The Rewired Series: The Recruiter
by Alexander Mukte
GENRE: Mystery/Thriller Sci-fi
BLURB: The Rewired Series
This is a fantastic, genre-bending series that weaves together the best mystery, visionary, and speculative fiction elements. With characters that span across books and time, The Rewired Series explores what plagues humanity and the impact each person can have while leaving you with the promise of a better tomorrow. Alexander Mukte wraps all of these themes inside edge-of-your-seat, engaging mysteries with larger-than-life characters you’ll want to revisit again and again.
Blurb: The Recruiter
A fast-paced and thought-provoking mystery that will keep you on your toes until the very end. The Recruiter is an entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable start to the series, full of intriguing twists and turns.
Leslie may be an idealist, but she's no fool. She trusts her boss, Ori, implicitly. He has vision, principles, and a way with people. When a bomb is detonated at work, she finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of events. All of a sudden, their lives are on the line, and every choice matters.
Is Ori who she thinks he is? Why would anyone want to hurt him? And how do they get out of this mess? Leslie doesn't have it all figured out, but what becomes clear is that there's a lot the world doesn't know about Ori Clayborn.
Jessica is driven to make a difference by uncovering the truth. Investigative reporting is her life. One day she gets a unique assignment that leads her back to her hometown and into Ori's orbit. What will she find, and what's her role in this?
The Recruiter is a captivating, imaginative story that draws you in deeper and deeper, page-by-page. Alexander Mukte creates a universe that pulls you in and doesn't let you go.
Blurb - Deeply Rooted Dreams:
This bold and compelling sequel is an evocative page-turner on the journey to a better future.
Since her encounter with Ori years ago, Jessica, an investigative journalist, has continued her mission to print the truth that the world needs to hear. Her pursuit has led her to meet with a source, Zach Carver, a leading mind at Singularity Group. The meeting goes awry, and Jessica awakens to find that she has a gap in time and memory and that Zach is now missing.
What happened? Who is responsible? And how can she help Zach? It is imperative that Jessica find out, and to her surprise, Ori has reappeared to help her do just that.
Malik, an intelligent and inventive young man, is determined to find a way to overcome the virus that has impacted the world. When he crosses paths with powerful people at Confidence Biotech, the leading treatment and contact tracing company, they take an unusual interest in him. Then, all of a sudden, they paint Malik as public enemy number one, forcing him to go on the run.
What do they want from him, and does this mean that he is close to discovering something they couldn't?
Deeply Rooted Dreams is the second installment of The Rewired Series, unveiling more of the universal trial that Ori alluded to in The Recruiter. Alexander Mukte's second novel creates an even more intricate world, striking an engaging balance of mystery and wonder.
EXCERPT: from The Recruiter
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Did you think we were going to let you get away with it?” The man’s voice was both incredulous and triumphant. The light from the full moon began to fill the room as Ori’s eyes adjusted. He inhaled deeply. The man continued as if he was talking to himself, “We knew you were up to something. Did you actually think that you stood a chance?” Ori surveyed the room. He squinted to focus on his surroundings.
“Are you listening to me?” the man continued speaking while Ori remained silent, not acknowledging him. Ori made out three bodies in the room with him: one talking, one holding a flashlight, and a third one close to what looked like the door.
The shack was an old cabin but was well built. No lights were turned on, nor was there a fire burning, so as not to attract any unwanted attention. The natural moonlight was perfect to illuminate most of the space. In the areas where the moonlight did not reach, there was the glow of a bright flashlight. This flashlight was suddenly pointed directly into Ori’s eyes.
A Word With the Author
What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you?
My wife bought me a nice Italian leather journal with my initials embroidered on it. She gave it to me for Father's Day after our first son was born and said it was so I could write down my dreams for his future. At the time, I had begun writing my first novel but was not yet bold enough to say this would be my career. It was her way of showing me that she had complete confidence in me and supported my dream. It meant the world to me and helped solidify that this was the path for me.
How would you spend ten thousand bucks?
If I could quiet my frugal side long enough, I would spend it on a luxurious vacation to Southeast Asia. I'm seeing first-class flights, great food, and massages on the beach. If my frugal side wins out, I would save it until I have enough to invest in a passive income stream like a rental property.
Where do you get your best ideas?
That's a good question. I'm not really sure. If I had to say something, I would say that I get my best ideas from being curious about the world around me and asking how things work and why. If I'm really interested in something, I'll get several books on the topic to learn more. Often that will spark an idea. Then I love to ask the question "What If," and I'll play out endless scenarios in my head until one feels right.
Lately, I've been spending a lot of time with my four-year-old. It's been great because it has made me realize that there's so much that I don't know. He asks questions about things that, in the past, I wouldn't have thought twice about. And, my desire to give him a correct answer leads me down the path of learning something new. There are several themes in Deeply Rooted Dreams, my second novel, that came from me hanging out with my kid.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
I have two books out that are the first two installments of The Rewired Series. The primary plot came first for book one, though it was centered on one key character. It started with Ori, the visionary leader of a large private company, using his business to help "the little guy." Then someone tries to ruin him and everything he's built.
Then as I developed the plot further, both other plot lines and other characters began to take shape. I started to see his lead counsel, Leslie, an FBI agent on the case, Evelyn, an investigative reporter, Jessica, and the list goes on.
Many of these characters are in book two as well, and I had a little fun thinking about the different roles they could play. But again, it was a new primary plot that came first. This time, I wondered what if this virus could or was somehow meant to unite us?
While the plot comes to me first, I try to put equal attention on that and on the characters. Since I spend so much time with the characters, it's essential to ensure that the characters are people who I would want to be around. I figure, if I want to spend time with them, then other people will too.
Across plot and characters, my ultimate goal is to create an engaging novel that stretches the imagination and hopefully stretches readers' perception of what's possible.
What does your main character do that makes him/her special.
Ori can see things other people can't, about themselves, and about a chain of events and how actions spark different outcomes. There's more that makes him unique, but you'll have to read it to find out… no spoilers!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Alexander had an active imagination his whole life, but it wasn’t until the birth of his son that he began putting the stories in his mind on paper. He wanted to be an example of someone pursuing his passion, dreaming big, and taking chances.
Alexander loves people, their stories, and their backgrounds as well as what shapes them, how they think, and what they dream about. He has a passion for learning and is known by most as an intensely curious person who eagerly soaks up anything and everything he can. He dreamt of a career that allowed him to learn new things every day. In writing, he has found a life that allows him to do just that.
After graduating with a degree in business, Alexander volunteered in the U.S. Peace Corps where he aided in creating sustainable small business ventures in Central America. Before taking this leap of faith, Alexander did Business Development and Consulting for large domestic and international companies. These experiences weave themselves into the characters, places and stories he creates.
An avid traveler, Alexander enjoys exploring new places with his family. He was raised in Southeastern Arizona, and now calls Georgia home, along with his wife and two sons.
The Recruiter is Alexander’s first novel, though perhaps the 39th in his mind. We hope you enjoy it, and Deeply Rooted Dreams, as much as we have.
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