Writing a story for the public to read is enormously risky. You are either (a) going to put a lot of time and effort into something that’s a total bust, (b) write something admirable but not especially memorable (c) write something so fantastic that your readers are going wonder when it’s going to get made into a film.
I am finding the more talented writers are actually indies who self-publish. See my blog “Transitory:The Best Book You’ve Never Read”). Bryce Allen’s The Spartak Trigger is one of those books that under category C. Allen is such an amazingly talented writer that I can’t believe he isn’t more widely known (or that he hasn’t been contacted by Hollywood producers.).
The Spartak Trigger is told in first person, but there is an invisible “narrator” who cracks jokes and makes fun of the protagonist, Shane Bishop, the whole time. The tone is very tongue-in-cheek and sardonic, which adds to its readability; a lot of spy novels are difficult to read because they rely to heavily on the readers’ knowledge of espionage). Bishop is a aging former cop who now does various odd jobs involving corporate espionage. The companies that are his targets are real-life companies for which Allen changes the name but does very little else to disguise their identities. When Bishop is framed for the murder of Zimmerman, the CEO of ChumSpot (It’s not hard to imagine what his allusions here are…) it seems the only way out of this jam is to agree to a bizarre plan to prevent one of the Internet’s largest Corporate giants (Tetrach, based not-so-loosely on Google) from completely dominating the internet “world.” Shane Bishop is an amoral combination of Ethan Hunt, Snake Plissken and Holden Caulfield. He loves booze, drugs, and a$$ and has no shame in admitting it. He also has no problem telling it like it is, pretty much makes fun of everything, and had no problem sucker-punching some a$$clown whom Bishop feels deserving. In fact, it’s hard to believe he’s not a complete sociopath until the scene where he sees his adult daughter for the first time in many years (don’t want to spoil it here). The funniest part of the whole book is when Bishop is outside a Russian bar when he is summoned inside for a phone call, only to find out he has been tracked down by a telemarketer.
I will conclude by saying that this is not for those individuals who are faint of heart and/or easily offended. It is also definitely not for children. But if you’re looking for an entertaining, well-written story that is unique and not a complete carbon copy of everything on the “bestseller’s” list, then I highly recommend The Spartak Trigger. I for one hope it gets made into a film. Blog readers, please assist me in spreading the word about this very talented writer.
To read The Spartak Trigger: http://www.amazon.com/Spartak-Trigger-Bryce-Allen-ebook/dp/B00J27G8PI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1414940911&sr=1-1&keywords=the+spartak+trigger