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Rise of the Grandmaster
Rise of the Grandmaster Series, Book 1
Bradford Bates, Michael Anderle
Sean William Doyle
Spieldauer: 20 Std. und 36 Min.
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Some people just knew how to go out in style. Tim had never been one of those guys. Tim was always a planner. The plan was to get into college, graduate, and find a well-paying job. That plan was coming together nicely until he saw a presentation to get paid to play The Etheric Coast. At his graduation ceremony. After watching the company's employee recruitment video, Big Richie's words had a whole new meaning. He could spend his life going from a cubicle at work to a one-bedroom apartment and back again...or enter a virtual world of unlimited possibilities.
After this night, dawn can’t come fast enough. For Ben Vecchio, everything has changed. His eyes. His diet. His new aversion to sunlight. But after a long sojourn in China, Ben realizes that the world he left behind hasn’t changed as much as he feared. He wants to leave his old life in the past, there’s one job remaining that just won’t leave him alone. Radu’s mystery is too interesting - and too profitable - to ignore. The problem? Taking on this commission puts Ben in the path of his old partner, the one woman he’s spent years avoiding.
Tim's plan didn't include going toe to toe with one of the most powerful men in Promethia, but he had, and he won. Wasn't winning supposed to make things easier? Instead of getting to live on easy street, Tim's victory only increased his reputation as a man who could solve problems. This time those problems had teeth. Thankfully Tim hit level 10, and once he settled on his upgraded class their newest adventure could began in earnest.
Benjamin Vecchio escaped a chaotic childhood and grew to adulthood under the protection and training of one of the Elemental world's most feared vampire assassins. He's traveled the world and battled immortal enemies. But everyone has to go home sometime.
Driving a truck full of rotting vegetables and 20 million in gold from Kashgar to Shanghai, was only the start. If Ben can keep the treasure away from grasping immortals, the reward will be more than worth the effort. But when has travel with a 5,000-year-old wind vampire ever been simple?
If you’re a human in a vampire’s world, nothing goes according to plan. When a map to the mysterious fortune of notorious privateer Miguel Enríquez falls in the lap of Ben and Tenzin, only one of them is jumping at the opportunity. Ben and Tenzin head to Puerto Rico...to find Enríquez’s treasure, they’ll have to walk a fine line between flattery and secrecy. To leave the island might mean a bigger fight than either one of them foresaw.
Nearly three years have passed since Stephen Mason, former Federal Air Marshall, along with a plane load of passengers, was unexplainably hurled back through time. It's now 1723, Charlestown, South Carolina Colony. Mason and the three other remaining survivors - his wife, Karen, and best friends, Jeremy and Lisa Jackson - have built their rice plantation into a thriving enterprise. For everyone on the plantation, life is good.
For over a thousand years, the legendary sword Laylat al Hisab - the Night's Reckoning - has been lost in the waters of the East China Sea. Forged as a peace offering between two ancient vampires, the sword has eluded treasure hunters, human and immortal alike. But in time, even the deep gives up its secrets. When Tenzin's sire hears about the ninth century shipwreck found off the coast of southern China, Zhang Guo realizes he'll need the help of an upstart pirate from Shanghai to retrieve it.
It started as a routine Miami to Charlotte flight for the passengers, crew, and Federal Air Marshal Stephen Mason. But a freak storm over the Atlantic propels the airliner unexplainably back in time to the early 18th century. They find themselves on the sparsely populated coast of the Carolina Colony. Charles Town is the only English settlement of any size in the area. It's an inhospitable place of vast plantations, slavery, hostile natives, tall ships, and marauding pirates.
Setting up shop as an antiquities hunter means nothing if you don't have clients. What Ben Vecchio needs is a job. A big job. A profitable job. A legendary job. Finding the lost sword of Brennus the Celt, the mythical Raven King of the British Isles, would make Ben's reputation in the immortal world, but gaining a reputation can be a dirty business. Tenzin doesn't like digging, but she's more than happy to let Ben do the dirty work while she provides the muscle he needs to make other vampires pay attention. They're partners. Or so Ben thinks. But when finding this treasure puts Tenzin's future plans at risk, will their partnership survive?
All Ben Vecchio wanted was a quiet summer before his last semester of university. All Tenzin wanted was a cache of priceless medieval coins that had been missing for several hundred years. And some company. Phrases like "never again" don't mean much when you've been a vampire for several thousand years, and promises made in the heat of anger don't always outweigh the lure of gold.
I always thought the end of the world was a myth. But then, I also thought Norse gods were make-believe too. They're not. Five of them are coming for me. They claim I will only survive if I surrender to them, body and soul. But they don't realize it's about so much more than carnal servitude. I am so much more than they could ever suspect. So much more than even I knew. I am the only one who can stop Ragnarök from covering the world in ice and darkness. The only one who can save gods and men alike from annihilation.
Former Federal Air Marshal Stephen Mason has again done the impossible. He has passed back through an unexplainable time portal and reunited with the three people he cares about most. It's 1720, Charles Town, Carolina Colony, a time and place fraught with hardships and hazards. Carving out a life here will be challenging, especially for these modern-day transplants. There are few people they can trust, none in whom they can confide. But they have each other. And they have a rice plantation.
Ragnarök is here. The end of the world is eating away at Asgard as well as the human world until there is nothing left but ice and darkness. I'm supposed to stop it - it's my literal fate, thanks to a meddling Norn and an MIA prophet. Me, and the five alpha gods destined to claim me as theirs.