"Modus Operandi" was an extremely interesting and satisfying tale to write. At its heart, it is deeply philosophical - it was my chance to explore the eternal debate between science, religion, and New Age thinking. In order to bring about the need for such a debate, I created a foil - a common enemy - called The One True Way, a worldwide movement that would offer a perspective that's contrary to all of the others. A straight debate, of course, would be more fitting in a philosophy class than a dystopian science fiction story, and so I decided to weave it into a thrilling, espionage-laden episode in which a team of spies attempts to kill off the leader of the new cult. And so, "Modus Operandi" was born!
This story will eventually be included in the "In-Futura ( In the future... )" short story collection in Part I: Happiness. Here is the synopsis:
In the future... people all over the world have been swept up in a new cult of happiness called The One True Way. Ryan Poole of the Washington Sentinel reports on the harrowing assassination attempt on the cult's leader by a motley crew featuring a priest, a scientist, and a mystic. As the team infiltrates deeper and deeper into the cult's fortress, they'll each reveal their own perspective on the path to eternal happiness – their "Modus Operandi".
"Amazing story, and beautiful cover. Love everything about this!" — JeanClaude1989 (WattPad Comment)
Self-Published in May 2011