23 April 2015

#Throwback: Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom

 Alan Lennox has been assigned yet another soul-crushing temp job, keeping him from his first loves – drinking, playing video games, and looking for a boyfriend. But Alan’s new job proves to be anything but boring when his co-workers start turning up dead. The mysterious megacorporation Amalgamated Synergy has taken a deadly interest in Alan and his three roommates, and the hapless quartet are woefully unequipped to deal with the psychotic secretaries, murderous middle managers, and villainous vice-presidents hunting them down.

Their investigation leads them deep into Amalgamated Synergy’s headquarters, but can Alan and his friends stay alive long enough to discover who – or what – waits for them on the top floor?

Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom is the first book in "The Future Next Door" series.
We’ve all heard (and probably read) books classified as Urban Fantasy. Well, this is Urban Science Fiction and it fits this genre perfectly. To misuse the Bard, There’s something rotten in the corporation of Amalgamated Synergy. People are murdered, for seemingly no reason. Others have become mindless drones. When Alan Lennox and his roommates are brought to AmSyn, they have no idea what they are in for. Murder, lies, and a fight to get up to the top to face the CEO. Only when they reach the top, nothing is what they expected.

There is so much I can’t say, because to say it would be to give away what is at the base of AmSyn’s troubles. But let me just say, I was impressed. This was a nicely thought out plot with twenty-somethings who are not sure of what they want…only they quickly realize they don’t want to be dead, video games, several points of view, and a unique antagonist.

The only reason it got 4 stars instead of 5, was it felt like it ended too soon. It felt like something was missing. Otherwise, I do think this was a great start to an interesting series. Plus, who doesn’t love the phrase Urban Science Fiction?
Brian Olsen is a writer and director living in New York City. He is the author of The Future Next Door, a contemporary urban science fiction comedic thriller series, as well as a number of plays, sketches and monologues in less complicated genres. He’s directed works for the stage in New York, regionally and on national tours, and assistant directed the world premiere of Sam Shepard’s The God of Hell. He has an MFA from the Actors Studio, so if you need someone to cry on cue, he’s your man.


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