The first installment in the San Angeles trilogy, a thrilling near-future cyberpunk sci-fi series
Kris Ballard is a motorcycle courier. A nobody. Level 2 trash in a multi-level city that stretches from San Francisco to the Mexican border—a land where corporations make all the rules. A runaway since the age of fourteen, Kris struggled to set up her life, barely scraping by, working hard to make it without anyone's help.
But a late day delivery changes everything when she walks in on the murder of one of her clients. Now she's stuck with a mysterious package that everyone wants. It looks like the corporations want Kris gone, and are willing to go to almost any length to make it happen.
Hunted, scared, and alone, she retreats to the only place she knows she can hide: the Level 1 streets. Fleeing from people that seem to know her every move, she is rescued by Miller—a member of an underground resistance group—only to be pulled deeper into a world she doesn't understand.
Together Kris and Miller barely manage to stay one step ahead of the corporate killers, but it's only a matter of time until Miller's resources and their luck run out....
A motorcycle courier is caught up in a web of corporate espionage in this gritty near-future science fiction thriller, the first in the San Angeles series. In the West Coast megalopolis of San Angeles, which stretches from San Diego to San Francisco, 16-year-old orphan Kris Ballard makes her meager living delivering business correspondence too sensitive to risk on the Internet. A late-day delivery brings her to the office of a freshly murdered corpse and puts her in the crosshairs of a desperate megacorporation and its crack assassin. Now Kris is on the run, and her only ally is an anticorporate organization with its own agenda. The setting, with its warring megacorporations and a government under corporate control, will be familiar to old-school cyberpunk fans. The story moves in fits and starts, with headlong chases interrupted by expository scenes and point-of-view shifts that do more to set up later series events than support Kris's plot line. Despite the novel's flaws, Brandt's debut offers intriguing possibilities for later books in the series.