Thursday, December 5, 2013

VBT: Seventeen

Most of the world's seventeen billion people are unconscious, perpetually serving their employers as part of massive brain trusts. The ecosystem has collapsed, and corporations control all of the world's resources and governments. A bedraggled alcoholic known as the Prophet predicts nineteen year-old waitress Eadie will lead a revolution, but how can she prevail when hunted by a giant corporation and the Federal Angels it directs?
 The mist was clearing. Brian found himself standing in the street outside the bar he had entered earlier. Half a dozen battered and bleeding men stood surrounding him, and at least as many more lay on the gravel, seriously wounded or out cold.

The attack had come from somewhere in the mist, from all directions at once. His head and torso ached and throbbed. He locked his shaking knees to keep them from buckling. Every muscle in his body seemed to be lengthening, pouring downward like water. His eyelids drooped.

One of the standing men took a step toward him, fists raised. Brian tried to turn away from him, his arm flopping behind his back like a fish.

Behind his back! His eyes opened a little wider. He straightened and forced his arm to function, whipping out his revolver and aiming it around at the circle of attackers.

He tried to pull back the hammer but too many of his knuckles were broken. He ended up simply pointing it at the closest one, who backed away cautiously. Once past him, Brian walked backwards, still aiming the gun as long as he could see them. Then he turned, moving as fast as he could manage, back toward Dok’s place.
Mark D. Diehl writes novels about power dynamics and the way people and organizations influence each other. He believes that obedience and conformity are becoming humanity’s most important survival skills, and that we are thus evolving into a corporate species.
Diehl has: been homeless in Japan, practiced law with a major multinational firm in Chicago, studied in Singapore, fled South Korea as a fugitive, and been stranded in Hong Kong.

After spending most of his youth running around with hoods and thugs, he eventually earned his doctorate in law at the University of Iowa and did graduate work in creative writing at the University of Chicago. He currently lives and writes in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Unknown said...

Thanks for featuring "Seventeen" today, Sandra!

Pat Hatt said...

Nice excerpt and i think the cover is staring at me lol

Sandra Cox said...

Goddess and Mark, you are most welcome;)

Sandra Cox said...

Hi Pat, that is a good cover isn't it?

Unknown said...

The cover was done by the amazing Rebecca Sterling, and I absolutely love it. It captures a kind of Illuminati feel, but also the desolation of a future world where the environment is destroyed and survival depends on being tied to corporations. In the full-size version, you can see DNA and machinery reflected in the eye.

The obnoxious green color is also part of the story. In "Seventeen," the corporations all use a patented shade for everything inside their offices. Called "Corporate Green," it's said to improve productivity by 0.5%.

Natasha said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
Sounds like an amazing read!!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Sandra Cox said...

The book sounds fascinating, Mark.

Natasha, thanks for stopping by and supporting Mark.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Oh the cover is kind of freaky, but freaky in a good way. I like it.

Sandra Cox said...

I agree, Lynda.