The 13th Prophet
by T. Lucas Earle
In this entertaining short story, T. Lucas blends classic noir and dystopian sci-fi, exposing the strange underbelly where conformity, fashion, and religion collide.
The 13th Prophet is set in the future where people buy personalities and heaven forbid if they are caught 'wearing' last year's personality. There are twelve prophets in which the personalities are developed from. When one of the prophets, Defiance, is murdered, it is up to Mulligan Burke to track down the killer. Coming out of retirement to solve this case, Burke is probably the only person who does not conform to the Personality fad. I liked this about him - a lot. The story follows Burke as he attempts to find the killer and give the 'manufactures' the answers they so desperately need. You might be asking yourself, if the book is titled The 13th Prophet, why is there only twelve mentioned? The answer of course is revealed at the end, and I must admit, I did not see that one coming!
This story was very unique and quite different from anything that I have ever read. The author has created a story that completely captivated my attention. In a way, this book depicts what I believe our society has come to - who has the best car, home, clothes, etc. With a mix of science fiction, a dystopian world, and a murder mystery, this quick read is definitely entertaining and thought-provoking. Mr. Earle has created a very fascinating world and with only 23 pages provided all the ingredients needed for a fast, unique reading experience.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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T. Lucas Earle is a writer, filmmaker, and amateur statistician He lives in LA, a comfortable 60 meters above sea level, where only three out of every 100,000 people are murdered.
T. Lucas has a degree from Emerson College, which makes for a terrific placemat. He spends his days reading scripts - a job for which he receives nominal remuneration. Like many slightly brain-damaged children of hypoxic former left-wing political cult members of the 1970s , he will review almost anything. I once caught him writing a review for a Hamilton Beach toaster oven instruction manual.
When T. Lucas is not reading and groaning quietly to himself, he writes and groans much louder. He has written several short stories, a screenplay or two, and is working up the courage to write a note to the fetching young lady who works at the Starbucks on Glendale Ave. He's been published in Electric Spec, The Colored Lens, and on Amazon, where you can find his short stories.
T. Lucas also writes numerous blogs filled with hidden SOS messages, in the hopes that one day someone will find him and rescue him from the Internet.