Insane, right? That the world should end because I forgot several boxes of cheese, pepperoni, and grease. They weren't even the best pizzas in town. But that didn't matter. I'd brought down Heaven, lifted up Hell, and set the world on fire, all thanks to one slip of the memory.

    How's that for the worst fuckup of all time?

    One casual everyday event like forgetting my phone and running back a block to our place for it. That meant a five-minute shift in my routine, just enough to sidetrack my brain to revert to my normal schedule. I unconsciously skipped over the irregular task of the pizza pickup I'd been stuck with at the last minute, and that was it . . . the world ended. Not with a whimper or a thousand radioactive mushroom clouds. No, it ended because I was an idiot.

    It ended because I'd forgotten I'd lost a coin toss.

    The only reason I didn't end with it as well was just dumb luck. I'd remembered at the last second fifteen feet inside the bar, cursed, and left, annoyed and impatient enough to use the "emergency door" to get them. I should've been there when it all ended, but, again, dumb luck.

    No. Not true.

    It wasn't dumb luck. It was bad luck. Worse luck. The darkest of goddamn fucking fortune.

    Hell, wasn't that the story of my life?

    There was a certain grungy bar, cramped, but popular among a certain crowd, that I'd been standing in less than three seconds ago when I remembered the pizzas. The name of the bar didn't matter. That I worked there most nights didn't make a difference either. What did matter was that the building where it squatted on the first floor slinging alcohol right and left was hit by an eye searing blast of light. It was as bright as it was incomprehensible. It was barely dusk. What could be that bright? I'd seen the flash from the corner of my eye as I stood at the pizza truck parked at the other end of the block. I turned to see what it was, not where it was. I should've known the where was what mattered, but I didn't have a flicker of suspicion that it was the bar, my bar. The one full of people, my people. It was one of those things you can't think. You can't know, as once you do you can't unknow it. That part of your brain shuts down....

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    October 12, 2015
    The middling 10th entry in Thurman's urban fantasy series (following 2014’s Downfall) finds Caliban “Cal” Leandros, half-man, half-monster, targeted by the Vigil, a paranormal watchdog group, for breaking its primary rule for all paranormal species: staying hidden. When the attempt to take him out fails, the Vigil sends its assassin, called Lazarus, back in time to kill 18-year-old Cal. The older Cal follows Lazarus, but finds that warning his younger self is easier said than done. For extra protection, Cal contacts the younger version of his good friend Robin Goodfellow, a charming used-car salesman who is really a long-lived paranormal creature known as a puck. But will they be strong enough to kill Lazarus, who draws his power from an unimaginable source? With the number of supernatural aspects to this overstuffed paranormal world, this novel is definitely not the jumping-off point for the uninitiated. There’s more mythology rehashing than action, which can be wearying. But fans of the series will welcome the return of wisecracking, pop culture–referencing Cal. Agent: Lucienne Diver, Knight Agency

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