Friday, October 13, 2017

It’s Here (Sticky; Scroll Down For New Posts)

     For those of you who’ve been waiting:

     A novel of the Onteora Canon, set in the very near future. Genetic engineering and zygotic microsurgery have produced both wonders and horrors. Wonders such as drugs tailored to attack a specific disease in a specific sufferer, or surgery to eliminate genetically borne handicaps before mitosis can begin. Horrors such as blindness or deafness deliberately inflicted upon unborn babies, or pitiable creatures whose bodies and minds are warped to satisfy the whims of wealthy perverts.

     Security specialist Larry Sokoloff is on vacation far from home, straining to forget a woman he loves but cannot have, when Fountain, a teenaged escapee from a malevolent institution, comes under his protection. What he learns of her nature and origins lays bare the darker face of the Janus of biotechnology, and catapults him and his colleague Trish McAvoy into a mission of vengeance and cleansing. For adults only.

     Innocents, an Amazon “KDP Select” exclusive, is currently $2.99. Around the turn of the year, depending on how sales have gone, I’ll consider releasing it at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble. I hope you enjoy it.


Unknown said...

WooHoo!! I just pushed the 'one click buy button' and shazam! there it is on all my devices... I will let you know, Francis...
Meanwhile, let us keep praying for our nation, and the good health of those God picked to lead us through the coming tribulation.

Linda Fox said...

I read it, and LOVED it. Good sci-fi, as well as thought provoking about biological tinkering and the societal/cultural/religious implications.

HoundOfDoom said...

Another blissfully happy reader here. Bought without hesitation. Why you are not as popular as Clancy escapes me. But I blame the Russians.

Jim Horn said...

Wow - quite a read! Many thanks! My hat is off to you - will have to read more of your works. God bless you-

pdwalker said...

Purchased, read, reviewed.

I apologize; I don't have your gift with words, so I can't write a review as well as I would have liked to. That said, this is what I left on amazon:


In the first few paragraphs, I felt the work rather plainly workmen like in quality, quite unlike this authors normal writing. But after the first couple of pages, I was angry, aroused, confused and yet more angry.

And the story got better from there.

This book is written as part of a series. The story is independent, or "sideways" as the author puts it, but relies heavily on the knowledge of the mythos learned from the earlier books.

Read them all from the beginning. You'll know soon enough if they are to your taste.

They are to mine.

ligneus said...

Can't seem to get it in Canada.

Francis W. Porretto said...

I just checked, ligneus, and it's listed there now. Let me know if you have any further troubles.

ligneus said...

Got it, thankyou!

Wry Mouth said...

I'm a few chapters in. Having a hard time putting the book down. I'm not this way about many stories, either. Well done!


MrGarabaldi said...

Hey FWP;

Is this the book that you had published snippets here and there a few weeks ago on your blog?



P.S. is this the first book of a series or do I have to read some earlier ones to get a gist of the background?

Francis W. Porretto said...

MrG: Yes, the earlier "teasers" were from this book. It's not part of a "series" as such, but I put it in the same general world as my other "Onteora Canon" books, starting with Chosen One. Larry Sokoloff, Kevin Conway, and Father Raymond Altomare are Supporting Cast characters in Shadow of a Sword. There are several characters from my "futanari / Athene Academy" stories, as well.

Unknown said...

I read it last night and really liked it. Enough action to keep it from dragging, and the moral/ethical questions are raised with your usual flair for simplifying some very complex issues. I'm still thinking about it ... which is one of an author's goals, yes? ;)