The Autumn War by Ani Fox blends cyberpunk and spy thrillers in a modern setting, sort of Sherlock Holmes and James Bond meet Neuromancer and The Illuminati.
Nothing is as it seems. After the mysterious death of his family, retired operative Spetz has come looking for answers, using himself as bait. The shadowy Syndicate has made him a job offer that a deranged cadre of Nazi supersoldiers, the various global Mafias, and a ship full of eco-fanatics would all prefer he decline. By midday, the U.S. Government has declared him a terrorist, and an unseen adversary has offered more than a billion dollars to have him killed.
In this covert global war, Spetz is forced to call in some favors from former associates: a rogue Artificial Intelligence, an ice-cold femme fatale, and a rescue team of former Soviet saboteurs. Among his enemies are Zeus, a genetically engineered soldier who styles himself a god; Mika French, the best assassin alive, and Hans Gutlicht, a mad scientist with a grudge... and the man who raised Spetz.
From the icy waters of the Canadian North Atlantic to the burning sands of Las Vegas, Spetz must keep two steps ahead of everyone, outfoxing some of the most brilliant and dangerous operatives alive. To unravel the conspiracies behind the Autumn War, he does the one thing he’s always resisted – join 'The Game.' But can he win it in time to stop his faceless enemy? For Spetz, it’s gotten very personal.
Ani Fox lives in Luxembourg and has had short fiction in Jim Baen’s Universe, as well as in the Ragnarok Publications anthology, Corrupts Absolutely? The Autumn War is his first published novel. In his spare time, Ani holds down a day job, serves as Editor in Chief for the European Review of Speculative Fiction, and does what his cat tells him. He holds a BA in History from the Rutgers University, a PhD (ABD) in World History from the Australian National University, and a PhD in Indigenous Theology from ULC Seminary; none of which make him more fun at parties.