Science Fiction, Mystery and Suspense

Meter Parents (A Jack Meter Case File, Vol. 4)

Jack is suddenly stuck with babies. But are they really babies, or an expendable tool for someone else’s revenge?

Jack Meter’s hard-won peace is about to be shattered again. Two fugitives have descended on his apartment and are demanding help. They’re Phoenixes, a species that start as babies in the morning, age through the day and vanish after sunset, only to be reborn the next day.

Then there’s the Kayzar. The aliens want the Phoenixes back and are willing to kill anyone to recapture them, including Jack.

The Phoenixes’ story doesn’t ring true to Jack, but what’s a PI to do when his home is invaded, his friends feel sorry for the refugees, and he has a dead Kayzar stinking up his apartment?

The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.— G. K. Chesterton

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Catalyst

Who is he?

The year is 2046.Mutations and MIDS ravage the planet, and the need for body parts and organ transplants escalate. Corbin has created GenOrg, a farm that speed-grows in coffin-like pods thousands of human clones from stolen DNA. One problem: the clones are sentient—their genetic memory has even given them the ability to communicate between themselves.

Ashar, a self-named clone, escapes GenOrg, promising to return to free the others. Running for his life, he is joined by Sara Logan, a geneticist with a guilty secret, and Pietr Ludov, a reporter seeking the ultimate story. They hatch out a plan to bring down Corbin, but it’s not enough for Ashar: he wants the clones free. Struggling with his own genetic identity, Ashar devises his own plan, which will unleash a series of events that will have repercussions for decades.

For I have learned
To look on nature, not as in the hour
Of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes
The still, sad music of humanity.

William Wordsworth (1770–1850), Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, in Lyrical Ballads (1798).

“It is a terrible, an inexorable, law that one cannot deny the humanity of another without diminishing one’s own: in the face of one’s victim, one sees oneself.”

James Baldwin (1924-1987) Nobody Knows My Name, 3, 1961

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Metered Space (A Jack Meter Case File, Vol. 1)
Metered Space

What do you do when someone wants you to save the universe?

JACK METER HAS HAD BETTER DAYS. Besides waking up without the hangover he’d worked hard on the night before, he finds himself kidnapped by aliens who want his services as a Private Investigator. Jack isn’t interested: he’d much rather stay drunk so he can forget that Annie, his physicist girlfriend, was killed in an explosion at her lab and died in his arms.

The Thrittene see it differently, and Jack has no choice but to accept the job. As he begins to piece the case together, he realizes everyone lied to him, from the aliens who hired him to his dead girlfriend, who keeps popping up into every world he visits. Soon, Jack uncovers a plot that threatens to destroy his sanity along with the universe.

The entire text of Metered Space, the first novel in the Jack Meter Case Files, is available as a free download at Scribd

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Meter Made (A Jack Meter Case File, Vol. 2)

Jack thought it was over, and he could go back to his life…

IT’S BEEN A FEW MONTHS since Jack has taken care of Annie’s murderer, and he’s beginning to feel better about life in general. Now all he has to do is find a new apartment. He barely starts searching when a potential client comes to him with a job: one of his buildings has disappeared into thin air and he wants Jack to bring it back.

Soon Jack finds himself embroiled with an Intergalactic policing agency that is attempting to stem the damage Jack has caused to the universe by destroying Annie’s clone. He discovers that there’s more to space than he first thought and now it’s all bleeding together, destabilizing the cosmos. Someone is intensifying the damage, and it’s up to Jack and Neola Durwin, a sexy intergalactic agent, to stop them.

Meter Made

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Meter Destiny (A Jack Meter Case File, Vol. 3)
Meter Destiny

The fate of the Fates is in Jack’s hands.

DESTINY. FRIENDSHIP. FAMILY. Jack Meter hasn’t spent a lot of time on these ideas and has avoided them completely since Annie’s violent death three years before. But the claim of a strange group calling themselves the Fates from Mythology that it is still controlling life on Earth, and the Fates’ allegation that one of them was kidnapped, force him to review where these concepts fit in his life.

As Jack Meter unravels the kidnapping mystery by wading through a series of riddles and lies, and as he realizes his new clients are using him and his friends in a game of their own, he finally understand he must accept his own destiny. But will that understanding come in time his friend’s lives and stop a sociopathic alien from destroying everything Jack knows and believes in?

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Synergy

A deadly genetic disease. One man to cure it, one woman to be his conscience.

CLONING. ACCELERATED GROWTH of replacement organs. DNA repair. In 2096, all are possible. And forbidden by law. Three people will defy these laws to save the life of eleven-year-old Zelimir, who will die a slow, painful death from a horrifying genetic disease.

Zelimir’s father hires Torver Lockwood and Demetria Greyson to find a cure for his son. Both have a personal stake in this illegal research. A cure may help explain why Torver is able to see into people’s pasts and why Demetria has visions about a violent future. But, once developed, the solution could be used as a powerful weapon that can target specific genes. With the chance that the cure may fall into the wrong hands and start a new reign of terror, will Torver keep the secret to himself, at the cost of one small life?

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The act of writing is, for me, both exciting and intensely personal. My novels are all set (so far) in my city of adoption, the beautiful capital of Canada, Ottawa. Ottawa is home to two rivers: the Ottawa river, and the Rideau River. It also boasts the Rideau Canal, the longest skating rink in the world.

I fell in love with this town when I was 18. When I decided to write full time, I also decided that Ottawa was as an exotic a locale as any other world city. I hope you will find the same fascination with the city when you pick up one of my books.

M. D. Benoit

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