Michael McBride – F9 (Short Story)

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A fictional look inside the brains and thoughts of mass murderers all terrorizing the Colorado area.

This book is a quick one at around 60 pages.  It took me around an hour total to read this, and I definitely couldn’t put it down.  I actually was looking through DarkFuse’s offerings and this one popped out at me.  Then I read the description and after the very recent shooting at a community college I decided I wanted to pick this up and see what it was about.

I’m glad I did.  Now, yes, there is some “hard science” within the pages of this book that I’m not sure could have been left out.  The author assumes that people do not know anything about the science behind brain scans and MRIs and such.  So he goes into some detail (but still incredibly short) about how the processes give these neurologists a look inside brains.

Like I mentioned before, this is a blazing fast read at 60 pages.  But I promise, without giving much away, the ending will blindside you.  The last 20 pages FLEW by for me, and I couldn’t believe that I was at the end of the book already.

I love an author who can pull off an intriguing story off in such few pages.  It is really challenging and when they do it right, you are left wishing there was more, but also, you’re left feeling like you got an incredible story in such a short space.  McBride definitely pulled this off.

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bookdescription

The rate of violent crime is on the rise, and nowhere is this more evident than in the state of Colorado.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me…

It’s called Acute High-Altitude Neuropathic Dissociation—or, more commonly, Mile High Syndrome—and Dr. Ellis Randall Harding, a neurologist, is determined to understand why. For him, it’s personal. He was there on September 24th, 1994 when a gunman walked into the library and started shooting.

I once was lost, but now I’m found…

The answer is locked inside the mind of a monster who shot and killed nine people in 1968. The problem is he’s in a vegetative state and incapable of communicating with anyone, except for Dr. Harding, who has figured out how to utilize medical imaging technology to amplify and interpret the killer’s brain activity.

Was blind but now I see…

But as Dr. Harding learns, there are some things that mankind was never meant to understand. Chief among them, the true nature of evil.

abouttheauthor

martin_mcbrideMichael McBride was born in Colorado and still resides in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. He hates the snow, but loves the Avalanche. He works with medical radiation, yet somehow managed to produce five children, none of whom, miraculously, have tails, third eyes, or other random mutations. He writes fiction that runs the gamut from thriller to horror to science fiction…and loves every minute of it.

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