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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Ten Things You Should Know About the Gods by Tim Lees

Ten Things You Should Know About the Gods


1. Gods are dangerous. If you haven’t read the instructions, don’t open the tin. It’s as simple as that.

2. Even if you have read the instructions: don’t open the tin. I mean, these are gods, OK? We’re not just talking about a bunch of horny old Greeks here, or a gang of drunken Vikings. Or that Big Guy from the Middle East. No. These are gods. They sit around for centuries, millennia, just soaking up the power, doing nothing very much, till some fool comes along and wakes them up. So think about that, will you?

3. Don’t prod them with a stick. Don’t call them names. Don’t do anything that isn’t exactly what the job requires. And if you’ve any sense, you won’t do that, either.

4. Oh yes. You know the other thing that’s dangerous? More dangerous than gods? Super, super, SUPER dangerous?

5. People.

6. They’ll get you in real trouble.

7. So let’s sum up. Firstly, do not on any account go to Iraq and dig up some primeval entity your boss is keen to get his hands on. In spite of what they told you, Iraq is still a war zone. You could die there. Or worse. Secondly, when said entity is relocated to Chicago by people who imagine they can drain its power to light the city... Stay out of the way. Do NOT, under any circumstances, agree to act as a consultant, advisor or general troubleshooter for the project. (The clue is in the name, on that last one: trouble. Understand?) And while you’re at it, you might think twice about getting back with your old girlfriend there, since she’s undergoing a few problems of her own, including a malicious ex who – oh, but what’s the use? You’re going to do it anyway, aren’t you?

8. Well. Don’t say you’ve not been warned, that’s all.

9. Chicago is the third most highly populated city in the USA, with 2.7 million residents. The question now is, who’s going to warn them?

10. Because someone needs to. Quickly, too.


Devil in the Wires: A Field Ops Novel
by Tim Lees
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
May 19th 2015
by Harper Voyager Impulse

"It's a perfect circle, Chris. The god receives his audience, the grid receives the power—and we light up Chicago."

After the perilous retrieval of a long-dormant god from Iraq, Chris Copeland—professional god hunter and company troubleshooter—is about ready to quit his job. But his employers at the Registry have other plans…plans to build a power facility on the shores of Lake Michigan. Adam Shailer, a rising star at the Registry, thinks he can cage the god, drain its energy, and power the city.

It's Chris's job to make sure nothing goes wrong. And at first, everything seems fine. Great, even. But when ecstatic devotees start leaving human sacrifices on the beach near the god-house, it quickly becomes clear that the god is not as contained as the Registry would have everyone believe. The devil's in the wires, and there's no turning back now.

About the Author:
Tim Lees is a British author now living in Chicago. He is a regular contributor to Interzone, Black Static, and other titles. He is the author of the much praised novel, "Frankenstein's Prescription."

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