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#1 Sneak Peek at The Knowing, Book Three

Posted: December 7, 2016, 4:03PM

 The Knowing is a trilogy--three books that tell a  single story
that's too big to tell in one. 

 

You only need a little set-up to know what’s going on. Three children in Bradford's Ridge, Kentucky, know where to find a monster demon that's hiding somewhere in the labyrinth of caves and caverns that lie beneath the county. Jack, Daniel, Crock and Andi have traveled from Cincinnati to find out what the children know--not a simple task given that all three children are possessed. 

  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the                    authorities, against the powers of this dark world.

 The Bible, Ephesians 6:12

                

  There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
 William Shakespeare 

                                                            

 The Devil went down to Georgia, lookin' for a soul to steal.

        Charlie Daniels 

 

                            THE KNOWING:
                               BOOK THREE

                                      By Ninie Hammon  

Jack parked in a tight space between two pickup trucks in front of the Caverna County Courthouse on Main Street in Bradford’s Ridge, Kentucky. They had an appointment to talk to Caverna County Sheriff Hezekiah Lincoln—the man who had told Jack about the strange occurrences in the county and about the children he thought might be responsible for them.

It was late on a busy Friday afternoon—which was court day from the look of it, so a steady stream of mangy looking people climbed the wide concrete steps to the big metal doors on the front of the building. They joined farmers paying taxes, teenagers paying speeding tickets and the ladies who gathered in the Home Extension Agent’s office on the top floor of the building to quilt, knit and gossip. 

Daniel and Jack got out of the car. Crock got out of the back seat on Jack’s side, but Andi sat still for a moment, like maybe she was reluctant to step out into darkness that only she could see.  Daniel opened her door from the outside and she sat for a moment, then edged out of the car.

Jack was looking right at her, shaking his head, or he wouldn’t have seen it happen. The cat came out of nowhere. It streaked into Jack’s field of vision from the right, dashing across the street toward the back of his car. And Andi.

The cat’s hackles were raised, its ears flattened and its teeth bared in a vicious snarl. It never broke stride, just launched itself into the air in a graceful leap. It struck Andi in the chest, knocking her backward into her opened car door, then clung to her Star Wars t-shirt with the claws on its hind feet and left paw while it swiped at her face with the claws on the right. Andi shrieked and Jack reached out to shove Crock, who hadn’t seen it, out of the way to get to her. But a big farmer in bib overalls got there first. Likely the owner of the pickup truck they were parked beside, he was standing by the truck waiting for Andi and Daniel to close their doors so he could open his. The man took two steps, reached out huge hands and grabbed the animal, yanking it off Andi’s chest. 

“What in the Sam Hill—?” he sputtered.

The cat writhed and twisted, turning so it could claw at the man’s arms. When it sank its sharp fangs into the knuckle of his left hand, the farmer responded instinctively—slammed the cat down with all his strength on the trunk of the car. It clung to him still until he smashed his right fist in a hammer blow downward, crushing the cat’s head against the metal of the trunk. The animal went limp, but was still twitching when he flung it off his arm onto the street behind the car, where a big foot wearing lace-up shoes stomped it hard. The foot was Crock’s. The animal lay still then, sprawled on its back, blood streaming out of its mouth, nose and ears. 

That was the first good look Jack got of the animal and when he saw it clearly he felt bile rise into the back of his throat. It was Andi’s cat, Ossy. No doubt about it. Though it was muddy and bunged up, with cockleburs clinging to its coat and a scabbed-over hunk missing from its right ear, it was definitely Ossy. The patch of black fur around his right eye like the Victrola bulldog and the two perfectly white feet and legs like he was wearing gym socks—it was Ossy all right.

How did Ossy get here?

Andi had recognized him, too, was clinging to her father, crying, “Ossy! Ossy!” as she sobbed, blood seeping from the scratches gouged into her cheek. Daniel peeled her off, held her out at arms’ length, inspecting, making sure there weren’t injuries he couldn’t see.

“Anybody got a handkerchief?” Daniel asked the crowd that had by that time gathered around the back of the car. “Any kind of cloth I can—?”

A portly woman produced a handful of tissues out of her purse, knelt in front of Andi and began to wipe gently at her face with them.

“That cat attacked the little girl, just come up out of nowhere,” the woman said to nobody in particular.

“Are you all right?” Jack asked the farmer who was holding his injured hand and arm to his body.

“Do I look all right?” the man said. “That thing just leapt on her—?”

“Wouldja look at that!” exclaimed a voice out of the crowd. “That’s a male calico!”

“There’s no such thing as a male calico cat,” said someone else.

“Well, I’m looking at one,” said the first voice. “See for yourself.”

It was clear the cat sprawled on its back on the asphalt was both male and a calico.

“Well, then that’s what was wrong with it. A male calico cat’d have to be so screwed up inside, it’d go crazy,” said the first voice.

“That cat’s rabid,” said another voice. “I seen a rabid fox do that once, just come running out of the woods all crazy like, run in circles then tore into one of my pigs. I had to shoot it.”

“The fox?” asked the man next to him.

“The fox and the pig—couldn’t even eat the meat. You folks is gonna have to get rabies shots or those bites’ll kill you.”

Jack knew the cat wasn’t rabid. It wasn’t disease that had driven the animal to violence.

Someone had gone to get the sheriff or he had heard the ruckus and came to investigate. A stocky man, broad and thick, he pushed through the crowd trailing two deputies behind him.

“Rabid cat attacked that little girl, Linc,” came a voice out of the crowd. “But Joe Prather got him good.”

The sheriff surveyed the situation and Jack suspected he picked up on everything that’d happened and maybe even had some inkling what it all meant. Behind the affable, hound-dog face was a keen mind Jack respected. Any man smart enough to realize he didn’t have all the answers was on an intellectual level way above the average person.

“Go get a sack,” the sheriff said to one of the deputies who’d come out of the courthouse with him. “We need to send this cat off to the state lab to get it tested.” He looked into Jack’s eyes when he spoke next. “Wouldn’t want these folks to go through rabies shots if they don’t have to, if maybe there was some other reason this cat acted like it did.”

Jack and Crock sat in Sheriff Lincoln’s cluttered office, in straight-backed chairs beside filing cabinets drooling paperwork onto the floor. Andi was perched on the edge of the sheriff’s desk while Daniel applied bandaids to her face. When they finally got the child calmed down, it was clear the farmer, Joe Prather, had taken the brunt of the cat’s fury. Andy had scratches down her left cheek—painful, but just scratches. It could have been a lot worse. 

“You want to tell me what that was all about out there?” the sheriff said. 

“That was Andi’s cat, Ossy,” Jack said, his voice flat.

“Ossy?”

“For Curiosity…a male calico,” Daniel said. 

“You brought your cat down here and it attacked—?”

“We didn’t bring it.”

“If you didn’t, who did?”

“From the look of it, I don’t imagine anybody did,” Crock said. He reached into his shirt pocket and pulled out a small vial filled with cinnamon toothpicks and popped one into his mouth, wallowing it from side to side as he spoke.“You see what a mess it was—mud and stickers? The pads on its front paws were worn down and bleeding.”

Its front paws—the ones wearing white gym socks. 

“Are you telling me that cat walked all the way here from Cincinnati?” the sheriff said. “Even as the crow flies, that’s more’n a hundred miles.”

“Might have hitched a ride on something for a time,” Crock said. “But yeah, I figure it walked most of the way.”

“Are you sure that’s your cat?” the sheriff asked Andi.

“Uh huh,” Andi’s voice sounded small and terribly sad. “My sweet Ossy. And I saw it, too. Like a bug, it had legs all up and down its sides, but it was slimy, sticky-looking like the trails a snail leaves on the sidewalk.”

The sheriff opened his mouth, then closed it again and said nothing. 

“It was on the cat’s back, riding it, with claws all stuck in…” She shuddered.

“What I can’t figure is why,” Daniel said. “Ossy didn’t have to walk a hundred miles to attack Andi. He slept in the bed with her every night.”

Andi shot him a surprised glance and Daniel looked like he’d “let the cat out of the bag” about something.

“Maybe he did have to,” Jack said. “Remember the bright lights at Theresa’s. Andi might have been…protected in Cincinnati.” 

“But not here?”

“Maybe it’s too dark here.” 


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Comments

Barbara Dowey December 10, 2016, 12:28PM

I cannot wait for the new book   Reply

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Kat December 10, 2016, 12:33PM

Ninie, it it amazes me how you draw me into the story with just a little excerpt. I will wait on pins and needles for book three. You have an amazing ability to take my breath away! Again I am reminded why you are my favourite author and why I recommend your books more than any other. Thank you for the teaser!   Reply

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CHARLENE GRIFFITHS December 10, 2016, 12:38PM

Can't wait for the complete book. Here's my guess at a title. "Redemption?". Good luck to you and Merry CHRISTMAS.    Reply

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Karen Ravan December 10, 2016, 12:40PM

OMG bring it on Ninie! I can't wait to see Jack and Daniel take down the beast. I just finished the second book and can't wait for this one. The anticipation is really getting to me now!!   Reply

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Anita December 10, 2016, 12:46PM

A great author I would to keep up with on her books   Reply

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Kathy Manning December 10, 2016, 12:49PM

LOVED THIS!! Can't wait for the rest of "The Revealing". Thanks, Ninie!!

Kathy Manning   Reply

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Janice December 10, 2016, 1:09PM

Well this really whet the appetite. I can't wait for the rest! Leaving me in great suspense. Poor little Andi.
Superb as always Ninie!!!!    Reply

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Aletha rhodes December 10, 2016, 1:31PM

I wasn't sure where to offer the new title name so here goes. Revaluation Revield.    Reply

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Barbara Pearson December 10, 2016, 3:17PM

This looks like another winner!! Can't wait to read it!   Reply

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Barbara Pearson December 10, 2016, 3:21PM

I suggest the title of "The Defeat"
Is this how I submit my suggestion?   Reply

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JoAnn Pine December 10, 2016, 3:44PM

I started the first book several months ago, but got distracted and never really got into it. I didn't even sample the second. However, I got your "Ooops" email and decided to see what I was missing. I'm hooked. I'll go back and read book one, purchase and read book two, and look forward to book three.    Reply

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Jane Hewitt December 10, 2016, 5:00PM

Where is the rest of it? I'm hooked already!   Reply

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Lynn Parkes December 10, 2016, 6:06PM

Gripping story! I want more! You can name it "Sharing   Reply

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Ronni Sorrell December 10, 2016, 6:53PM

Thank you, Ninie for that excerpt...can't wait to read the whole book. I appreciate your reference to the Bible and its teachings periodically in your books. I'm assuming you are a Christian and hopefully you will provoke an interest in things of God through your writings.
Blessings to you - Ronni   Reply

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Cindy Huddleston December 10, 2016, 7:16PM

Oh, no. Too short! Good teaser!   Reply

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Lynn Geth December 10, 2016, 9:25PM

This excerpt from the third book of The Knowing has whet my appetite for more. The story is getting curiouser and curiouser in a good way. I'm looking forward to reading more. I love this trilogy! Thanks, Ninie.    Reply

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December 10, 2016, 12:17AM

The story's title is (or version of) Dark. Your previous two books end in -ing thus Darkening may be a title.

Ninie, I find your books so appealing due to their original, creative writing. A breadth of fresh air as I sift through a plethora of authors. Look forward to reading the end of this story!   Reply

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VICKY PERKINS December 10, 2016, 1:09AM

hmmmm......so far, so good   Reply

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Debbie Lloyd December 11, 2016, 4:52AM

Awesome excerpt! I can't wait for the third book! Thanks for sharing with us Ninie!   Reply

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Vickie Bolton December 11, 2016, 6:02AM

Intriguing new characters, old characters, and a new pet. Demons attaching to Andi's cat and following them from Cincinnati. Fabulous as always!   Reply

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Lee December 11, 2016, 6:15AM

Great to hear from you again :) Looking forward to Book 3.

"The Daimonion""
"The Deliverance"
"The Possessed"

   Reply

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Mary Ellen Garza December 11, 2016, 11:02AM

OMG, what a awesome story !! Ninie, you are a fantastic writer who writes awesome books and you stay so well connected to your readers !!   Reply

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Jon Renshaw December 11, 2016, 11:10AM

YES! As I've been all along, I'll anxiously wait for the rest of the story. This excerpt, ever too short as it is, certainly peeks my interest. I'm so glad you found me once again! Was worried something might have sneaked up you and...well, you know.

Excited,

Jon   Reply

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Beth December 11, 2016, 7:37PM

How about "Finality" since it's the final book    Reply

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Donna M Horn December 11, 2016, 9:43PM

The Seeing   Reply
Donna M Horn December 11, 2016, 9:48PM

I was giving a suggestion on the name for the 3rd book in the series. I didn't read the email correctly.
Also wanted to say I love your books. Keep up the great work. The books are very entertaining and pull you right in.    Reply

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Patricia Croft December 12, 2016, 6:52AM

oooh, delicious taster!   Reply

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Tim Littlejohn December 12, 2016, 10:56AM

The Spirits    Reply

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Maryann Dunn December 12, 2016, 1:31PM

Title for Book Three:
The Revealing   Reply

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Cora Myers December 12, 2016, 7:04PM

The Darkness Remembers   Reply

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Peggy December 13, 2016, 1:27PM

I need more!
I thought the first book was the best, but now I'm thinking #3 might win my vote!
Usually I find it hard to remember details when there's a big span of time between books, but reading this newest excerpt brought everything back!
This was a perfect "taste" of what is to come, please hurry with more!   Reply

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Sandra Schlichter December 13, 2016, 1:48PM

The Possession   Reply

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Donald S Consiglio December 14, 2016, 7:40PM

Hi Ninie!
Great excerpt from the third part of The Knowing. I am looking forward to reading the book. Perhaps I am delayed in responding to your email asking your readers for a title suggestion. But, I was thinking about this title:
The Incredible Lightness of Seeing.
I enjoy the spiritual components of your books.
Sincerely,
Don S C   Reply

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vicky December 30, 2016, 9:29PM

into darkness
   Reply

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Tina January 3, 2017, 5:21PM

So excited for the 3rd book. I tore through the first two really fast and I am so looking forward to this one. Thank you for writing such interesting, powerful books. Love them. Read 5 Days in May and loved it also.    Reply

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Suspense Author
NINIE HAMMON

I have soooo many stories I want to tell you, so many worlds I want you to see, so many people I want you to meet. People in trouble, most of them. Big trouble they didn't ask for but there it is. Ordinary folks like you and me who are forced by circumstances to fight for their lives. And then, smack in the middle of their everyday worlds they encounter the unexplainable. It's always the game-changer.

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