Redemption Man | Wattys2019
In the year 2056, after a devastating cyber war, a falsely incarcerated tech geek has to survive a real-life World of Warcraft game against AI beasties in order to earn his freedom.
Mercy Nightingale is a journalist for the redemption fields, reporting the good, the bad, and the carnage. She hates the carnage, but she loves her job, and she does her best to humanize a mostly inhumane practice. JJ Warner is Mercy's next assignment, and this so-called cyber threat has enough ties to the matrix to get him fifty years. On the heels of a catastrophic cyber war, he is the enemy, but Mercy's sympathy kicks-in when she realizes JJ isn't a bad guy. He was arrested to catch a bigger fish, a hacker named Eon. While JJ battles AI monsters, navigates booby-trapped labyrinths, and decodes cryptic messages to save his butt, Mercy goes beyond the call of entertainment journalism to discover two life-changing truths. One, she is falling in love with JJ. And, two, that everyone is unwittingly part of a game designed to end when man is finally one with the machine.
CONTENT WARNING: Be advised that F-bombs get dropped in this story, among other expletives. And when you see this * content warning * at the start of a chapter, it was put there to warn readers of mild sexual content.
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