Eighteen fifty-caliber rounds from the hidden automatic weapon shred the bricks and beams of the building, and the drug dealer standing in front of it. Lightning flashes from the parked truck and locks onto an infamous pedophile, thrashing him around like a rodeo cowboy on an angry bull, leaving him smoking, and just about medium-rare. A rocket propelled grenade lifts a three-ton SUV off the ground, and gravity returns it, leaving the terrorist and his entourage inside looking like s’mores scattered in the wreckage. The swimming pool suddenly becomes alive with electricity, and the mobster and his mistress struggle to escape as each pulse slams their bodies, and they decide to just float, face-down.
Screenshot is on the air, and for a modest fee, you can watch it all happen on your computer. Real. Live. Interactive.
Every week, Screenshot offers up a new execution, the live, real-time murder of someone who probably deserves it. Each bizarre weapon is hand-crafted in his high-tech lair. Each execution done remotely by a lucky guest assassin. And all of it hidden in the virtual world of the Internet, impenetrable.
Seth Mathias is drawn into the events by his reporting job, and his past history with violent death. As his
own investigation, assisted by a rogue FBI computer geek and the revolutionary ideas of a discredited scientist, gets closer to the truth, Screenshot targets this band of pursuers for a new weapon. At the same time, the FBI itself becomes suspicious of their activities, sending its agent to round them up for some questions of their own. Questions whose answers will land them all in jail.
So the race is on, and second place is last place.
SCREENSHOT – where virtual reality gets real.
This edition includes a bonus feature – Part One of John’s new book, The Rockets’ Red Glare, a blockbuster thriller about simultaneous dirty bomb attacks on America disguised as July 4th fireworks displays.
Targeted Age Group: 18+
Book Price: 2.99
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Technology, it’s as simple as that. My books are tech-heavy, but with real technology, so it takes a lot of research. I call this “forecast fiction” because it uses current events, technology, and social trends to create an epic event that wouldn’t surprise you if it was news tomorrow.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
It used to be that writing was the easy part and getting published all the work. Now getting published is the easy part, but gaining an audience is almost impossible. First and foremost, make sure your book is good and has been carefully proofed and edited before release. Otherwise you will be immediately categorized as a hack. Second, market, market, market. And when that’s done, market some more.
John Darrin has worked in the nuclear industry for 40 years, initially as a radiation health and safety professional, and most recently as a consultant for companies focused on nuclear and radiological disasters and homeland security. He has worked on such unique projects as the first-ever decommissioning of a radiological research laboratory, the decommissioning of several nuclear reactors, the recovery after the Three Mile Island accident, the design and manufacture of radiation monitors for First Responders, and even on the treatment of nuclear weapons waste in China. This work has taken him all over the world, from China to Finland, from Central America to Canada, providing a wealth of experience and information that is reflected in his writings.
After graduation, he trained as a radiation safety technician and studied further at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia. His full-time life included such experiences as the entire ‘60’s phenomena, the anti-war movement, arrests, running businesses that manufactured electronics in Finland and the U.S., and invented radically new radioactive waste treatment processes, and created one of USA Today’s Top 10 Cyber Cafés.
John’s first novel, The Law of the Pack, won an international Best First Novel contest, and was followed in 2009 by Screenshot, a best-selling techno-thriller about pay-per-view Internet assassinations. In addition to his writing, John continues to consult on radiological emergency preparedness and response, and participates in professional groups planning for such incidents.
He lives in Frederick, MD with his extraordinary fiancé and a menagerie of rescued animals including cats, dogs, birds, and even a horse.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My son told me about a rancher in Texas who had set up a remote-control rifle with a video camera aimed at a salt-lick to attract deer, and thenrented time on the Internet to take a shot at any who happened to come by. The authorities shut him down, but the idea of remote-control weapons and interesting targets and Internet assassinations was too good to pass up.