Episode I: Choose – Now Live on Amazon kindle
“A man is as free as he chooses to make himself, never an atom freer.”
The pre-release of Episode I: Choose is now available exclusively for Kindle for 99 cents, free with Amazon Prime.
What if citizenship and advancement meant signing a life-contract to the government or approved corporation? In this future world, innovation, creativity, even fertility have nearly vanished. Those who can afford artificially-lengthened lifespans amass obscene wealth and power. Some say this society is too civilized to be called a slave state. Yet those that walk away become despised “nobodies” who must forage in the shadows.
What would you choose?
Echo is creative, beautiful and fertile, and was raised with every luxury. She has seen the inner-workings of LTK (the corporation that controls all news and entertainment) too closely to become a willing slave.
Rick was first in his graduating class at the National Police Academy and is the son of a national hero. He believes that he must surpass expectations. When invited to join an elite force called RAPID, he thinks nothing of signing an addendum to his life-contract pledging loyalty to this unit, even though his closest friends have misgivings.
Favor dreams of becoming an actress. She would sign absolutely anything to make her dreams come true.
Lorenzo – never last, never first – probably views a life-contract as little more than bureaucratic paperwork.
Jeff (Red) Roselle was raised among wealthy financiers. He ran away at age sixteen and became a bandit. He refers to his early life as excellent training, although he admits to being a less-ambitious thief these days. Now, after six years of wandering the wasteland, he knows there is something better than wealth: liberty.
Selinda dreamed of becoming a detective. But in this world where fertility is becoming rare, it is not legal to be a lesbian. When her presence becomes inconvenient to her chain of command she chooses to walk away on her own terms, fully armed.
By Sarah Mankowski
About 43,000 words
Coming this summer in six episodes, exclusively to Kindle – Echo’s Voice in six episodes.