A Feast of Phantoms

Book 1: Lingua Magika

A Feast of Phantoms


It was supposed to be simple.

Help Marshal Sebastian Hardin escort his prisoner one stop on the railway to Charter Oak.

Just one stop.

But when that prisoner is a savant who talks to ghosts, even the simplest plans have a way of falling apart.


Sheriff’s Deputy Ruth Cortez always does the right thing. Lucky Boy is a company town, dependent on the rich and powerful Carnarvon family. Besides which, the charismatic Sebastian Hardin isn’t an easy man to say no to. When his transport derails in the middle of the prairie, Ruth begins a relentless manhunt that leads straight into the dark heart of the Carnarvon empire.


Lee Merriweather favors sharp suits and fast trains – especially when he’s stealing them. At the ripe old age of 18, he’s managed to become the most wanted criminal in three territories. Lee can’t resist playing cat and mouse with a small-town deputy, but what starts as a game becomes deadly serious.


Sebastian Hardin is the Carnarvons’ right hand, loyal to the death and willing to keep any secret to protect the family. They want Lee alive, but with the young savant’s disturbing abilities it won’t be an easy proposition. Whoever catches Lee gets the keys to the kingdom and the Carnarvons aren’t the only ones hunting him down. Sebastian has enough problems without falling for Deputy Cortez – but you can’t always choose who you love.


They terrorized the settlers until Calindra Carnarvon learned to speak their language. Her empire relies on controlling their telekinetic powers, but Lee Merriweather could destroy it all. And not even Lee suspects the strange truth of the phantoms’ real nature.

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A Feast of Phantoms Playlist

Solo Guitar with Tin Foil (Brian Eno, David Byrne)
Been Caught Stealing (Jane’s Addiction)
You’re So Square (Baby I Don’t Care) (Buddy Holly)
Tongue Tied (Grouplove)
Mr. Blue Sky (Electric Light Orchestra)
Hand Covers Bruise (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)
Gone Daddy Gone/I Just Wanna Make Love To You (Gnarls Barkley)
Connection (Elastica)
Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
Silly Boy (The Blue Van)
Teenage Kicks (The Undertones)
Barracuda (Heart)
Breakthru – Remastered 2011 (Queen)
Holiday (Weezer)
A Message to You Rudy – 2002 Remaster (The Specials)
6 Underground (Sneaker Pimps)
Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya, Man! (Public Enemy)
I’ll Fly Away (Gillian Welch, Alison Krauss)
2:1 (Elastica)
Fearless (Pink Floyd)
Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) (With Frank DeVol & His Orchestra) (Doris Day, Frank DeVol & His Orchestra)
Desperado (Johnny Cash)

Or you can listen here while you read.