Hi all, This my latest query attempt for my novel. It will obviously be personalized to each agent with all the reasons I chose her. I'd appreciate any feedback... I haven't had a lot of success doing this in the past: Hello Agent, dust steel bone is a science-fiction/western novel of approximately 99k words. My education is in history and genocide, and while I do not write historical fiction, I often adapt historical concepts and systems into the milieu of speculative fiction. dust steel bone is one of these endeavors. After wandering the desert for twenty years, Santino returns to find his homeland changed. Rills have become rivers and the saplings of his youth have evolved into forests, creeping across the Andari plains where once there was only dust. Santino too is unrecognizable. He still wears the long coat of the Malawi but he is shorter and leaner than he used to be. And his eyes, the ubiquitous amber of his people, have become purple behind his desert mask and goggles. One thing that hasn’t changed is Santino’s memory. The cut and contour of the bluffs and canyons of his home. The Company regulators that came from afar to buy and reshape Andar. And the family that shunned him long ago. Their voices haunt Santino as he revisits Andar, hell bent on bringing the desert back to the people who would seek to take it away from him. But still they do not recognize him, even after he destroys the Company’s largest gas refinery and turns his attention to the northern cities, hiding in the forgotten shadows of the old sewers and train tubes. The Company is at a loss. They’ve built the schools and the roads, but Andar is still plagued with discontent and indigents who would like nothing more than to undo all the progress they’ve made. They turn to Bishop, a down on his luck mercenary who no longer has much belief in his own right, let alone that of the people he is supposed to protect. Bishop soon learns that finding Santino, never mind taking him, will be unlike anything he has attempted before. His search takes him from the back alleys of the capital to the desert wastes of the south where the Malawi, Santino’s old family, have been too busy trying to survive to consider what role they might have played in turning Santino into who he is now. Even as they realize that Santino is not the only ghost to return from the desert. Thank you.