The Swarming Stage

Gaylord Dold
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Nuclear disaster, crime, climate change and crumbling borders have
reduced the United States in 2092 to a disorganized dystopia. What was
once Los Angeles is now a vague area known as the Basin Security Zone
where economic activity is controlled by The Corporation. Human beings
are genetically engineered, there has been a Time of Rain, and animals
are being cloned and spliced.

Detective Sergeant Keiko Nomura, an expert on genetics and holographic
investigation is sent to the Palos Verdes Genetics Research Lab to
examine the dismembered body of a Russian geneticist named Kamenev.
While there, Keiko is interrupted by Quinn, a mysterious corporate
security expert. After a period of friction, the two agree to jointly
investigate the death of the scientist, especially when another Russian
scientist named Lara Ulyanov is found dead in her Benedict Canyon Island
Biotech Lab. The duo are puzzled by a huge, holographic bee hive with
an encoded software data slab that was being kept by Kamenev. It appears
that Kamenev was attached by a cloned animal. But was he? And, what
happens when Nomura and Quinn find themselves personally attracted to
one another?

Gaylord Dold was born in Kansas and raised in southern California during
the good old days. He has been a book publisher, a criminal defense
attorney and a professional writer for many years.
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About the author

Gaylord Dold is the author of fifteen works of fiction including the highly acclaimed private detective series featuring Mitch Roberts, a well as numerous contemporary crime thrillers. Many of his novels have been singled out for awards and praise by a number of critics and writer’s organizations. As one of the founders of Watermark Press, Dold edited and published a number of distinguished literary works, including the novel Leaving Las Vegas by John O’Brien, which was made into a movie starring Nicholas Cage and Elizabeth Shue. Dold lives on the prairie of southern Kansas. 

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Gaylord Dold
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Jun 11, 2014
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Book 1
NOW AN EXCITING NEW SERIES FROM NETFLIX • The shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning in this “tour de force of genre-bending, a brilliantly realized exercise in science fiction.”—The New York Times Book Review

In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”) making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats “existence” as something that can be bought and sold.

Praise for Altered Carbon

“Compelling . . . immensely entertaining . . . [Richard] Morgan’s writing is vivid and his plotting inventive.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A fascinating trip . . . Pure high-octane science fiction mixes with the classic noir private-eye tale.”—Orlando Sentinel
“Gritty and vivid . . . looks as if we have another interstellar hero on our hands.”—USA Today
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 "Already he had counted sixteen soldiers, ten beige-clad paratroopers
sleeping under a big umbrella tree where there was some shade.  On the
taxi ride away from Brazzaville, along the dusty road where the plateau
broke down to brown grassless hills, he had see maybe six soldiers
marching wearily, looking sad-eyed and stoned on bungi, crazy from the
canopy of unrelieved sun.  Mostly he felt amazed and a little lucky to
be in Africa, but just then he felt afraid, as

if a little bubble of balance in the middle of his head had suddenly been tilted to one side, and the soldiers knew it."

Set in Zaire and the Republic of Congo, The World Beat evokes modern
Africa with a realism that few writers achieve.  At loose ends, series
hero Roberts takes an assignment from Lloyds of London to deliver ransom
for Elyse Revelle, a Belgian mining company doctor who has been
kidnapped, presumably be separatists or terrorists.  Together with a
Zairian employee of the company, Roberts undertakes an arduous river
journey to make contact with the kidnappers at the doctor’s clinic in
the jungle. This journey, with its sights, sounds, and smells of Africa,
is both metaphor and actuality.  Roberts falls seriously ill and the
trip becomes a struggle to head off forces that are opposed to the
mission, to find and pay off the kidnappers, and to elude death from
disease or assassination.

Like the novels of Graham Greene, The World Beat combines gripping
action themes of political commitment, moral responsibility and human
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The hypnotic and gritty ninth Mitch Roberts Crime Novel.

"Roberts lay in the dark, his mind running clocklike in nearly perfect
and meaningless circles.  On the floor beside his single bed was a
leather suitcase bound by three leather straps, secured with a beautiful
brass lock.  He had packed the night before, five pairs of jeans, some
hiking and fishing shorts, a pair of moccasins, one suit and a single
dress shirt, assorted socks and underwear, two ties, now slightly
soiled, his shaving kit and utilities, several paper novels, including
most of Beckett in Pan editions, a Glock 9mm pistol stripped into six
sections, each section well oiled and wrapped in heavy newspaper, each
wrapped part then twined inside black plastic.  He had broken down his
rod and reel and had stored them in an olive-green carrying case, all of
it ready for the long flight to Miami."

After a long stay abroad and a love affair that fell apart, Mitch
Roberts is headed home. Back to his ranch, his horses and maybe, to
being a private eye again. But if Roberts is looking forward to an
uneventful life, he has farther to go than a return to southern
Colorado. His problems start when a beautiful flight attendant suggests
he meet her for a drink at her favorite bar in a stopover in Miami. The
bar’s parking lot, however, comes equipped with two thugs who knock
Mitch out, take his passport, credit cards, and every cent in his
pocket, and drive off in his rental car.

Desperate, Mitch calls the only person he knows in Miami, a former
college acquaintance named Bobby Hilliard, a rather sleazy character who
has made a lot of money in questionable ways, and is now an art dealer.
When Mitch finds the seductive flight attendant at the man’s mansion,
he is quick to realize he has been set up.  But an offer of a sorely
needed big fee tempts him, and he accepts a job offer from Hilliard. 
Hilliard’s agent, sent to Haiti with money to buy a large number of
Haitian paintings has disappeared. Mitch’s job is to find the agent and
buy paintings to replace those that were lost. But Haiti is dismaying. 
Police officials openly scoff at Mitch. He is sickened by the tropical
heat and by the atmosphere of poverty, fear and paranoia. When Mitch
finds that the agent has been murdered he does what he must, aided only
by a Haitian guide, poor but educated, and a loyal man with whom Mitch
travels the country.
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