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Automatic Reload

Ferrett Steinmetz



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St Martins/Tor
16 October 2020
Science fiction; Biotechnology / Genetic Engineering; Cybernetics; Cyberpunk; Military; Hard Science Fiction; Science Fiction Romance
In the near-future, automation is king, and Mat is the top mercenary working the black market. He's your solider's solider, with military-grade weapons instead of arms-and a haunted past that keeps him awake at night. On a mission that promises the biggest score of his life, he discovers that the top secret shipment he's been sent to guard is not a package, but a person: Silvia.

Silvia is genetically-altered to be the deadliest woman on the planet-her only weakness is her panic disorder. When Mat decides to free her, both of them become targets of the most powerful shadow organization in the world. They go on the lam, determined to stop a sinister plot to create more super assassins like Silvia. Between bloody gunfights, rampant car chases and drone attacks, Mat and Silvia team up to survive...and unexpectedly realize their messed up brain-chemistry cannot overpower their very real chemistry.

Automatic Reload is the genre's most unexpectedly heartfelt romantic comedy with explosions, perfect for fans of Die Hard and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
By:   Ferrett Steinmetz
Imprint:   St Martins/Tor
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 135mm, 
Weight:   300g
ISBN:   9781250168214
ISBN 10:   125016821X
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   16 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

FERRETT STEINMETZ is a graduate of both the Clarion Writers' Workshop and Viable Paradise, and he was nominated for the Nebula Award and the Compton Crook Award. He is the author of the 'Mancer trilogy, The Uploaded, The Sol Majestic, and several short stories. Ferret lives in Cleveland with his very clever wife, a small black dog of indeterminate origin, and a friendly ghost. Twitter: @ferretthimself

Reviews for Automatic Reload

Steinmetz has mixed fast-paced shoot-em-up violence with a compassionate treatment of trauma and mental illness to create an engaging page-turner. Like Shadowrun with a conscience. -- Hugo Award-winning author Jim. C Hines Automatic Reload is for everyone who ever wished the Transformers movies were less Michael Bay, more transformation sequences; it luxuriates in the intricate beauty that is technology, exults in the mechanics of cyberpunk. And it does all this while being a rom-com with a lot of explosions. --Cassandra Khaw, finalist for the British Fantasy and Locus Awards for Hammers on Bone Automatic Reload is an adrenaline-fueled cyborg rampage wrapped around a creamy sweet center. With a heart-stopping pace, tender interludes, and rich technical details, Ferrett Steinmetz has crafted a story that cranks itself to eleven. You'd better have your seat belt on, because this book barrels through tight corners and hairpin turns, all the way to its unexpected finish line. --S. B. Divya, Nebula Award nominated author of Runtime and co-editor of Hugo-nominated Escape Pod A very human look at the future of lethal autonomous weapons, and the constant strain of mental illness. Automatic Reload might just be the most violent cyborg meet-cute ever written. --Corey J. White, author of Killing Gravity Brutally weird and terrifyingly believable, Ferret Steinmetz takes the gloves off and punches you repeatedly in the brain with a high-tech look at a fatal future. Automatic Reload is what happens when humanity's lines are crossed. We'll never be able to go back. -- K. C. Alexander, author of Necrotech and Mass Effect: Nexus Uprising A wicked technothriller full of gut-punching action, sharp twists, and surprisingly tender moments. Also, the most heart-pounding cyborg tech support you will ever read. - Spencer Ellsworth, author of The Starfire Trilogy Automatic Reload is a wild ride through an all-too-believable, terminally capitalist future. I came for the shoot-em-up action, but the relationships in this book have more punch than the most well-tuned gun. I was cheering for Silvia and Mat all the way through. --Alex Wells, author of Hunger Makes the Wolf Frederick Pohl said good science fiction shouldn't just predict the automobile, but also the traffic jam. Automatic Reload does that for body-modification, AI, and computer-aided combat. We get the traffic jam, plus road rage, hyper-surveillance, and hails of bullets...but we also get the fragile people trying to survive it all. I hope it isn't prophetic, but I'm afraid it might be. --James Alan Gardner, author of They Promised Me the Gun Wasn't Loaded Reviews for Ferrett Steinmetz's The Sol Majestic The discussion around this novel implies that it's a revelous romp, but that would be oversimplifying it. Yes, the characters are fun and mad, the descriptions of the restaurant and its inhabitants wondrous and sparkling. But like the food sumptuously described here, strange, surprising and satisfying notes burst through while consuming each chapter. Like Kenna, we arrive at the Sol Majestic for a meal and are served a new outlook on life -- one that's rather obvious but no less triumphant. -- The Washington Post The Sol Majestic by Ferrett Steinmetz is not a love letter: it's a love asterisk, a love starburst, radiating out in so many contradictory directions that it shouldn't possibly work, and yet somehow, gloriously, does. It is a feast of a book! --New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire Ferrett's fiction always has something clever and hungry about it, and The Sol Majestic is no exception - if anything it's the logical next step, and his pinnacle so far. Strange, rich, thoughtful, and just plain fun - this is a book to swallow whole. -- Cherie Priest, Hugo and Nebula Award nominated author for Boneshaker There are moving tales and clever tales. This one happens to be both. Steinmetz never ceases to amaze. -- Ken Liu, Author of The Dandelion Dynasty and The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories If Baz Luhrmann was going to direct an episode of Chef's Kitchen, this book would be the result. Steinmetz has brought his signature high-saturation prose to questions of identity, truth, faith, food, and sex in this completely one-of-a-kind book. It grabbed me by the brain and didn't let go until long after I got to the end. - Hugo and Campbell award finalist Sarah Gailey, author of River of Teeth Dizzying, beautiful worldbuilding with characters that make you ache. Damn this book is good. - Hugo Award finalist Mur Lafferty, author of Six Wakes From the first hors d'oeuvre to the last bite of dessert, there is a complexity of characters, motivations, and love. Compelling and delicious! -Lawrence M. Schoen, author of The Moons of Barsk

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