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THE CONTRACTOR
A Stand-Alone Techno-Thriller Novella
(And Also THANK YOU)

In line with e-book publishing advice about A) putting out as much as possible; B) hitting different price points; C) hitting different categories; D) fully leveraging all your intellectual property; and E) just basically giving yourself as much chance as possible to get lucky, catch fire, and build a readership . . .

I'm tickled to announce the stand-alone publication of my short-ish novella (or long-ish short story), THE CONTRACTOR.


I've been told by readers that this one hangs together best as a stand-alone adventure. And it is a dandy and characteristic intro to my work. And it's a taster one can grab for a piddling 99 cents. (NB: This is included in Don't Shoot Me In The Ass, And Other Stories, so if you already have that you don't need this!)

Here's the jacket flap copy for you:

Allison Blue is a top-notch (plus hot) Silicon Valley cryptographer - and she is a cryptographer even when she is being a spy, doing highly-paid contract work for a terrifyingly omniscient government agency. She only took the field operative training, and the high-capacity Glock, to amuse herself - and to feel part of something dangerous.

But danger proves surprisingly unamusing when first the Israelis, then the Chinese, and finally her own agency, all start asking very insistently that she steal her company's revolutionary quantum encryption technology for them – and her double-life quickly gets much more complex, and much more double-life-threatening, than she ever bargained for.

Will the unflappable Mossad agent with the dreamy steel-blue eyes protect her when the shit comes down? Will the mad-dog Chinese operatives with the dual double-barreled pistol grip shotguns disappear her in a hail of buckshot? Will her own government agency ultimately lock her up in a room, and throw away the room?

The final result of this dizzying conflict will only be determined in a balls-out, five-way firefight in the server room of a highly-secure office complex in the middle of Silicon Valley. And where Allison will go afterward, should she survive, is yet to be determined . . .

This 10,000-word novella combines all of the best motifs of cyberthriller writer Michael Stephen Fuchs: over-the-top action, blitzingly new technologies, a conflicted motorcycle-riding female protagonist who is handy with both computers and guns, wildly complex action set-pieces - and, finally, a philosophical meditation on what the hell we're supposed to be doing with our lives down here, especially when everything is coming down around our ears.


And THANK YOU

Fifty-three of you totally lovely people (as you can see here, at bottom) have shared the book dispatch out to Facebook. Holy heck. Thank you very much indeed. And extra-huge thank yous to the wonderful people who, with zero prompting, posted reviews on Amazon. I'm told in no uncertain terms that reader reviews are a major key to selling e-books.

All you guys who so generously pitched in make me want to be a better human being.


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about
close photo of Michael Stephen Fuchs

Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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THE MANUSCRIPT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
PANDORA'S SISTERS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
DON'T SHOOT ME IN THE ASS, AND OTHER STORIES by Michael Stephen Fuchs
D-BOYS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
COUNTER-ASSAULT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book One - Fortress Britain, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Two - Mogadishu of the Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Genesis, by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Three - Three Parts Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Four - Maximum Violence, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Five - EXODUS, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Six - The Horizon, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs

ARISEN, Book Seven - Death of Empires, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eight - Empire of the Dead by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : NEMESIS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Nine - Cataclysm by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Ten - The Flood by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eleven - Deathmatch by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Twelve - Carnage by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Thirteen - The Siege by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Fourteen - Endgame by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Fickisms
ARISEN : Odyssey
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