The Mad Goblin (Wold Newton: Secrets of the Nine, Book 3)
Philip José Farmer
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They were known simply as the Nine - grim and ancient rulers who thirty thousand years ago had discovered the key to eternal life and ever since had secretly held the world in thrall.
Once, Doc Caliban had been their servant and had shared their secrets. Now, appalled by their tyranny, he has turned against them, daring to challenge their centuries-old supremacy. Together with two henchmen whose superhuman skills match his own, Caliban sets out on the trail of the deadliest of the Nine: the mad goblin Iwaldi, the very incarnation of evil...
Cobbs said. “I think we should be moving about a bit.” “That’s up to you,” Doc said. He pressed the button again as the first of the birds appeared. This time they kept on coming and had almost reached them, with Doc saying, “Hold your fire!” when they broke and flew upward. The dogs bounded down the slope again, just as the birds turned away. Doc said, “Hold your fire on these, too, unless you can stick your guns down their throats.” “The whites of their eyes, heh, only closer yet?” Pauncho
tolerate the odors associated with death once the immediate need for being in their neighborhood was over. He said, “Let’s go!” and they picked up their guns. The section of wall had slid back into place. It was obvious that whoever was controlling it was not going to open it again unless to release another form of death. It was possible that the opening was done automatically, and that they could find the controls to reopen it. But he wanted to get away from here in case the action was not
chance to sneak in a bomb,” Pauncho said. “Everything has its checks and balances,” Barney said. “Except maybe you, Pauncho. Aren’t you overdrawn at the bank?” “My patience is overdrawn!” While at the airport, Doc showed an official a photo of Cobbs and Villiers and asked if they had landed there that day. The official said no, not while he was on duty. Doc was satisfied that they had probably motored down, unless the official had been bribed to deny that they had flown in, or unless the two
price sometimes. But I had had no qualms about killing the men the Nine wanted out of the way, especially since they were the enemy. If I were to tell you that several of them were the highest and most famous of our enemy, you might find it difficult to believe. Especially since the world believes that they committed suicide to keep from falling into the hands of the Russians.” (Lord of the Trees) Farmer and pulp expert Rick Lai reasons that “the highest and most famous of our enemy” were Adolf
(The Monster on Hold) EARLY 1950S Pauncho van Veelar and Barney Banks serve in the same Marine outfit during the Korean War. (Lord of the Trees) 1958 Lord Grandrith first sees James Murtagh during the Nine’s grisly annual rites, held in the caves deep in east central Africa. (Lord of the Trees) 1966 Doc Caliban cuts off some of his fingers in an effort to isolate elements of the elixir. The fingers regrow, of course. (A Feast Unknown) MARCH 21–APRIL 1968 Events of A Feast Unknown. Death