The Liminal People: A Novel
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But when Taggert realizes the daughter has more power than even he can imagine, he has to wrestle with the very nature of his skills, not to mention unmanned and uncreated gods, in order keep the girl safe. In the end, Taggert will have to use more than his power, he has to delve into his heart and soul to survive.
The Liminal People is a fast-paced science fiction thriller with shades of the Matrix or Richard Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs novels don’t worry, you haven’t read this before: this is something all new.
of a grandfather. It was the first hint of genuine affection I’d ever felt from him. I was smart enough not to bank on it again. A few days later the rest of the crew would come down. No questions asked about my disappearance or the pain I’d caused in the Aussie. In fact, no mention of the bar fight 33 Ayize Jama-Everett at all. The only evidence I had of anything having occurred at all was the returned reluctance of Fou-Fou and Suleiman to touch me. The others didn’t share the reservation,
second. I don’t know what they see, and neither do they. But somewhere in their minds, Tamara gets them to decide it’s not worth remembering or focusing on. The contents of a hotel room from thirty stories above make much more interesting observation. I take an extra second to scan for wounded and find none. Good. I take Tamara’s hand and let her guide me. I’m thinking we’re going for a car. Either hers, or a stolen one, or 94 THE LIMINAL PEOPLE even a taxi. Instead she angles for the
and decide to do some pull-ups. I exercise for the sake of it. Push-ups. Normal. Upside down. Onehanded. Clapping. Sit-ups. Regular. Upside down. Left-oriented. Right-oriented. It’s all a distraction. I could get the same effects with my mind. But this way I can stop feeling her severed arm in my hand. I can stop hearing the explosion. It’s okay I can let the images, the sensations, go. I’ve got a new fuel for my rage. A name. Rajesh. I’m grunting upside down, half tranced out, when Tamara
of flesh and bone that has no distinct parts, no head, or chest, or eyes. This is what I felt the first time I hurt someone with my power. And it forms a mouth, and it speaks in my mother’s voice. 160 THE LIMINAL PEOPLE “Don’t ever touch me again, you freak.” No! I use my power to break it apart. I can’t run. I have no legs. My body. Remember the body before she throws another warped memory at— It’s George Washington University. Yasmine’s boyfriend. The first one. He’s not breathing. I’m
as smart as me. Not even you two. Just lucky is all.” “Not lucky, yeah?” Tamara says. “Loved. Had someone who had my back in the name of my mom, yeah? That’s all you ever wanted, ennit? It’s not my power, not my skill. Wanted my life, you did. That’s why you took my parents out. Didn’t want me to have anyone else, just like you.” If it’s crying, then it’s the most unattractive crying sound I’ve ever heard in my life. Alia sighs big and deep, like she has three lungs instead of two. Shit, maybe