Quick Silver

by Derek Mathias

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What does a reformed cat burglar do when he has only months left to live? Sylvester “Silver” Larcini tests his skills one last time, pulling off the caper of his life by robbing the mansion of the secretive Sherman Lord.

Unfortunately, Lord controls police forces, military forces…and supernatural forces. In retaliation, he kidnaps Silver’s wife and unleashes a worldwide manhunt against him.

Silver’s only hope is Morrigaine, an eccentric woman who appears in his home and claims to be a sorceress. She promises to help him rescue his wife if he helps her complete her murdered father’s quest to restore magic to the world.

Despite his skepticism that magic exists, and despite her doubts that high technology isn’t some form of magic, they form an unlikely partnership…and soon learn how much they need each other’s unique talents in order to face the technological and supernatural forces Lord arrays against them.

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: Minor profanity used occasionally
Sexual Content: No sexual acts implied or described
Target Audience Age/Stage of Life: Working Age Adults
Violence: Extreme violence, torture, maiming


Geography: Earth
Realism: World is similar to ours, but plot elements involve fantasy or magic
Setting Type: Pastoral (rural & small towns)
Time Period: 2010 - 2019

Main Character

Age: Middle-aged
Gender: Male
Race: Caucasian European
Religion: Agnostic/Atheist
Sexual Preference: Heterosexual

Styles & Themes

Humor: Moments of levity
Inspires Reader to Feel: Uneasy/Tense
Mysteries & Puzzles: Thought-provoking puzzles tangentially related to story
Pacing: Moves quickly
Physical Action: Frequent action, driven by threat to safety or life by antagonist(s)
Political/Social Commentary: Politics irrelevant to story
Romance: Minor romance, not a significant story driver
Genre Fantasy
  • World is similar to ours, but plot elements include magic
  • Fantasy world with low or no magic
  • Fantasy world where magic is prevalent
Setting Type:
  • Fantasy
Time Period:
  • N/A (Fantasy Setting)


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About the author

Derek Mathias

Derek is a writer of speculative fiction, whose diverse background brings a wealth of experience to his writing. He was born in Chile and grew up all over the world, living in and visiting such places as India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, France, Germany and the US. He has worked in a wide range of fields, including infantry paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, naturalist/guide in the Galapagos Islands, graphic designer, website developer, video ad designer, Thai boxing student instructor, computer applications instructor, cartoonist, and embossed metal artist. Derek has written over half a dozen screenplays and novels. He enjoys motorcycling, trap and skeet shooting, physical fitness, debating religious fundamentalists, learning Spanish and German, studying advancing technologies and weaponry of all types, and whatever else can add authenticity to his writing.

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