Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays: Operation Terror

This week my teaser lines come from Murray Leinster's sci-fi novel, Operation Terror (my "O" book for the A-Z Challenge). I'm not sure of the exact page number because I'm reading this on my iPad, but it's from the third paragraph of Chapter 6 (Kindle location 897-909).

This snippet is describing the mysterious "something" that has come out of Boulder Lake National Park, causing all humans to flee the area:
No human being could endure being within seven miles of whatever it was. . . . because it swung terror beams before it, and terror beams on either side, and when it was clear of the Park it played terror beams behind it, too. Men who suffered the lightest touch of those sweeping beams of terror and anguish moved frantically to avoid having the experience again.
Sounds pretty awful. Reminds me of my old place of employment in Washington DC.

First edition, 1962. Berkley Original; cover by Richard Powers.
Cover image from Amazon.com.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by mizB at Should Be Reading. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

And please feel free to leave me a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in a comment here.


  1. Ha Ha! That's too funny! But seriously, that teaser makesme want to find out what that "something" is. I've got a sci-fi teaser, too, from Across the Universe, and I've got a Christmas giveaway, too!

  2. Wow! Great! That is a science fiction classic that I missed. I'll have to see if I can find a copy. I have two teasers this week. My YA teaser is from Trickster's Girl by Hilari Bell and my adult teaser is from Wolfsbane by Patricia Briggs. Happy reading!

  3. Wow, scifi from the 60s :) Always hilarious.

    My teaser is from a really confusing book - a la da vinci code to the power of 10, at e-Volving Books

  4. That one sounds fascinating...thanks for sharing.

    Here's mine:


  5. Wow, what an image. Sounds like something my hubby would love to read :)
    Here's my teaser

  6. Terror Beams! Sounds like a 195s B movie. What fun!

    Here's mine: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/12/teaser-tuesdays.html

  7. It does sound like an awful place to be.


  8. Here is my teaser from Witchgrass: A Pipe Dream by Dave Wilkinson (Page 1):

    Most gardeners hate witchgrass. Of all weeds it is one of the most persistent and adaptable. Any small piece of rhizome left in the soil can become an aggressive plant ready to take over the plot. Witchgrass is hard to pull. Roots are deep, and break off easily. Any part left in the ground will grow again. Farmers say the species isn't even good as hay, not as good as timothy or alfalfa. Some call it quickgrass.

    Early New England colonists blamed evil people for this garden invader. In the seventeenth century villagers would speak this way:

    "The surly woman living alone on her dead husband's estate. She goes into the woods and consorts with the Devil. Signs his book. Fornicates with him. Eats mushrooms. She and the Devil send witchgrass to harass the virtuous and the Godly. Let us hang this witch and seize her rich farm."

  9. Oh, wow, that sounds super interesting!

  10. Sounds like H.G. Wells' heat ray!

  11. the pivotal term is "old place of employment" ... now it's a better world with higher wood beams that we don't have to duck our heads before the terror strikes :)

    Still reading the Distant Hours and caught up in unraveling the secrets and lunacy behind the castle walls.


  12. Off little teaser, isn't it? I hope that you are enjoying your book. Check out My Teaser for Tuesday.

  13. Yikes! Great teaser!

    Thanks for visiting Proud Book Nerd!

  14. I don't know if it's creepy or funny. Hope you're enjoying it.


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