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The Alexandria Project: Prologue

Sep 08, 2010, 22:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"I've been re-working The Alexandria Project in preparation for approaching a literary agent. One thing I'm toying with is whether the book needs to get to a quicker, edgier start than the original first chapter provides - such as what follows below. What's your opinion?

"Late in the afternoon of December 11, 2010 a large panel truck backed up to a chain link fence topped with concertina wire in a run-down section of Richmond, Virginai. The words "Lowell Wholesale Paper Goods" were spread across the sides of the truck, as well as across the back of the gray coveralls worn by the truck's driver, Jack Davis.

"Jumping down from behind the wheel, Davis entered a number on the battered keypad set on a steel post rising from the cracked pavement, and a section of the fence began to clank slowly to one side. A moment later, and he had backed the truck up flush against the loading dock of the nondescript warehouse inside. By the time he was done, the fence had closed once again behind him."

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