Tell us about your current release.
Men of Color is the first of 4 shorts in a series I call Fone-Stories™. (Stories of less than 2500 words that can be easily read on one’s phone) Men of Color is a cautionary futuristic tale of what might happen to individual freedoms when the world goes bankrupt. The story has an undercurrent of prejudice and racism.
The next short is entitled The Illusionist. The story questions human reality and by extension: human sanity.
Who are your books published with?
I am fortunate to work with several publishing houses: Dorchester Publishing, TCU Press, Goldminds Publishing, and Damnation Books.
What would you consider to be the best book you have ever read?
To Kill a Mockingbird. The book is the best example of providing the reader a theme through simple yet powerful sentencing.
Tell us about your favorite restaurant.
Uchiko in Downtown, Austin.
What is the next big thing?
A Sci-fi thriller entitled Orphan World.
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
Yes. Remember it often takes as long as twenty years to become an overnight success.
Title: Men of Color
Series: Fone-Stories™ #1
Author: Mike Kearby
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
In the year 2031, the world is broke and broken. There are no more courts, or lawyers, or investigations...Only Men of Color. And in 2031, someone always pays.
They came for DeOtis Williams in the early morning.
They always did that.
Not at or , times one would logically expect upon hearing, “They came in the early morning.”
No, they came in the early morning.
They came at because that was the way things were done in the year 2031.
They came because three attestants told a District Evidentiary Panel that on the day Christine Norwood was murdered, they witnessed DeOtis Williams knocking on Christine’s door.
“Knocking angrily,” they said.
And that was it.
Christine Norwood was dead and in 2031 someone must pay. It was the law.
Plain and simple.
Christine Norwood was dead, and DeOtis Williams would pay because three attestants had seen him at Christine’s door. And not just that, at her door knocking angrily.
It was the way of things because in 2031 the world was skint.
The empire destitute.
And the state stone-broke.
In fact, the entire planet was bust.
The world was broke—and broken.
And because of that, grand juries, and investigations, and DNA testing no longer existed.
Plain and simple.
The courts were abandoned. Cast aside because they had devolved into an interminable labyrinth of congestion that came to be known as: The Inexhaustible Overload.
So they created a new system complete with a new name. A bright, shiny name: District Evidentiary Panel. The name offered unrestricted hope for all because of that word: Evidentiary.
It was a word of most pleasant proportion.
The word meant someone would pay.
Oh, glorious word.
It rolled off one’s tongue with perfect symmetry and on this day it carried a name with it—DeOtis Williams.
Three attestants said so.
DeOtis Williams standing at Christine Norwood’s door knocking angrily.
Three attestants saw.
DeOtis Williams, the inculpated pizza delivery man.
And because of that and nothing else, they came.
Early in the morning.
SHORTY SHORT STORY PACKS BIG PUNCH
Loved This! Short, almost more like a poem, but not quite. The little quirky story is beautifully constructed with no waste, no mess. I was moved at a visceral level; I think because it felt so frightfully real. Imagine this, a broken country; strict rules ; extenuating circumstances irrelevant, a good man coincidently in the wrong place. Thought-provoking, terrifying – an inexpensive solution to crime that makes perfect sense, seems fair and righteous on the surface, but, as we learn from one man’s example is actually anything but that.
This is a 10 or 15 minute read that left me reeling. I am still thinking about it days later.
I received a free digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J