Cat weighs the box in his hand. His right hand slides off the wall to the right of the safe door and, in one fluid movement, he whirls and draws his pistol from a shoulder holster.
“Well played, Cat--better known as Lee Fine, man about town,” a figure sits, calm and unphased, in a plush armchair in the far corner. “I have to admit, I didn’t give you enough credit.”
“The Pearls weigh more than the box they were apparently in. I also suspected this inside job was a bit too easy, as they say in the movies, McClellan.”
Where did Eagle Force's battle against R.I.O.T. (Roving International Organization of Terror) really begin? It's 1970s New York City, and The Cat is where it all starts.
The Cat: Eight Lives Left is the first Eagle Force Pulp novella that tells the story of Lee Fine, a cat burglar roped into taking on one big job for an agency so secret it doesn't even have a name. Eight Lives Left plants narrative seeds that will come to bloom as far forward in the Eagle Force timeline as the upcoming Monster Force. It weighs in at as a 64-page pocket-sized (5.06 x 7.81 ) paperback book, with a limited print run for this first cover.
Written by Christopher Irving, right after the Eagle Force Strikes trading cards, this is an homage to all things Ian Fleming, as this cat burglar begins his journey into becoming America's leading secret agent.
Reward levels include the book itself in a regular or signed and personalized edition, and also a limited metal card of The Cat--specially priced at just $5 with the signed edition. It goes for $10 as a post-campaign Add-On.
If we're really ambitious and pass the $600 goal, Eight Lives Left gets an illustration by artist Tim Shinn when we hit our stretch goal of $800.
Reaching $1,100 gets the stretch goal of a metallic foil Eagle Force trading card of The Cat, designed to go with the earlier Eagle Force Strikes! Goldie Hawk card.
When we hit $1,300, you get a limited trading card of the enigmatic R.I.O.T. Direktor! Who is he, and what part will he play in The Cat's life?
Anything past that is classified for now.
Eagle Force Pulp promises to bring those declassified stories and mission to light, and it all starts with Eight Lives Left.
Risks and challenges
As with all my past Kickstarters, it all hinges on my resources' ability to deliver on time. Luckily with this one, I'm using tried-and-true printers and artist (that's right, Tim!). But, in the event that something does come up, I'll keep you all posted.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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