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A Cup of Joe
by Anita Ensal (aka Gini Koch)
CreateSpace, $7.99, 85pp
Release Date: November 17, 2012
This is a fun little story with a terrific hook on the first page. David is the Chosen One. The one designated by the Master Computer as the father of the next generation. He lives a pampered life within a domed world; protected from…well, everything; including normal people with normal wants and needs. His world was created by the Master Computer to save the human race from extinction when the world’s environment collapsed. The Master Computer and the Mother Board see to everyone’s wants – whether they want it or not. And therein lies the problem….

David is taking a walk one day, as usual, when the unusual happens: a common woman smiles at him as if he were no one special. Intrigued, David engages her in conversation; a very dangerous conversation for her, Emily. She cannot afford to show unwarranted interest in the most important man in the world. The Mother Board might suspect her Chosen One would hear seditious information; something that may change his belief structure.

But Emily is drawn to David, his innocence and his earnestness. So they embark on a forbidden relationship. And David learns things about his world that he was never intended to know.

This short story was a page-turner and I enjoyed the story. It’s very reminiscent of other SF stories where an artificial environment defines mankind but I still wanted to see where it went. And I wasn’t disappointed; it had a nice twist at the end. So the plot was well thought-out, the characters were well-defined and the pace was just right.

You won’t find this story on a new bookstore shelf but you can find it at Amazon or along with some other juicy tidbits. ~~ Catherine Book

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