What is the best use of magic?
Zoltan, the grifter, knew
He was the best con artist around
Of course, he called himself Zoltan the Great!
Benthos was perfect! An isolated island in the great ocean. Full of ignorant rubes. They wouldn’t know the first thing about magic, whereas he knew all the rules. And he was wizard enough to dominate the imp named Brassbutt to do exactly as he commanded. Raking in pot after pot in poker games would be a snap.
He reached down and touched his leg. The magic anklet was growing tighter every day. Maybe he would garner enough gold to not only pay the interest on his debt this month, but maybe also decrease the principle as well.
A quick-read novelette of adventure, some high-stakes action, and a little romance thrown in.
Based in the same universe as the Magic by the Numbers series.
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About the Author
Lyndon Hardy (1941- ) Author, prankster, grandfather He became interested in fantasy while wandering through the fringes of fandom when he was at Caltech. In addition to reading and writing, he has sporadic bursts of enthusiasm for collecting stamps and playing cards. As of yet, he has not figured out a plot line for a stamp collector who saves the world. He published three fantasy novels for Ballantine/Del Rey in the 1980's Master of the Five Magics - 1980 Secret of the Sixth Magic - 1984 Riddle of the Seven Realms - 1988 The first edition of these books are no longer in print, but when they were, over 600,000 copies were sold. While at CalTech, in 1961 he organized and led what has been called the best college prank ever pulled - The Rose Bowl Card Stunt Caper. He lives with his wife, Joan, in Torrance, California. Together they have two daughters and four living grandchildren. Lyndon Hardy was born in Los Angeles, and except for a few years spent in Texas while growing up, has lived in California all his life. He received a BS in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1962 and a PhD in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966. For 30 years he worked at TRW helping to build ground station software for satellites. After retiring from aerospace, he cofounded a software consulting firm, Alodar Systems, specializing in business processes, ERP solutions, and application integration. In 2016, he retired the company and began a new full time career of writing. Time will tell if he still has any gas left in the tank.