Max Chase, FBI special agent, is sent to witness a murder. He’s not to stop it, merely to film it so they have leverage on the killer. With his target’s skills, the FBI is far more interested in wielding him as a weapon in their employ than imprisoning him. But the setup goes all wrong. The elite assassin is himself murdered by not one but five assailants. When those attackers turn out to be androids, who turn towards Chase and smile when the murder’s done, Chase is marked as the mastermind behind the crime.
Now he’s on the run for his life, the most wanted man in America, not just to the FBI but to every intelligence agency in the country. And once his face is sprawled all over the media, there isn’t a cop or a fireman or a Good Samaritan who isn’t looking to turn him in. Because, you see, the real mastermind behind the killing spree is going after America’s heroes, the people fighting for truth, justice, and the American way, or at least what’s left of it that hasn’t been entirely engulfed by corporate-sponsored greed.
For Max it’s all a game. Literally. Because this is his initiation into the FBI-FD, the Futurist Division of the FBI. Tasked with keeping those wielding breakthrough technologies from causing an apocalypse, or the next closest thing, the department is on a tight budget, understaffed and overworked. Their solution: the Setup. If Max can survive the frame AND bring in the actual mastermind without being killed under the ever-watchful eye of an angry nation, he can pick up his FBI-FD badge. Until then he won’t get one iota of help from the department.
They won’t even acknowledge that he exists.
And that last part is definitely a problem, being that his wife and twelve year old boy are caught up in the dragnet.
(Note: After writing the racy and risqué Unkillable, the first installment of The Futurist, I decided I needed a more family-friendly version of the underlying series concept, and Setup was born. Stamped with a solid PG-13 rating, you can bring the kids, and settle around the fire and enjoy the movie—in your head for now. The tone is comedy-drama. For fans of The Lethal Weapon TV franchise, think that, only a few years out. And it’s not two guys palling around; it’s the husband, wife, and son, on the run for their lives.)
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Well what can I say, Dean C Moore writes the coolest, 100% action filled futuristic books out on the market. It feels more like this guy has been transported back here to give a report on what is in store for us in a few years time. I just love it.
So meet Max Chase a FBI special agent, a pretty cool dedicated bloke to his job, which has really cost him his marriage and 12-year-old son. To say that this three-way family relationship is a bit strained would be a massive under statement I mean how stubborn can you get. HEY LADY YOU AND YOUR BOY LAY LOW OR DIE. No, still not listening. This is a fiery family that stoked me and had me in stitches on every adrenaline rush page that they were on.
When Max is sent out on a case it ends in mass destruction in a big way and Max being set up as the Most Wanted man in the world, Yep the world, he just doesn’t do anything by halves. This is one all action movie type read with explosions and the wickedest arms technology that I couldn’t have dreamed up. Now Max and his family are well and truly up the creek without a paddle and the only way to get out of this situation is to pull together. Now it really steps up. Donny, Max’s son, is just super cool, how can one kid get so intelligent? Then there is Carmen, Max’s ex-wife, the dry humour between them just had me laugh every time they spoke to each other. It is just pure gold!
The thing is it all flows so darn natural, there is so much futuristic everything and yet as I read each sentence it was like I knew it all then as my memories, like stuff I had known for years. I wasn’t lost in the jargon or effects, I could just enjoy the plot which was total entertainment. This bad guy is one real fruit loop with a wish to rule to world, he has the brain but he hadn’t planned on the crazy unpredictable Chase family, no-one had. This is my second book by this author and I am glad to say that there is already more for me to read. Our future is safe, well for the moment anyway!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
While action-packed sci-fi/techno-thrillers set in the near future are my forte, I also stray into other genres from time to time, such as space operas, paranormal fantasy, and detective stories. All my novels can be described as action-thrillers, no matter the sub-genre.
You can sample my writing with a free sci-fi e-book set in the near future by visiting my website https://deancmoore.com and signing up for my email list.
I live in the country where I breed bluebirds, which are endangered in these parts, as my small contribution to restoring nature’s balance. When I’m not writing, or researching my next book, I may also be found socializing with friends, or working in the garden.
If you’d like to know what compels me to write, it’s simple. I write as a force for peace. Fiction has a way of engaging our whole minds, not just our intellects, but various layers of our conscious, superconscious, and unconscious. Novels also encourage our left and right cerebral hemispheres to get in sync and, with just enough magic and wizardry, can help to transform people into more enlightened souls (the writer included) better than a hundred years of therapy or rational arguments to the same ends.
I’ve remained a lifelong student of philosophy, spirituality, psychology, science, and the arts.
Mark Freeman Enterprises (MFE) is my company. I sometimes publish under that label or simply under Amazon Digital Services.