Amer earned a very lucrative living by protecting large corporations from terrorist attacks... and investing wisely, through short sales and put options, on companies that failed to heed his offered protection.
But Amer's success brought challenges.
Not from disgruntled clients.
Not from Federal regulators.
From entrepreneurs eager to disrupt his highly profitable industry.More info →
Another day at the office for Ursula. Until bad boy Ranger, her first boyfriend, called. He hadn’t talked to her in years.
Because he was dead.
He told an unbelievable story. About making things right. And a buried fortune at a place they both knew well.
A hoax. Obviously. Though who else ever called her bodacious?
Was that why she checked satellite images of the place, and shopped for a shovel and a metal detector?
And if she dug up a buried fortune, what then?More info →
A Writers of the Future semi-finalist
A multi-millionaire heiress commits suicide after a biotech company implants an experimental treatment device in her brain. Her grieving, lawyer husband sues the company for millions more.
In comes a private investigator, ex-cop Albert Jimenez. Hired by the biotech company to dig up dirt on the "grieving" husband. Albert expected the usual: greed, a mistress, emotional manipulation, a marriage on the rocks.
Instead he found something far more sinister.More info →
With advanced biomedicine banned in the United States, rich and powerful Americans traveled to India to extend their lifespans and augment their bodies and minds.So too did Americans who wanted wealth and power. Middle-class, middle-aged Americans like Liam Kleinschmidt and his wife.More info →
Entering the last game of the season, Cooper could be the first player since Ted Williams a century ago to bat .400 -- thanks to secret biotechnology giving him superior vision. Riches awaited in free agency. But would Cooper rather sign a contract for half a billion dollars? Or win a World Series?More info →
Fakes. Johan's newly purchased antique Barcelona chairs came fresh from an asteroid factory, not from the prior century on distant Earth. Facing his wife's anger, risking their friends' scorn, could he use an interplanetary crisis to turn the tables—and chairs?
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At the start of the basketball season, Coach Huffman expected the usual from his St. Louis Spiders—bickering stars and missed playoffs. The team's new owner, a pharmaceutical tycoon, planned to turn things around by giving new meaning to "team chemistry."
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