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The Unexpected Sales Reps

(A book in the Ring of Fire: 1632 series)
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How to succeed at spying without really trying

Pranksters and scammers from way back, Paolo Fucilla and Carlo Rigatti fought for Spain at the Wartburg and survived.
Curious about the people who had beaten them so handily, they went to Grantville. Whatever their other faults, they were serious about keeping their oaths. When they promised not to take up arms they meant it. In Grantville, they got in trouble again and skipped town.
Looking for a job that didn't include being shot at with napalm, they decided to try their hand at spying. It was a "Here, hold my beer and watch this" inspiration. It wasn't their first, and it wouldn't be their last.
They went to work for the Archbishop of Salzburg. But spies need cover stories, so they decided to sell office supplies. It was supposed to be a single job, so they didn't bother to tell the manufacturer that they were now the sales reps for Vignelli Business Machines.
So "hold their beers and watch," as Paolo and Carlo demonstrate the kind of trouble they can get into.

Genre: Science Fiction

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