DIGGING UP THE PAST
Urban Fantasy by Sandi Brackeen
The Spade of Apocatequil can raise the dead and grant immortality—and it’s been stolen!
“I really enjoyed this book. I remember taking a few courses in archaeology, and together with the idea of a real archaeological dig in Texas, of all places, and actual paranormal happenings in, again, Texas, the story grabbed my interest. I never thought I would see Texas as being exotic!” Find review on Amazon Link below.
When supernatural agents Riley Perez and Jason, her partner at the clandestine government agency DUE, are given the task of tracking down the magical artifact, they discover that the culprit may be one of the workers at an archaeological dig at Shady Shores. Is it John Braden, the head archaeologist on-site, who was involved in the original discovery of the spade? Or is it Danny Roget, the anthropologist, who claims that there have been strange sightings? Riley and Jason’s hunt for the spade is endangered by a rash of sudden, unexplainable deaths of people involved in the dig. Together with Cameron Delaney, the intriguing alpha werewolf who runs Cerberus Security, the company in charge of protecting the archaeologists at the dig, Riley and Jason must find the spade before it can be used to destroy the world!
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Immortality? Now that’s tempting. Throw in an army of the dead, and hey, any evil overlord would kill for that package.
When the Homeland Security Service’s Department of Unusual Events, or DUE, assigned my partner, Jason, and me to this case, the file said the spade we were looking for was valued at eighteen million dollars and belonged to the Peruvian government. Stolen during shipment from Peru to the local university, the spade, along with a number of the other artifacts uncovered on a dig site in Peru, was scheduled for study here. According to our file, the HSS believed it had been stolen for financial gain or, perhaps, to cause an international incident. Not our usual type of case, but not unheard of either.
What the file didn’t mention was that this wasn’t just any gold spade. This was the Spade of Apocatequil. Peruvian legend has it that anywhere Apocatequil stuck this spade in the ground, people sprang up. Now, the spade is believed to grant the holder immortality and the power to raise the dead. Minor omission.
My cover on this assignment was that of a college student. I also worked as a dog walker for the Bradens, who were our primary suspects, so every afternoon, Angel, the Bradens’ German shepherd, and I made the two-block walk to the dog park near the Bradens’ house.
I’d gotten to know the Bradens and Mena fairly well, and as an empath, I could tell you that the Bradens were definitely anxious, scared even. The catch is that even with my empathic skill, it’s hard to tell one anxiety from another, and they had a legitimate reason to be anxious. Someone was threatening to kidnap their daughter.
Once we were at the dog park, I unclipped Angel’s leash and let her run with the other two dogs there. They were regulars, and Angel played well with the yellow Lab and the Malinois that often shared the park with us. While she burned off the first burst of energy, I tucked the Frisbee between my knees and pulled the mass of red curls that passes for hair in my world back in a ponytail. Angel is a great Frisbee dog. She could play for hours, and we usually spend at least an hour there.
As I tossed the Frisbee and watched her track and leap for the disk, it occurred to me that just as we’d decided it truly was a mundane case, our boss dropped this little bombshell about immortality on us. Isn’t that always the way? Just when you think you know what’s going on, somebody comes along and changes the rules. I couldn’t tell if it was that realization, or what brought it on, but we’d only been at the park for about twenty minutes when I started getting restless.
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Why Sandi likes to write Urban Fantasy.
I’ve always loved reading about supernatural characters such as werewolves, vampires, demons, and the like, as well as sorcerers and magic, so it was a natural progression for me. Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern is the first fantasy I remember reading, and from there I read everything I could get my hands on in that vein.
More recently, I tend to lean toward Urban Fantasy in my reading. As a result, those types of characters attract me when I sit down to write. They’re flawed, as are we all, but they’re also compassionate, caring, and passionate about what they do. In fact, Riley and crew will be beginning their next case soon in Reaching for Beyond (working title) when they investigate a series of murders where the victims are in pieces inside a casting circle
Who is Sandi Brakeen?
Sandi lives in Texas with three roommates, two Yellow Labs, a Shepherd/Border Collie mix, a Great Pyrenees, a Standard Poodle, and assorted other critters. Most of the animals were rescues. Sandi’s full time job is as the Public Information Officer for the local Sheriff’s Office, and she teaches English part time at the local Community College.
She says she has a couple of degrees from the University of North Texas lying around somewhere, and she’s been writing ever since she can remember. Sandi took time off for work and school, and previously her writing has been more geared toward short stories and academic papers.
Sandi publishes a newsletter and several articles a month in her current position, as well as teaching English at the local community college, but she has now added writing fiction and currently has several more books in the works.
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