A Shadow in the Flames

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Northgate is in turmoil. Decaying, violent, and corrupt, it is a common enough city in 2051, yet soon, discoveries beneath the Moon's surface will mark the city with their first distant echoes.

New arrival Michael Flynn is jobless and down to his last few dollars, but he still dreams of making a positive difference of his own. He has no family, no friends-save for the freelancer known only as Diomedes-and tonight the apartment they share will ...

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Overview

Northgate is in turmoil. Decaying, violent, and corrupt, it is a common enough city in 2051, yet soon, discoveries beneath the Moon's surface will mark the city with their first distant echoes.

New arrival Michael Flynn is jobless and down to his last few dollars, but he still dreams of making a positive difference of his own. He has no family, no friends-save for the freelancer known only as Diomedes-and tonight the apartment they share will burn to the ground.
When Diomedes becomes his mentor in a search for the arsonist responsible, Michael will get the chance to realize his dreams. Joining them is Felix, a wise-cracking "information bounty hunter" who claims that neither the arsonist nor the man Michael idolizes are quite what they appear.

Will Michael find the courage to pass through the flames unscathed, or will the violence that surrounds him incinerate all that he is? Those who search the Moon will be watching...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620155523
  • Publisher: Libertary Co.
  • Publication date: 12/16/2014
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

An award-winning writer of speculative fiction, Michael G. Munz enjoys writing tales that combine the futuristic or fantastic with the modern world and human themes. His driving desire is to craft entertaining stories that give to others the same pleasure that other writers have given to him. Among his sci-fi influences are the writings of Dan Simmons, Frank Herbert, and Douglas Adams. Michael dwells in Seattle where he continues his quest to write the most entertaining novel known to humankind and find a really fantastic clam linguini.
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  • Posted April 21, 2015

    Michael did a very good job on this book. At the very first part

    Michael did a very good job on this book. At the very first part, I wasn't sure If i was going to like this book. But from the middle of the second chapter and through all the book, I found myself avid of discovering more. 




    The book has mystery and adventure. It was a very good mix-up, it has a little of everything.
    As the plot goes on, we find a lot of things that makes us think about them twice, like unexpected meetings that at first leaves you thinking that you missed a part of the book because you don't get it... but after a while of reading and going deeper into the story, you find that everything makes sense and you find the pieces for the puzzle. 




    I know I'm not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I did. 
    To be honest, I wasn't sure about the plot but the cover dragged me into a thought that it might have been an amazing book that you just let it go. 
    But just look at that picture. It lets you know there is something going on. Its a very wild cover. 

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  • Posted April 1, 2014

    At first this seemed to going in a very predictable way, I almos

    At first this seemed to going in a very predictable way, I almost set it aside. Now, glad that I finished. It wasn't spectacular writing, and I noted a few typos, but it was commendable story telling. I might even pick the next read. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

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    Not a bad little story.

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

    good read for free

    If Mr. Munz would keep to one story it would be a lot better, but staying with one group for several chapters then going to a completely different story line is not only confusing, but it get's really irritating!!! Please make up your mind, Mr. Munz!

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Hard to get into

    I found this book very hard to keep interest in. There is to much descriptive detail that detracts from the story line. Action OK when there is some however you have to read thru a lot of detail before something interesting happens.

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  • Posted December 19, 2013

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    Diomedes lives in the Dirge area of an unnamed futuristic city a

    Diomedes lives in the Dirge area of an unnamed futuristic city and works as a freelancer.  Beyond that vague reference, the reader infers that he’s a criminal who does contract work for an unnamed source.  Michael is an old friend who Diomedes takes under his wing after Michael loses his Uncle to a heart attack and then loses the farm he’s lived on all his life.  Michael is not a lightweight but definitely is “learning the ropes” from his friend.  Only now his training is about to jettison into high gear when Diomedes’ apartment explodes and all of his possessions are destroyed in the fire.  To say he’s furious is an understatement and he’s determined to find out who is behind it. Yes, killing is on his mind!
    First they hire a shyster named Felix who is capable of discovering secret sources; many pay Felix for his knowledge.  But this is no regular human society.  The characters are living in a dystopian cyber society where parts of the body are machines that can out-perform any human organ by a thousand-fold.  
    The plot then switches to the Moon where humans are mining all available metals until a freaky discovery is made. Is it man or machine?  One isn’t sure but it definitely looks like a metallic porcupine that in a flash of light leaves behind a strew of dead bodies.  Anything to be learned about it is immediately cut off by the major company running the mining project – and more behind that obvious cover.  It is Marette Clarion who refuses to be shut up and who wants to know precisely what happened in one devastating event to cause the death of so many. So we have two separate searches for information plots with no idea of who is responsible for either scenario.
    To say more would be a spoiler.  The plot picks up about to become quite an adventure but one must wade through too many conversations about who knows “something” from the secret sources that remain vague references before you get to a viably moving and developing story.  It’s worth the wait as all the circumlocutory discussions eventually get somewhere.  But there’s no clear-cut final solution to the two parallel plots but enough of a hint to keep the reader wanting more.  Yes, A Shadow in the Flames… is quite a sci-fi tale that becomes riveting toward the middle of the story.  
    Thieves and murderers, gangs, vampires, business leaders with far too much power, a journalist, and more fill these pages to provide quite a good read!  Interesting dystopian literature – dark, violent, mysterious, and suspenseful – for those who love the genre!

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  • Posted November 5, 2008

    Michael G. Munz

    A Shadow in the Flames by Michael G. Munz is a futuristic, sci-fi novel cram packed with action, adventure and mystery. When Michael Flynn thought things couldn¿t get worse than being an unemployed security guard, down to his last few bucks, they did. He shared an apartment with his friend and now mentor Diomedes, well until it was blown up by the arsonist.<BR/><BR/>This is where the story begins. Diomedes connects with an old acquaintance after being approached by an unknown man with the information to help find out who blew up their home. Michael is now Romulus, and the year is 2051 and they¿re out to get the man known as Wraith. But there are some things that Michael/Romulus didn¿t know about his friend Diomedes¿ but he will soon discover more than he could ever hope to know. <BR/><BR/>From there the book speeds by, it was such a fast read while following Romulus, Felix, and Diomedes in their search. I should put this in as well, it kind of pulls the story together. Within the moon, something is buried and there are those sent to recover/ discover the foreign item. But they would be doing more than just digging, they will be watching and waiting! Then there are a few other secondary characters throughout the novel that you have to keep an eye on. I know it sounds like there is a ton of things going on at once, and there are but it is so well blended together you don¿t get lost! <BR/><BR/>Everything was so detailed, and in my opinion the technology and timeline was well laid out. The characters were three dimensional in a way, showing compassion, worry, fear, and just easy to connect with. Munz has me wondering if a second book is to come, if it is be prepared for the sci-fi book of the season. 5 Hearts<BR/><BR/>Contact Michael: www.myspace.com/michaelgmunz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2008

    An entertaining and plausible work of speculative fiction

    Michael G. Munz has painted a vivid portrait of his vision of our world in 2051 by verbally constructing Northgate, a city that has degenerated into a hardened, seedy place that makes even the toughest men apprehensive about entering there alone. We are also treated to a glimpse of the Moon and all its many secrets from this author¿s fertile imagination. Munz has the exceptional ability of creating a character, molding the personality and physical traits with glimpses of their psyche, to create a living, breathing person. Subtly revealing the plot in small, frequent increments, the reader is compelled and intrigued with to find the resolution of the story. With realistic advancements in technology and the insight into man¿s never-ending greed and corruption, Michael G. Munz makes this an entertaining and plausible work of speculative fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2008

    A good first offering.

    A Shadow In The Flames introduces us to a sci-fi future complete with everyday cybernetics and moon installations, but the people are still very human. All too much so, in the case of the scarier sorts. The ever-quirky Felix is a particular favorite, as the guy's likable and just plain funny besides. The book starts out as a mystery and coming-of-age story --a lot hinges on one character taking his first real steps in the world as an adult-- and really accelerates in the second half. It got to where I was really eager to see what came next, and I would quite like to see more involving these characters in the future.

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