Could it really be happening again?
Drew and Max go on a cruise given to them after their wedding. They believe that it will be a dream vacation…but in reality it becomes a nightmare. While Drew dreams of bombs strapped to people’s chests, he must solve the mystery without involving Max. With the killer on the run, Drew and Max will have to beat the odds to save themselves once again. Will it be the end of the killing dream or Drew’s life?
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Based on a dream I had, and expansion from Dream Killing.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
From my dreams.
After spending a beautiful two weeks on their island honeymoon, Drew and Max returned to the hustle and bustle of Chicago. They had spent the last few days of their trip talking about what would come next for the two of them. It was clear to Max that Drew was enjoying being an agent again, and she had to admit, she was not bored. She hadn’t told Drew yet, but she’d already made her mind up and was going to keep her credentials and work side by side with him.
While on their honeymoon, Drew and Max discussed moving out of the city. They both loved their time together in Chicago, but after spending two weeks on a beach overlooking the ocean, they decided that living on the beach was what they wanted more than anything. After walking up the stairs to their apartment, they dropped their suitcases by the door and went right to the task of looking for a house.
It didn’t take long before they found exactly what they were looking for in Jamesville, Virginia. The East Coast was better for them as far as work was concerned, and the house they found was right on the beach looking out over the Chesapeake Bay. They didn’t believe in wasting time, so they made arrangements to go see the house, knowing full well that they would be buying it.
Once the arrangements had been made, Drew went downstairs to the mailbox to see what fun stuff they missed while on their honeymoon. He figured that his downstairs neighbors picked up his mail, but he thought he’d check the box first. All he found inside was a slip of paper informing them that their mail was being held at the post office.
“Hey, Babe, we’re gonna have to run to the post office tomorrow to pick up our mail. It’s being held there.”
“Okay. No biggie. We have to go to the travel agency anyway to pick up our tickets.”
“Yeah, then after the post office, we have to call the agency and let them know we’re back and ready for work.”
“We? Did I make up my mind?”
Drew chuckled, “I hope you did. I would really love to keep working with you. We make a great team.”
“That we do,” Max said smiling. She walked over to her new husband and kissed him deeply.
Before they knew it, they were in the bed spent, falling asleep in each other’s arms. They both enjoyed sleeping knowing that they wouldn’t have to play the game anymore, and also enjoyed throwing out their alarm clocks. Now they would rely on wakeup calls from the office.
As they slept, they both dreamt of the house they were about to buy, the beach and their tropical getaway. They dreamt of happiness and laughter. They dreamt of forever.
“You will have to be brought through the back gate to pick up your mail.”
“Why?” Drew asked.
“Sir, there are too many bins to bring up to the front. I hope you have a truck!”
Drew and Max went around back in her little car and were stunned to see bin after bin piled up waiting for them at the back dock. Knowing it wouldn’t fit in her car, they called Agent Lewis and had him bring the van.
“What is all of this?” Max asked curiously.
“I really have no idea. I guess we’ll find out soon enough!”
After loading the van, they headed back to the apartment where they, with the help of Agent Lewis, brought all of the mail up and into the living room. After Lewis left, they plopped down on the couch and realized that they had gotten so sidetracked by the crazy amount of mail that they forgot to stop at the travel agency to pick up their tickets.
“Oh, well, I’ll have them send ‘em over by messenger. I’m dying to see what is up with all this mail!” Max said and quickly called the travel agency. Once that was done, she turned her sights on the bins of letters.
“Look at this, Drew! They are from all over America! What the heck is it all?”
After opening a few letters and cards, they realized that it was all to say thank you for catching Andrew and putting an end to the game and the killing. They came from all of the people that were saved and there were even some from families of those that lost their lives.
“Drew, look!” Max held up an envelope that held tickets for a cruise. “Somebody wants to send us on a cruise!”
They spent the next few hours opening envelope after envelope. Some were filled with kind words, others were filled with various amounts of money, and still others held copies of pictures of those that were saved from the game and those that didn’t fare as well. It was touching to both Drew and Max.
“I’ve made up my mind, Drew.”
“Yep! Looks like we are partners for life, in more than one way.”
“Great. Let’s call the office and let them know.” Drew figured that she would continue working for the agency, but hearing her confirmation made him happier.
Together they called the central office to inform them that they would both be joining the team full time. Of course, this meant they would have to come in for some special instructions and to complete a mountain of paperwork.
“That won’t be a problem. We’ll be flying out to Virginia tomorrow to look at a house, so when we are done there we can head to the office.” Drew confirmed everything with the office and then hung up.
“I can’t wait to get started on our next adventure, Drew.” Max was all smiles. She was nervous about the prospect of working as an agent, but after reading the letters and cards and seeing how many people they affected, she couldn’t think of a more rewarding job.
After putting in an offer on the house that the owners simply could not resist, they were picked up on the beach by a helicopter that brought them to the roof of CIA headquarters. Max found herself giggling when she realized that there truly never was a dull moment working for the CIA.
Once at headquarters, they were greeted by a pile of paperwork. They were then set up as remote agents, which included new computer setups, satellite service for phones and internet, a kit which held an entire collection of spy gadgets, and basically all the freedom they could handle to use whatever was at their disposal. Once they were finished at the office, the helicopter brought them back to the beach house where they could pick up their car.
“Can you believe all of this?” Max was in awe over the whole situation.
“Yes, I can, and soon you’ll be used to it, too.”
They met the realtor and the owner’s lawyer inside the house so that they could sign the contract making the house officially theirs. When they were alone in their new house, Max went to the deck and stood, looking out over the bay. It was the most beautiful sight she had ever seen, and she couldn’t wait to view their first sunrise together in their new home.
Drew and Max took part in a couple of small missions, but for the most part, the next month and a half was spent getting moved and settled. They enjoyed daily sunrises and even got a puppy. Life was falling into place for them and they couldn’t be happier. Since work was slow for them and everything was done at the new house, they decided that this would be a perfect time to take the cruise they were given as a gift. It was a voucher, and that meant they could take any cruise they wanted. It only took them about five minutes to decide that they both wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise, so they booked it. Ten days of beautiful Alaska.
Agent Troy was more than happy to watch LuLu, their new Tibetan Mastiff. It was funny to see the dog bound toward Troy because she was almost his size when she put her front paws on his chest. She knocked him to the floor and spent the next fifteen minutes licking his face and play fighting with him. While the two rolled around on the floor, Max and Drew loaded their suitcases into the van. Once they were ready to go, Agent Troy took them to the airport.
After traveling for over eleven hours, Drew and Max welcomed the sight of the ship as they were dropped off by the cab. Sure, they did just get back from a honeymoon to beat all honeymoons, but they realized on that trip just how much they loved to travel. They couldn’t wait to get underway.
They were shown to their suite and when they entered, they were blown away by the view. From their own private balcony, they could see the entire port. It was absolutely beautiful. Inside the suite there were fresh flowers, champagne and chocolates.
“Wow, I could really get used to this!” Max was grinning from ear to ear.
“I know! Me too. Just remember, we will go on plenty of trips, but not all will be as perfect as this. We will see some dark parts of the world.”
“I know, but for right now, I am definitely in Heaven!”
Not wanting to miss out on anything, they quickly put their belongings away and headed out to the deck to enjoy the embarkation ceremony. It was fun and silly, waving to strangers on shore as they pulled away, as if they knew everybody standing there. It made her laugh as she remembered all of the episodes of The Love Boat that she watched when she was young.
“C’mon,” Max started, “Let’s go find Isaac!”
“Isaac? Who’s Isaac?”
“The bartender from The Love Boat, silly.”
Rolling her eyes, she said, “Never mind, let’s go get a drink. I’ll explain who Isaac is as well as Julie, Gopher, Captain Stubing and Doc.”
“Oh, I know now! Wow, first Fantasy Island and now The Love Boat. We are definitely on a roll!”
They laughed and headed to their room to change for dinner and drinks. The first dinner would be quite special for them because they had received a special invitation to sit at the Captain’s table. The dinner was absolutely wonderful and they were left feeling full and in awe. The Captain offered to give them a tour of the bridge and Max couldn’t resist. Up there, you could see forever.
After seeing the bridge, Max insisted on changing into more comfortable clothing so they could take a stroll on deck. The night air was cool, but Max felt warm and cozy in the arms of the man she loved. Together they watched as the stars twinkled above and the moonlight spread out over the water, causing the million little peaks to shimmer as if they were also stars. It was a magical sight.
“Excuse me, Sir, the captain asked me to bring the two of you a couple of drinks.” The waitress smiled as she handed the drinks to Drew and Max. “Red for you and white for the lady?”
“Wonderful, thank you.” Max was amazed at how the captain remembered what they drank at dinner.
They sipped their wine in silence, reveling in the beauty set out in front of them; the lights of Vancouver becoming only a memory as they made their way toward the Inside Passage, Alaska. When they finished their wine they decided to head in for the night. All of the traveling had finally taken its toll and they were now exhausted. They knew that tomorrow would prove to be the most beautiful of views as they make their way to Sitka, Alaska.
Born in 1978 and raised in Singapore, Author Magus Tor is a Freelance Medical Doctor (M.D.) by day, and a witty, thought provoking writer and game designer by night. It was by a strange, mysterious happenstance that he began writing, as he always despised the very thing he does so well.
Magus began writing when he realized he needed an outlet for the images and ideas crammed inside his overcrowded mind, it was then that his first book, New Dawn, was written in 2007 and published in 2008 by way of iUniverse.
After a writing hiatus spanning over the course of a few years due to working on game development, Magus emerged back onto the writing scene with a vengeance, publishing yet another work of art–‘D-Nine: Protectors of the Crown’, after working on a card game called Dragon Nine Playing Cards. It is within real life and dreams that Magus Tor finds the inspiration for his most famous and thrilling novels, which can be a blessing…or a curse.
With other releases such as Life Bank, The Phantom of Misery Sea, Dream Killing and other must read novels available in Paperback and eBook format, Magus Tor is only just beginning. The works of Magus Tor can be found available for purchase on Amazon.
Although writing for Magus is a Love/Hate relationship, Magus Tor writes all of his stories and novels to keep you on the edge of your seat gripped with suspense, and dying to know what the next page holds.
So, hang on to your seats and grab a Tor classic – it’s about to be a bumpy ride.
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