The Damned May Enter – Chapter 10

Chapter 10 Erbil, Iraq             Captain Eugene Kim sat in street clothes in a private booth in the lounge at the Divan Hotel in Erbil, which was located in the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq. He was waiting for his meeting with Malachi Brandt, who had been posted as a CIA case officer for the […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 9

Book II Chapter 9 Chicago, Illinois             She uncurled Jacob’s fingers from the glass and his arm fell limp back onto their bed, then she replaced the cork of the near empty bottle of bourbon resting on his bedside table. Flickering hues from the television lit the room. She muted the news coming in from […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 8

Chapter 8 Escondido – Encinitas, California             Fire raged on the eastern hills of Escondido, illuminating the night sky. Angry halos glowed red against the orange-capped peaks as they spit sparks out into the darkness like a star shoots charged particles into the blackness of space. The flames poured down the mountains in front of […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 6

Chapter 6 Fountain Valley, California   Wrestlers of any kind, even those who are not participants in the sport itself, are drawn to it by the magnetic force of the trial. Something inside each wrestler needs proof in the fire of the crucible. Above all else, the testing of one’s character is the goal. Every […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 5

Chapter 5 Oceanside – Escondido, California               Malachi left his high school graduation ceremony with one thing on his mind: mischief. He partied hard that Friday night in Escondido, slept off a hangover, and headed out to the beach on Saturday afternoon. He and some friends borrowed one of their parents’ RVs and were […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 4

Chapter 4 Paris, France               Daniel was annoyed for some inexplicable reason. A talkative young dark-haired woman had spent the last two hours sitting at the bar at Chez Ammand chatting up the bartender about living in Paris. He was working on lecture notes out of Isaiah for a seminar at the Sorbonne.  She […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 2

Chapter 2 Tel Aviv, Israel – Hannover, New Hampshire – Beirut, Lebanon             Serafina Cohen was born to an American, Susana Feinberg, and Saul Cohen, a Dutch Jew. Saul, a Holocaust survivor, had seen his faith evaporate in the furnace of Europe’s great catastrophe that claimed the lives of his parents, brothers, and his precious […]

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