The Lightcap

Prose City Books
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 Memory is manipulable . . .
Adaptech made its fortune with the Mind Drive, a product enabling control of electronic devices through thought. Most Metra Corp citizens adopted the technology quickly, welcoming it as a more efficient way to interact with everything from computers to coffee machines. Now Adaptech wants to use its own employees to test a new product, an extension of Mind Drive tech known as the Lightcap.

After Adam Redmon is promoted to lead the group of programmers tasked with testing this new device, his strange dreams begin to blur into reality. When a member of his team abruptly disappears, Adam uncovers evidence showing his employers didn't fully disclose the Lightcap's functions and side effects. What he learns puts him directly in the crosshairs of the most powerful people in the Metra Region, people who will stop at nothing to keep their secret safe.
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About the author

Dan Marshall is a novelist living in Portland, OR. Originally from Columbus, OH, he also lived in Pittsburgh, PA and Sarasota, FL before relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 2011. In the past he worked as a French waffle cook, a library page, a movie theater concessionaire, an electronics store clerk, a bill collector, a video game clerk, and as a community organizer for the Sierra Club. He currently serves in a technical capacity for a non-profit in the education sector.

For more information, visit IAmDanMarshall.com.

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Prose City Books
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Published on
Sep 5, 2013
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Pages
230
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Language
English
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Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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