He’s back from the dead… and he’s not the only one.
The city-state of Denver is tightly controlled. High-tech methods of food manufacturing and firm restrictions on reproduction keep the population stable. But even here, in this regimented society, violence is never too far away…
It was supposed to be a simple job. At least, that’s what Hans Ricker was expecting when he agreed to deliver a mysterious package for five-hundred dollars.
He was not expecting to get torn limb from limb while making the handoff. Nor was he expecting to emerge from a coma fourteen months later in the mile-high Denver General Hospital, his original organs replaced with regrown tissue. And he definitely wasn’t expecting to find himself entangled in a police investigation – one which takes a dangerous turn when an armed man tries to assassinate Greta “Grit” Ricker, Hans’ estranged sister and head of Denver’s security forces.
Shadow Life follows Hans Ricker as he sets out to find the person responsible for the multiple attempts on his and his sister’s lives. Pairing up with “Onyx,” a powerful Denver crime lord, Hans hunts down leads across the Midwest. From the overpopulated religious commune of Salt Lake to the mountains of Colorado, Hans and Onyx fight for their lives against drones and lab-grown human constructs, gradually unraveling the mystery of who wants them dead, and why…
Shadow Life is a high-octane adventure set in a deeply layered near-future world of complex political arrangements and fascinating new technologies, a must for fans of science fiction and cyberpunk.
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Jason Mather is a freelance musician. He lives in Greeley, Colorado with his wife, Heather, and his three dogs: Gizmo, Kaori, and Ellie Mae. Shadow Life is his breakout book.
“If you like sci-fi, techno-crime filled novels with lots of action, give this one a try. Highly recommend.” – Sharon Clayton, eclecticreview
“What a stunning debut for this author. I never would have guessed that this was his first book. This was perfectly written, had A+ editing, and the cover is amazing!” – Patrice Leonard
“It drew me in from the first sentence. The first chapter had a distinct noirish tone to it, tough guy dialogue and all that, but then it turned into an action driven vehicle.” – Mia D., NetGalley
“Shadow Life is an amazing novel. I was thoroughly impressed by Mather’s skilled writing and plotting. Jason Mather is definitely an author to watch.” – J. Sasse
“I really enjoyed this book, and can’t believe it’s the author’s first. The plot was thoroughly enjoyable, with lots of twists but not to the extent that it seemed like the author was just doing it to mess with the reader. I rarely read science fiction, but I really enjoyed this page-turner.” – mariacha, amazon
“Shadow Life comes off as an intriguing mix of sci fi elements that surprised and entertained me. It’s neither Utopian, or Distopian in its version of the not-so-far future.” – Kristin, amazon
“A solid edition to the sci-fi genre. Clever ideas and great prose! I especially appreciated the strong female characters.” – Amazon Customer
“This book is amazing! It’s really hard to put it down, wonderfully written.” – Maria Rust
“I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who asks me about it.” – John Kaiser
“This was one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read lately! The sci-fi, action, mystery surrounding the characters and the characters themselves exceeded my expectation and experience!” – pebelz, amazon
“I like this book. The way technology and politics are envisioned gives the city complexity and life. The characters have distinct personalities, both relatable while at the same time extreme. Mather writes the information necessary to move the story along without lengthy exposition. If you like books like Technomancer or Enders game I recommend reading this.” – J., amazon
“I cannot believe this is Jason Mather’s first book. This unpredictable sci-fi with twists and turns kept me up late for ‘just one more chapter’.” – C. Hutchinson
“I loved it! I am not usually a science fiction fan but this was just enough sci-fi to make it interesting! Well written.” – Patti Silvers
“Jason Mather’s “Shadow Life” (Edge-Lite) blends the societal intrusiveness of George Orwell’s “1984” with a sci-fi adventure of George Lucas in a timely manner.” – Jeffrey Hatcher
“This is an incredibly readable book. From the first line, I was taken in and absorbed by the story, which has just enough science fiction in it to be intriguing, but not so much that you feel bogged down by the technical details.” – sbinwa, amazon
“An excellent book. Rich characters. Great pacing. A page turner from start to finish.” – Zennifer