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A Hint of Evil

Tales of the Divinity Recruitment Taskforce
A Novella by

The world is a very changed place. When the Archangel Michael accidentally chased an archdemon onto the physical plane, the War in Heaven spilled over into the human world in a direct and tangible way. Now most nations on earth are ruled by an Ecumenical Council, and Anti-Demon Taskforce agents such as Samuel Donovan fight a guerilla war against demonic incursions. Yet Sam Donovan is far from convinced that the alleged "War in Heaven" is what it seems to be, even as he and his fellow agents struggle to keep humanity from becoming "collateral damage" to the schemes of greater powers.

Matters go from bad to worse when Sam discovers that the Adversary is recruiting earth's non-aligned spiritual beings, ancient and forgotten gods and goddesses, monsters and immortals, to fight against humanity. The situation then goes from worse to terrible when the Advocate and the Ecumenical Council discover that Sam has the natural gift of detecting evil. Now he and the Angel Deneba are partnered in the newly formed "Divinity Recruitment Taskforce" to track down, assess, and if possible, convince other non-aligned powers to join the war on humanity's side.

To complicate Sam's life even further, it turns out that Deneba has a sister, a fallen angel named Aereis, who has also taken an interest in Sam's gift. Especially after Sam gets his first good look at this fallen angel - and sees no evil in her. Sam still has a job to do, but it's getting harder and harder to pretend that he knows beyond all doubt that he's on the right side.

Length: Novelette, Single Story

"Richard Parks' first story collection, 'The Ogre's Wife,' was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, and his short fiction has appeared in Asimov's SF Magazine, Realms of Fantasy, Fantasy Magazine,, and several Year's Best Fantasy anthologies. His second print novel, TO BREAK THE DEMON GATE, is scheduled for 2013 from PS Publishing. He lives in Mississippi with his wife and a varying number of cats."

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January 2012 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: A Hint of Evil (Tales of the Divinity Recruitment Taskforce Book 1)
Author(s): Richard Parks
Publisher: Canemill Publishing
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