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Science Fiction (Military Science Fiction)
World peace can be deadly.
Humans discover alien technology and start colonizing worlds outside the solar system. Genetic modification produces miracles. Science advances the human condition. And, for the first time in history, the nations of the world have achieved real peace with each other.
But only the elite truly benefit from all the advancements. Most people are still trapped on an Earth ruined by chemical pollution, nuclear accidents, and chaotic weather changes. Rebellious “genies”–genetically engineered servants–cause more harm than good. And global corporations have stripped the idea of nations and freedom of any real meaning.
Sergeant Jack Rimes is no stranger to intrigue. The U.S. Army Special Forces operator lives in a time where every nation on Earth is at peace… but there are plenty of secrets to go around. As corporate greed threatens humanity, genetically engineered humans are making international mayhem of their own.
After his unplanned reassignment to the Intelligence Bureau, Jack is tasked with tracking down a rogue agent implicated in a political assassination. As he and his new partner, an old flame, search the globe for answers, the truth shakes him to his core. The powers-that-be may not be very interested in keeping humanity alive…
Momentary Stasis is the first book in a provocative series of grimdark military sci-fi novels full of intrigue, horror, and action that unflinchingly explores the impact of technology and unbridled greed on humanity. If you like gritty, flawed protagonists, tech-heavy thrillers, and incredible new worlds, then you’ll love the first installment from PR Adams’ provocative new series.
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20 February 2164. Singapore. Pei Fu Complex, Hougang Industrial Sector.
Sergeant Jack Rimes jerked awake as his Battlefield Awareness System chimed. The BAS’s display showed a string of green text, bright against the evening dark: Mission authorized by United Nations Special Security Council.
Even before the Special Security Council’s approval, Rimes had been running on adrenaline. He needed something more now. He popped a stimulant and winced at the bitter aftertaste.
Nearly twenty hours to give the go. So much for the element of surprise.
Rimes looked through the window he’d been leaning against, taking in the shadowy shell of the abandoned house he and the rest of the team had been hiding inside since their arrival. The BAS overlaid what he could see with imagery and data harvested from every security system it could discreetly access. A rusty, wrought-iron gate hung limply from a crumbling brick wall that enclosed a cratered courtyard. Beyond the gate, a cracked asphalt road ran southeast, framing apartment complexes before connecting to Lim Teck Boo Road.
Rimes was tense, a compressed spring waiting to be released. The rest of the team, all in black nano-particle bodysuits, weren’t much better. In particular, the Indian Marine Commando, Tendulkar, was driving them nuts, pulling a boot-knife out and jamming it back into its sheath for hours on end.
Rimes had shared his concerns in private with Major Uber, the German in command of the mission, and his second, Captain Nakata. The three had worked together before. Petty Officer Tendulkar and Senior Sergeant Pachnine, a Russian who towered over even Rimes, had been inserted into the team at the last minute.
“Now we see if this was just politics or if these two are legitimate,” Uber whispered to Rimes over a private BAS channel.
Rimes returned his gaze to the window and softly snorted. “Taking out four LoDu agents? Not the sort of mission I’d like to use as a learning opportunity. I’m already missing the old team.”
The road was still deserted. A line of amber lamps lit a towering wall that sealed off a maze of sagging, scarred apartment buildings to the southwest. To the northeast, the wall transformed into a security tunnel and disappeared under a sickly forest. Inside the complex, a dozen uniformed guards patrolled on foot and in electric cars, their locations marked by the BAS. A light rain had fallen, leaving behind a mist that covered everything, clinging to the walls and twisted vegetation. Rainbow halos formed around the lamps, washing the street in ghost light.
Uber subvocalized the mission’s final details over his BAS, then whispered, “Let’s go.”
About the Author:
I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. I joined the Air Force, and my career took me from coast to coast before depositing me in the St. Louis, Missouri area for several years. After a tour in Korea and a short return to the St. Louis area, I retired and moved to the greater Denver, Colorado metropolitan area.
I write speculative fiction, mostly science fiction and fantasy. My favorite writers over the years have been Robert E. Howard, Philip K. Dick, Roger Zelazny, and Michael Crichton.
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Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?
My writing journey began in 1979 with a concept that mixed fantasy, science fiction, and superheroes. I was too young then to know what to do with the idea, so I set it aside for a while. After numerous learning opportunities, including a failed comic book publishing venture, I retired that concept and began developing other ideas. A few years ago, I realized that the way to go was indie publishing. I had always hoped the day would come where I didn’t have to go in search of the elusive “next big thing” that traditional publishers demanded. With indie publishing, success is measured differently. You have a chance to find your own audience, and it doesn’t have to happen overnight. I’m a speculative fiction fan, mostly science fiction and fantasy, but I also love horror, so that’s what I intend to start out with.
How many books do you currently have published?
I have the three books of the Rimes Trilogy published. The follow-on ERF series will start in 2017.
What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?
Whatever I’ve just finished seems to become my new favorite. I would imagine if that didn’t happen, I would be concerned about the book.
Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?
Right now, I’m editing “Valley of Death”, the second book in the ERF series. It should release sometime in 2017, probably summer.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
As big a thrill as creating gives, experiencing reader reaction is even bigger. Being able to provide entertainment to someone is such a huge rush, it just can’t be beat.
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?
If by writer’s block you mean “not being able to write about something”, I haven’t really experienced that. I’ve always written something–short works, comic book scripts, novels–in some form throughout my life. If writer’s block is meant as “not being able to complete a created work”, I haven’t really run into that in the last several years. Discovering indie publishing changed everything for me. Before, it was easy to become discouraged that my work could be undone by a gatekeeper. Now I can publish my own work and leave it to readers to determine whether or not I did the right thing. Maybe that means the answer is having hope and confidence that what I write will get out there.
Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?
I plot and outline pretty tightly, so the surprise comes at that point usually. So far, the surprises have been in timing, when an event that was planned for the third act needs to move up to the second, for instance. That can throw me for a loop.
Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?
Jack Rimes is still my favorite. He has the advantage of being my first protagonist to carry a series all the way through. Maybe that changes when I wrap my other series, but it’s going to be tough to overcome the advantage of being first.
So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?
The concluding scene in the Rimes Trilogy, which spans the final two chapters. It was very cathartic for me. I kept looping Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s “Over the Rainbow” through my head while writing it. The images just stayed with me for days.
What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?
I’m constantly learning, whether it’s story structure, the technical aspect of the craft, the development aspect, or the business side, it’s a never-ending experience. For someone just starting out, I would suggest picking an area to focus on and build up confidence with that, then move on to the next. For a lot of folks, learning about story structure first is probably the way to go, but everyone is different.
If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why?
“Momentary Stasis” is probably the best starter book. It’s the start of a planned set of interconnected series, it plays with some pretty cool themes, and it’s a good look at how my mind works.
Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release, a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character?
The Rimes Trilogy books each began with a prologue. Each prologue built on the previous one and by the end of the series, the prologues made sense and became integral to the story as foreshadowing. For a few reasons, those prologues were cut. I think the series survives without them, but in the box set, I’m very tempted to make those available for anyone interested in seeing the series as originally imagined. Most other cuts were, such as a scene at the end of book two, are character and world-building bits that aren’t essential. Those prologues, though, meant a lot to me.
Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?
I still go back to my Robert E. Howard Conan short stories for visceral, intense entertainment. Richard Matheson’s “The Beardless Warriors” is another go-to classic. Finally, I’ve recently discovered and really fallen for Richard K. Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs series. One day, I’ll go back through my Philip K. Dick collection and re-read some of those, too. I remember a few of his books very fondly.
What about television shows? Movies?
I don’t have the time or patience for TV. Too much padding, too many things drawn out to keep costs down. The last movie I absolutely loved was “Inception”. Some of my friends kept telling me I needed to see it, but I didn’t have the time. I finally made the time, and it has become one of my all-time favorites. It reassured me that stories like the Rimes Trilogy have a chance if they can find their audience.
Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions?
Not at this time. Maybe once I’ve established myself.