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June 06, 2010

The Interpreter’s Tale – Now on Kindle

The pickpockets of Barcelona are the best in the world; so why are they wasting their time stealing cheap mobile phones? What does all this have to do with Gaudi and his architecture, Catalonian nationalism, and al-Qaida? Why is super-hacker Dom Montain in Barcelona?

The answers to all these questions – which you may not have been asking yourself – are in my long short story (or very short novel) "The Interpreter's Tale", which is now available on Kindle for just $.99.

When I first wrote "The Interpreter's Tale" after a visit to Barcelona and firsthand experience with its famous pickpockets, I published the story as an Amazon Short – a category downloadable only to a PC and not to Kindle and, for some reason, downloadable only in the US. Amazon never promoted the category and finally discontinued it but encouraged authors to move their work to the very successful, very promoted Kindle. And so I have.

You can also use Amazon's free Kindle app to read Kindle listed books on your PC or to download free samples.

My novel hackoff.com: an historic murder mystery set in the Internet bubble and rubble sells better on Kindle than in its hardcover edition; it'll be interesting to see how "The Interpreter's Tale" does.

Below is a teaser from the story.  It'll cost you $.99 to find out how it ends.


Barcelona, not Madrid, was the leader's first choice for an attack on Spain. It is well-known that he hates Barcelona, considers it the well-spring of Muslim humiliation which began with the Reconquista in 722AD, continued with the Crusades, and led to the current unsatisfactory state of the world.

Usually the leader's first choice is what happens. But last time Allah did not will it so. The local cell in Barcelona was incompetent; that in Madrid excellent. As the leader feared, the Basques were first given credit for the attack; but this myth was soon dispelled. Spain, as he said it would, recognized their power and elected politicians committed to withdrawal from Iraq.

One does not question the decisions of the leader, even if one is respected enough to be in The Cave (The location of The Cave is always changing. Sometimes it in Afghanistan, sometimes in Pakistan; but it is always The Cave). If one is very respected, one may ask to be informed by what wisdom the leader has made his decision. One has asked to be enlightened of the wisdom by which a further attack on Spain is planned after the success of the operation in Madrid and the quick capitulation of the Spanish, Allah be praised.

"The Spanish are still infidels," the leader reminds them. "They have troops in Afghanistan even though these troops are cowards who are prohibited by protocols from actually fighting. Their culture remains degenerate. They respect neither the Prophet nor those who worship him. There must be a clear lesson that partial capitulation will never be accepted nor will it be proof against our power.

"Allah willing," he continues, " a new time has come. The Caliphate will be restored. This time it will not succumb to the bickering and rivalries and impieties which led to the downfall of the old Caliphate. The world will be united in the one true faith as the Prophet tells us that it must be. It is our honor to be the means to this end. A new lesson is needed and, Allah willing, shall be delivered." He turns in a way which indicates that this discussion is ended.

But then he turns back. "Certain mistakes were made in the last operation," he says. "Our men were prepared to be martyrs but they did not have to be. Worse yet, some were captured before they could be martyred. Allah did not make them strong enough and the infidels learned much more than they should have. These mistakes must not be repeated."

"What are those mistakes that we may avoid them in the next operation?"

"Those who have a need to know already do know. There is no need to spread the knowledge further." He turns away again and this time the conversation really is over.


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