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Stories from the Verse
Spy Verses

We have successfully presented Verse Three, Chapter One:  The First Multiverser Novel in its entirety, chapter by chapter, followed by the second, Old Verses New, and the third, For Better or Verse.  We now continue the story with Spy Verses, the fourth novel in the series.  If you haven't read the first three books, they're not essential; this is in a sense a complete story in itself, and while this book continues the stories of those characters (three of them, the fourth appearing being frequently mentioned, returning in the fifth book) it is also a discrete book in itself despite being part of a longer story.  On the other hand, the first three books are free and easily accessed by anyone who can get here, so you can't complain that you wish you'd read them first if you don't.

For the reasons discussed on the indexing page of that first novel, we've chosen this format.  Below are two columns, the one on the left listing all the chapters published so far in sequence--the sequence in which they are published as well as the sequence in which they appear in the book.  The right hand column reverses the order, such that the first chapter listed there is the most recently published one, the last chapter currently available.  That way if you've just discovered the book you can begin with chapter one and work your way down the left hand side, but if you've been reading regularly you can immediately go to the latest installment by hitting the top of the right column.  Again each chapter is on its own web page, with a link near the top to the previous chapter and, once it is published, a link at the bottom to the next one, plus links back to this page to help you navigate.  You'll have to keep track of your place, but that shouldn't be too difficult--I'm including a blurb with each chapter that should help you remember what you've read.  To make it easier for me, and perhaps to pique your interest, I will sometimes have the next-to-be-published chapter listed here.  To be first to hear of new publications, support my Patreon campaign, or follow me in social media.

Again I have collected some "behind the writings" materials, which will be published on the mark Joseph "young" web log and listed and linked here.  These are quite replete with spoilers, so you might want to delay reading them until you're well past the chapters they discuss, but quite a few readers have found them interesting.  One has told me he is not much of a book reader but loves reading about creative process, and thus the posts on how it was created are to him more interesting than the story itself.  I do hope you find the story interesting, but I admit that the behind-the-writings posts interest me as well.

Credit should be given.  The above image was modified by me from the cover of the first novel, which in turn was created by Valdron art director Dimitrios "Jim" Denaxas.  The images on the individual pages were done by me usually by compositing images gleaned from the Internet which were said to be free for commercial use (I'm not sure this is commercial use, but I'm not sure it is not, so I'm not taking a risk there) with elements of some previous images some done by Eric York for the first novel; I again added the lettering in all cases.  I was unable to get outside editing done on this one in time for publication.

A new section was been added for Multiverser Novel Support Pages, including Multiverser game-style character sheets for major characters in the novels, to be expanded gradually over time.

Chapter 1:  Kondor 97, in which Joseph Wade Kondor returns.
Chapter 2:  Brown 97, in which Derek Jacob Brown figthts in a battle at the end of a world.
Chapter 3:  Slade 93, in which Bob reunites with an old friend in a new place.
Chapter 4:  Kondor 98, in which Joe meets Bob's new wife Shella, and tries to figure out where they are.
Chapter 5:  Brown 98, in which Derek fights his way into a different place.
Chapter 6:  Slade 94, in which Bob and Joe survey the scene and prepare for company.
Chapter 7:  Brown 99, in which Derek decides to try transforming, with mixed results.
Chapter 8:  Kondor 99, in which Joe introduces himself to his hosts.
Chapter 9:  Brown 100, in which Derek is trying to find a solution to one problem and flies into another.
Chapter 10:  Slade 95, in which Bob has to be explained by Joe.
Chapter 11:  Brown 101, in which Derek goes with his captors.
Chapter 12:  Kondor 100, in which Joe explains the problem to Bob and Shella.
Chapter 13:  Brown 102, in which Derek overcomes an obstacle to flying.
Chapter 14:  Slade 96, in which Bob and Shella settle into their quarters and discuss their predicament with Joe.
Chapter 15:  Brown 103, in which Derek is offered an unusual job.
Chapter 16:  Slade 97, in which Bob, Shella, and Joe talk about talking.
Chapter 17:  Brown 104, in which Derek settles into comfort and training.
Chapter 18:  Kondor 101, in which Joe starts noticing that he is getting special treatment.
Chapter 19:  Slade 98, in which Bob and Joe become involved in the war.
Chapter 20:  Brown 105, in which Derek prepares for his first mission.
Chapter 21:  Slade 99, in which Bob finds a weakness.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #218:  Versers Resume, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the new novel begins, covering the chapters 1 through 21.
Chapter 22:  Brown 106, in which Derek begins his assault on a high rise office building.
Chapter 23:  Kondor 102, in which Joe tries to explain the racial issues in the war.
Chapter 24:  Brown 107, in which Derek faces the problem of walking down stairs.
Chapter 25:  Slade 100, in which Bob and Joe agree on what to do next.
Chapter 26:  Brown 108, in which Derek follows a terrorist down the stairs.
Chapter 27:  Kondor 103, in which Joe apologizes to Bob.
Chapter 28:  Brown 109, in which Derek flies into action against two terrorists.
Chapter 29:  Slade 101, in which Bob and Joe practice their combat skills.
Chapter 30:  Brown 110, in which Derek tampers with the office security systems and elevators.
Chapter 31:  Slade 102, in which Bob and Shella dabble in a bit of magic.
Chapter 32:  Brown 111, in which Derek's team passes through a defended door and finds a few enemies.
Chapter 33:  Kondor 104, in which Joe contemplates whether he should be trying to fix this world, and how to do that.
Chapter 34:  Brown 112, in which Derek contemplates the morality of killing terrorists.
Chapter 35:  Slade 103, in which Bob and Shella visit the mess hall unobtrusively.
Chapter 36:  Brown 113, in which Derek's team faces terrorists chasing a hostage.
Chapter 37:  Slade 104, in which Bob and Shella give thought to their host and their circumstance.
Chapter 38:  Brown 114, in which Derek stops at a fountain.
Chapter 39:  Kondor 105, in which Joe and Bob decide it's time to leave the safety of the bunker.
Chapter 40:  Brown 115, in which Derek almost rescues a few hostages.
Chapter 41:  Slade 105, in which Bob and Joe step out of the bunker into uncertainty.
Chapter 42:  Brown 116, in which Derek's presence becomes known to the terrorist leader.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #226:  Versers Adapt, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the new novel begins, covering the chapters 22 through 42.
Chapter 43:  Kondor 106, in which Joe becomes Bob's prisoner.
Chapter 44:  Brown 117, in which Derek brings a knife to a gun fight.
Chapter 45:  Slade 106, in which Bob and his companions arrive in a new camp.
Chapter 46:  Brown 118, in which Derek plans to rescue Jim and Pete.
Chapter 47:  Kondor 107, in which Joe and Bob discuss the difference between killing monsters and killing men.
Chapter 48:  Brown 119, in which Derek questions a terrorist.
Chapter 49:  Slade 107, in which Bob discusses how to solve the problem with Shella.
Chapter 50:  Brown 120, in which Derek receives an ultimatum.
Chapter 51:  Kondor 108, in which Joe introduces himself to the local medical team.
Chapter 52:  Brown 121, in which Derek attempts to strategize a route to the thirtieth floor.
Chapter 53:  Kondor 109, in which Joe having saved a life thinks about how to help the doctors more.
Chapter 54:  Brown 122, in which Derek springs a trap.
Chapter 55:  Slade 108, in which Bob is asked to extend Joe's stay.
Chapter 56:  Brown 123, in which Derek figures out where to hide a nuclear bomb.
Chapter 57:  Kondor 110, in which Joe considers how he and Bob are already changing the world.
Chapter 58:  Brown 124, in which Derek has to get through a door guarded by two guards.
Chapter 59:  Slade 109, in which Bob and Joe discuss the monolithic nature of the two sides in the war, and the odd fact that there are no mixed-breed children.
Chapter 60:  Brown 125, in which Derek and his team choose an unusual option for opening a locked door.
Chapter 61:  Kondor 111, in which Joe considers where he and Bob should go from here.
Chapter 62:  Brown 126, in which Derek and company clear a room and search for another.
Chapter 63:  Slade 110, in which Bob is informed that he will be the subject of an inquiry.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #235:  Versers Infiltrate, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the new novel begins, covering the chapters 43 through 63.
Chapter 64:  Brown 127, in which Derek is reminded of how bombs are defused in movies.
Chapter 65:  Kondor 112, in which Joe tries to learn about Section Five of the War Code, dealing with espionage.
Chapter 66:  Brown 128, in which Derek is commended and then once again left alone.
Chapter 67:  Slade 111, in which Bob faces a panel of inquiry.
Chapter 68:  Kondor 113, in which Joe watches Bob provide an answer to the question of his identity.
Chapter 69:  Brown 129, in which Derek expands his physical training and his linguistic education.
Chapter 70:  Slade 112, in which Bob discusses their legal situation and possible next move with Joe and Shella.
Chapter 71:  Brown 130, in which Derek is briefed for an undercover assignment in Romania.
Chapter 72:  Kondor 114, in which Joe says goodbye to his medical students.
Chapter 73:  Brown 131, in which Derek arrives at his new job.
Chapter 74:  Slade 113, in which Bob arranges to leave General Vargas' camp.
Chapter 75:  Kondor 115, in which Joe and Bob begin discussing what to do next.
Chapter 76:  Brown 132, in which Derek starts working on identifying the leak.
Chapter 77:  Slade 114, in which Bob and Joe agree to a temporary separation.
Chapter 78:  Brown 133, in which Derek questions his ability but decides on a way to start by seeking an infiltrator.
Chapter 79:  Slade 115, in which Bob and Shella realize they've lost Joe.
Chapter 80:  Brown 134, in which Derek moves to step two in his computer checks.
Chapter 81:  Kondor 116, in which Joe reports to another colonel.
Chapter 82:  Slade 116, in which Bob decides to pick up a few of his things.
Chapter 83:  Brown 135, in which Derek notices a girl at the embassy.
Chapter 84:  Kondor 117, in which Joe settles into his new base camp.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #243:  Verser Redirects, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the new novel continues, covering the chapters 64 through 84.
Chapter 85:  Slade 117, in which Bob and Shella return to their old room while considering what to do next.
Chapter 86:  Brown 136, in which Derek learns something he didn't want to know.
Chapter 87:  Kondor 118, in which Joe starts counting and playing.
Chapter 88:  Slade 118, in which Bob checks in with Colonel Mlambo.
Chapter 89:  Brown 137, in which Derek splits his attention between his job and his crush.
Chapter 90:  Kondor 119, in which Joe learns more about the world and his corner of it.
Chapter 91:  Slade 119, in which Bob receives an invitation.
Chapter 92:  Brown 137, in which Derek ponders what to do now that he knows where the leak is.
Chapter 93:  Kondor 120, in which Joe talks and thinks about relationships in his life.
Chapter 94:  Slade 120, in which Bob considers the potential danger of a dinner invitation.
Chapter 94:  Slade 120, in which Bob considers the potential danger of a dinner invitation.
Chapter 93:  Kondor 120, in which Joe talks and thinks about relationships in his life.
Chapter 92:  Brown 137, in which Derek ponders what to do now that he knows where the leak is.
Chapter 91:  Slade 119, in which Bob receives an invitation.
Chapter 90:  Kondor 119, in which Joe learns more about the world and his corner of it.
Chapter 89:  Brown 137, in which Derek splits his attention between his job and his crush.
Chapter 88:  Slade 118, in which Bob checks in with Colonel Mlambo.
Chapter 87:  Kondor 118, in which Joe starts counting and playing.
Chapter 86:  Brown 136, in which Derek learns something he didn't want to know.
Chapter 85:  Slade 117, in which Bob and Shella return to their old room while considering what to do next.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #243:  Verser Redirects, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the new novel continues, covering the chapters 64 through 84.
Chapter 84:  Kondor 117, in which Joe settles into his new base camp.
Chapter 83:  Brown 135, in which Derek notices a girl at the embassy.
Chapter 82:  Slade 116, in which Bob decides to pick up a few of his things.
Chapter 81:  Kondor 116, in which Joe reports to another colonel.
Chapter 80:  Brown 134, in which Derek moves to step two in his computer checks.
Chapter 79:  Slade 115, in which Bob and Shella realize they've lost Joe.
Chapter 78:  Brown 133, in which Derek questions his ability but decides on a way to start by seeking an infiltrator.
Chapter 77:  Slade 114, in which Bob and Joe agree to a temporary separation.
Chapter 76:  Brown 132, in which Derek starts working on identifying the leak.
Chapter 75:  Kondor 115, in which Joe and Bob begin discussing what to do next.
Chapter 74:  Slade 113, in which Bob arranges to leave General Vargas' camp.
Chapter 73:  Brown 131, in which Derek arrives at his new job.
Chapter 72:  Kondor 114, in which Joe says goodbye to his medical students.
Chapter 71:  Brown 130, in which Derek is briefed for an undercover assignment in Romania.
Chapter 70:  Slade 112, in which Bob discusses their legal situation and possible next move with Joe and Shella.
Chapter 69:  Brown 129, in which Derek expands his physical training and his linguistic education.
Chapter 68:  Kondor 113, in which Joe watches Bob provide an answer to the question of his identity.
Chapter 67:  Slade 111, in which Bob faces a panel of inquiry.
Chapter 66:  Brown 128, in which Derek is commended and then once again left alone.
Chapter 65:  Kondor 112, in which Joe tries to learn about Section Five of the War Code, dealing with espionage.
Chapter 64:  Brown 127, in which Derek is reminded of how bombs are defused in movies.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #235:  Versers Infiltrate, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the new novel begins, covering the chapters 43 through 63.
Chapter 63:  Slade 110, in which Bob is informed that he will be the subject of an inquiry.
Chapter 62:  Brown 126, in which Derek and company clear a room and search for another.
Chapter 61:  Kondor 111, in which Joe considers where he and Bob should go from here.
Chapter 60:  Brown 125, in which Derek and his team choose an unusual option for opening a locked door.
Chapter 59:  Slade 109, in which Bob and Joe discuss the monolithic nature of the two sides in the war, and the odd fact that there are no mixed-breed children.
Chapter 58:  Brown 124, in which Derek has to get through a door guarded by two guards.
Chapter 57:  Kondor 110, in which Joe considers how he and Bob are already changing the world.
Chapter 56:  Brown 123, in which Derek figures out where to hide a nuclear bomb.
Chapter 55:  Slade 108, in which Bob is asked to extend Joe's stay.
Chapter 54:  Brown 122, in which Derek springs a trap.
Chapter 53:  Kondor 109, in which Joe having saved a life thinks about how to help the doctors more.
Chapter 52:  Brown 121, in which Derek attempts to strategize a route to the thirtieth floor.
Chapter 51:  Kondor 108, in which Joe introduces himself to the local medical team.
Chapter 50:  Brown 120, in which Derek receives an ultimatum.
Chapter 49:  Slade 107, in which Bob discusses how to solve the problem with Shella.
Chapter 48:  Brown 119, in which Derek questions a terrorist.
Chapter 47:  Kondor 107, in which Joe and Bob discuss the difference between killing monsters and killing men.
Chapter 46:  Brown 118, in which Derek plans to rescue Jim and Pete.
Chapter 45:  Slade 106, in which Bob and his companions arrive in a new camp.
Chapter 44:  Brown 117, in which Derek brings a knife to a gun fight.
Chapter 43:  Kondor 106, in which Joe becomes Bob's prisoner.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #226:  Versers Adapt, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the new novel begins, covering the chapters 22 through 42.
Chapter 42:  Brown 116, in which Derek's presence becomes known to the terrorist leader.
Chapter 41:  Slade 105, in which Bob and Joe step out of the bunker into uncertainty.
Chapter 40:  Brown 115, in which Derek almost rescues a few hostages.
Chapter 39:  Kondor 105, in which Joe and Bob decide it's time to leave the safety of the bunker.
Chapter 38:  Brown 114, in which Derek stops at a fountain.
Chapter 37:  Slade 104, in which Bob and Shella give thought to their host and their circumstance.
Chapter 36:  Brown 113, in which Derek's team faces terrorists chasing a hostage.
Chapter 35:  Slade 103, in which Bob and Shella visit the mess hall unobtrusively.
Chapter 34:  Brown 112, in which Derek contemplates the morality of killing terrorists.
Chapter 33:  Kondor 104, in which Joe contemplates whether he should be trying to fix this world, and how to do that.
Chapter 32:  Brown 111, in which Derek's team passes through a defended door and finds a few enemies.
Chapter 31:  Slade 102, in which Bob and Shella dabble in a bit of magic.
Chapter 30:  Brown 110, in which Derek tampers with the office security systems and elevators.
Chapter 29:  Slade 101, in which Bob and Joe practice their combat skills.
Chapter 28:  Brown 109, in which Derek flies into action against two terrorists.
Chapter 27:  Kondor 103, in which Joe apologizes to Bob.
Chapter 26:  Brown 108, in which Derek follows a terrorist down the stairs.
Chapter 25:  Slade 100, in which Bob and Joe agree on what to do next.
Chapter 24:  Brown 107, in which Derek faces the problem of walking down stairs.
Chapter 23:  Kondor 102, in which Joe tries to explain the racial issues in the war.
Chapter 22:  Brown 106, in which Derek begins his assault on a high rise office building.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #218:  Versers Resume, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the new novel begins, covering the chapters 1 through 21.
Chapter 21:  Slade 99, in which Bob finds a weakness.
Chapter 20:  Brown 105, in which Derek prepares for his first mission.
Chapter 19:  Slade 98, in which Bob and Joe become involved in the war.
Chapter 18:  Kondor 101, in which Joe starts noticing that he is getting special treatment.
Chapter 17:  Brown 104, in which Derek settles into comfort and training.
Chapter 16:  Slade 97, in which Bob, Shella, and Joe talk about talking.
Chapter 15:  Brown 103, in which Derek is offered an unusual job.
Chapter 14:  Slade 96, in which Bob and Shella settle into their quarters and discuss their predicament with Joe.
Chapter 13:  Brown 102, in which Derek overcomes an obstacle to flying.
Chapter 12:  Kondor 100, in which Joe explains the problem to Bob and Shella.
Chapter 11:  Brown 101, in which Derek goes with his captors.
Chapter 10:  Slade 95, in which Bob has to be explained by Joe.
Chapter 9:  Brown 100, in which Derek is trying to find a solution to one problem and flies into another.
Chapter 8:  Kondor 99, in which Joe introduces himself to his hosts.
Chapter 7:  Brown 99, in which Derek decides to try transforming, with mixed results.
Chapter 6:  Slade 94, in which Bob and Joe survey the scene and prepare for company.
Chapter 5:  Brown 98, in which Derek fights his way into a different place.
Chapter 4:  Kondor 98, in which Joe meets Bob's new wife Shella, and tries to figure out where they are.
Chapter 3:  Slade 93, in which Bob reunites with an old friend in a new place.
Chapter 2:  Brown 97, in which Derek Jacob Brown figthts in a battle at the end of a world.
Chapter 1:  Kondor 97, in which Joseph Wade Kondor returns.

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