Lifeline: A Novel
"A vivid and engaging tale from one of the rising stars of deindustrial SF. Gritty, lively, and wholly plausible, Lifeline is a must-read." John Michael Greer, author of Star's Reach and Retrotopia
“McGuire’s book is an adventure that scores on every front, from its tense action scenes, to its finely realized characters and emotionally involving drama, to its richly rendered settings, to the intriguing irony of its double-entendre title.” Frank Kaminski, Mud City Press
It had seemed so simple, even fun, when they explained it: New York needed non-satellite-based relay towers. Commco sent me to find towns along the needed pathway, to offer to restore some of the boons of civilization in return for an agreement to rebuild, power and guard the towers. After all, it had only been fifty years. I would have never believed that the countryside would have turned barbaric so fast.
Thus begins Martin Barrister's journey through an unfamiliar landscape, where his training and skills are of little help, and only quick wits and creativity will allow him to survive. When his job turns out to be a ruse, and he becomes bait in a dispute he can barely fathom, Martin discovers what loyalty is worth. And what civilization is—and isn't—comprised of.
----Author(s): Catherine McGuire
Publication Date: March 31, 2017
Trade paperback: 482 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches