Why is everyone around me seem to be in autopilot? Am I lucid or just losing my mind?
5 out of 5 stars
The world has turned upside down, but not in the manner that you expect. The protagonist in this novel is thrown into the world where everyone, including many of those close to him, is seemingly running on autopilot — just awaiting their next command. Similar to how many programs and apps work. But what caused this to happen?
This book is the definition of gripping. You are thrown into the action right away and then taken from it to better understand it. I found myself muttering aloud “what the…?” throughout this book seemingly surprised at almost every turn. Thacker & Tumlinson kept me interested throughout and before I knew it this episodic novel was over. Making me beg for more.
The storyline was extremely interesting to me a great cross between a dystopian and a technothriller. There are death and destruction, but there is also artificial intelligence (AI) and a lot of issues revolving around that.
A great start to a hopefully incredible final story from these two authors. I will eagerly be awaiting episode two and hoping it comes any day now.
The Lucid: Episode One by Kevin Tumlinson, Nick Thacker
Series: The Lucid #1
Published by Turtleshell Press on November 27, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Short Story, Technothriller
Adam Bolland, a manager at the Colorado Springs municipal water treatment facility, is only trying to enjoy his career, family, and life.
But when things start changing around him, he isn't sure what's going on. His wife and kids aren't acting... normal. When he looks into it more, he realizes the problem is larger than that. His coworkers, friends, and everyone seems to be acting strange.
So he decides to take matters into his own hands, and steals some vials of a mysterious chemical from his company, embarking on a mad escape from the police, placing himself and his family in danger.
But he must find out: What exactly is in the water?
"The Walking Dead meets books like Divergent in this wild, twisting military science fiction plot..."
About the Authors:
Nick is a writer, but you already knew that, so he won’t waste your time.
If he were to describe his work (which is exactly what he’s trying to do here), he would say it’s a mashup between Jurassic Park, National Treasure, The Da Vinci Code, all of James Rollins’ stuff, some of Clive Cussler’s stuff, a little of Michael Crichton’s stuff, with a side of adrenaline, testosterone, and the good parts of the Michael Bay movies (but only the GOOD PARTS).
His soon-to-be-written Wikipedia page says that he lives in a cabin on a mountain in Colorado with his wife and daughter, and enjoys being terrorized by the three dogs and tortoise that share his life and do nothing but eat food and cost him money.
He would love for you to hang out with him on Twitter or on his website, www.nickthacker.com.
Kevin Tumlinson was born in Wild Peach, Texas, during the early 70s. Which means he had practically nothing to do for the first 18 years of his life.
That meant he was free from outside stimulus, which gave him a creative edge. He spent his days roaming the back woods and open pastures and abandoned junk piles of Wild Peach, getting into a lot of trouble and building a rich inner world that comes in real handy today.
Kevin is the author of dozens of novels and novellas, including his popular Citadel science fiction trilogy and his ongoing Sawyer Jackson contemporary fantasy series.
Kevin was the winner of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy award, as well as a two-time winner of the Danny Lee Lawrence Award for Fiction.
In addition to writing and publishing, Kevin is the host of the Wordslinger Podcast (wordslingerpodcast.com)–a weekly interview-format show in which Kevin talks to some of the most interesting and upwardly mobile entrepreneurs around. Kevin makes a regular habit of coaching and helping other authors, entrepreneurs and would-be authors improve their craft, build or grow their business, and generally just make their lives better through writing.
Kevin lives with his wife, Kara, in the Greater Houston area, but has a grand master plan to chuck it all and live as an RV nomad, exploring the world, chasing his travel muse, and creating stories from the grist he finds out there.
Visit Kevin at kevintumlinson.com for more information about his work, and to connect with him and become one of his Slingers. You can also follow him on Facebook (/kevintumlinson) and Twitter (@kevintumlinson). He is no longer responding to smoke signals, and apologizes for the inconvenience.