The wait is over. Can Jim and the lenders pull it off and rescue you-know-who? Venture to the most hellish reality fathomable and get lost in time. No hot-salsa competitions this time, but there’s more tacos and tequila, and guess who’s in the kitchen! Head back to Old Town, even Club Subterranean, and to the pushing, most pressing limits of existence itself, where there’s no escape. The system has you, it has your mind. And seemingly, forever!
Lenders II: The Time Tribulations Written & edited by Travis Borne. Cover art by Travis Borne. Proofreading provided by Word Refiner, Mark Shultz.
A skin striping, pillory-clamping, mind-twisting dive into the “bowels” of Hell, literally. There’s Jewel City and the all-new, prismatically colorful, Midtown. And the punishing Underworld, brimming with beasts unimaginable, and little ones, red ones, hairy ones and blobs. Workers, officers, humans and beasts.
And back to Vallecito, Colorado, the bunker, with all-new characters, against-all-odds rescues of some very special old ones, and adrenaline-surging, 90-mph rides in Esperanza across the desert, with a new crew. Glimmering bottles of Mezcal and worms traveling into throats like fingernails.
Rico, Jim—and I mustn’t spoil the “who else”—embark on the most tumultuous, skull-splitting, light-speed adventures. If you made it through Lenders I intact, and if you can stomach it, and if you are emotionally and mentally stable enough to endure it, then… No, Lenders II will still send your subconsciousness into perdition. Read only if you dare!
There’s heat. There’s slabs of carne del puerco and blistering days. And you’ll never guess who’s servin’ it up! Old Town Mexico and raging transformations that rip at the fabric of reality. An absorbing of souls, steel into hearts. And monumental plumes of dust. Legs burning, pushing, bulging, the enraged one speeding across the desert at sonic speeds!
The terrible machine city, green and purple haze and drones numbering in the billions, more. Surfing music, daring escapes. Other dimensions, realms ruled by the mind. Omnipotent spheres in heads, inchoate wizards and mystical, virtual, dragon-like creatures. Plans gone awry and rides into space—dives into the ocean. The Marianas Trench and hidden, secret cities. Arcs and slaughtered elephants, plesiosaurs and megalodons and giant jellyfish. Dinosaurs and old, three-legged sex-bots, and almighty seaweed-green ones. Hyper-Millennials and reinvigorated minds. And Heli-jets, hover-jets, and space-jets. Crazy old ladies, piloting, soaring, plummeting: Nanny, and Fran! And others hanging on for dear life, or lending in the deepest, darkest, hottest depths of the system, of the mind! Lunacy and haunting screams, insanity and no way out! Lenders II has all of this and infinitely more. Pre-order Lenders II: The Time Tribulations