Wednesday, March 04, 2009

An Excerpt From My New Novel

Here is a brief excerpt from a novel I am writing as part of my 'no plot, no problem' novel writing kit.  It's just a tidbit, but it gives you an idea.  Enjoy:


And here I am now, with a pistol to this man's head.  A man with whom I had once served with in combat.  He didn't know me, per se.  Perhaps in passing.  But just knowing that he might recognize me—might recognize me for the double-crossing snake I am—sickens me.  I am so ashamed of myself.
            And yet, am I?  Look at what I have become.  At first, it was just some passing of confidential battle rosters.  But soon I was planting bugs on my superiors; leaking mission departure times and mission locations; and now, using my combat skills on t he ground, in a war against my own people.  Disgusting is the only word I can come up with, and yet, expedient and a shrug of the shoulders come to mind as well: we all gotta do what we gotta do.  The only problem is that I have been doing this now for so long that I have forgotten that it is wrong.  It is now my life.  It is now who I am.  And I fear that I could never go back.  What would my daughter think if she knew the truth?

(c) 2009 by Monroe Mann, All Rights Reserved

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