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Quinn Mitchell is a nine-to-five spy. She's a data analyst for the CIA during the day, and a suburban wife and mother on evenings and weekends. After a series of personal struggles and professional failures, Quinn hopes to find redemption in her newest assignment: a series of bizarre assassinations where victims are found with three-digit numbers tattooed, burned, or carve Quinn Mitchell is a nine-to-five spy. She's a data analyst for the CIA during the day, and a suburban wife and mother on evenings and weekends. After a series of personal struggles and professional failures, Quinn hopes to find redemption in her newest assignment: a series of bizarre assassinations where victims are found with three-digit numbers tattooed, burned, or carved into their flesh. As Quinn pursues the killer across the globe -- always one body behind -- their lives become entangled in ways neither of them can predict. This novella by Christian Cantrell (about 13,000 words) takes place in a world bordering on unprecedented change: as oil-based economies shift to hydrogen, the majority of wealth is redistributed across the globe; as aging nuclear arsenals are replaced with even more menacing threats, terrorists try to seize opportunities to tip the balance of power; and as humans become increasingly dependent on machines, massive indexes of information accumulate which can reveal almost anything about anyone to those who know how to use them. THE EPOCH INDEX is a story about a world changing faster than humanity can adapt to it -- a world which may require us to redefine what it means to be a hero.


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Quinn Mitchell is a nine-to-five spy. She's a data analyst for the CIA during the day, and a suburban wife and mother on evenings and weekends. After a series of personal struggles and professional failures, Quinn hopes to find redemption in her newest assignment: a series of bizarre assassinations where victims are found with three-digit numbers tattooed, burned, or carve Quinn Mitchell is a nine-to-five spy. She's a data analyst for the CIA during the day, and a suburban wife and mother on evenings and weekends. After a series of personal struggles and professional failures, Quinn hopes to find redemption in her newest assignment: a series of bizarre assassinations where victims are found with three-digit numbers tattooed, burned, or carved into their flesh. As Quinn pursues the killer across the globe -- always one body behind -- their lives become entangled in ways neither of them can predict. This novella by Christian Cantrell (about 13,000 words) takes place in a world bordering on unprecedented change: as oil-based economies shift to hydrogen, the majority of wealth is redistributed across the globe; as aging nuclear arsenals are replaced with even more menacing threats, terrorists try to seize opportunities to tip the balance of power; and as humans become increasingly dependent on machines, massive indexes of information accumulate which can reveal almost anything about anyone to those who know how to use them. THE EPOCH INDEX is a story about a world changing faster than humanity can adapt to it -- a world which may require us to redefine what it means to be a hero.

30 review for The Epoch Index

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jose

    Sci-fi short story. Epoch Index is a crime story, or at least an investigating crime story about a very successful hitman that suddenly turns into a different story about the cop pursuing him and the impact of her discoveries on the world. It's fun, unexpected and a little twist on the whole "would you kill someone if you knew what they would become"... Can't say more without spoilers! Cantrell does a very good job of describing the characters and filling them with life. Nicely done! Wish he would devel Sci-fi short story. Epoch Index is a crime story, or at least an investigating crime story about a very successful hitman that suddenly turns into a different story about the cop pursuing him and the impact of her discoveries on the world. It's fun, unexpected and a little twist on the whole "would you kill someone if you knew what they would become"... Can't say more without spoilers! Cantrell does a very good job of describing the characters and filling them with life. Nicely done! Wish he would develop some of his ideas into full blown novels...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marc Mattson

    I've generally liked everything by Christian Cantrell, and this is no exception. It's the story of an assassin called back to meet his boss. The meeting goes exactly as he planned, though not quite as his boss had expected. It's a very quick and efficient read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Doug

    This was my first Christian Cantrell read and I must say I the timing was awesome. It was almost as if it was written in guitar tab for me to play on my Axe. (pan camera) eyes to eyes motion Well done Mr Cantrell, you've made a new fan.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Danzaiss

    This seems too short to be called a book. Nice writing and story progression; made me think of a storyboard that could have been developed into a full length feature.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pavlina

    Awesome! Short story, full of action. You won't regret reading this one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Really a novella (or longish short story), not a full-length novel. Interesting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen Corcoran

    This reminded me of a Ray Bradbury short Story. Short, sweet, and flips your world unto its head. If art is stimulating thoughts and emotions, then this is a lovely little piece of art.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pat Buchanan

    I love Christian's work, really wish he'd write a full novel. Containment was his best work, with Farmer 1 coming in 2nd.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Preston Lee

    Tasty. Wish it was longer.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Good story set in the near future.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This was a great story, but the ending was rather abrupt.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pricer

    Nice short story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lars Hansen

    Very interesting short story. Could have been a lot longer, and still maintained its appeal. Big Data analysis takes down serial killer. Hopefully, there'll be a sequel...

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    Jo Ellen

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    Isabell Long

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    J Lopez

  17. 4 out of 5

    J.J. Guy

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rashid Sial

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    Curtis Turnell

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ossi

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Russell

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steve

  24. 5 out of 5

    Keith Vandenbergh

  25. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andy Parkes

  27. 5 out of 5

    Miriam Pipko

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jill

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jason Hazel

  30. 4 out of 5

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