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Choose - Echo's Voice: Episode I [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Mankowski
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What if citizenship and advancement meant signing a life-contract to the government or approved corporation? In this future world, innovation, creativity, even fertility have nearly vanished. Those who can afford artificially-lengthened lifespans amass obscene wealth and power. Some say this society is too civilized to be called a slave state. Yet those that walk away become despised “nobodies” who must forage in the shadows.

What would you choose?

Echo is creative, beautiful and fertile, and was raised with every luxury. She has seen the inner-workings of LTK (the corporation that controls all news and entertainment) too closely to become a willing slave.

Rick was first in his graduating class at the National Police Academy and is the son of a national hero. He believes that he must surpass expectations. When invited to join an elite force called RAPID, he thinks nothing of signing an addendum to his life-contract pledging loyalty to this unit, even though his closest friends have misgivings.

Favor dreams of becoming an actress. She would sign absolutely anything to make her dreams come true.

Lorenzo - never last, never first - probably views a life-contract as little more than bureaucratic paperwork.

Jeff (Red) Roselle was raised among wealthy financiers. He ran away at age sixteen and became a bandit. He refers to his early life as excellent training, although he admits to being a less-ambitious thief these days. Now, after six years of wandering the wasteland, he knows there is something better than wealth: liberty.

Selinda dreamed of becoming a detective. But in this world where fertility is becoming rare, it is not legal to be a lesbian. When her presence becomes inconvenient to her chain of command she chooses to walk away on her own terms, fully armed.

“A man is as free as he chooses to make himself, never an atom freer.” -George Macdonald

Choose - ISBN-13: 978-1-59790-031-7
By Sarah Mankowski
About 43,000 words

Coming this summer in six episodes, exclusively to Kindle - Echo’s Voice.

This is the pre-release of Episode I: Choose

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Choose is the first episode in the six-part series released last spring, which was expanded and revised from my older novel Echo's Voice. I thought six episodes would complete the story. Not so. I was never satisfied with what I planned to be the final episode. Even as I wrote it, I knew there was more to the story. Episode VII is currently in the works.

Product Details

  • File Size: 307 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WordThunder Publications (April 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007U838OU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story line, Relevant themes April 15, 2012
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I am so happy to see Echo's Voice updated. The story seems more relevant today than ever before. Twelve years ago when I first read Echo's Voice the description of the future seemed more futuristic and less probable than today. The underlying theme of ownership by the corporation(s)/state is applicable to current trends we see today.

As I was reading Choose on my Kindle Fire I couldn't help wondering how the Port device used in Echo's voice was any different from what I was using to read the novel.

I read Choose in two sittings and found myself wishing for more. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in June.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Potential August 11, 2012
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The dystopian premise of this novel is intriguing and well arranged. However, the dialogue and writing style, in general, was simple and a tad boring. Not to mention that the book was rife with spelling and grammatical errors to the point of distraction (for me, at least). Concepts tended to be over-explained, resulting in me skipping over a lot of redundant inner dialogue.

I hope that the author is able to improve their writing style and skills for future books, because the potential of this series of great. As a single book, Episode I cannot stand up on its own. The book just kind of goes along, with no particular direction, besides showing evidence of civil unrest and conspiracy. There is no conflict resolution here, only build up.

I'm interested to see where this is going, but if the second book doesn't correct the errors of the first, that will be the end of the road for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it June 25, 2012
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I would recommend this serialization to anyone looking for a good Science Fiction/Mystery. This first installment introduces a varied cast of well developed character each struggling in his or her own way to find their place in a dystopian future which presents on the surface what appears to be a world where no one has a choice.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading these first 150 pages and have since purchased and begun reading the later installments. So far this serial reminds me of "The Hunger Games" without in anyway being a copy of it, which understandable since from what I gather it predates that book. However both books seem to me to share in a common tone.

Spend the 99 pennies and give the first volume a chance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read June 22, 2012
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I picked this up through a recommendation. I had a lot of fun reading this, but didn't know it was episodic until I hit the last page. I kept thinking that the ending was going to be awful because I assumed it ended quick. I am happy to say that it didn't end poorly and I am looking forward to reading the next sections of the book.

This is a futuristic story where corporations own people, but the mega wealthy somehow can get rejuvenated treatments. It was not entirely spelled out, but the caste system in place seems quite believable. The characters are deep enough to make you care for them, and root for some while hating others.

This is a fast read, but there are already several episodes after this on Kindle so grab them too.
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More About the Author

Sarah Mankowski: A fourth-generation Floridian - Wife of 30+ years to Don Mankowski, mother of J. D. Mankowski. We share our home with two lazy old black cats named Kali and Reason. Daughter of Fred holly (Art Of The Cube ISBN: 9781597900270) and Ava Lee Holly (My Summers With Nancy ISBN: 9781597900300) Interests include natural history and technology. I am an avid gardener with a passion for edible landscaping. My philosophy, as shaped by my Christian faith: "We begin to build community when we value the differences that make each person's contributions unique. Without community, we remain a random group of people stumbling over one-another, while snatching at fleeting fancies." This seems to be what I am always saying in my writings in one way or another. An insatiable reader, some of my greatest teachers include: C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton and George Macdonald. I should also mention Stephen Jay Gould. Works in progress include the seventh episode in the Echo's Voice series and a book about gardening with all five senses.

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Why six episodes?
Each episode runs about 40,000 words. I thought that was a good length for quick summer reads, reading at the pool or beach.
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