Echo: A Dystopian Science Fiction Novel

When I’m at work, I label my food like everyone else.  Recently, however, my lunches have been disappearing.  One day I pick an out-of-the-way spot where I can surreptitiously observe the fridge and see who’s been jacking my noms.   And wonder upon wonders:  It’s my boss.  I step toward him and say, “Hey man, get your own food!”  He turns to me and smiles, then gulps down the last of my comestibles.  “You know, Kent…you with your writing, your obviously superior genitals, your eschewing of all that is corporate…it gets old after awhile.  There’s a reason that the rest of us don’t like you.”  I wrinkle my brow in puzzlement.  “You’ve been looking at my piece?  What the hell kind of—” and before I can finish asking the question, his eyes flash green and his mouth yaws open.  A buzzing stream of locusts emerge from between his lips.  As the cloud of insects condense into a vaguely human-looking swarm, the flesh casing that use to be my boss sags to the floor like rumpled clothing.  HOLY BALLS!  I start running away.  As my coworkers see me sprinting, they each rise from their desks and do the same thing my boss did:  Shed their human skins and transform into people-shaped clouds of locusts.  Abrasive buzzing fills the air as a swarm of death pursues me.  I snatch my eReader from my desk as I run by, shield my face in the bend of my elbow, and bust out the 50th story window.  I’m falling through the air, surrounded by sun-lit shards of glinting glass.  Quick look upwards:  The clouds of locusts are still in pursuit.  As they close with me, I open my eReader to Echo.  Magic flash.  I’m suddenly transformed into a dual pistol wielding cyber ninja (just like in my book!).  I fire salvos of atomically unstable rounds at the locusts, blasting them apart in bright rips of fire.  “Boost me,” I hiss between clenched teeth.  The cybertech linkup attached to my spine delivers its neurological electro-chemical enhancement, and I start running sideways across the skyscraper, gunning through hordes of bugs.  (Okay, my guy can’t run on walls but whatever.)

When your boss transforms into some kind of locust pit-fiend, make sure you have the appropriate equipment to repel his insectile attacks.  Get Echo Vol. 1 on Kindle here:  Vol. 1 on Kindle.  Vol. 2 on Kindle here:  Vol.2 on Kindle


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