A few months ago, my first book, a sci-fi novella called Fluke: Langara's Prize, was released to universal critical acclaim. Or... okay, maybe not universal. 17 people reviewed it on Amazon, and they rated it 4.2 stars on average. (That's pretty good, though, right?)
If you didn't get a chance to grab Fluke when it came out, you'll be happy to know the book is currently available free of charge at Amazon—and it will remain priced at $0.00 until Saturday, March 23 at 2:00AM Central Time. Here's the link to the product page.
Fluke is about a man who wakes up in the 22nd century. His body and memories have been regenerated using a groundbreaking new technology, and the company who did it offers him a deal: since you're ill-equippd to handle 22nd-century life on your own, we'll hire you as a walking and talking ad for the technology—you can work for us as long as you like. Our hero accepts, not knowing the spooky ulterior motives for his resurrection. (Oooh.) Fluke was written by yours truly, edited by TR's own Editor-in-Chief Scott Wasson, and published electronically by The Tech Report.
Here's what readers are saying:
"Having read a lot of this author's work on TechReport.com, I was expecting a great novella, and I was not disappointed. In fact, I couldn't put it down until I had finished it! A great way to spend an evening."
"The characters were well fleshed out, and had more depth than you might expect from a short work. In the the book I experienced triumph over adversity, a will to live and fundamental humanity. There are action, adventure, bad motives, good motives, greed, and glimmers of hope which punctuate the narrative. Some rather fundamental questions are also posed: Is DNA enough to be human? Can a 'person' not have human rights? What does it mean to reverse engineer a person, do you own it/him?"
"I thought that the novella had great pacing and a pleasantly realistic and accurate take on technology. I can't help but wish that it was a little longer, but that's only because the story was compelling and I wanted more!"
"Do not buy this book! I contracted the Black Plague and died immediately after reading it. Cyril Kowalski is a hack."
Amazon offers Fluke in Kindle e-book format, which is compatible with Kindle e-readers and a host of other devices, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, and even web browsers. Also, since the file isn't protected with DRM, you can convert it into EPUB format using Calibre. That will make it compatible with other e-readers like the Nook or the Sony Reader.
Again, Fluke can be downloaded right here, and it doesn't cost a dime right now. If you pick it up and like it, please tell your friends!
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