Battery Drain by Don Luis de la Cosa
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Science-Fiction, Futuristic
Length: Short (38 pages)
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus
Alex's life is pretty simple: hack through the back doors of a few multinational companies' accounting sections, grab a million here, a million there, and feed his addictions. But a recent run in with a virtual security system forced him to reexamine his priorities. That's when Morgan reappeared in his life. Morgan - seductive, deadly, beautiful raven haired assassin that haunts men's dreams, walks out of a crowd and hands him the opportunity for a new kind of mission, one that includes her as a bonus prize. In return, Alex must become a cybernetically enhanced superwarrior, question his own humanity, and all along, Morgan fades in and out of his dreams, his personal experience, and continues to offer her influence and her sexual favors, in his life.
If you love your stories that are a cross between The Terminator and Dragnet, then Battery Drain is your cup of tea. Written from Alex’s point of view, every word reverberated with masculine energy.
“Never again sign up to be the mouse that a pack of felines is going to play with.” As Alex thought those words, my heart broke and I could not believe that he was going through everything that he was, all for a woman. Yes, Alex is a high tech petty thief. Steal a half penny here or there via computers and he ends up with millions daily but he’s safe from physical harm.
Morgan--a beautiful spy--manipulates Alex into making a difference while helping to save the world. Unfortunately, she comes across as very conniving, using sex to convince Alex to help her. She doesn't tell the whole truth when she takes him to the facility to have work done on him, and I didn't like that aspect of her character. The fact she has sex with him every time she sees him comes across as her throwing a dog a bone to insure its good behavior, not from actual desire for him as a person.
Alex suffered for many weeks and trained very hard. After seven weeks, he was deemed good to go. I loved when he was in the cafeteria and growled at the workers who tripped over the chairs to escape. Or when he stuck his head under the ice tea nozzle and drank from it. I felt it was Alex’s way of showing his superiority and displeasure with the facility as a whole.
Doc is the central secondary character who is running things. It’s his plans to infiltrate and destroy Ordenodrome to get back at the Pinche International Corp. Doc sent Morgan to recruit Alex and was the physician who made the changes to Alex that caused his pain. As you can tell, Doc is not my favorite person. The way the covert operation into Ordenodrome was carried out and what defeats them in the end was unusual.
I found Battery Drain to be an interesting story that had many very real scenarios. It had me thinking at times that things like this could really happen. If you are into science fiction, Battery Drain is worth a look see.