The Austin Job: A Pulpy Action Series from the Schism 8 World

David Mark Brown (Author)


James Starr, a busted-up bronc rider turned politician, can barely saddle his own demons when he finds himself at the center of a high-stakes game of power and lies. With the world embroiled in the Great War, power-hungry forces threaten to tear apart the state of Texas in a secret plot to rule the resource that will fuel the future.

When a high-society ball ends with the spontaneous combustion of many of Austin's elite, Starr is forced to choose between the fire-crazed anarchist bent on reducing Austin to cinders and the secretive industrialist determined to pull his strings. To top it all off, Starr discovers a maze of dangerous tunnels beneath the city and evidence of a secret society playing both sides.

Against the backdrop of widespread panic and riots, Starr must rely on his horse, Willy, and his new flame, Daisy, to help him unravel the mysteries and lies before his political ambitions, along with the entire city of Austin, are drenched in crude oil and lit on fire. Can Starr save his career? Save his love? And save the day? Or will he have to choose one over the others?

Exploding with over the top, cheek-puckering action, including the world's first parkour stunt horse, The Austin Job dares you to cinch your saddle to a bolt of Lone Star lightning and hold on for dear life. In this second season of his Lost DMB Files serial, Author David Mark Brown invites the reader into a world illuminated by human torches and moonlight towers, an underground Austin inhabited by machine and monster alike. The Austin Job happens simultaneously with Fistful of Reefer (Season One of the Lost DMB Files) and thus can be read first or second in the series.

Dime novelist and pulp fiction writer, David Mark Brown, mysteriously disappeared during the 1930s. Until recently, his obscure writings had all but been forgotten. Violent conspiracy theorists contend his fiction preserves a secret history, a history able to reclaim our future, if the war it unleashes doesn't destroy us in the process.

Ranging from steampunk westerns to campy horror, these lost files harken back to an age of dime-store novels and over-the-top stories full of anti-heroes, complex villains, nightmarish monsters, conspiracy theories, shootouts, and explosions.

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Product Details

Fiction Vortex, Inc.
Publish Date
February 27, 2020
5.51 X 0.67 X 8.27 inches | 0.82 pounds
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About the Author

Raised in Central Texas, David Mark Brown learned to ride horses at a young age. Then learned to hate them after a disastrous attempt to impress a girlfriend. He was five. Turning instead to a life of poetry and prose he eventually migrated north to the University of Montana (the Berkeley of the Rockies) and became the Redneck Granola. Falling in love with a chainsaw wielding mountain woman forced him to reconsider his chosen career path--Hemingway on a sailboat. Instead he illuminated the path of life to college students as a spiritual guide for over a dozen years while his wife (now a pharmacist) squirreled away enough acorns for David to embrace the sultry world of commercial fiction. After legally snatching a little Vietnamese boy and creating another son via more natural means, the happy family settled in Idaho. David still rides horses, but only in black and never for fun.