My Immortal The Vampires of Berlin
By Lee Rudnicki
Publisher: 23 House
Number of pages: 306
Word Count: 56,000
A supernatural adventure set in present day and 1945 Berlin. Our heroine is Eva, a shell-shocked young vampire who is found wandering around in the ruins of Berlin Cathedral on the last day of the war by soldiers.
Professor Richter imagined spotlights going back and forth behind him as the music played. He was a best-selling author, but no one in academia had ever given him the time of day. That is about to change. This is my moment.
His powerful voice boomed over the music. “Since May 1945, there has been much speculation about the Tristan weapon. But it has never been publicly identified.”
Right on cue with the chord change, Professor Richter slammed his briefcase on the podium and shouted. “UNTIL RIGHT FUCKING NOW!”
The little audience gasped. No one knew what he meant, but everybody knew what he said.
Richter had imagined this moment for months, but even he was surprised by the obscenity when it flew out of his mouth. Then he surprised himself a second time by being perfectly okay with it. Maybe a little profanity is good for my brand, he thought. In any case, I certainly have everybody’s attention now.
Then, just as Richter pulled a 150-year-old Swiss astrological chart out of his briefcase, the door flew open.
Julia stormed in and made a beeline for the podium; her appearance took Richter right out of his game. “Excuse me,” he stammered. “Please, take a seat. I’ll be happy to sign your book after the presentation.”
Julia pulled the gun out of her pocket and pointed it at him. “I’m not here for a book signing. Sit down, professor.”
Richter was shocked. He knew that a few governments would want him silenced if they knew he had verifiable information about Operation Tristan. But I didn’t tell anybody! I was careful—I even shredded and burned my notes!
“This lecture is over,” Julia told the startled crowd. “Everybody out.”
Professor Richter remained defiant. “This lecture is not over, young lady. We’re just getting to the best part. Put the gun down and let me show you who you really work for.” He pressed a key on his computer and the cover page of the Tristan Dossier projected onto the wall.
FOR THE PRESIDENT’S EYES ONLY
Bang! Julia’s first shot struck and killed Richter’s laptop. The second sent the audience diving to the floor.
Julia moved around the podium and squeezed off two more shots at Richter, both of which missed.
Julia was between Meg and the door, so Meg tackled her and fought for the gun. Another shot rang out; Tom fell to the floor screaming and holding his foot. Professor Richter jumped over him and bolted for the door.
With help from students, Meg managed to pry the gun out of Julia’s hand. She held Julia down as two highly-amused math majors bound her hands and feet together with their belts. Then a janitor showed up and zapped Julia in the leg with a stun gun. Julia screamed in agony and kicked the janitor in the balls. The trifecta of misery was complete when the enraged custodian accidentally zapped one of the mathematicians, promptly kicking him out of the highly-amused category.
There was chaos and mayhem inside the classroom … and there was chaos and mayhem outside of the classroom.
Richter ran down the hall, screaming at the top of his lungs. Kids and books went flying.
At the end of the hall, he pulled a door open and bolted down the stairs. Two flights later, Richter stopped in his tracks and backed up. He was terrified...