I know a post on Monday is unusual for me. But in this case it makes sense to post this information today or never.
On 3rd of August 2013 I posted following information:
News from author Sabine Atkins
You may remember that I'm a fan of her Varangian Trilogy. So far two books have been published and I reviewed both of them:
As everyone knows good books raise the expectation for the next book, especially when it will be the final book in a series. Sabine Atkins decided to take a break from the Varangian Trilogy and to focus on two other projects: to raise a dog and to write a dystopian science fiction novel because of an intoxicating inspiration. Now the time has come to share the first results of the latter project.
Sabine Atkins invite interested readers to read the prologue and the first chapter of THE HURT CURCUIT for free! Just click on the following link
I read the excerpt and I like the setting and the character of Calen.
Now Sabine Atkins informed me that The Hurt Circuit (November 2013) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00GA0R4WG] has been published in digital format.
"What's inside the red metal box?
Not even its owner, Calen Firth-Shelby, knows for sure. The red metal box is all that's left from his life as the son of a mega-rich tycoon.
Now there's just one thing on the mind of the nineteen-year-old former snowboarding hot shot, girls magnet and political prodigy who came in last place on the Hurt Circuit four years ago: surviving long enough on the Baffin-Chain (a man-made prison island which is infested by cannibals) to prevent his siblings, twins Stella and Paul, from suffering the same fate.
In the not-so-far future, the mega-rich live in constant fear: the "Suburban Tribes" that emerged from years of extremely violent global riots are more or less successfully kept out of the major cities and the state-of-the-art mountain enclaves of the most influential billionaire families. But the greatest threat comes from within. First it came in the form of the catastrophic "Billionaire-Wars", now it disguises itself as ubiquitous, highly intrusive surveillance technologies, as complex corporate lawsuits/espionage - and as the Hurt Circuit.
While the super-billionaires are racing each other to expand their conglomerates beyond Earth, their teenage children are transported to middle schools situated in enemy territories, to stay there for one year as hostages. There, on the Hurt Circuit, the teenagers have to complete dangerous assignments which often result in gruesome injuries and casualties. They are also exposed to a great deal of bullying from their peers: embarrassing secrets are gleefully dissected by obscure HC councils, and the inevitable suicides are covered up as unfortunate mishaps. The winners and their families are rewarded with even more money and a worldwide celebrity-status, while the losers are quickly hidden away by their disappointed families. If they are lucky.
Calen isn't even that lucky. Tethering between life and death and unaware that he's still on the Hurt Circuit, albeit on a secret level, he breaks out of prison. However, his reappearance in high society not only triggers assassins to come after him, but also opens old wounds in family members and childhood friends.
He finds himself again in front of the ever-present cameras of the surveillance agencies and entertainment broadcasters, baring his body and soul to cover up his attempts of protecting his siblings and to defeat the Hurt Circuit.
But the Hurt Circuit never stops." [Source]
In order to celebrate the release of The Hurt Circuit, Sabine Atkins managed a free download of The Hurt Circuit over at Amazon on 11th and 12th of November 2013.
Get your free digital copy of The Hurt Circuit at