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3.36  ·  Rating details ·  36 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A novelette by Nebula Nominee Nancy Fulda.

Eugene Gutierez lost his wife, his pride, and part of his sanity during an undercover anti-terrorist operation in South America. When Eugene finds a cryptic message in a restaurant fortune cookie, he thinks his daughter's boyfriend is pulling a prank. The truth is far more complex, involves time travelers from Eugene's future, and
Kindle Edition, 31 pages
Published March 1st 2011
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Nancy Fulda's "Backlash" is a non-stop sci-fi action/thriller novelette about a former war hero caught in the crossfire of averting a disaster that could change the course of time. Eugene Gutierez returned from an assignment in South America that left him with the scars of war, but in his retirement, a meal with his daughter and her boyfriend takes an odd turn. When he opens up a strange fortune cookie, he realizes that someone was trying to target him. He first believes it to be a cruel joke, u ...more
Grace Krispy
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Billed as a "novelette," this short work is immediately engaging. When Eugene gets the strange fortune cookie and we start to find out a little more about his past, I found myself drawn even more into the story. One thing this author did really well in a short space was to provide enough backstory to flesh out the characters, which made them interesting and relatable. That being said, I was a bit confused by Clarise's motivations. I understand what she shared with Eugene at the end, but I would ...more
Lilac Wolf
Aug 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Lilac Wolf and Stuff

This is a super fast sci-fi thriller, containing only 31 pages. I read it in a few would take less without kids. lol

Eugene gets pulled into a black op from the future, forcing him to be a very quick study - he wasn't even supposed to be aware but the constant flashbacks he suffers from prevents the science from working properly.

Add to this finding out his daughter is part of a terrorist group, his world is thrown upside down in a matter of minutes. And he must reco
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This kindle short story clocks in at about 31 estimated pages. It is a truly interesting bit of sci-fi. My only complaint is that it felt like the story was just getting started and then it ended. I hope that someday this book is expanded into a full-fledged book.

Eugene Gutierez is a former anti-terrorist agent having dinner with his college-aged daughter and her latest boyfriend. He cannot imagine what she sees in him. Soon the evening collapses when his fortune cookie comes with this message:
Maria Schneider
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I left a review on Amazon--basically even if you don't like short stories, this is a long one and it's a very good one. Well worth the read. It also appears inside the anthology "Dead Men Don't Cry" --which I just downloaded after reading this story. The writing style is unique in that you're reading an adventure so you're pulled along with the characters, sweating out each scene--but you get done and suddenly there's a lot to think about. It's not so much a "message" it's more this huge feeling ...more
May 27, 2011 rated it liked it
quick paced fight for family and life. Really enjoyed this read.
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Nancy Fulda is a past Hugo and Nebula Nominee, a Phobos Award winner and a Vera Hinckley Mayhew Award recipient. She is also a recipient of the Jim Baen Memorial Award. She holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science with an emphasis in Machine Learning. She also loves dancing.
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