The Hunting of Genie Magee
Now back on Kindle - May 2021
Exciting sequel to The Repossession of Genie Magee
$10,000 Reward on their heads. Armed Roadblocks. Mosquito raids to shut down their brainwaves.
Genie and Renée are being hunted for the secrets that only their DNA can reveal and Rian has to somehow keep them safe. Now with a price on their heads and hunters behind them ready to kill. What is the forgotten secret of the Fortress? Denis knows - but Denis is dead - isn't he?
Genie and Rian had miscalculated. They had expected to return heroes. Unmask the evil Reverend Schneider, expose the Fortress experiments that had killed so many runaway kids. Instead there’s a $10,000 reward on each of their heads. Genie and Renee are being hunted for the secret that only their DNA can reveal. Roadblocks ahead. Mosquitoes in the air that can shut down their brainwaves. They must flee down the wild unforgiving river with armed hunters in pursuit. Denis is waiting for Genie is a cold dark place as the other kids lay dying. He urgently needs her help to resist The Fortress. They can’t run forever. Soon they will have to turn and fight for their very right to exist.
"It’s them,” someone shouted. “I know it is. It’s them.”
Genie’s heart nearly stopped.
“Jesus,” Rian exclaimed.
“Who the hell?”
“Will they shoot?” Renee asked.
“They don’t want us dead.” Genie muttered tersely. “They’ll want the reward money.”
The powerful searchlight was still seeking them. Rian ducked down beside Genie.
“I am praying.”
“Good, ’cause I’m crapping myself here,” Renee said. “Who the hell are they?”
“Bounty hunters. I saw a pair go by earlier.”
Genie and Renee digested this set of facts. Hunters. Hunters meant guns. Big guns. Hunters liked shooting at things.
The good news The Hunting begins exactly where Repossession left off. *I recommend you download
The Repossession of Genie Magee first however as you really need to know what went before.
The Background: Genie, Rian and Renee are on the run from the Fortress who have put a $10,000 dollar price on their heads. That’s useful money up there in the mountains in BC and there are hunters with guns tracking them. They lack boating experience on the Fraser River which often looks sleepy but can be deadly treacherous. The rest of the kids that Genie rescued from the Fortress have already been recaptured and are being tortured in the name of ‘science’. The new boss of Fortransco (The Fortress) is Strindberg – rich, evil, immoral who doesn’t even regard them as human anymore – their DNA is his property now.
The secret of The Hunting is that whereas we all might embrace teleportation in the future but who owns your DNA once it has been digitised? *This is a real legal issue now as we are close to growing new limbs and replacement parts for humans. Will we still own ourselves if we are full of patented spare parts?
Of course it is one thing to run for your life – but you can’t run forever – the odds are against them. At some point Genie knows they will have to turn around and face the enemy. That’s what The Hunting is really about. They are on their way downriver to Vancouver but the big finale will be set in Whistler. You might think it is a just a ski resort but there are hidden places buried under those mountains.
I enjoyed writing The Hunting, it moves quickly and the involvment of Renee as Rian’s half-sister provides some light relief. She’s fun and sassy – quite a contrast to serious Genie. There’s something of a surprise in the last chapters too - a development in their lives that is quite unexpected. I remember writing that section in France and feeling how different it was becoming as Genie begins to realise that she has to think more about herself and her own needs in life.
Needless to say Moucher the dog is along for the ride as well. As any writer will tell you, adding a dog to kids in peril is all very well, but you have to keep remembering to feed the animal, make sure it has a pee. I am always amazed when I read a YA book and you realise when you put it down that no one ever stopped to pee or eat or sleep. Real life is full of moments when nothing happens and I believe you have to allow moments for the characters to breathe – just react a little to what has gone on before – just as real people do. Sure there are big events to come – but sometimes sitting, holding a warm cup of tea or coffee in your hands as you contemplate what to wear for the upcoming battle is just as important as catching falling bullets before they kill you. Watch out for Reverend Schneider he's out for revenge and badly wants to finish Genie Magee for good.
I was really worried when I was writing the opening scene as when I drove up the Fraser for hundreds and miles there was hardly any water in it at all. In my mind it was in flood and locals told me –‘hasn’t flooded for years.’
Well by chance 2012 changed all that and the Fraser has flooded more than once and at the time of writing the Okanagan and other areas of BC have experienced incredible rains and flood and landslides. Not saying there’s any connection between what I write and real life, but hey I can now feel comfortable with those kids on the river scared to death as huge tree trunks threaten them, wild water tries to engulf them. (Feel sorry for those upriver who have lost homes, lives and possessions though).
It’s the danger writers face. You write about a peaceful tranquil oasis in London and riots break out. You want bad weather in some place – they have the best summer they ever had. Nothing stays the same.
Books are not transitory things however and have to stay true for a long time. The Repossession hides its sci-fi roots pretty well in the beginning, but in The Hunting the disguise is off and here is a full blown debate about the ethics of teleportation and the amoral experiments required to make it work. Science is made successful incrementally and the inhuman history of teleportation experiments are definitely exposed here. It's not pretty. Read at your peril. Will Genie survive? Heck what about Moucher the long suffering dog who follows her everywhere. All I can tell you is that it gets a lot tougher to keep it all together.
Available everywhere Amazon is operating. On Kindle app. It's even available in Turkish in Turkey!
I hope you will enjoy The Hunting of Genie Magee as much as I did writing it. By all means write me and let me know if you enjoyed.
© Sam Hawksmoor May 2021
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Book One: The Repossession of Genie Magee available from May1st 2021
Book Three THE HEAVINESS - is available
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