"I loved his vision of this future world"
Orry didn't know what to do unless he was jacked into the
stream, it's an addiction. But now he is on the run
because he jacked, afraid of being caught he took a wrong
turn in the net, and went into a room that had old and
dirty files and took some. Now the Anths and the spiders
have been hot for finding and capturing him at any cost.
But Orry needed to Jack, so he is about to when he is
captured by two men, and taken. What he doesn't realize at
the time is they are there to protect him, and take him to
safety. Dar and Cents are the men that are trying to help,
but Orry is so scared all he wants to do is Jack, just for
a moment. He didn't know what to do, he had been jacking
since he was little and felt so horrible. Orry is known as
the Steel Butterfly, well known for being able to get away
from the authorities and the spiders that are after him.
Dar had been through this before with Cents. Cents had
gone through the withdrawals of not being able to Jack,
and Dar helped him through the hard times in between
Jacking. Dar will keep his boys safe at any cost. At first
Cents is jealous of Orry, Dar is his Man, no one elses.
But Dar gets him to see the whole picture, and that Orry
is in a lot of pain; and Cents knows how that feels. Dar
has an idea of getting the information that Orry has in
his head out to others so the more that know, then maybe
Orry will be safe. Can they get the information out there
before it is too late and they are caught? Will these
three have a chance at life, not having to live in fear; a
normal life where they can be happy together?
Well, Mike Shade has written one of the best stories I
have read. At first there is some unfamiliar
vocabulary, "jacking" and so on, but he explains it so
well that the story flows without interruption. I loved
his vision of this future world where the net becomes more
the norm than real life, it was just so cool. I love
anything that Mike Shade writes, but this was so different
than any I have read from him, and let me tell you, It Was
Great! I can't wait to see what the author comes up with
next; I know I will be there with bells on to read it.
Reviewed by Nicole Harvey
Posted June 23, 2007
Orry's been jacking into the net since he was little, so much that the "real world" hardly seems real. As the Steel Butterfly, he's damned good at slipping past the authorities and spider bots that try keep unauthorized access of the net to a minimum.
Everything's going great until he accidentally grabs some black packets. They're full of data that the authorities don't want anyone to know and now Orry's on the run, suffering from withdrawal and getting desperate.
Dar and Cents are lovers and members of an underground that is living virtually free of the net. They take Orry in and help him out. Problem is that Orry stole something the authorities want very badly. Will Orry, Dar and Cents figure out how to spread the word while keeping their personal lives together?