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Paradigm Lost


PARADIGM LOST


Book One of the Argosy Trilogy


Stephen J. Schrader


Published by Foremost Press at Smashwords


Copyright 2008 Stephen J. Schrader


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CHAPTER 1


I’m sorry. Mr. Carstens is unavailable at the moment. Would you like to leave a message on his voice mail? Thank you, I’ll let him know.” Betty grimaced and put another checkmark beside the topmost entry of the short list of comments she’d started on the legal pad that was centered on her desk.

For sixteen years, being the secretary—make that executive assistant—for the executive editor for the Los Angeles Times had been one hell of a job. Today, it was just hell.

She glanced up as the office’s outer door opened. The auto-defense she’d prepared was set aside when she saw the long, lanky, and quite rumpled form of John “Jack” Cutter.

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