Magpie (Available on Kindle) Herman Schlenker is master of his rural estate, a paradise of manicured lawns, fruit trees, bountiful vegetable garden,wonderful wildlife, beloved pets. All is well until the magpies show up. Dozens of them, squawking, eating, defecating, turning his paradise into hell. Herman views the situation as a war, him against the birds, and the birds are winning. Then Herman resorts to his secret weapon.