Saturday, February 15, 2014

Preview to The BulletProof Ghost: Prototypes

Three and a Half Years Ago

Kyle sat on the cold wet floor of the locker room. He hated this room. All of his inadequacies were laid bare here. At least when compared to the other boys. His height was the worst. He was at least six inches shorter than everyone in his class, whether they were male or female. At 13 most of the girls were beating the boys in height, but with him it was even worse. The nicer girls treated him like he was a child compared to them, like a little brother or cousin. He was the same age as them, but he was never viewed in that way, except by one. The only one that mattered to him right now. The floor wasn't wet from someone who didn't dry off enough from the shower (if at all). The liquid on the floor was thick and red. The locker room floor was wet with his blood.

Kyle looked down and the knife stuck in his stomach reminded him of how he got here. There was a slow but steady steam of blood flowing down his lower body. The stream traveled along the tile and mixed with a water puddle near his feet. The puddle that put him in the dire situation he found himself in. He couldn't think about how he got here anymore. He had been leaning up against the stone bench that connected to the lockers for several minutes. It was clear that no one was coming to help him. The ones responsible for stabbing him had left him to die. They left him to bleed to death alone.

Kyle shook his head trying to focus. His head was getting fuzzy from the loss of blood. He forced himself to a standing position. He thought about pulling the knife out. He wasn't sure if that would increase the bleeding or do more damage than leaving it in. Kyle found it really hard to move with it in. He didn't intend to live through this, not at this point. He knew what was coming was inescapable. Kyle pulled the knife out. Blood starting to run down his shirt and pants even quicker. Surprisingly, it didn't hurt all that much. Was this what going into shock is like, he wondered. If so, he may not be able to walk much longer, but he didn't have that far to go. Kyle put one foot in front of the other.

He needed to see her. As he hobbled out of the locker room, Kyle knew this could be his last chance to say goodbye. Kyle made his way past the wooden doors that connected to a vending machine area outside of the two gyms. The left one is where the girls typically had their classes. Kyle's left foot slid along the floor a little bit. He could see drops and smears of blood down the hall, "Shit... is all of that mine? I don't have much," he coughed up a little blood, "..time left."

Kyle leaned up against the door to the left gym. He used all of his weight to force the heavy door open; or at least it felt heavy to him at this moment. Kyle looked around the gym of long blond, brown and red hair. In this small of a rural, mostly white bred town, Irene wouldn't be hard to spot. He knew her gym class was the period after his. Kyle saw several faces that were like his in tone, pale or reddened from the exercise. Then he saw Irene, dark skinned and full of energy. One of the preppy cheerleaders spotted the bloody Kyle staggering into the gym. She screamed at the top of her lungs. Kyle thought that this was only slightly more negative of a response than he normally got from her. Irene turned to see what 'cheerleader' was screaming about. Kyle smiled slightly, because he knew he had made it. He saw Irene before... then he lost whatever strength he mustered up.

Kyle dropped to the floor and started to convulse. Irene ran to him and bent over him to see how bad the wound was, "Oh no no no."

Kyle couldn't hear what she was saying at this point. His body was shutting down. His vision was cutting in and out, but he knew Irene was holding him in her lap. He thought she shouldn't, because she was going to get her clothes all bloody. He could tell that she was yelling at somebody, maybe the teacher? She was just standing there looking like a store mannequin, but not after Irene yelled at her. The teacher ran off pulling her cell phone out on the way to... where ever. Maybe the nurse's office. Lot of good that would do. Maybe she could get a couple of gauze pads for him or something. Maybe a few for the floor. Kyle chuckled.

Irene looked at him. Kyle's eyes focused right at this moment. Irene's eyes were filled with tears and she was breathing hard, like she was having a panic attack. Kyle squeaked out, "Hey, Irene," he raised his hand up. She grabbed his bloody hand with her bloody hand, "I'm sorry. I didn't want to make... you cry. " Irene said something Kyle couldn't make out, "It's selfish, but I... wanted to see you. One last time... I wanted to be with you when the end came..."

Unsure of what to do until the ambulance came, the other girls surrounded the two without doing anything. The nurse did her best, but Kyle used his last breath to say those words to Irene. She squeezed him tight, tears streaming out of her eyes. She screamed in sorrow. Kyle Richard was dead.

Trials of Prototype 005



Cybernetic Prototype 005 blocked the swipe from his enemy's glowing blue blade. The blade that was attached to his left wrist met the attack with a bright energy reaction. The clash of two blades pushed CP 005 back along the ground, leaving ripped up grass and trails where his feet dragged the ground. The Kinetic Energy that emanated from the blades push against each other, but if the blade had hit any part of Five's body, it would slice right through it. This is despite the extremely resilient armor he donned. His enemy's blade jutted out of its elbow. One of two equipped on each arm.

The black eyed man watched the battle from a safe distance. His head moved back and forth, following the path of the fight. He held his hands, as well as his circular tablet, behind his back. The black eyed man patiently awaited the outcome of the conflict.

Synthetic Prototype 003 or a Synth, as Five has already nicknamed it, was a completely artificial being. It wasn't self aware and was only working off of programming. It wasn't really alive.

The room they battled in was called an Enviroom. The walls were silver and metallic with energy conduits running horizontally. The conduits fluxed with white light. The wall had vegetation growing up it for ten or so feet. This particular room was meant to replicate a forest setting. There were trees, grass and small bodies of water strewn throughout.

Five was darting around trees as he moved about. He dodged kinetic blasts that were being shot out of the Synth's palms. One hit a tree, sending wood splinters hurdling across the forest. Five was starting to feel the strain of the ongoing fight. The Synth caught up to him through the simulated forest. It reached for Five, but ended up putting its hand through a tree.

The trials were conditioning Five to kill without granting mercy. He couldn't feel remorse, not that this was a problem in this fight. He had promised to do far worse things if he passed these trials.

Five used his kinetic boosters, that were on the bottoms of his feet. The boosters allowed him to float, soaring above the ground to return his foe's attack in kind. Five swiped with his blade, once, twice and three times, missing in all instances. The agile Synth had dodged his attacks. The Synth swiped up, slicing Five's chest armor as well as the flesh underneath. This resulted in a nasty, bleeding wound.

Five glided backward to get some distance in between him and the Synth. The Synth tried to follow, but retracted his wrist blade while popping an apparatus out of the side of the same arm. The hole emanated an orange glow. Five aimed it at the ground. A ball of light shot out of his Energy blaster. The explosive blast scattered debris in all directions and brought down a nearby tree. The chaos allowed Five to move away from the Synth without being directly followed.

The organic portion of his chest was almost completely healed. He saw it had bled quite a bit, but the nanites in his system that enhanced his healing were working perfectly. His Energy Source was a self perpetuating reaction that powered the tiny machines as well as the rest of his systems. If strained, his repairs would slow or stop. His body could heal moderate organic wounds, but since his synthetic components had no natural healing ability to heighten, only minor damage could be repaired. His armor had to be repaired manually, no matter the circumstance.

Five knew that the Synth had infrared, radar and several other ways of seeing him through the dust, but it would buy him a few seconds. Five aimed his blaster through the debris cloud.

Five saw the Synth's distorted silhouette speeding towards him. Five boosted up into the air, taking full on flight. The Synth had blasters in its palms, both of them. Five dodged blue kinetic blasts as he cut his boosters off completely. He used his stabilizers to push him downward faster, kicking Synth 3 in the face as hard as he could. His foot connected with the side of its 'head'.

Both warriors landed on the ground. Five had fought in two trials before this one. His damage and energy expended was starting to catch up with him. He needed to end this. For all he knew, there was yet another trial after this. He intended to survive this. He wasn't going to die again.

His kick has knocked one of the plates off the side of the Synth's head. The bare side had conduits and circuits exposed to the air. Its singular red eye in the middle of its head was still intact.

The Synth flew at Five and swiped with its elbow blades. It missed once as Five dodged. The second swipe hit Five's organic arm. The third was blocked by his extended wrist blade, keeping him from being decapitated. Five grabbed the other arm to keep it from cutting him from the opposite side. His right arm, the organic one, was weak from the cut, but he held strong.

The two were in a stalemate, neither able to break the others defense. The Synth head butted Five. The attack shattered his right eye lens. Blood was running into Five's white pupil-less eye. A red laser shot out of the Synth's one eye. Five turned his head, expecting this and the beam only grazed his helmet, causing minor searing. The Synth knew that if it landed the shot in Five's ocular implant, the beam would penetrate his brain.

Five saw the beam charging up again. He quickly angled their blades as the beam shot out at its eye. The beam impacted the blades, splitting it into dozens of streams. One went directly back into the eye it came out of. The Synth backed up, confused by the lack of visual data. Five used the opportunity to deliver the final blow, slicing through the Synth's neck. He impaled the head on his depowered blade before it hit the ground.

Five looked over at the black eyed man in the room, "So, Creator William, how did I do?" Five flicked the severed head with his hand, making it spin around on his blade.

William smirked, "Better than the others, Prototype Five," he stopped smirking, "The others failed."

                                                                    Copyright 2014 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

BPG Universe: DiaMetal

This is the fourth entry in the BPG Universe series of posts.  DiaMetal was originally called Invincialloy.  Invincialloy is long, hard to pronounce and not accurate.  It's a name I came up with when I was 14 and never bothered to change, until now.  DiaMetal is not invincible.


DiaMetal is the type of alloy/metal that the Biodisian cyborgs and synthetics are made out of.  All of the BulletProof Ghosts armor and synthetic implants are made of DiaMetal (except for his eye lenses).  Creator William's Fortress is reenforced with DiaMetal.  Most of the Envirooms are lined with the substance (more on Envirooms later).

DiaMetal is stronger than steel, but is not indestructible.  There are conventional, non-Biodisian technology that can damage DiaMetal, but only high level military weaponry.  There is no type of conventional bullet that can pierce DiaMetal.  Theoretically DiaMetal bullet propelled with a kinetic Energy burst could punch through a cyber/synth's armor, but William considers bullets to be a savage's weapon.

DiaMetal is created through a process that involves taking a Biodisian metal that is more or less as strong as steel and combining it at the molecular level with diamonds.  The result is a metal that has the hardness of diamonds and steel while ridding itself of diamond's shatter points.  It keeps the flexability of metal.

In, The BulletProof Ghost: In Spades, Kyle recieves his title (as well as the title of the series) due to his DiaMetal armor being impervious to gunfire.  The other half comes from the masking device's effect.

Other ways DiaMetal can be damaged or destroyed:

1. Some conventional weaponry: High powered rockets and explosives (C4) can damage or in some cases, breach DiaMetal.

2. Kinetic Blades: Kinetic Blades can slice through most known matter, including DiaMetal.

3. Pure Energy: Pure Energy (capitalized Energy) atomizes all matter that it comes in tact with.  DiaMetal has some resistance to this, but only compared to conventional metals.  Synth and cybernetic power sources are made out of this Energy.  Energy blasters have the ability to shoot pure Energy, but only one or two small bursts before their blasters malfunction from being slight atomized on the inside.  A fully charge blast may disintegrate the DiaMetal arm attatched to the blaster.

4.  Most high powered Energy blasts:  Explosive and heat blasts can damage DiaMetal if charged to high enough levels.  Only a fully charged kinetic blast can dent DiaMetal armor.

Still editing Prototypes and starting the outline for In Spades

So as the last post outlined, The BulletProof Ghost: Prototypes is being delayed until around the end of March.  This is mostly because the editing process takes longer than I thought.  I honestly never had another person edit my work before.  This is a good thing, because the book is coming along really well and the quality will be a couple notches what it would have been.

I'll be starting the outline for The BulletProof Ghost: In Spades this weekend.  This section of the story was never in the original work I did in high school (which I will probably never publish... eck).  I have a lot of good ideas on how to proceed.  I'm not sure if I'll publish is up online or not.  I may and put a spoilers warning up after Prototypes is released.

The Twitter account has blown up with followers.  I used a method to get more interest in the book and it is working perfectly.  I hope that this will help propel sales and get me to the point where I can have a better work schedule.  This will allow me to write more and get these books out faster without sacrificing quality.

Thanks for the interest and I'll try to get this volume out as fast as I can.

-Jake dh

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Final draft woes and delayed release...

So, first off, things are moving faster than I thought in one way.  The one way being that Sarah is reading and editing BPG: Prototypes.  The problem is that she is really thorough about how she edits.  This is great for quality.  The story's style is being improved two fold.  I tend to describe things in far to much detail, which makes the story too long and takes the reader out of the story.  She completed 5 out of 91 pages tonight (we're talking full pages, not paperback or even hardback).  I don't think she's going to do this for this long ever single night.

This may end up pushing the release back to March, late March.  This isn't a bad thing.  I've learned a lesson to take each chapter or section and have Sarah edit it, which will stretch the process out, instead of piling it all on her at once.  I'm really happy with how the story is turning out, but frustrated with having to wait for release.  The book will be much better as a result, so I'll be patient, but that typically isn't one of my virtues.

I joked that she was going to bust me down to novelette status, but a lot of the removed content, is really being rearranged for a more concise story.  The action/fight sequences are more focused on the fighting, rather than the thoughts of Kyle/Five.  The thoughts and feelings are still there, but in their own sections.  This increases the tension in the fights.

I've been getting a lot more followers on my social networking sites.  Thanks for the interest and I promise, I'll have a preview out by the weekend.  It just may be another month after that before the full novel is released.  I've been off work the last two days, because of weather, so I've had time to focus on BPG, but normally I have very little time to work on the social networking or editing aspects of BPG.  I tend to beast it on the weekends when everyone else is asleep.

Stay tuned.

-Jake dh

BPG Universe Archive

First off, some of the exact schematics are subject to change inside the actual books if the plot dictates.  If I ever publish an official version of bios and tech in the BPG Universe, then I'll make sure everything lines up correctly.

What is a Masking Device?


Energy Blasters, Boosters and Kinetic Blades


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

There will be a physical version of BPG: Prototypes

So, I've been talking about a possible physical version of Prototypes for a while now.  I'm officially calling it, there is going to be a hold in your hands version of The BulletProof Ghost: Prototypes.  Hooray!  I wasn't aware that Amazon has a free, print on demand service.  I'm not sure on pricing yet, but I'll post it up on FB and Twitter.  There's even a bookstore option, but we'll see if that's possible, for the moment its not.

Currently the 2nd draft is done and printed out.  I may be working on the final draft as soon as next week.  I'd like to work on it sooner, but my second set of eyes is starting to read it tomorrow.

I'll spend this weekend working on the second volume's outline, which I have a lot of good, new ideas for the plot.  The BulletProof Ghost: In Spades is more than likely going to be the title.  This references the criminal organization that's been using Dilbane, Kyle's hometown, as a base of operations.  After the aftermath of the events of the first book, Kyle and Co. have to figure out their next steps.  Kyle will also become labeled by the public/media.  Slight spoiler, he isn't called The BulletProof Ghost in Prototypes at all, but his is referenced to as a ghost (which I wasn't going to do originally, but it fit really well in one scene, so I went with it).  Agent Susan Gojen tries to unravel the mysteries of Dilbane from a normal person's perspective.  Irene and Al, already knowing the answers to these mysteries, have a harder time dealing with their new reality.

That's a little preview to the second book.

I'll also be releasing a video trailer for the book about a week before release.  Don't forget about the free copy you can get a few weeks from now.  Stay tuned.

-Jake dh

Edit: Started nurturing my Google+ Page.  Check it out.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Cover, Physical Copies and Status of BPG: Prototypes

So first off, for those of you that don't follow the Twitter feed or the Facebook page, the cover for The BulletProof Ghost: Prototypes is finished.  Thanks to James Price of AEP Book Covers.

The official cover of BPG: Prototypes

The most recent profile pic of... well all that is BPG at the moment.

I'm impressed and glad that the cover turned out this well for a decent price (half of the comic cover).

The second draft of BPG:P1 is going great.  I have to put a few final touches on it and then Sarah gets to read 90 pages of Kyle's origin story.  She hasn't read anything BPG oriented... well ever, so I hope it goes well.  Sarah is my wife in case you didn't know.  She's voluteered to read the second draft and give me a second set of eyes to help edit and correct anything that might be confusing.  The story has been rattling around in my head for so long, I may need a little perspective.

Physical copies... I want to do a physical copy of BPG (I've had at least four people personally ask me about it).  I'm looking into options, but the physical copy will be substantially more expensive than an ebook; both for me and the readers.  I'll keep you updated if I end up deciding on an outlet, but it will more than likely be after the digital version releases.

For the moment, that is all that is up with BPG.  We are getting close to release.  I should have a release date in a week or two.  I'll keep everyone in the loop on when the free copy drops.  Remember, you'll have to contact me within a certain time period in order to get ahold of BPG: Prototypes for free.  Thanks again.  Stay Tuned.

-Jake dh