David Khalaf was born in Orange County, California. He studied print journalism at the University of Southern California, where he served as editor of the Daily Trojan newspaper and held court on the patio outside Carl's Jr. He later went to graduate school at USC for creative writing. He has been a waiter longer than he cares to remember.
David wrote his first full novel, a futuristic social satire, right out of college. It's still sitting on a high shelf somewhere. Don't go looking for it. The Sixteen Burdens series grew in part out of David's interest in Los Angeles history and in Hollywood during the Golden Age of film.
After nearly twenty years in Los Angeles, he came to know the city well, mostly after getting lost. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon. He still gets lost sometimes.
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by David Khalaf
What if humanity's great historical figures throughout time weren't just talented—they were supernaturally talented? Sampson had Strength. Joan of Arc had Courage. Napoleon Bonaparte had Charisma. These are the Great Talents. These are the Burdens of Mankind.
Throughout history, there have been sixteen traits that influence humanity. These sixteen abilities shape who we are as a people, and as individuals. They are the qualities that separate man from beast. And at any given time, one person in the world has the true, unadulterated essence of each ability, and the results are nothing short of supernatural.
The year is 1939, and a young man discovers that he has a new talent, a seventeenth. But whether it marks the beginning of a new era or the demise of the Burdens forever remains a mystery no one will solve until it's too late.
Houdini's Last Trick
by David Khalaf
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The world’s greatest magician has just one chance to pull off an illusion that will save the lives of everyone he loves.
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