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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Simon Fogner


Creator: John Paul Cater
Characters - Villain
Simon Fogner
Matt Cross
Mica Briscoe
Captain Broward
Agent Linda Combs
Lt. Poole
Agent Doug Strong
Dr. Weiner
Delores Darcia
Agent Lashaun Gibbs

Simon Fogner:  He was the spitting image of a thinner Anthony Hopkins, and was a Nobel Laureate, nuclear physicist. He flinched and felt the nausea rip from his gut, forcing an uncontrollable ejection of yellow mucous to spew from his lips. The dosimeter clipped to his coat shrieked with ear-splitting volume, signaling a lethal accumulation of radiation. The absence of the protective coat exposed his arms, revealing large red-blistered splotches he once associated with severe sunburns, and flesh peeling off in delicate but profuse ribbons of pink skin. He knew his condition was not related to the Sun, but massive dosses of radiation. He rubbed his thinning arms, bursting the blisters to loosen more flesh and then, grimacing at the pain, pulled the tabs until they separated into long tendrils, membrane by translucent membrane. As each ribbon broke free from his inflamed skin, he licked the tab and, reached up, squeezing it between his thumb and forefinger, and added it to the ragtag collection of dead skin strips dangling from the overhead rafter.
            Dressed in a black hoodie sweatshirt pulled over his face, dark sunglasses, and a long black cane for support, he was the Grim Reaper. A weird laugh trailed behind him.
            Fogner had once been a respected nuclear scientist, but when advocating world warming, and receiving a lot of dirty money for his work, he miscalculated by one degree, and when that was discovered he became a laughing stock in the scientific community. Now he planned on getting back at the world by detonating two atomic bombs off the coast of California, eliminating L.A. in the process.
            Matt Cross and Mica Briscoe are ex Navy divers brought in to search for the bombs.
            Taskforce Adam: A team of agents and investigators are gathered to head the investigation. They are: Agent Linda Combs,, Lt. Poole, Agent Doug Stone, Dr. Weiner, Delores Garcia, and Agent Lashaun Gibbs.
            Captain Broward is the Navy Commander of the Trident Tine, responsible for finding the bombs.
            Mica Briscoe and Matt Ctoss are recurring characters in several novels by the author, but Simon Fogner’s only appearance was in one novel.

PI Day Doomsday by John P. Cater (2016) Independent Publishing Platform

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Captain Swashbuckle


Created by: Brian K. Lowe
Eric Reinhold
Katherine "Kate" Reinhold
Ted Kane
Damien Pierrot
T.J. "Professor Death" Gillis

Many heroes have used the deaths of loved ones to inspire their fight against crime. Eric Reinhold used his own.
         Growing up the children of a roving diplomat, Eric and his sister Kate learned about many cultures, and acquired an array of languages. When the Great War came, Eric volunteered to fight, even though he was too young to enlist. He met Ted Kane, Damien Pierrot, and T.J. Gillis, all underage volunteers themselves. Bound by their common secret, they formed a tight-knit team, broken apart only when Eric volunteered for the Army Air Corps, where he taunted the infamous Red Baron not only by his own daredevil flying, but by taking the name "Captain Swashbuckle." Immediately after the war, he disappeared for two years, a time he still does not like to discuss.
         The quartet met again in college, where they spent four years on the gridiron wearing the blue and gold uniforms of UCLA--and T.J. earned the mantle "Professor Death." Graduating, Ted joined the LAPD and became a detective, Damien a renowned chemist, and T.J. a brilliant geologist. Eric, abandoning his law studies, returned to the air as a stunt pilot.
         In 1932, with the Los Angeles Olympic Games only a few months away, a criminal conspiracy tried to terrorize the city with the Invisible Death, a weapon that killed men in broad daylight, breaking their necks as though they had been hanged. When Kate was mistakenly targeted by the gang, Eric and his buddies rescued her, and in the process placed themselves squarely in the sights of a plot to bring down not only the Games, but the entire United States. Tragically, Eric was shot during a gunfight with mobsters on a derelict ship and fell into the ocean. His body was not recovered.
         But Eric survived, and he infiltrated the gang so he could eradicate it from within. Once the conspiracy was destroyed and its leader unmasked, Eric realized that the power his anonymity gave him could be used as a weapon against those who would prey upon the weak. Aided by Kate, Ted, Damien, and T.J., Eric left behind his name and his very life to fight injustice wherever it might be found, each time assuming a new identity so secret that even his closest associates do not know behind which face he might be found.
         The first two books in the series, The Choking Rain and The Scent of Death, are available at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com. The third, Dr. Scar, is under construction.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Wrath


Creator: Michael Howard
Jessica Silverton
Galen Slaughter
Joseph Berringer
Linwood Hewitt
Althea Hawkins
Jason Payne
Betty Kern

Jessica Silverton is a woman who lives for adventure. An expert shot, she can whip most men in hand-to-hand combat, is fears nothing. She has travelled the world and speaks many languages. Tall, beautiful, blonde, and athletic, she’s never met the man who is her equal – until now.
“The color of her hair is never the same shade of gold from one moment to the next. And her eyes are a true forest green, the way they change expression. One minute playful, the next coolly resolute.”
Galen Slaughter was an air ace in WWI, and has travelled the world, and speaks over seven languages. His muscular body holds tremendous strength, and his mind contains knowledge of the world. He is a partner in the Greater Gotham City Detective Agency.
Joseph Berringer is an ex-cop, Jewish, huge and tough. He’s in love with his beautiful secretary, Betty Kern, and is a partner in the Greater Gotham City Detective Agency.
Linwood Hewitt is the elderly head of the Trans-Global Detective Agency, and has power around the world. He is tired of the underworld rule, and wants to stop the gangs in New York for all time.
Betty Kern is the secretary for the Greater Gotham City Detective Agency. She also has secrets to hide. Tall, beautiful, and is in love with Joe Berrington, but will her past bring an end to their relationship?
Althea Hawkins is a black woman, maid and chauffeur, and constant companion of Jessica Silverton.
            Jason Payne is a black man who does some work for the Greater Gotham City Detective Agency.
            The Wrath: It was a tall, shadowy form, an oval of Argus glass covering the face shined from below the hood. The Wrath holstered the two silenced pistols but drew a third weapon from within the scarlet shroud. Once there had been another who wore the identity of The Wrath, but he had grown too old. Now someone new took up the cause. Someone young, tough, quick on the draw, and a straight shot.
            The Peacemaker: The other man stepped close enough to show he the taller of the two by half a head, and even through his dark topcoat it was clear there was a lean hardness to his frame the other lacked.
            “Peacemaker! The man gulped.
            R-1: She went by many names during WWI, but was a master spy. A master of disguise, she could become anyone she wished. But when the war was over, she was no longer needed. Until another requested her service.
            There has only been one novel so far, but more are planned.

Manhattan Masquerade by Michael Howard (2077) Independent Publishing Platform

Monday, July 24, 2017



Creator: CG Blade

Xenthe, a Pseudosilicon Pseudonsynth, designated Thirty-two. New layers of clothing stitched by robotic assistants covered her entire form including black calf-high combat boots, blue jeans, and a black long sleeve shirt. A blond wig touched her shoulders, the bangs cut straight across her camelhair eyebrows.
            “I am the giver of the darkness, the taker of the light, the reckoning. I am the Thirty-third SDR, poured, mixed, and programmed to hunt hell on earth.”
            An android with the power of death at her fingertips, she often uses robotic spiders to kill and eat her foes.
            Belga is a lab scientist.
            SIS is her embedded android device.
            There has been one novel so far.

Emerald (Pseudonsynth Press) 2016

Wednesday, July 5, 2017



Creator: CG Blade
Petra Kayden Dace
General James Cooper
Dreama Nelson
Raymond Nelson
Helen Long
Mark Sheehan
Dave Keller

Army 1st Lieutenant Petra Kayden Dace is terminally injured in a combat mission, and her father’s best friend, General James Cooper, head of NIB has his lab synthesize her DNA to replicate her memory cells within the DNA, and grow a new body with the capability of using her mind like a computer. She trains her body to super human abilities, making her a formidable spy. She can instantly be covered in a metal suit of armor when fighting.
            Stepping out of the buggy she quickly morphed into her blue Army Dress uniform and held her Officer’s Cap in her hand., standing on the occupant’s driveway. Petra’s Dress Blue uniform consisted of a dark blue jacket top with matching skirt and white shirt and black tie. Gold pin striping circled the ends of her long dark sleeves. Her medals  were proudly pinned to her chest and her cap was layered with gold piping at the bottom. Her rank insignia shone protruding from her cap and shoulders.. Rounding out the ensemble were shiny black piping up the back of her legs.
            Petra stepped out from behind the podium and from the toes up changed into the most magnificent glowing red white and blue crisscrossed striped armor. Gold stars evenly spaced across her body, stretching diagonally starting at her left shin and moving up to her right shoulder, represented the original thirteen colonies. Thirteen patriotic colored stripes intersected the opposite diagonal direction of the stars going from her right shin to her left shoulder. The 1775 Cavalry Sword she was holding in her right hand emitted red white and blue flames as well as her now matching hair lying on her shoulders. Her irises were lit up like patriotic bull’s eyes.
            General James Cooper was her father’s friend and head of NIB, the agency that replaced all the other letter organizations like the F.B.I., etc. His labs brought Petra back to life with a new body.
         Raymond Nelson is the industrialist thought to be hind all the mind control with his deviltry.
         Dreama Nelson, daughter of Raymond, was a 5-year-old child genius, and her discoveries built the coming technologies of 2070.
         Helen Long, Mark Sheehan, and Dave Keller are the new tri-presidents, though Helen is the guiding power behind the presidency.
         Ter (Terprise) is the android device within Petra that gives her brain instant knowledge and combat skills and weaponry. Ter and Petra carry on a constant commentary throughout the story, with some humor.
         People are discovered with implants in their brains that were likely implanted in a fly vaccine. The implant controls their thoughts and actions. As NIB investigates, they discover all Americans that received the shot have the implant. Petra is attacked by a seven foot tall man, but when she beats him discovers he is a robot, now other robotic replacement people start showing up. Petra is going to have her work cut out for her.
         There are at least three novel in the Trinity series, which will feature Petra in the lead or as secondary character.
1       Cobalt (Pseudosynth Press) 2015
2         Crimson (Pseudosynth Press) 2016
3           Emerald (Pseudosynth Press) 2016