D. Clarence Snyder is a retired Master Sergeant and unabashed nerd. His previous work includes uncredited technical articles; several issues of the comic book series The Tick; and an infrequently updated blog and web comic.
Set in a time when corporations have the same legal status as sovereign nations, freelance mercenaries, corporate police officers, and quasi-military forces come into conflict over mundane products, suppressed information. and the ridiculous sums of money which accompany modern commerce.
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Against the noise of a society dominated by nation-status corporations and synthetic body parts, devoted people form Naturalist colonies and oppose "The Altered State."
In a job market where corporations have the same legal status as sovereign nations, freelance mercenaries make their living doing high risk jobs that require a certain moral flexibility. Gates City was especially risky; the entire city belonged to a single corporation. But, the job offered a mega-dollar to steal a box from a lab, and Khutulun was still paying off her new synthetic legs.
When corporations have the same legal status as sovereign nations, corrupt people find new ways to exploit systems to gain power. When Corporate-Senator Saul's employee is arrested, the career politician has a special concern and turns to unscrupulous methods.
The freelance mercenary known as Butcher is very good at making people not talk about election fraud.
When corporations have the same legal status as sovereign nations, police forces act in jurisdictions that fit together like jigsaw pieces from different puzzles. As a champion of municipal authority, Corporate Affairs Officer McGoohan trains a younger officer how to force those pieces into a cohesive picture of a polite society.
That is until one bullet changes the direction of his career.
When corporations have the same legal status as sovereign nations, borders are marked by elevator doors and wars are fought to keep black ink on the bottom line. When a new recipe threatens to upset the world's trillion dollar cookie market, its scientist baker is murdered, sending freelance mercenaries and corporate police officers into a scramble to recover the missing prototype batch.
When corporations have the same legal status as sovereign nations, wars for market dominance are fought with freelance mercenaries in city streets. A smuggler, a sniper, and a shape-shifting thief hire on to steal a box and concoct a risky plan to hit the armored car carrying it – with another armored car.