Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Third Step by William Lobb - Synopsis & Excerpt

The Third Step

William Lobb



Dark, gritty, and riddled with back alley characters, The Third Step is one man’s journey into the black recesses of his own soul…

Meet Frankie, a young, disaffected amateur boxer, really more of a punching bag, a drunk and a drug addict. He is a loser at love, except for his relationship with his grandma, who, rumor has it, is a white witch. She, along with a handful of others, serve as his moral compass.

Frankie fights a lifelong struggle to find an understanding of the creator of the universe, not the poisoned caricature painted by the church and the “holy” people who seem to torment him.

His journey takes him from the East Coast down to New Orleans to face confrontations with his demons, both real and imagined.

Along the way the story is littered with tales of drug smuggling, murder, an affair with a woman who may be the devil herself, and an ultimate quest for revenge. Frankie comes to terms with his addictions, but his search for a deeper understanding of this God entity and his need to connect with his soul could be his ultimate addiction, one that may follow him beyond the grave…


It was 1957, March actually.  Guys who’d kicked Hitler’s and Hirohito’s asses were back home and settling in, buying big block Chevy’s and houses and TVs. I came to this world in the middle of all this. It was amazing. Captain Kangaroo and Leave it to Beaver. There was a sense that we were on the side of God and right.

Then it all changed, quickly. Vietnam, hippies. Nixon. The Russians. We no longer so scary, our government was, and everything started to change. My belief system broke down.  I started to swim with the sharks, the water got deeper and colder.

I got lost as I lost the desire to be found. I began to live underground. I liked it there. I’d be lying if I said otherwise.

Today, no two people know me as the same person. Everyone has a slightly different story, a different version. I’m okay with that. I’m a good source of amusing stories. That is what I should be.

A landlocked pirate, trying to survive 21st century mediocrity, writing is an attempt at making peace with these times and my life. Some days it works; some days it doesn’t.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Neuormorphs by Dennis Meredith

Title: The Neuormorphs
Author: Dennis Meredith
Genre: Science fiction
Page count:   285
Formats:   mobi and paper back

The robots were good. The Russian thugs were evil. But then...

It's 2050, and self-learning, neuromorphic “Helper” androids have become 
invaluable aids to humans, efficiently making their lives easier. Built 
and trained by such companies as Helpers, Inc., the Domestic Helper 
robots manage their owners’ homes, run their errands… and in the case of 
the erotic, alluring Intimorph model, even offer them marvelous sex.

The robots even save lives. The remote-controlled Defender line, has 
revolutionized warfare, by keeping human soldiers out of harm’s way.

The Domestic Helpers’ lifelike “secondskin” and programmed sociability 
have enabled them to fit right in with their human owners. And with 
their sophisticated, adaptable neuromorphic brains and meticulously 
engineered safeguards, they have proven benign and trusted.

But the human engineers who program them are neither benign nor 
trustworthy, as Patrick and Leah Jensen discover to their horror.

When they arrive in Phoenix for their new jobs, Patrick, a security 
consultant and former SEAL, and Leah, a lawyer, are at first delighted 
at the bargain price of the luxury co-op apartment, The Haven.

But after they move in, they discover the co-op is no haven, but a cadre 
of Helper robots that had been re-engineered to mimic wealthy humans, 
formerly their owners.

The robots had taken residence after being reprogrammed to murder their 
owners. And the Russian mobsters behind the plot directed the robot 
mimics to systematically loot the victims' estates of billions of 

But neither the corrupt engineers nor the greedy thugs realize what 
catastrophe they have wrought in programming autonomous abilities into 
the robots.

They have unwittingly created a new race of networked "hive-minded" 
sentient creatures with a relentless survival instinct: the Neuromorphs.

Patrick must enlist his team of SEALs to marshal their combat skills and 
futuristic firepower to thwart the seemingly unstoppable evolution of a 
new dominant species on the planet.

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