Review: Script Kiddie – Michael F. Stewart
Ever since her duplicity at Assured Destruction was discovered, Janus has had to put up with a lot of things. Her classmates continue to jeer at her, her life at home has changed consistently, and she now has to serve her community service sentence. All in all, she’d say everything was hunky-dory, but in true retrospect, she knows it’s not.
Janus knows she has no choice but to follow through with her sentence. If she’s to succeed in putting everything behind her, she has to, but that doesn’t mean that she’ll have to like what she has to do, none-the-less. Diving head-in to do what needs to be done, she soon realizes that community service is a whole other ballgame.
It’s not the same as sitting in front of her computer talking to people incognito. Here, everyone knows her name, and they know exactly what she’s done. Determined to shrug off her sense of unease and rising insecurities, Janus does her best to fulfill her current obligation. It’s not easy, but she’ll do it, no matter what.
To her surprise, she soon finds herself as the newest member of the police department’s High Tech Crime Unit. There’s a madman out there killing people left and right. With her unique skills, the force has decreed that she’s the only one who can help them get to the bottom of things. Janus knows she’s good at what she does, and she’s more than willing to help them with what they need. It’ll get her out of community service, after all.
Sadly, she soon gets more than she bargained for. The killer lurks in the shadows, intent on having his due. If she’s to succeed in helping the law bring him into custody, she’ll need to resort to unorthodox measures to do so. Playing this game of cat and mouse can be deadly. Her loved ones are at risk, but she’ll do anything to keep them free of harm, including putting her life on the line in order to make sure that no one else gets hurt in the process.
This was an awesome addition to the Assured Destruction series. I enjoyed it immensely! The story picks up where the first book left off, and dives head-first into Janus’ tumultuous life. She’s determined to start a new leaf in her life. Unfortunately, doing so doesn’t seem that likely. I love the way Michael’s words draw you along, and vividly make you envision the world he’s created around his characters. I look forward to seeing more of Janus in the future. This is definitely one series you’ll want to keep an eye on!
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Jan Rose no longer steals data from the old computers she recycles. She doesn’t need to. As the newest member of the police department’s High Tech Crime Unit, the laptop of a murderer has landed on her desk. Her job: to profile and expose a killer.
But that’s not all.
A creep lurks in the shadows, stalking a friend, and Jan must stop him before the hunt turns deadly. The clock counts down for Jan to save her friend, her job, her boyfriend–maybe even her life.
About The Author:
Michael sees writing as a brilliant excuse to tramp across the world, and it has taken him abroad as a leader of Antarctic expeditions, crew of a tug boat on the Baltic Sea, paddling the Zambezi River, climbing in Sumatra, spelunking in Belize and, of course, singing inside the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid while lying in its rose-colored sarcophagus.
Travel and a fascination with reading and religion spawned 24 Bones, which draws from Egyptian myth and is influenced by Jungian and Gnostic themes. Re-released in 2013.
His second novel, a 2011 Epic Award Finalist, is closer to home but a setting no less exotic, the Alberta Tar Sands. A horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire titled THE SAND DRAGON.
In 2012, HURAKAN launched: a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle.
In addition, a full length graphic novel THE TERMINALS is in production and has already been optioned for film and television.
His four YA graphic novels for the Texty Award winning Boldprint series are published by Oxford University Press Canada.
He’s very excited to be publishing the Assured Destruction Series in 2013.
In addition to his writing career, Michael is a four time world champion dragon boat athlete, father of four girls, and husband. He tries very hard to keep life an adventure both on and off the page.
Michael is represented by Talcott Notch.
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