Episode Seven of Convergence (Out on the Fringe Podcast)
4.5 out of 5 stars
If you’re unfamiliar with serialized fiction – it’s the idea that you take a story and separate it out into episodes – like a TV show. These are usually released on a website or as a podcast. I’ll be reviewing each episode separately as they come out to provide an episode by episode review of the story. Read my reviews of Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three, Episode Four, Episode Five, Episode Six.
Some of my reviews may contain spoilers to past episodes – I’ll try and keep that to a minimum but I can’t guarantee anything.
Best line from this episode: “It had become a joke that even if the US Army lost, the lawyers would kill the PRC for sure.”
Hicks is a fantastic author. I know he’s building to something big and while in that “building” phase, we’re still treated to some flashbacks and use of the memory technology. I flew through today’s episode and it was over before I realized it.
In this episode, we’re treated to a new camp and some new people to hate. We’re also reunited with his daughter but she basically wants nothing to do with him. From that point, I’m not really sure what is going to happen and I can’t even begin to venture a guess. I think I know where Hicks will go, but I’m probably way off base.
This episode was one of the shorter ones but I didn’t notice. It just passed the time quickly and really helped move the story along. You feel more and more for these characters as it goes on – even if they’re a bit of an antihero.
Convergence Episode Six by Michael Patrick Hicks
Narrator: Travis Baldree
Length: 45 mins
Series: Convergence #6
Published by Serial Audio on February 23rd 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction
Memories are the most dangerous drug.
Jonah Everitt is a killer, an addict, and a memory thief.
After being hired to kill a ranking officer of the Pacific Rim Coalition and download his memories, Everitt finds himself caught in the crosshairs of a terror cell, a rogue military squadron, and a Chinese gangster named Alice Xie. Xie is a profiteer of street drugs, primarily DRMR, a powerful narcotic made from the memories of the dead. With his daughter, Mesa, missing in post-war Los Angeles, Everitt is forced into an uneasy alliance with Alice to find her.
Mesa’s abduction is wrapped up in the secrets of a brutal murder during the war’s early days, a murder that Alice Xie wants revenged. In order to find her, Jonah will have to sift through the memories of dead men that could destroy what little he has left.
In a city where peace is tenuous and loyalties are ever shifting, the past and the present are about to converge.Also by this author: Revolver, From The Ashes, Mass Hysteria, Consumption
Also in this series: Convergence Episode One, Convergence Episode Two, Convergence Episode Three, Convergence Episode 3