Phoenix Rising by Kevin Kauffmann

Phoenix Rising

by Kevin Kauffmann

The revolution is about to start, but the hero is already dead.

Phoenix Rising continues the story of Ryan Jenkins and his teammates from the Crows. They are slaves to a corporate system that uses death and resurrection as just another hidden fee; their pain the entertainment for the masses. Most people watch War World and just think it's the next best thing in sports. The Eris Freedom Initiative wants to change that. They have recruited doctors, undercover agents and soldiers, but the system in place is oppressive and far-reaching. The corporations and alliances that build up the Trade Union are the true power on Earth and its eight daughter asteroids. And above all of them stands War World Entertainment, the company that owns Eris, a planet full of slave soldiers. These corporate masters have promoted Ryan Jenkins as a hero, but the man fighting and dying on those screens is not the same boy from New Chicago. He was changed, behaviorally modified, and is a symbol for the Trade Union's corruption. He is a sociopath who enjoys killing; a hero for all the wrong reasons. That's why The EFI is planning to bring the real Ryan Jenkins back. But can humanity rely on a man who killed himself?

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Kevin Kauffmann is 29 years old as of 2016, which makes him one of those despicable millennials responsible for everything wrong with the world. After enduring bland, upscale suburbia for his formative years, Kauffmann went to UNC-Chapel Hill and eventually obtained a degree suited for a future in the FBI or CIA. Unfortunately, even a stint of living in Morocco and learning about traditional and non-traditional warfare was not enough to interest him in pursuing an entire life behind a desk, so he scrapped all his plans and started waiting tables. Firmly outside of the educational grind, Kauffmann rediscovered his love and knack for telling stories, so now he's a writer who waits tables and tends bar. It's much more fulfilling.

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