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Agents of Change

Jack McDaniel

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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.25" x 8.00"
  • ISBN: 9780578202532
  • Publication Date: 2018-09-26
  • Undertow Press

Availability: Forthcoming, Due 09/2018

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Agents of Change

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BOOK THREE IN THE PAN21 SERIES. Bird is going to start a war and a revolution, just as she had promised—but is Texas Underground ready? Is Nadia ready for what comes next? Can she martial the troops, her underground and silent army, before the administration discovers her identity and launches an all-out attack on the barrio? It may not matter. They have something far more sinister in mind, and they’re going to blame it on user_01 (Nadia), the leader of the resistance.

Bird—the mathematical genius and assassin—can’t complete her mission because she discovers something horrific the administration is planning. So, she does the only thing she can to beat them. She goes to work for Administrator Chaste and his lieutenant, Stan Temple. And she has more than just freeing the survivors from the internment camps on her mind. She wants revenge for her mother, and to find her place in the universe, wherever that takes her.

Nadia knows no matter how well she plans or uses her resources, no matter how strong her troops are, and no matter how good her intel is, people are going to die. Can she handle that responsibility and still lead, or will it all unravel and leave Chaste in charge and the Republic in a darker place? It’s a cat and mouse game with only one winner.

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“The Republic of Texas is a downright scary place, filled with seedy bars, violent extremists, and military hot shots constantly on vigil. We almost feel this narrative is an extension of the conservative hawkishness that has come to typify the state today for some. Bird, one of the main characters, works well in this setting as not only a fatal assassin of the military complex leaders but also as a complicated and profound character, one who dwells on the existence of the afterlife, the loss of reason and science in the Republic, and the underlying fear-based motivations of humans. The book, for this reason, is a sci-fi thriller, yes, but not your average one, mainly because the characters sometimes digress into metaphysical enigmas. At this point in history, McDaniel sees humans veering away from science and reason, at least in the Republic, and embracing a pure subjectivism.”

"Ultimately, AGENTS OF CHANGE is a story of how political terms like terrorism and rebellion can be applied differently and turned around to fit different political agendas. At times eloquent, at times pulsating with action, it is a thought-provoking contemplation on America’s ultimate dystopia and perhaps worst fear—a reckless state largely unhinged from science and rational thought.” — MP Gunderson for IndieReader

“This story here is extremely complex but well plotted. Genre fans will find a lot to like as they are swept up by this quickly moving tale. The characters . . .  are solidly crafted. They mostly feel fully formed and real. Readers will care about them and their story.” —The BookLife Prize

Jack McDaniel

Jack McDaniel lives in Colorado with his daughter. Several of his short stories are in The Future Is Short, volume 3, a collection of short stories that was published in February of 2017. His writing has also been featured on the ''A Creative Mind'' fiction podcast. This is his first novel. His second book in the Pan21 universe is due out later in 2017. You can learn more at his website: agentsoftheundertow.com or on Twitter @jackmcdaniel

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