J.L. Dobias is a Science Fiction and Fantasy Author and the author of the Cripple-Mode series. He lives in Michigan in the USA and has spent most of his time in the Great Lake State. When he first learned to read, his father introduced him and his siblings to Science Fiction. In a short time he became an avid reader of Science Fiction and has spent over 50 years enjoying some of the best. Having worked in the Hotel, Restaurant, and Retail management while paying for college to obtain a degree in English, he was promptly hijacked for some time into Hotel Restaurant Management. He eventually landed for a short time at MSU as Engineering support and the head of the electronic drafting and documentation department of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. He now works as Lead CAD Engineer and Technical and Engineering Support for Instrumented Sensor Technology; an impact data recorder instrument maker; supplying needs of a variety of industries including the shipping industry, race cars, accident reconstruction, aerospace, amusement parks and many more. He spends his free time honing his writing skills and continuing to read at least one novel a week in his favorite genre. CRIPPLE-MODE: HOT ELECTRIC is the first of a planned series.
Cripple-Mode: Hot Electricby J.L. Dobias
When Travis gets a second chance, she goes all the way. A new life; a new body; and even some new memories. The memories come with extra baggage that she would rather have left behind, if she could have; unfortunately at the time of arrival she was in a coma. Regardless; they're the only memories she had; no matter how insane they made her sound to the staff of the
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When Travis gets a second chance, she goes all the way. A new life; a new body; and even some new memories. The memories come with extra baggage that she would rather have left behind, if she could have; unfortunately at the time of arrival she was in a coma. Regardless; they're the only memories she had; no matter how insane they made her sound to the staff of the Medical Space Station Perl.
Travis is a clone, produced from a family line of murderers; convicts; and terrorist. To be fair, she's the one being accused of being a terrorist. At least she's fitting into the family. She has no memories of herself to confirm or deny the evidence, but if medical tests are to be trusted; she's the Granddaughter of Dane Hamilton and daughter of Travis Hamilton. And if that's true then what's ultimately crazier than her strange memories, is the person belonging to those memories.
The explanation lies with the League Jump Guild, people in charge of the technology that drives Starships through deep space. Travis would rather not deal with the LJG for a number of good reasons including the fact that they suspect she's used Black Tech or stolen Jump Technology to illegally jump through space. Worse yet, she did so without the protection of a space ship or space suit, which exposed her to a number of theorized conditions that would account for her present fugue like state of identity confusion. The LJG would say a person would be quite mad to do as she's done, with little chance of surviving. Being alive could seem like a blessing, if she overlooks the expected eventual outcome of such a capricious act: a severe irreversible psychotic episode.
When Travis and a nurse are attacked; two staff members die under suspicious circumstances; and an LJG General, with an agenda, comes calling on her; she checks herself out of the facility and bolts. Using her father's knowledge she attempts to hide out on a space station in the middle of nowhere with few practical places to conceal herself and begins to wonder if this all might be the beginning of her psychosis. While fearful of becoming unhinged and dangerous, she must avoid the people trying to kill her and find a way off the station so everyone will be safe. But Travis brought something back with her from JumpSpace that wants her to remain on the station: to complete a task or finish driving her completely over the edge.
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