Jim Liston grew up in the wild 70s in St. Louis, Missouri. A musician all of his life, he spent most of his early adult years traveling as a drummer in rock bands. He currently plays the mandolin and is part of a bluegrass duo with his wife.
He has been writing short stories and flash fiction on his blog, JimsGotWeb.com, and the positive feedback has encouraged him to publish his first book, "Invasion of Privacy and Other Short Stories." He is currently working on his next book, which will be published in December 2013.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South St. Louis, Missouri. The neighborhood is about 6 blocks from the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and is known as the Soulard district. It's being rebuilt now, but in the 60s it was a rough, inner-city neighborhood. Some of the characters in my stories are based on people I knew as a kid. The story, Ronnie and the Smoke Bomb, for instance, is a true story with some altered facts thrown in.
When did you first start writing?
I've been a musician all my life and originally wanted to be a song writer, so I've always written down ideas that came to me. The past few years I've started writing short stories and flash fiction on my website, JimsGotWeb.com and the positive reaction from readers has encouraged me to continue writing.
By Jim Liston
Published: August 3, 2013.
(4.75 from 8 reviews)
If you're the person who murdered my wife and think you've gotten away with it, think again. I'm looking for you, and I'll eventually find you.
Is someone watching you through your webcam right now? No? Are you sure? Jim and his team of computer hackers are searching for a killer. They know they're invading your privacy and it's illegal, but they don't care.
This is the first book I've read by Byers and I have to say I'm impressed. She has created well-developed, believable characters and made me care about what happens to them.
I would have liked more action earlier in the book. I understand the need to develop characters and plot, but some excitement closer to the start of the story would have engaged me sooner. Another round of editing to correct some formatting problems and other errors wouldn’t hurt either.
Overall, this was a fun story to read and I look forward to reading more of the author’s work.
Harry’s father was a quantum physicist, working on the feasibility of time travel, before his sudden death. When Harry’s mother was reported missing after working for Global Nation in Tel Aviv as a peacekeeper, he was determined to find her. Global Nation is a worldwide non-profit organization involved in peace, education, and social activism. Harry has data proving that Global Nation conducted experiments on innocent people, and he knew they kidnapped his mother, he just didn’t know why. Needing his expertise to set up a security firewall, Global Network hires Harry and he puts together a team of online gamers with unique skills to help him infiltrate the organization.
This is an exciting adventure story, with a cast of characters that will surprise and delight you. At times, some of the technical descriptions are challenging to understand, but not so much as to keep you from following the story. There are thrilling twists and turns that will keep you guessing and waiting for more. A sneak peak excerpt from “Resist,” Book 2 of the Among Us Trilogy is included. This is a welcome bonus, as I wasn’t ready for the story to end.