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A classical Cyberpunk story, this piece of short fiction blends the best of Ocean's Eleven and Blade Runner.

Ameonna and her team of mercenaries are on the brink of the single most important heist in their careers. They must break back into Bakemono Corp to rescue the disembodied consciousness of their friend, Neal, who died saving them from experimentation at the hands
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ebook, 41 pages
Published April 9th 2018
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emrys merlin
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Based off what I've read of Purrazzi's work, I've always considered her two greatest writing strengths to be worldbuilding and characters. This short story did nothing but solidify that opinion. Set in a futuristic Tokyo, Stealing life is the very essence of what a good heist story should be: A vivid setting, well developed characters, and action scenes intense enough to keep me up reading till midnight. So why the 4 stars? Well, two reasons, and both of those reasons are way more personal than ...more
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Out of all the stories in the Phoenix Fiction Anthology, I probably loved the concept of Stealing Life even more than the others. A heist story where a group of people who have been experimented on against their will by a corrupt corporation break into this corporation in order to steal the consciousness that the company has hijacked from their friend and stowed away for the purpose of further experimentation—what’s not to love about this premise? Stealing Life’s synopsis on Goodreads likens its ...more
E.B. Dawson
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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J.E. Purrazzi has outdone herself this time. The futuristic, cyberpunk world she has created this time is absolutely stunning. The visuals of this short story are gorgeous, compelling, and completely believable. Set in a future Japan, a group of unlikely heroes has a plan to break into the evil Bakemono corporation which experimented on them as children and still holds one of their friend's hostage.

Action packed, utterly intriguing, and wildly creative, this story is a masterpiece in its genre.
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Katelyn Buxton
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stealing Life is a wildly creative take on futuristic Japan. It’s probably the most intense short story I’ve ever read, but I enjoyed it. There’s just something about Purazzi’s writing that’s like watching a movie in your head, and this short story is no exception. Personally, I found it a little creepy, but in a good way. It centers around people doing things with science that they never should have, and asks serious questions about life and death. All in all, it’s a fast-paced, immersive read.
K.L. + Pierce
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Very creative and engaging story! Loved all the visuals and technology. Full review coming soon!
Holland S.M.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was incredibly vivid... probably one of my favorite short stories by Purrazzi.
Janelle Garrett
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very unique, different from Purazzi’s other works. She still managed to make great characters and an engaging story even with fewer word counts than her other works. Good stuff.
Cayla Huffman
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I grew up on a steady diet of adventure both real and imagined. It was never quite enough. So what is a girl to do? The answer: live in a fantasy world.

Whether it be in art or writing, I am always trying to live multiple lives at once. You can usually find me lost in a maze of thoughts, occasionally emerging for my full-time job as a Nanny and the common distractions of being a housewife, church
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