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The Red Cross of Gold XXIII:. Thoth, the Atlantean (RCG 23)

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The 23rd Book in the Assassin Chronicles Series is titled: Thoth, the Atlantean and takes the adventures of the Knight of Death in a new direction. The Emerald Tablets must be recovered and yet, the Ancient Evil is still searching for the thing that would bring chaos back to the world and re-establish the old ones as supreme masters. Meanwhile, back at the ranch everyone has their own problems.

Lucio emerged from the kitchen bearing two mugs of coffee. Very sweet with cream. He handed one to Omar and sat down beside the Prophet.
"Caffè dolce," he muttered as he took a deep breath over the steaming mug. "Le nostre difficoltà sono infinite."
Vanni continued on down the steps and took up a position on the firewood stacked near the garage. Greta came from the house, spied Vanni and skipped toward him, calling his name. Lucio watched his son with obvious pride. A sin.
"I would never have believed it, Brother," Lucio said as he sipped his coffee.
"What?" Omar asked abstractly. He was considering asking Lucio about the Romanian thing.
"That you and I would be sitting on the back steps like two country bumpkins, drinking coffee together, wondering what the world is coming to. I have often watched the old men in Naples who sit in the park, shaking their heads in disdain and confusion. I have often wondered what it would be like to be one of them. Now I think I know."
"What is it like? What did they know?" Omar turned his blue eyes on the Italian.
"We are never too old to die a horrible death. Our lives go on in spite of many deaths in our hearts," Lucio said and smiled crookedly.
"Ahh. Yes. Life does contain many strange and unexpected developments," Omar had to agree and then chuckled. It was ironic that this one thing that was so very, very normal to humans everywhere would be the closest he had ever come to being 'normal' in light of everything that was going on around them. "Speaking of strange developments…"
"You mean Bari?" Lucio automatically assumed the wrong topic. "Yes. I was quite surprised to see that he had grown so. I can certainly sympathize with you, Brother. It was simply too much for Ruth. She was always a good Catholic girl. She never deserved any of this. I have always blamed myself for her troubles."
"She lives her own life, Lucio," Omar told him. He did not like to be reminded that Ruth had once been Lucio's lover. That, in fact, she still loved him beyond measure. More than she had ever loved Omar, the Prophet. "You cannot hold yourself responsible for the lives of others."
"I am glad you see it that way, but if I had not…" Lucio seemed to remember who he was talking to and abruptly changed the subject.

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