The Reading Guru is proud to host an excerpt today from “Godwin’s Law”, a thriller by Bernard Maestas. Enjoy.
Just then, Alex lifted a hand, touching the clear coiled earpiece lodged in his ear, straining to listen to the transmission on his stolen police radio. A sour frown twisted his expressive mouth as he turned back to Ted. “You were saying? We’ve got two transit cops moving up from the back of the train, looking for us.”
Ted breathed a disappointed sigh and glanced up, then down the car. “All right. Plan B. I’m going to commandeer the train. We’ll uncouple and ditch the passenger cars at the next station.”
He may not have agreed with Ted’s plan, but Alex was quick to slide off the sculpted plastic bench and onto his feet, following his partner towards the front of the car. Gwen remained seated, watching after them nervously. No one paid them any mind as they approached the conductor’s booth tucked in the front right corner of the car.
The darkness of the tunnel around them gave way to the streaks of lights from the next station, spilling into the windows all around them. Brakes engaged with a shriek of metal on metal and the train coasted to a halt. Another gentle chime sounded and the doors parted throughout the train.
That was when Ted reached out and jerked the door open. Alex was through the door in a flash, grabbing hold of the startled driver by his uniform shirt and dragging him out. A chorus of panicked screams rose up from the passengers, who definitely noticed the pair now.
Twisting past Alex and the conductor, Ted knifed his body into the narrow cubby and set to work. He dropped his bag on the floor at his feet, bending to strip his laptop from within, along with a tangle of cords and cables.
Meanwhile, Alex gave the conductor a shove and sent him sprawling back into the retreating crowd of passengers.
Ted worked fast, balancing his open laptop on the control console and stabbing plugs into various ports and outlets on it. Almost as an afterthought, he tugged the public address microphone from its holster, passing it out the door to Alex while his free hand continued to work. “Use your charms, get everyone off the train.”
Alex didn’t hesitate, stretching the black coiled cord outside and turning to address the crowd. The speakers popped as he keyed the mic and rattled off a calm string of German. A fresh chorus of terror rose from the throngs as they scrambled over each other to pile off the train. “Allahu akbar,” he concluded calmly.
About Godwin’s Law
Author: Bernard Maestas
Gwen Kane, estranged daughter of a Forbes millionaire and the bearer of a horrifying secret is lured into a dangerous international cult. It falls to Alex Kirwan and Ted Reagan to rescue her. What should be easy money for the mercenary team of a freerunning ex-commando and his computer hacking partner proves to be anything but as they find themselves doggedly pursued across Europe, Canada and the United States by highly trained forces with resources vastly disproportionate to the recapture of one missing acolyte.
Will Alex and Ted unravel the mystery of Gwen’s importance in time to survive?
Will Gwen pierce the seemingly impenetrable armor around Alex’s heart?
Will Alex and Ted get paid?”
Bernard Maestas lives in paradise. A police officer patrolling the mean streets of Hawaii, he has a background in contract security and military and civilian law enforcement. When not saving the world, one speeding ticket at a time, and not distracted by video games or the internet, he is usually hard at work on his next book.