In the dark corners of the city, conspiracy and assassination are a means to an end. Those who stand at the top pull the strings in whatever manner they desire, unopposed by their subordinates, and unchallenged by ethics. But some people are difficult to tame, as not all humans are created equal within the confines of Menilax. A rare gift has spread throughout the Broken Sector, allowing the less fortunate to control parts of existence that normal people could only dream of. But they are tired, poor and homeless, and have been abandoned by the rest of the city due to their volatility. Grey is a man looking to strengthen his constituents and rebuild the Sector, working as much as he can before his time comes to an end. With a track record of blood and shadow, he’s hoping that with enough good deeds he can redeem himself. To what lengths he will go to remains to be seen, but is it remotely possible for good works to cancel out a history of dark deeds? Where does one draw the line, for who can be forgiven, and who must be damned for their sins? While Grey grew up fending for himself in an uncaring, apathetic environment, Janus enrolled with STARCOV, a covert division of the military, specialising in espionage, tactics and foreign surveillance. Her world is torn asunder when her little brother is abducted, leaving her mind to unravel at a frightening pace. Not only must she deal with Oscar’s disappearance, but Janus is left with years of operational conditioning, skills not applicable to life outside of the unit. Janus plans to take matters into her own hands to take back control, to see Oscar returned home in one piece. Will her trauma consume her from the inside? Or will she beat the odds and succeed despite her shortcomings?
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The story started with a dream i had when i was a teenager. From there, the story evolved and changed to something that barely resembles the original concept, as i learned and progressed my writing skills over time.
Writing was a hobby for many years, although after having some friends and family enjoy my work, i decided to publish it and see how it went.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
One of the main characters was a decent one, with plenty of depth and moments of humanity, but he felt incomplete somehow. After some deliberation, i came up with more characters around him that seemed to make him more compelling. It took a long time to iron out the finer details around each character, but a large one was how they contrast eachother.
The bar this time of night was alive and rampant, filled with people from all walks of life. He lived for nights like these, where he could drink among citizens in the pub on equal terms. He rarely spoke with anyone. Instead, he quietly enjoyed the noise of others enjoying themselves. It was his refuge from the world. To be around so much happiness was a blessing, one that he was overjoyed to facilitate.
Seeing people dusty and clammy from a hard day’s work, drinking, laughing, and carrying on with colleagues, strangers, and friends, instilled a sense of community in his jaded spirit. He’d never known about how infectious a pleasant environment could be until the pub, and he’d always made sure it was open until late, even if he had to serve people himself. With a small amount of funding, Grey provided the patrons with cheap drinks and meals to encourage them to come back, strengthening relationships between each person who came inside. Looking out the window of the bar, Grey exhaled.
"And here I thought it was going to be a quiet night . . ."
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