Logjammed

      Blaise Marcoux
Logjammed

A short story collection covering the loss of identity and the divorce between different identities, from the dark emptiness of Kansas night to a magical winter solstice to mysterious river islets. Meet the friend of the man who bends spoons with his mind, the man who loses his language, the woman trapped in an Armageddon of her own making, all locked in a stagnant pattern with change in doubt.Deep under the arctic ice, danger waits. A weapon too powerful for the men who built it, a weapon hidden for generations. Soon that weapon will be unleashed on an unsuspecting earth.Cole Samson, marine salvage operator, has been hired to explore an underwater oil bed. He becomes part of the experimental flight of the hybrid airship, Leviathan, designed to reach the remotest regions of the planet. When he discovers a mysterious artifact under the arctic ice, he becomes trapped in dangerous conspiracy directed by the highest echelons of political power.Dr Alistair Minton, professor of Geology, leads the discovery team. His university sabbatical turns into a deadly cat and mouse game when he encounters an old rival trying to steal his claim to the massive oil deposit, a rival who will commit mass murder to get what he wants.Gregor Steltstin, ex Red Army, is a man driven by his past. Indebted to a shadowy organization, the former soldier must follow their orders and help commit horrific acts of terrorism, or face a deadly punishment for failure. Samson’s discovery might be Strelstin’s escape from the global reach of his ‘masters.’About this book. White Out is a fast paced thriller about international conspiracy, futuristic technology, and the weaponing of science for geopolitical interests instead of mankind’s benefit. Its engaging, complex characters, set against the historical backdrop of the Cold War, and thought provoking themes will remain with you long after the book is finished.
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    Dead Shot Clock

      Blaise Marcoux
Dead Shot Clock

Short Story Press Presents Dead Shot Clock by Blaise MarcouxLittle does the average person know that the government bartered a treaty with the demons. Every year, five teams of fourteen-year olds, each from a different continent, must play basketball with the demons in a game that will decide whether humanity stays safe... or another hellish invasion begins. This follows one such team's game.Short Story Press Presents Dead Shot Clock by Blaise MarcouxYears ago, Mayan demons invaded Earth, first with zombie foot soldiers, then in person, forcing humanity into submission. Without warning, the demons retreated to their realm, with most of humankind bewildered as to why.Little does the average person know that the government bartered a treaty with the demons. Every year, five teams of fourteen-year olds, each from a different continent, must play basketball with the demons in a game that will decide whether humanity stays safe... or another hellish invasion begins. This story follows one such team's game.• Jacob, the team's captain, has a violent fit alone in the team's practice gym's locker room. His skin grays, he has seizures, and his organs rot before he manages to stave off the symptoms with a self-administered injection of an unspecified solution. • He joins his impatiently waiting team and gets on the bus headed toward the annual game. The other players are introduced: Emma, Carlos, Daequan, Deandre and Dewayne, and Eric.• The team meets Colonel Rodriguez. He explains the treaty with the demons and the team's role in defending Earth along with a quick brush up on the demon's history with the Mayans. During his presentation, he lets slip that humanity has reclaimed some of the zombies from the demons using antidotes. Jacob uncomfortably stays silent. • The team is escorted to the court where they will play the demons. In the locker room, Jacob reencounters evidence of his earlier episode and starts changing into a zombie again. He antidotes himself just in time, but the team knows his secret now and decides not to let him play the game with them. They leave him alone in the locker room. • At halftime, the team returns battered and bruised from the first half. Humanity is losing by ten. Eric is dead, killed by a demonic flagrant foul. Jacob's teammates beg him to play, a request he quickly accepts. Jacob fights alongside his teammates to even the score. The clock ticks down, almost at zero. Humanity cannot tie without consequences. A demon eyes Jacob malevolently as the boy stares down the basket. Jacob's skin goes pale. Will he score the winning basket, saving humanity? Will the demon rip him to shreds like it did Eric? Worse yet, will Jacob succumb to the monster inside him and let down his team for good? What happens next when all the world has is a Dead Shot Clock?
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