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  1. Public Bookmark 43

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    Joe doesn’t see the shot, but he can hear it.

    Can hear Nicky’s frightened gasp around the barrel of a gun, can hear the crack of a bullet on bone and the thud of Nicky’s body hitting the floor.

    They’ve died a thousand times but this time is different. This time, Nicky doesn’t wake up.

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  2. Public Bookmark 17

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    It’s not the first time Joe’s seen Nicolò die. He hopes it’s not the last. But either way, he knows that he can’t just walk away from it feeling fine.

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    28 Sep 2020

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    Nicolo Genova, or Nicky to his American friends, is just trying to get through his PhD program. He's writing his dissertation on Post-classical homoerotic poetry, but he cannot find anyone who speaks an extinct dialect of Arabic so he can translate a famed love poem by a little known poet, al-Kaysani.

    Strangely enough, his friend knows a professor on campus who can translate the poem. What starts as a simple request for assistance on his dissertation blossoms into something that Nicky -- shy, reserved Nicky who abandoned his plans for the priesthood months before ordination -- had never imagined for himself: true love.

    What he doesn't know is that Dr. Joseph Jones (his handsome, erudite, kind, lovely Joe) is harboring a secret too large for anyone to believe -- and that secret might just cost them everything.

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    28 Sep 2020

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    Sarwa is ladling stew into bowls and she hands the first one to Yusuf, who passes it to Nicolo and takes a drink from the now filled flask. “Is he your lover?” she asks.

    Yusuf chokes on water and Nicolo pounds his back, eyebrows peaked with concern.

    “I—” Yusuf pauses, wiping his streaming eyes.

    Sarwa looks at him, nothing but mild curiosity on her face.

    Yusuf glances at Nicolo. The firelight paints his cheekbones flickering gold, his eyes hooded and sleepy in the dim light.

    “I don’t know what he is,” Yusuf finally admits, still looking at Nicolo.

    Nicolo’s mouth quirks and he takes another bite of soup.

    “He looks at you like you belong to him,” Sarwa says.

    Nicolo keeps eating, oblivious to what they’re saying.

    “I think he belongs to me too,” Yusuf whispers.

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    27 Sep 2020

  5. Public Bookmark 28

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    or: The Old Guard attempt to survive 2020, from Joe’s perspective.

    Today, as you cycle through London, you and Nicky try to process what was done to you, and whether you were justified in Booker's punishment. An unpleasant encounter on the road adds to the misery on one of the worst days of your life.

    Eight and a half centuries ago, you happened upon the mysterious Frank, the man like you, on the banks of the Ebro outside Tortosa. You inserted yourself back into his life as he tested the limits of his own immortality, because he shouldn't have to be alone.

    On Hallowe’en 2020, with the world spinning faster than ever, you and Nicky will be pushed to your limits on a missing ship in the the Bering Sea. The end of the world is perilously close. A sacrifice will have to be made. Just how immortal is an immortal?

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