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The Invisible by Seb Doubinsky - Book Tour + Giveaway


THE INVISIBLE by Seb Doubinsky
RELEASE DATE: 8/11/20
GENRE: Speculative Fiction / Dystopian / Detective Noir
SUMMARY:
The Invisible is a masterfully written dystopian noir in Seb Doubinsky’s City-States Cycle books. It’s election time in New Babylon, and President Maggie Delgado is running for re-election but is threatened by the charismatic populist Ted Rust. Newly appointed City Commissioner Georg Ratner is given the priority task to fight the recent invasion of Synth in the streets of the capital, a powerful hallucinogen drug with a mysterious origin. When his old colleague asks him for help on another case and gets murdered, things become more and more complicated, and his official neutrality becomes a burden in the political intrigue he his gradually sucked into. Supported by Laura, his trustful life partner and the Egyptian goddess Nut, Ratner decides to fight for what he believes in, no matter the cost.



EXCERPT

Ratner had hesitated for a few days before accepting the promotion. Actually, he hadn’t even told Laura about the offer initially. When he finally did, he had already made up his mind.

“But you hate politics,” she had rightly said.
He had taken her to a new Italian restaurant on the corner of their street. He wanted to be out of their apartment to announce the news. Both for a celebration and an excuse.
“I know,” he had said, pouring more wine into her glass. “But I hate Thomsen even more.”
Thomsen was the northern district commissioner. In Ratner’s eyes, he symbolized everything he despised: incompetence, hunger for power, backstabbing and an excellent network of high-ranking incompetents, like Thomsen himself.
“That’s still politics,” Laura said. “In a good way.”
She smiled and raised her glass to her lips. In the candlelight her mouth appeared dark red. Ratner thought of cherries in the spring.
“Jim practically begged me to accept,” he explained. “And Tchebick is afraid of Thomsen. For obvious reasons.”
Laura nodded. She knew everything about the city’s murky secrets. Ratner confided in her because he trusted her with all the soul he had left.
“So I accepted,” he concluded.
“Good,” Laura said. “But don’t come crying when the walls fall down. Because you know they always do in the end.”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Seb Doubinsky is a bilingual writer born in Paris in 1963. His novels, all set in a dystopian universe revolving around competing cities-states, have been published in the UK and in the USA. He currently lives with his family in Aarhus, Denmark, where he teaches at the university.

AUTHOR LINKS: Website | Twitter


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