Place — a world not unlike our own.
The tale I tell is one of woe: a war that has lasted for centuries; a war where the casualties numbered in the billions, if not more; a war that could have been avoided.
God knows we tried.
How many peace initiatives went unanswered? How many times did we stay our hand, refusing to attack or seek vengeance for unjust acts? But they wouldn't let us live in peace. They wouldn't let us sit idly by. A vicious race they were. Warriors to the core. A bloodthirsty, greedy race.
"How did it start, Grandfather?"
Ox might have shed tears if he had any. But the wars had taken so much of him: a wife, two daughters, all of his friends. "They were a relentless enemy, child. An unremitting and unforgiving foe."
Giacomo Giammatteo is the author of gritty crime dramas about murder, mystery, and family. And he also writes nonfiction books including the No Mistakes Careers series as well as books about grammar and publishing. When Giacomo isn't writing, he's helping his wife take care of the animals on their sanctuary. At last count they had forty animals--seven dogs, one horse, six cats, and twenty-five pigs.Oh, and one crazy--and very large--wild boar, who takes walks with Giacomo every day and happens to also be his best buddy.
Holly was a waitress at an all-night diner. To save money, she used to take George to work with her, which is where he earned the name Tip.
The things Holly did ended up getting her in trouble. It was bad enough for Tip growing up with a no-good mom; now he had to grow up with none at all, and he had a lifelong mystery to solve as well.