Multi-volume, multi-genre author, Rhani D’Chae introduces us to her short story, “Megamax”; that is a prequel to a novel coming out next year:
In a future time, the greed and destructive nature of man has resulted in the fall of civilization as we know it today.
America is a wasteland, where the scattered cities that remain have become overcrowded havens for those who seek refuge behind protective walls.
In Seattle, where the Seahawks once played to the roar of the 12s, Century Link field stands quietly in the shadow of Megamax prison.
Impenetrable and inescapable, Megamax houses the worst of the worst: criminals whose heinous acts have condemned them to life in a place where blood flows like water, and an inmate's worth is determined solely by his or her performance in the Arena.
This story is the prequel to "The Vanguard", which will be out in 2020.
This story contains violence and adult language. It is not intended for young or easily offended readers.
I love this story! Not for the brutality and dystopian setting, though there is a lot that can be said for that. The author has captured the essence of people in desperate circumstances so well. It is so easy to find yourself cheering and hoping for the title character. He is caught in this situation by forces beyond his control.
The prose is nice and tight, the scene setting is more than enough, without being too much. Most of the dialogue is terse and fits the storyline perfectly.
This short story is a wonderful introduction to a story that will land somewhere between “Seven Samurai” directed by Kurosawa, the precursor to “Star Wars”; a hint of “Kelly’s Heroes” a movie set in world war 2, and a mashup between “Zombieland” and “World War Z”. It will be a wild ride, I am sure.
I award “Megamax” 5 stars! Darn good story and leaves me wanting more.
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