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EoA: Gallagher’s Trail

Edge of Apocalypse: pages 233-234 (Chapter Forty)

Hot on the trail of Atta Zimler is our FBI G-Man, John Gallagher.

The FBI agent was still stuck in Philadelphia before returning for New York. He had one more stop to make. But it was a crucial one. He knew he had to face Miles Zadernack at FBI headquarters. But hours before he was due at the airport, he had received a call from the Philly police detectives. Surprisingly, the lead detective was good to his word and was calling him with some additional information about their investigation into the murder of Roger French.

Turns out there’s some surveillance video from the lobby of the building where Roger French worked, and with any chance at all, Gallagher might be able to ID Zimler off the tape. Our G-Man’s mood improves, and off he goes before he’s gotta meet his boss.

Very short bookend to the Zimler-buying-explosives thing, and the above para is really the nugget you need to figure out what’s going down. 🙂

A note about Zimler’s name, since it came up in the comments: I remind people that one of the 9/11 terrorists was named Mohamed Atta and he grew up in Germany. This is probably how Parshall picked out the name he did for the “subcontract killer” of Edge of Apocalypse.

His naming tends to fall kind of flat though, given that he’s made some real boo-boos like picking “Hanz” for a German name. That said, it’s not quite as bad as Jenkins’s habit, as TVTropes notes, of using a “first name of a famous foreigner, then a notable location in their country as a last name”, which yielded the scintillatingly wonderful Nicolae Carpathia.

One hopes Parshall will at least pick out a better name for the Antichrist in this End Series.

Next chapter we’ll see some derring-do with Joshua Jordan and that subpoena.

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8 thoughts on “EoA: Gallagher’s Trail

  1. which yielded the scintillatingly wonderful Nicolae Carpathia.

    That seems sarcastic. Why? The only reason I bothered to remember accidentally watching a few minutes of the Left Behind movie* was because “Nicolae Carpathia” is such a pretty-sounding name. It just rolls off the tongue.

    *This was pre-Slacktivism, so “Hey, it’s the Left Behind movie!” wasn’t enough to make it memorable.

    • 1) Not all cultures use place names for last names. Even then, people are usually named after cities and towns, not mountain ranges. If he’d used “Nicolae BraĹźov” (a Romanian city in the Carpathians), I doubt anyone would have had a problem.
      2) “Carpathia” is not a Romanian word – it’s the English name for the mountain range in question. It’s like having a German character named Heinrich Cologne. Wikipedia indicates the local name is CarpaČ›i.

      • It’s kinda like (and putting the very best spin on it) someone who had never been to the United States thinking that a great name for his hero from Michigan would be John Detroit.

      • Or more specifically, a Dutch writer introducing George New Amsterdam, because he’ll be buggered if he acknowledges it’s been called New York for a few centuries.

  2. A note about Zimler’s name, since it came up in the comments: I remind people that one of the 9/11 terrorists was named Mohamed Atta and he grew up in Germany. This is probably how Parshall picked out the name he did for the “subcontract killer” of Edge of Apocalypse.

    I see…

  3. I tend to use Kate Monk’s Onomastikon when I need a foreign name in a hurry. But Jenkins probably wouldn’t, ‘cos I imagine he thinks role-playing is satanic…

    Meta-Zimler buys explosives, then uses them to blow up the store where he bought them, to cover his tracks. Then does it again. Five stores later, he spots the flaw in his reasoning. Or am I thinking of The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight? Yeah, baby, yeah!

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