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Free sample (first thirty chapters) of fantasy novel TO FIND AND WAKE THE DREAMER posted online on a free to read online basis. This novel is also available for purchase as a paperback book via amazon.com.

In the city state of Oolong Morblock, where a certain proportion of the people have a natural ability to cause themselves to explode, in effect making them potential suicide bombers, Ibrahim Chess tries to find the middle road: to steer a course of moderation and sanity in a world which is going mad, and where the civil peace is threatened by the increasingly intolerant fanaticism of the conflict between the minority group to which Ibrahim belongs, the astrals, and the city state's dominant group, the norms.


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Chapter Six

        In Oolong Morblock, although torture was technically outlawed, it was accepted that torture was morally legitimate in certain circumstances, and one of those circumstances was when you were face to face with a terrorist threat. If you torture someone then they will confess. If you know what you are doing, they will most certainly confess. And fast.
        And so it was in the case of the captured fizz boat man, a tile layer by the name of Pablo Winkle, who lived in Lynch Agnot and who, as a hobby, enjoyed zipping around the waters of the Bilge Globulus in his fizz boat. Only three broken fingers into his interrogation, Pablo had confessed that, yes, his name was actually Egon Turow, and, yes, he was an astral, and, yes, he was glorst-capable, and, yes, he had been on his way to Parkes Pilkem so he could blow himself up, killing as many innocent norms as possible.
        Shortly thereafter, Pablo somehow slipped and fell when he was being escorted from one room to another in Octavalus Heights, the police building at Hoover. When he slipped, he somehow acquired sufficient momentum to go crashing through a glass window. The drop? Twelve floors. By the time his body was recovered from the carpark below he was, very naturally, dead.

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The text on this page is part of the fantasy novel "To Find and Wake the Dreamer", the first thirty chaptes of which have been posted online. These sample chapters can be read for free online. However, the text is copyright - all rights reserved. For permission to use this text or any portion of it contact Hugh Cook.


This book, "To Find and Wake the Dreamer", deals with events which take place in the lives of certain citizens of the nation of Oolong Morblock. The action takes place in the year 9,726, a historical year, the year in which Adam Tikriti became President of Relsh Strasborg. Any resemblance to other people, other locales, other events or other times is unintended and is coincidental.

To Find and Wake the Dreamer Copyright © 2005 Hugh Cook.

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