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In a future Los Angeles where organ theft is sanctioned and complete computer-human interfacing is all the rage, a woman suddenly let out of prison discovers that all of her friends and relatives are mysteriously dying around her. She finds herself on the run from Chinese Black Hearts, eager to confiscate her already levied organs, as well as the authorities. More
PK Dick Meets William Gibson
In the year 2040, the world has finally achieved the perfect merging of human and machine by developing a method by which the computer has direct integration into the brain. Called Personal Ocular Devices, or PODS, the interface fits over the eye feeding information directly along the optic nerve into the brain, allowing minds and computers to become one.
But not for Rebecca Mines who has been held in solitary confinement for the last 20 years. Arrested under the 2002 Patriot Act as a cyber-terrorist for unleashing a program called Velvet Dogma, her parole restricts access to all computers and all but the simplest of machines. Although the government is still fearful that she'll resume her previous profession, Rebecca wants nothing more than to find a place to exist in peace. She has a life to live, and twenty years of personal stagnation from which to recover.
But she discovers that things have changed dramatically since she’s been in prison. Not only is organ theft sanctioned, but all of her organs have already been levied to the highest bidder. No sooner does she promise the judge that she’ll be a law-abiding citizen, then she finds herself on the run from not only Chinese Black Hearts, eager to confiscate her organs, but the authorities who realize that they’ve let her out too soon.
Praise for Weston Ochse
“Weston Ochse is one of the best authors of our generation.” - Brian Keene, Author of Ghoul and The Rising
“Weston Ochse is a mercurial writer, one of those depressingly talented people who are good at whatever they turn their hand to”-Conrad Williams, August Derleth and International Horror Guild Award Winner
“Weston Ochse is perhaps the fiercest and most direct of the latest generation of dark fiction writers.” Rocky Wood , author of Stephen King: A Literary Companion.
“Weston Ochse is to horror what Bradbury is to science fiction -- an artist whose craft, stories and voice are so distinct and mesmerizing that you can't help but be enthralled.” - Dani Kollin, Prometheus Award-winning author of The Unincorporated Man
“Brilliantly rendered. What was so impressive about the piece was that I did not doubt the incredible heroism of the protagonist... nor his motivation. - Andrew Vachss on “Family Man”
“Ochse succeeds in creating a complex plot that casts a brutal overwhelming spell.”
- International Thriller Award winner Tom Piccirilli on Scarecrow Gods
Who Is Weston Ochse?
Weston Ochse is the author of six novels and over a hundred short stories. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for Fiction. His work has appeared in professional writing guides, comic books, magazines, anthologies and collections.