By A.D. Starrling
Release Date: June 16, 2014
Paperback, 394 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Action / Mystery
FROM THE AWARD WINNING AND NOMINATED SERIES SEVENTEEN.
An immortal healer.
An ancient legacy reborn.
A chain of cataclysmic events that threatens to change the fate of the world.
When a plane crashes in the Amazonian swamp where Conrad Greene is attempting to live out the rest of eternity, the jaded immortal who was once one of the Bastian First Council’s greatest assets stumbles across a conspiracy involving the recently elected president of the United States.
Caught in the middle of the intrigue is US Secret Service agent Laura Hartwell, the one immortal on Earth most likely to put a bullet through Greene’s skull.
Greene is coerced into returning to the life he had left behind by the leader of the Bastians and reluctantly agrees to assist the Americans in their investigation. As disturbing incidents start to unfold around the globe, Greene and a team of elite human and immortal agents must track down an elusive organization hell-bent on shifting the power balance of the world.
Can Greene stop the deadly countdown that threatens to alter the course of human history and regain the trust of the woman he loves?
The riveting and fast-paced third installment in the award-winning, supernatural thriller series Seventeen is finally here.
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Location: A hotel room in Erfurt, Germany
Date: October 2011
Interviewer: AD Starrling
Character: Anatole Leon Vassili, one of the lead characters in Greene’s Calling, the third novel in the award-winning supernatural thriller series Seventeen
AD: *glances nervously around the room before staring at the man sitting across the coffee table* Er, hi Anatole. Thanks for agreeing to do this interview.
Anatole: Pleasure is all mine, doc.
AD: *inhales sharply* How did you know I was a—
Anatole: *smiles mischievously * I have my sources. By the way, you look a bit tense. Is the choice of location bothering you?
AD: *stares at the immortal for a frozen moment before shuffling the paperwork in her hands* Er, no. Not at all. I— I have some questions from the fans of the series here.
Anatole: Go ahead. I’m all yours.
AD: *lowers head to hide a blush* When and where were you born?
Anatole: I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1549.
AD: Where do you call home?
Anatole: Wherever the wind takes me, usually. But I do have a house in Vienna.
AD: Do you live alone?
Anatole: *grins* Yes. For now.
AD: Do you have any birthmarks or other identifying marks?
Anatole: *grin widens* I have a mole in an intimate place. *pauses deliberately* I’d be happy to show you, doc.
AD: *palms grow sweaty* That’s okay. There’s, er, no need. Let’s continue with the questions, shall we?
Anatole: *chuckles softly* Sure.
AD: *clears throat* What do you value the most in your friends?
Anatole: Their sense of duty.
AD: What is the trait you most deplore in others?
AD: What is your greatest regret?
Anatole: *expression softens* My greatest regret? Probably the fact that I will never meet my soulmate.
AD: Really? I could have sworn I saw something between— *stops and purses lips* Sorry.
Anatole: *narrows his eyes * What?
AD: *shakes head and avoids meeting Anatole’s stare* Nothing. What would you say is your greatest achievement?
Anatole: *still frowning* My current role as the bodyguard of the Head of the Bastian race.
AD: What is your most treasured possession?
Anatole: My cars.
AD: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Anatole: Having a drink with my friends.
AD: What is your greatest fear?
Anatole: Rats. Underground spaces. Rats in underground spaces.
AD: Do you have a secret?
Anatole: *raises an eyebrow* I have many secrets.
AD: How would you like to die?
Anatole: *glances at the bed with a wicked grin * I don’t think you want me to answer that.
AD: *tries to ignore the heat rising in her cheeks* What’s your motto?
Anatole: Failure isn’t an option. *a faint chime sounds* Excuse me. *reaches inside his jacket and answers his cell phone* Yes? *straightens in his chair* Oh. Hi, boss. *glances across the table* I’m doing an interview with the author. *listens intently, expression sobering* Will do. I’ll call you when it’s done. *ends the call*
AD: Everything okay?
Anatole: *smiles grimly* We’ve got a fresh lead. I’m afraid I have to leave. *rises from the chair and strolls briskly toward the door*
AD: Hmm, sure. Well, see you soon.
Anatole: *pauses and flashes a sinful smile over his shoulder* I’m sure we will, doc. *exits room*
AD: *gulps and fans herself with the paperwork* …Sweet Lord have mercy…
AD Starrling was born on the small island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and came to the UK at the age of twenty to study medicine. After five years of hard graft earning her MD and another five years working all of God's hours as a Pediatrician, she decided it was time for a change and returned to her first love, writing.Her debut novel Soul Meaning (Seventeen Book #1) has won and been nominated for several awards, as has her second novel King’s Crusade. She currently lives in Warwickshire in the West Midlands, where she is busy writing the next installment in the series. She still practices medicine. AD Starrling is her pen name.