By Brian Falkner

This substitute historical past re-imagines the 1815 conflict of Waterloo as a victory for the French emperor Napoléon Bonaparte, whilst he unleashes a bad mystery weapon - monstrous carnivorous survivors from pre-history - on his unsuspecting British and Prussian adversaries. during this international, smaller "saurs" are a regular hazard within the forests of Europe, and the Americas are a forbidden region roamed by way of the most important and most dangerous animals ever to stroll the earth. yet in his quest for strength, Napoléon has chanced on how to flip those great dinosaurs into 19th century guns of mass destruction. merely Willem Verheyen, an intruder dwelling in hiding within the tiny village of Gaillemarde, has the facility to destroy the tyrant's plans. And Napoléon will cease at not anything to discover him.
War is coming, and younger Willem isn't any longer secure, for Gaillemarde is simply a stone's throw from the fields of Waterloo -- fields with a view to quickly run crimson with blood.

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He'll be all right,” Monsieur Lejeune says. “It remains to be the surprise from the coincidence greater than whatever. i'll seek advice from him within the morning. ” “And Monsieur Claude? ” Jean asks. “Will you check with him? ” Monsieur Lejeune shakes his head. “There is not anything to claim. ” “But Aunt Agathe! ” Jean says. “Your aunt sees me as a friend,” Monsieur Lejeune says. “If she objected to his visits, she may come to me. She is a spouse with no husband, because of my pious idiot of a brother. ” Willem thinks of that haunted, bleeding glance in his mother’s eyes and makes a decision that his dislike of Monsieur Claude has became hatred. He back appears to be like round the sq. for his mom. the topic of the mayor’s visits to their home is now not anything he feels he can seek advice from her, yet he may possibly percentage the gossip approximately Madame Agathe. maybe that might dissuade her from extra assignations. He can't see her. without notice uncomfortable and never certain why, he appears to be like back round the sq., trying to find Monsieur Claude. Have they…? No. he's nonetheless there, maintaining courtroom from his throne close to the level. a chain of loud bangs is by way of explosions overhead and the sky lighting up with remarkable stars. extra explosions; streaks of sunshine shoot up from a paddock close to the sq., and feels like cannonfire shake the homes of the village. Willem starts to stroll again to his domestic. in the back of him the sky is alive and the air reeks of gunpowder. That fades as he nears his domestic, yet there's one other scent, that of burning. His brisk stroll becomes a run. Smoke is curling out of the door of his condominium while he arrives. His first concept is that their home is on hearth, yet there's not adequate smoke for that. He runs to the kitchen and bursts inside of. His mom kneels on the baking oven, the hearth door of that's open, smoke pouring out. Empty chests lie round the oven. His father’s chests. “Mother! What are you doing? ” combinations and potions are crackling and popping contained in the oven. His mom slams the fireplace door close. “You imagine be aware of this night won't unfold? You’ve introduced our presence the following to the area. you've got struck a flint and the fireplace will unfold. ” there's a unexpected cracking and popping sound from the oven, now not the sound of wooden burning, and a sulfurous scent leaks out. “Mother! ” Willem races to the oven and opens the door of the firebox. inside of, all is flames. A bonfire in their former lives. Thunder from the sq. shakes the celebrities, and bursts of sunshine flash during the home windows of the home. “How may perhaps you do it? ” Willem cries. “How may perhaps you do it, Willem? this is often all I had left of him,” his mom says in the course of the begin of tears. Then the fireworks finish, and there's in basic terms silence. THE MONSTER at the fourth day of the fourth month within the 12 months of Our Lord, eighteen hundred and fifteen, greater than 3 weeks after the fête, the monster got here to the village of Gaillemarde. Willem’s mom continually stated that 4 used to be an accursed quantity. That it used to be the signal of loss of life. And so it was once. however it used to be now not a monster, only a saur. Neither satan nor demon, now not legendary nor fantastical.

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