Chasing Filthy Lucre

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Weber Rexall knows that in New Eden cash is king. That's why, whether it's throwing fights in a basement fight club or doing security work for a friend, he'll take whatever job he can. When one of those security jobs goes violently wrong and a corporate power threatens the status quo, Rexall finds a cause to believe in. It won't pay him anything, but it might change his life. More

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About Jarrett Rush

I am a newly married man in my middle 30s trying to get serious about the one thing I have wanted to do my entire life -- writing.

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Review by: Everett Powers on May 19, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this short book. Rush has the tone down, you really feel you're there in New Eden. The writing is punchy, there are no wasted words. He hints at political unrest, but doesn't overburden you with unnecessary details. The story doesn't stray, nor does it disappoint. He sets himself up nicely for part two. I'm looking forward to it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Steve Umstead on April 13, 2011 :
When a greedy corporate power threatens the status quo in Weber Rexall’s town and he’s tasked to do something about it, nothing will stand in his way.

Tough guy Rexall, his underground fighting ring cohort Berger, and a synthetic Serve-O named Simmer are just three of the incredibly interesting characters Rush writes into Chasing Filthy Lucre, the first part in a novella series, one that entertains right from the first page.

Rush seamlessly blends cyberpunk technology and post-apocalyptic settings with deep characters the reader can truly feel for. The tech itself is fascinating; without giving anything away, when Rush describes the hothouse and its patrons, the remarkable imagery he puts together could easily have been pulled from a scene in today’s world. The scene descriptions, such as the underground fighting and the ‘package delivery’ scene (again without giving too much away) are rich, and really paint a detailed picture in the reader’s head.

The story is fast-paced and progresses logically, with a couple of twists, and an exciting climax, then easily feeds into the next novella in the series. Definitely a page-turner, and very well edited for a self-published work. Absolutely worth the download, I’m looking forward to the next in the series!

-Steve Umstead
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ripley Grant on March 28, 2011 :
This is a great read, right from the start. The opening is crisp with some well paced action. (I am a sucker for underground boxing situations) The feel of the world is fed to you in nice subtle pieces and not thrust at you in an info dump. The concept of which I will not spoil, but will say it is scary how real it could be.

I really liked the call backs to certain bits of narrative. It's clever and shows me a nice attention to detail.
The characters are interesting, all of them, even the bad guys and bit players we may never see again.

Chasing Filthy Lucre has a great cyberpunk feel to it, with some twists I wasn't expecting and really enjoy. I'm looking forward to the next piece.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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