“I have nothing to offer you but pain, danger, and sudden death. We face a relentless foe who strikes without warning, destroys without compunction, and kills without pity. We stand, a thin gray line, between Earth and the Vetch.”
A sixteen-year-old girl is found drugged, naked and alone in a hotel room muttering the same words over and over again.
“Siren – and tire – and – possibly air. No more than forty thousand sigh”.
But what does it mean?
Lieutenant J.G. Robert Burrows from the US Naval Intelligence was sent to investigate the scene after fears arise that this incident could be an attempt to spy on the John Paul Jones society – a society made up of US Naval officials.
Burrows must call upon the help of Addison Friendly – the owner of Astral Emprise – a company which deals with metaphysics, mysticism, the occult, paranormal phenomena, psychic forces, astrology, ghosts, Ghoulies, vampires, and things what go bump in the night.
However, the US Navy have not been entirely up front with Burrows.
Why are the People’s Republic of China so interested in the John Paul Jones Society?
What secrets are they hiding?
Burrows and Friendly must work together to uncover the secrets of both countries before another World War breaks loose – a war that could mean the end of humanity.
Praise for Michael Kurland:
“It’s got everything that made the 80s just so wonderful” – Schlock Value
Michael Kurland grew up in New York City, attended Columbia University, spent four years in the Army, much of it in Europe, and now lives in California with his partner, novelist Linda Robertson, a dog, a cat, and an occasional visiting family of raccoons. He has been a teacher of obscure subjects to disinterested children, the editor of a magazine even more idiosyncratic than himself, a seeker of absent persons, a magical explainer, and guest lecturer at numerous unrelated events. Kurland has written a dozen or so science fiction novels, a brace of mysteries, and several books that fit into that tenuous genre known as “mainstream.” He has been nominated for an Edgar (twice) and for the American Book Award. His books have been translated into eleven other languages. Psi Hunt is his debut novel with Venture Press.