by Dean Murray
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Backlash by Dean Murray

Jerome has spent his whole life working for the 'bad guys'. Born in the slums of Chicago, he'd always figured it he'd come to an early end working for one criminal organization or another. Then the Company came along and implanted him with several million dollars worth of technology so bleeding edge most governments didn't even know it was technologically feasible yet.

Most of what he did was still illegal, and he wasn't likely to make thirty-five, but the pay was better. Only things had become more complicated lately. The potentials were degenerating more quickly and he'd lost an alarming number of associates to the flesh beasts that most potentials turned into when they finally lost control.

Not only that, the Resistance had experienced a remarkable string of victories ever since Coffee had defected. She'd picked off every team sent after her so far and managed to stiffen the spine of the freaks who didn't understand the survival of most of the human race depended on the sheep continuing to remain unaware of the growing threat from all kinds of degenerates.

His current mission should be a piece of cake, a simple snatch and grab that would give him a chance to get nominally out from under the psych types constantly watching for signs he needed put down like a rabid dog. Manpower was stretched too thin for them to send along backup but he'd always preferred to work alone. He didn't count on what was about to come next.

'Backlash' is one of a series of loosely-related short stories set in a world where shadowy operatives with advanced technology hunt down 'potentials' who have the ability to manifest powers and abilities which have so far defied explanation.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012065117
Publisher: Dean Murray
Publication date: 12/25/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 277 KB

About the Author

Dean started reading seriously in the second grade due to a competition and has spent most of the subsequent three decades lost in other people's worlds. After reading several local libraries more or less dry of sci-fi and fantasy, he started spending more time wandering around worlds of his own creation to avoid the boredom of the 'real' world.

Things worsened, or improved depending on your point of view, when he first started experimenting with writing while finishing up his accounting degree. These days Dean has a wonderful wife and daughter to keep him rather more grounded, but the idea of bringing others along with him as he meets interesting new people in universes nobody else has ever seen tends to drag him back to his computer on a fairly regular basis.

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Backlash 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story has potential, but it reads more like a preview of a longer, more substantial story; there really isn't enough to it to stand as a complete story in it's own right. I'm annoyed to have paid for it; it's like paying for a draft of chapter one when you were expecting to get a novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth a buck. Had this been book or even short story length it could have been good. The author has a decent grasp of exposition and descriptive narrative. The tech present in his world is intriguing as was the protagonists internal conflicts. All that said this story reads like a single chapter ripped out of a larger work. If you read the description tou have read the story and most probably inferred a great deal more than is actually included in this short
Anonymous More than 1 year ago