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February 26 , 2010

The Unpleasantness on Praslin


It’s 1882. The headstrong British colonel, Charles "Chinese" Gordon, is tired of lawn parties in the diplomatic backwater post of Mauritius and the Seychelles, where he is Her Majesty’s governor. He heeds the plea of a young boy to investigate the island of Praslin. The island is dominated by Luc Hérault, a mysterious, tax-dodging Frenchman rumored to have occult powers. What’s more, he’s said to own a rare text suppressed from the Bible – irresistible bait for a religious man like Gordon. Soon, Gordon finds himself the Frenchman’s guest, excitedly perusing the rare, apocryphal text. But Hérault is arrogant and moody, and the servants in the house say he means Gordon harm. Sure enough, Gordon eventually finds himself offered up as the main meal for a massive sea serpent …

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