Today I am pleased to present a returning author to the blog: Mike Kearby and his short novella Men of Color: Fone-Stories™ #1. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops for excerpts, more reviews and interviews.
Title: Men of Color
Series: Fone-Stories™ #1
Author: Mike Kearby
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Words: 2500 / 12 pages
In the year 2031, the world is broke and broken. There are no more courts, or lawyers, or investigations…Only Men of Color. And in 2031, someone always pays.
In a haunting tale that has many correlations to the society of today, Kearby has crafted a society that has overridden the rules of habeas corpus and the judicial system in favor of the District Evidentiary Panel. With a simple rule of three, people are judged without trial, and dyed with a color that relates to the crime they are believed to have committed.
With his trademark descriptive language, often blunt matter of fact phrasing, and talent for maintaining a level of tension this was a short story that kept you turning the pages, trying to find some positive end.
A story that will make you think long after the last page is turned, it alternately becomes the genesis for thoughts on race, crime, punishment and the ever-growing vigilante movement. A great short read that is disturbing and entertaining and masterfully crafted.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for Full Moon Bites. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Mike Kearby (born 1952) is an American novelist and inventor. Since 2005, Kearby has published ten novels, one graphic novel, and written two screenplays: (2011) Boston Nightly, with fellow writer Paul Bright and (2012) The Devouring. Boston Nightly is scheduled for filming in the spring of 2013.
Kearby was born in Mineral Wells, Texas, and received a B.S. from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in 1972. He taught high school English and reading for 10 years and created “”The Collaborative Novella Project”” The project allows future authors to go through the novel writing process from idea to published work. Kearby began novel writing in 2005 and has completed eight novels, one graphic novel, and written the afterword to the TCU Press 2010 release of western novelist’s, Elmer Kelton, “”The Far Away Canyon””.
“”Ambush at Mustang Canyon”” was a finalist for the 2008 Spur Awards. “”A Hundred Miles to Water”” was awarded the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Best Adult Fiction. “Texas Tales Illustrated” was awarded the 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Best YA Non-Fiction.