By Mike Resnick
After his Adventures in Africa, his Exploits in Asia, and his Encounters in Europe, everyone’s favourite guy of the material is again to inform you concerning the risks he encounters in South the United States. They contain the terrifying Island of frustrated Souls, the invention of the misplaced Continent of Moo (spelled properly for a change), a conflict with safari ants that even Charlton Heston wouldn’t wish any a part of, and a couple of chook women who stay in matching Chartreuse Mansions.
You’ll meet a few outdated buddies akin to Capturin’ Clyde Calhoun, outdated heartthrobs such the Scorpion girl, outdated competitors reminiscent of significant Theodore Dobbins and Rupert Cornwall, an previous nemesis (the impressive Erich von Horst), a couple of bare excessive priestesses (or goddesses, take your choice), the sinister Dr. Mirbeau, the highly filthy rich and really bad Baroness Schimmelmetz, and a ranking of others–-including Bubbles, an anaconda with an attitude.
And making his method via those dangers is the irrepressible correct Reverend Honorable health care professional Lucifer Jones. So come along–you don’t are looking to omit the thrill!
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Most likely his fingers have been a bit longer and his legs a bit straighter, too, yet I wouldn’t guess severe cash on it. “What am i able to do for you? ” stated the Baroness. “Good night to you, ma’am,” I stated. “I’m the perfect Reverend Lucifer Jones—” “If you’re right here to mend the range, it’s downstairs,” she acknowledged. “No, ma’am, I certainly am not,” I stated. “The leaky tap, then? ” “No, ma’am. ” “I might play guessing video games all evening, yet i've got a enterprise to run,” she stated. “What are you the following for? ” I’d come ready, and that i was once prepared with my fanciest lingo. “I’ve come to blight my troth, and sweep you away on a sea of passion,” I acknowledged. She simply stared at me with no announcing a observe. “I detect you’re awestruck, me being a good-looking younger greenback what ain’t by no means come dating earlier than, but if you evaluate me to significant Dobbins or Rupert Cornwall, why, ma’am, I simply be aware of you’ll throw your self in my powerful manly palms and beg me to take you clear of all this. ” “From all what? ” she requested. i presumed she type of frowned, yet with that low brow of hers I couldn’t ascertain. “From all these items you’re turning out to be. I walked by means of it on my means right here, and also you ain’t received no corn nor wheat nor barley, only a bunch of stuff with leaves on it. That ain’t no technique to raise our relations fortune, ma’am. ” “Those leaves are the root of my fortune,” acknowledged the Baroness. “Ma’am, i will be able to let you know like a funny story up to the following Baroness, yet I’m being severe here,” I instructed her. “You’re in los angeles Paz, and also you rather don’t understand what they're? ” she stated, having a look approximately as shocked as a gorilla that’s additionally a chic Baroness can glance. “Why, we’ve fought 3 wars over those leaves long ago 5 years. the yank businesses continue attempting to force me off my land. ” “For a number of leaves? ” I stated. “Coca leaves,” she stated. “Cocoa? ” I repeated. “Are you attempting to inform me that each one this struggling with is over a few scorching chocolate franchise? ” “No, coca. ” “That’s what I acknowledged. ” She shook her head. “You get chocolate from cocoa nuts. You get cocaine from coca leaves. ” “Are you certain of that? ” I requested her. She simply stared at me. “And you’re basically worthy 8 hundred million money? ” I persisted. “Ma’am, i believe it’s extra very important than ever that you just marry a person what’s certified to run what you are promoting. Being a guy of the material, i'll marry us very first thing within the morning, or maybe this night when you ain’t all-fired nervous to take a seat and stitch your self up a marriage dress. ” She simply form of stared at me, pretty well the best way that gorilla did earlier than he lumbered off into the bush. “I needs to say that your method is extra novel than my different suitors, Reverend Jones. ” “You can simply name me Lucifer,” I acknowledged. “Or Honeybunch, if you’ve a brain to, now that we’re gonna get hitched. i do know Rupert and the main imagine they’re engaged in a love triangle with you, ma’am, yet I’m featuring myself because the fourth facet of that there triangle. ” “Are you usually this direct and to the purpose? ” she requested. “Yes, ma’am, I am,” I stated. “Sloth is opposed to the 8th and the Fourteenth Commandments.