Archive for December, 2016

28
Dec
16

Safety Nation Chapter 10

If you’d been thinking the plot of Safety Nation was a little scattered, I wouldn’t blame you for it. The entire first arc serves to set up the world and the main characters. It isn’t really until this point, Chapter 10, where things start to move forward at a brisker pace, and with the pieces starting to move together. This chapter is the jumping off point for the rest of the main storyline. And, I’ve only got a couple more chapters remaining to share with you, so I hope I’ll leave you wanting more, and you’ll buy a copy of the book.

In case you have missed the chapters so far, here are links to them:

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4

Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Announcement/Blurb

Cover Art

As always, the chapter below, and entire novel, are copyrighted.

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Safety Nation by Logan Riley

10

I lumbered out to the parking lot. Lowry was nowhere in sight. I stood beside my car with one arm slung across the roof, and watched stragglers trickle out of the Central Office. Most had already left for the day, on time, as there was no reward for extra work.

On the far side of the lot, a larger group of agents were filing into the building. The night crew. Their faces were far less enthusiastic than the ones who were going home.

After a good thirty minutes of waiting, I decided I wasn’t going to see Lowry. She must have slipped out before Zamyatan and I had finished our work. Now the only thing I had to look forward to was a night with my demon-dog and troll-wife.

I got in my car and punched in the coordinates for the diner I frequented. I ate alone, slowly chewing a bland piece of meat.

Once I finished choking down dinner, I trudged back to my car. I sat inside for a long time, the engine off. I watched the sun drop below the horizon. The sky turned fiery orange, then dusky purple, then dark black. Fluorescent lights continued to burn over every inch of the city. For the streets and sidewalks, it was always the middle of the day.

I started the engine. The electric motor whirred to life. I input a new set of coordinates. The vehicle maneuvered out of the parking lot and into the street, carefully minding all traffic laws.

Before me stood a solid brick building with an affixed sign reading, “Clothing Incorporated.” The windows were dark. I walked toward the dormant factory, looking side to side, making certain no one was watching.

The front door was locked. I stepped off the sidewalk and walked to the right, alongside the building. When I reached what I thought was the manager’s office window, I attempted to open it. It was locked, too. I headed to the rear of the building, trying, and failing, to open every door or window I encountered.

The back door didn’t budge. I would have been inside already if I had my multi-tool. I would have to take a different approach. There was a long vertical window, at ground level, just to the right of the back door. I took off my hat and pressed it to the glass. I punched the hat as hard as I could.

I reeled back, clutching my hand as it throbbed with pain. The window, meanwhile, stood proudly, undamaged by my feeble attempt to break it.

Continue reading ‘Safety Nation Chapter 10’

22
Dec
16

Safety Nation Chapter 9

Chapter 9 is fun because you really get to see how ridiculous government bureaucracy can be. The chapter is meant to illustrate how much time, money, and resources a government can waste upholding pointless policies. A lot of people who have to do this sort of thing in real life think it’s just as stupid as Smith does.

In case you have missed the chapters so far, here are links to them:

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4

Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8

Announcement/Blurb

Cover Art

As always, the chapter below, and entire novel, are copyrighted.

— — —

Safety Nation by Logan Riley

9

Zamyatan was parking the car. We had received a tip about a safety violation in a downtown office building. Upon our arrival, we found the parking situation was as dreadful as always. My partner dropped me off in front of the building, and told me to get started while he found a place to park.

It was early morning, but the sun was already blazing. I started to sweat the moment I exited the car. When he drove away from the curb, I pulled off my hat and fanned my face. I headed inside, through the revolving door, welcoming the cooler air.

The building was a high-rise, fifty stories tall, in the center of the city. The atrium looked like every other atrium: stone floor, a ceiling triple the height of a regular ceiling, and a panel of UV-shielded windows above the entrance. To the right was a small coffee stand. Near the back was a bank of elevators and an unmanned security desk.

Whoever was in charge of security would be in trouble if anyone discovered them absent. I hoped Zamyatan wouldn’t notice. I wasn’t looking forward to doing any extra paperwork today.

Between the elevators was an office directory. I read it, looking at the myriad companies crammed into the building. Which one were we here to investigate? I had no idea. I hadn’t paid attention to Atwood this morning.

There was still no sign of my partner. I walked over to the coffee stand.

The barista, a 20 year-old kid with a minefield of acne on his face, asked, “What can I get you?”

“Irish coffee.”

“Irish . . . coffee? I’m not sure what that is.”

“It’s regular coffee, but with whisky in it.”

“Whisky? You mean alcohol?”

“You catch on fast.”

“I’m sorry, sir, we don’t serve whisky. Alcohol is illegal.”

“Red wine is legal. It’s good for your heart.”

“Oh, I see. Would you like some red wine in your coffee?”

“Do you have any?”

“No.”

“Then why did you ask?”

The barista’s jaw moved up and down like he wanted to say something, but his brain couldn’t process the conversation any longer.

Continue reading ‘Safety Nation Chapter 9’

17
Dec
16

Safety Nation Chapter 8

We’re getting into the home stretch now. The book’s release date is less than a month away. I only have a few more chapters left to preview for you, and after that you’ll have to buy the book to read the rest.

This chapter is an interesting one because it represents a shift in the story. Smith is still his same old sarcastic self, but now he’s working in a different department with a different crazy adversary. Now, getting out of work becomes harder for Smith and Lowry. I hope you enjoy this chapter, because it was a lot of fun to write.

In case you have missed the chapters so far, here are links to them:

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4

Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7

Announcement/Blurb

Cover Art

As always, the chapter below, and entire novel, are copyrighted.

— — —

Safety Nation by Logan Riley

8

Daylight.

I woke up giddy like it was Christmas morning. I felt light, free. As I dressed, my suit seemed airy, the black fabric silky. Everything I touched felt improved.

On my way out of the house, I saw the demon-dog passed out on the couch. A wad of cotton, ripped from one of the cushions, was in its mouth. My troll-wife was asleep beside it. I didn’t mind. I was headed to work, and I wasn’t going to Sex Detail.

The morning routine was quicker and less annoying than usual. Before I knew it, I had my equipment. I entered the high-ceilinged main room. I looked around until I saw the sign labeled, “Healthcare.” The area it comprised was quite larger than Sex Detail’s.

Lowry was already there with a dozen other agents. The department head, a woman, lectured them while pointing at a large electronic map. It stood proudly on a rolling easel, brand new and state of the art.

When I approached the group, the woman stopped mid-sentence. A perturbed expression crossed her face. “Can I help you?” she asked.

“I’m reporting in.”

“And who are you?”

“Smith.”

“Inspector Smith, it would behoove you to show up on time.”

“Uh, okay.”

“You wouldn’t want a demotion to Sex Detail, would you?”

I stared at her. When she realized she wasn’t going to get a response, the perturbed look flattened, leaving a blank affect. She looked familiar, but I couldn’t place her. I racked my brain trying to remember who she was.

Continue reading ‘Safety Nation Chapter 8’

14
Dec
16

Safety Nation Publication Date

It’s finally time to reveal the long-awaited (for me, at least) publication date of my first novel, Safety Nation.

Are you ready?

Drumroll, please…

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January 10, 2017!

I wasn’t able to secure a 2016 release date like I had originally planned. But I think it’s probably for the best. Since 2016 turned out to be such a clusterfuck with Harambe, Brexit, Trump, Zika, and the celebrity apocalypse, I thought maybe it would be bad luck. So, 2017, it is.

Everything is basically done, except for some minor tweaks on the brightness/shading of the cover art. The printer was turning out copies that were a tad too dark, so my awesome designer lightened it a bit.

No new chapter today, but I’ll be sure to keep you updated soon.

In case you have missed the chapters so far, here are links to them:

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4

Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7

Announcement/Blurb

Cover Art

10
Dec
16

One Punch Man, The Seven Deadly Sins

One Punch Man

It’s really difficult to get excited about anime these days. It’s even more difficult to get excited about the superhero genre. So, you can imagine how thrilled I was to watch an anime about superheroes. But you know what? I really enjoyed this one. I enjoyed it because it’s a satire of superheroes, subverting the genre every possible way, and taking nothing seriously.

One Punch Man is about an ordinary guy named Saitama who decides to become a superhero. He trains really, really, REALLY hard until he is so powerful he can defeat any enemy with a single punch. This is great at first, but eventually he gets bored with it. No one poses a challenge to him anymore, and he soon loses interest.

The story picks up when strange monsters start attacking the city, and Saitama reluctantly takes on a disciple, a cyborg named Genos. The two of them make their way through a world filled with terrifying threats and new superheroes. But despite it all, Saitama still can’t find a worthy enemy. Everyone’s head still explodes with a single punch…

One Punch Man is entirely fresh, funny, exciting, and original. Coupled with strong writing and incredible animation, this turned out to be one of the best anime in recent memory.

Verdict: Awesome

The Seven Deadly Sins

Set in the fictional world of Britannia, in a time of magic and monsters, Princess Elizabeth sets out in search of the Seven Deadly Sins. The Sins are a group of powerful, disgraced knights with bounties on their heads. She believes they were framed, and they are the only ones who can prevent a coup against her father’s kingdom.

What follows is a mediocre shonen series. There’s the usual power-ups, fighting, groping jokes, and slapstick “humor.” By this point, the genre is as bloated as a dead mule, and The Seven Deadly Sins does nothing to alleviate that. It is a decent enough ride, I suppose, fun while watching it, but ultimately forgettable. It is colorful and well animated, but doesn’t contain anything that hasn’t been done a thousand times before.

Verdict: Average




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