Managed Paranoia - Book One

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

When things go wrong, it’s good to have support. Dead broke and with his sailboat resting in the mud two miles under the ocean’s surface, Hank Gunn needed help. But not all military veterans need a suicide prevention program to cope with life’s setbacks. After an ill-advised statement to his psychologist, Hank imagines unrealistic consequences of a predatory state. Initially, it appears he suffers from paranoia, but he soon discovers that his suspicions are justified.

Olin Ou is among the world’s wealthiest souls. With the help of a self-aware AI, he recruits Hank into his eccentric family as an accomplice to his own exit strategy. Even with Olin’s resources and Hank’s sailing experience, escape from the smothering overreach of world governments is far from certain.

Bella wraps up a no-tech, tropical vacation. But the forced relaxation doesn’t prepare her for what awaits. Gregory unexpectedly meets her at the airport in Singapore, insisting she agree to be his wife. Bella panics and loses him in the crowd. Her answer is obvious and he texts, “You’ll regret this.” Not a hollow threat coming from this powerful man.

Everyone is running away from something. The past and the present are reason enough for escape, but the future is more sinister. In Managed Paranoia – Book One, Hank and Bella travel the Pacific and converge on a storm at sea that will determine if they can confront the threats to their freedom and discover a new way forward.

The adventure starts today!

Finlay Beach 

Finlay Beach was a free range child. At ten, he rafted a creek and at fourteen, he canoed a river—neither boat survived. At sixteen, he discovered sailors are fond of reusing their boats—it made sense—he still sails. He worked through college as an ocean lifeguard and EMT. Before heading to grad school, he married his high school sweetheart. Many nautical miles later, Finlay Beach creates action and adventure when he combines science, a passion for libertarian concepts, and faith-based (tries to follow Jesus) precepts to create near-future sci-fi thrillers.

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