Theron Couch lives in the San Francisco Bay area. An avid reader of speculative fiction, alternate histories, and American history, he credits these influences in the writing of his first novel, The Loyalty of Pawns.
The Loyalty of Pawns
Faced with crippling debt, the US government makes a secret deal with the world’s most powerful megacorporations. In return for financial relief, the megacorps of the Corporate Committee gain a controlling interest in the US government, which in turn trades debt forgiveness for control in the debt-ridden European Union.
Years later, the American government struggles to escape the grip of the Corporate Committee, while European resistance fighters turn to terrorism to overthrow controlling American interests. “Information dealers” spy on corporations and governments alike, selling secrets to the highest bidder.
In the midst of this multilayered global power struggle, one megacorp develops game-changing technology: genetically engineered and mass-produced disposable soldiers. Who controls the soldiers controls the future.
When a prototype soldier activates and disappears, a high-stakes game of espionage, terrorism, and corporate intrigue begins. While a mercenary information dealer sees opportunity for profit, the European resistance sees a weapon to fight American oppressors, and the United States sees a chance to embarrass and weaken the Corporate Committee.
In the gathering storm, The Loyalty of Pawns may determine the fate of nations.
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