Agent Oboe Seven

SFR Brigade Presents

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Today, Mr. Valentine presents another instalment from the soon-to-be-released The Tribulations of Tompa Lee.

Last week you read about Tompa’s meeting with an important alien visitor: a Detchvilli who has chosen the name Sir Charles for his dealings with humans. Detchvilli’s adore human music, and he has brought his woodwind quintet to the embassy in order to entertain Tompa and the other humans.

Here we meet the hero of the book, Sergei Iusefovich Mengliev, a flamboyant musician who styles himself “Ming the Merciless.”

Although Tompa doesn’t know it yet, Ming is an undercover agent whose services are available to the highest bidder. Instead of Agent Oh-Oh Seven, he is Agent Oboe Seven.


Available in trade paperback and e-book on February 26, 2014

Available in trade paperback and e-book on February 26, 2014

The oboist took Tompa’s hand and kissed it. She jerked her hand away.

“Ming,” Sir Charles snapped. “Pay attention to me, not the ambassador.”

Ming lifted one of the Detch’s tentacles and kissed it—or tried to; the tentacle had already been snatched away.

“Sorry, sir.” Ming’s tone was defiant, making Tompa wonder if the alien would recognize the sarcasm. “We aren’t ready to play yet. We didn’t expect you for another hour.”

To Tompa’s ears everybody had an accent, but this man’s was intriguing. She looked from the instrument to his face. Also intriguing. He was thirty, tall and solidly built, with luxuriant black hair that matched his dark eyebrows. His sharp-featured face, wide shoulders and thick arms projected barroom-brawl strength. The exact opposite, in other words, of the prissy old gordo she’d pictured playing an oboe.

 “My interview with the ambassador zoomed beyond all speed limits,” Sir Charles said. “She informed me that I am a dirty old man.”

“She did what?!” The oboist’s startled eyes bored into Tompa as though trying to read the fine print on the last page of her soul.


 Don’t forget to check out other great excerpts from the SFR Brigade Presents:
1. Veronica Scott 5. Sue Ann Bowling 9. Cary Caffrey
2. ML Skye 6. Rachel Leigh Smith 10. Deborah A Bailey
3. Greta van der Rol 7. Shona Husk
4. Edward Hoornaert 8. Heidi Ruby Miller


  1. Lots of intrigue in this scene. Aliens with a love of music – sweet!

  2. Thanks, Cary. I had a lot of fun with Ming. Did you know that Jennifer Lawrence also plays the oboe?

  3. Heidi Ruby Miller · · Reply

    I like the music angle! So much SF ignores the arts.

  4. I enjoy the casual mixture of tentacles and hands and oboes and all the other details of your worldbuilding. Very matter of fact! Great snippet!

  5. I love your descriptions – “barroom-brawl strength” was perfect. That told me everything in just 3 words. 🙂

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