DJ Hall: The Second Last Communiqué

Today I’m joining the blog tour for The Second Last Communiqué. I’m sharing an extract from the book with thanks to Zoe O’Farrell for inviting me on the tour and to the author for providing the extract.

Blurb:

A barista, an ex-nazi SS scientist, and a heroin addict form the strangest of relationships in incomprehensible realms and events.
James, the owner of a coffee establishment in the centre of the city of Melbourne, befriends a man unbeknownst to him who was and still is a murdering degenerate. James enlists the help of his lover Lucy, a down-and-out junkie, and to their bewilderment, the couple discovers they are exceptional human beings. And can receive mathematical and engineering miracle theories from whom or what they have no idea.
Diving into uncharted waters of enlightenment, Lucy and James will eventually stand on the precipice of calamity as their lives come under the control of a sadistic madman who has unintentionally stumbled upon the elixir of eternal life.

Extract:

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Ten minutes had passed when Melvin fumbled for his glass while still reading. Eventually, he picked it up, brought it to his mouth, and discovered that the glass tumbler was sadly uninhabited by his favourite libation.

He surveyed the empty glass in his hand for a moment, then decided to get up and go into his kitchen. Holding the leather folder and notations under his arm, having now refilled his glass, he returned to his den, sat down at the computer, and started making complex calculations pertaining to one of the theories he had just read.

                   It was 4 a.m. when Melvin rubbed his tired eyes, and in the stillness of his study, he whispered, “It can’t be.” He rose from his seat and returned to the kitchen. But, this time, he made himself a large mug of strong black coffee. Now back in the dimness of his den, he stood in front of his computer. And as its glow illuminated an incredulous look on his face, Doctor Cooper stared at the screen while drinking his coffee as his brain did somersaults, trying its best to comprehend what was in front of it.                                    

 After a short interval, Melvin placed his empty mug on his desk next to his computer, sat down, and transferred his calculations onto a memory stick. He then shut down the computer, grabbed the leather folder with its notes and the memory stick, and locked them away in his wall safe, behind a large framed print of the famous Athenaeum Portrait of George Washington. The American patriot stood before the portrait and saluted his country’s first president.

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The Second Last Communiqué is available from Amazon.

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