I'm probably a lot like you. My days are filled with production, education and the fruits of procreation. That cycle continues still, through several careers and whole decades of my waking hours. When I want a little recreation, I pick up a book. My vacations fit in a pocket and go somewhere new every time. That's a pretty good bargain for the time pressed. Does any of this sound familiar?
After that, things get a little divergent. I study science habitually, just to see what is possible and where it might lead. Game theory and all types of performing arts are recreation. When I can string a few days together, I like to travel and look for the differences. People who travel know what I mean, that jarring convention somewhere else that makes you question your presumptions. That's the price of the trip, right there. Is any of this still familiar?
I enjoy immersing the reader; lifting them right out of their lives and dropping them into a devised variant built of language. The image of an old black and white science horror episode, where people just went 'poof' leaving behind a pile of clothes and a cooling cup of coffee, that would be my ideal transport for the readership.
Of course, returning them home is more difficult. Mussed hair and a dazed condition are the common complaints. But my lawyers assure me a simple disclaimer will render me suit-proof. Consider this fair warning.
Dalen Buchanan 2012
The Soul Electricus
Nanoterrorism in Europe, human trafficking on an offworld penal colony; It's just another year in the 24th century. For Marshal Navarro and the Templars he fights beside it is a time of sore trials and underhanded tricks. A new economic plan for the religious cultures of Earth receives its test by fire on a lifeless desert world. Return to the fast moving future in this third book of the series
Return to the worlds of the 24th century in the sequel to “Loading Souls.” Kidnappings, riots and a serial killer who won't stay dead complicate Marshal Navarro's life. His Templars lead an invasion of West Virginia and amphibious operations in Florida while aggressive AIs fight PR campaigns with militias. The future moves pretty fast and even death is no release in this second book of the series.
It's the 24th century and the economy rules, AI's have rights and you can live forever given enough money and luck. Marshal "Chuy" Navarro is a contractor in a privatized army, selling his services to the Catholic Church. When needed he can be a Cop, a Spy, a Soldier, even a Terrorist. What he doesn't know is that his AI handler can peer deep into his thoughts and has another view of the future.
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Smashwords book reviews by Dalen Buchanan
on July 26, 2013
A very solid debut by a new author. The protagonist, Zeb, has traded his humanity for a rung on the corporate ladder. At first, there is little to like about Zeb. He comes from poverty and turns anger at his family's circumstances into cold calculation to leave them all behind. The story follows him hunting dehumanized clones for sport and living a solitary existence among the rich elites.
But he hungers for connection with others, always seeking the eyes as a window to the soul. On one hunt he sees that connection in the eyes of a clone, where none should exist. This shakes his beliefs and leads to dreams and troubled thoughts that gradually bring out his long buried empathy. Once he breaks the clone out of the games, the story becomes a chase with new characters and a developing relationship between Zeb and the clone. Zeb's returning humanity brings relationships with others to the fore, leading to a girlfriend who has her own past demons. There is an element of pathos run through the story right to the ending.
The editing is very good and there is warmth in the characters even through a lot of personal tragedy. I look forward to other J. Lewis Bennett books.