(Simon & Schuster - 2014)
Don’t call Scott McAlister a hero.
Heroes change the world, and the only thing Scott changes these days is his underwear.
It wasn’t always this way. One of only four meta-humans in existence, Scott used to be part of something special...something amazing.
The Protectors. A United Nations-sponsored team of unique individuals--people with astonishing genetic abilities--banded together for the good of mankind.
Or at least, that was the shiny facade the C.I.A. wanted the public to see. Scott knew the darker reality. He tolerated the publicity stunts, the lies, even the ham-fisted government handlers--but when one of the Protectors tragically died under his command, Scott stepped down and into self-imposed "retirement."
Now, five years later, a desperate C.I.A. chief shows up on Scott’s doorstep with a polite request and a cadre of shock troops to ensure that Scott accepts. His ex-teammate and ex-lover, Lyla Ravzi, has gone rogue. The former Protector has the ability to control minds, and her focus isn’t about “protecting” any longer. It’s about world domination.
Scott’s mission is simple: find Lyla and stop her. The messy little details are up to him. It’s the last thing he needs after five years spent trying to forget the Protectors and get over Lyla, but the alternative is worse. The C.I.A. would rather have a dead asset than a rogue asset--and that goes for both Lyla and Scott.
As he closes in on his target, Scott is forced to confront his past and face a chilling reality: can he save the world and the woman he once loved? Or will he have to choose?
I dare say, quite possibly the most influential novel since Moby Dick.
The New York Times *
You will literally soil yourself with enthusiasm.
The Washington Post **
* Not really
** Totally untrue. I hope. For your sake.
Back in July 2017, I entered the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge--a six month endeavor, involving 2500 writers around the world from more than 30 countries. Flash Fiction (short stories less than 1000 words) is something I enjoy, but becomes a different animal when you're assigned prompts and you only have 48 hours to create a compelling story. Three rounds and four stories later--the results have been announced. Spoiler alert: Um, I won.