IT'S A GENERATION FROM NOW
AND JUSTICE MAY BE DEAD
In a future America still recognizable as our own, the outbreak of a vampire virus becomes front-page news. An infected trial lawyer named Morgan Lorenz sues the corporation that tried to conceal the existence of the virus, claiming medical negligence on a massive scale.
Facing potential bankruptcy, the Benjamin Rush Health Initiative files a unique motion. They say Lorenz cannot sue, because he's no longer human. For him, and all vampires like him, the Constitution simply doesn't apply.
Infinity DeStard and her "Forced Protection" team are assigned to kill Lorenz before the case reaches the Supreme Court. It's hard to fake enthusiasm ever since her own infection, but she has no choice. If she breathes a word about her condition, her team will execute her. In the face of injustice, how long can she lie to them... and herself?
Courtroom drama and explosive action are the hallmarks of Hepler’s fantasy debut about vampires, their legal rights, and the ethics of vigilantism. Infinity DeStard is a member of the Force Protection (F-prot) team in L.A., a secret ops team working for the Benjamin Rush Health Initiative (BRHI). Their sole function is to confine people infected with EBL-4, the disease that causes vampirism. Then Infinity gets infected herself. Running from her own team before they learn her secret, she winds up in Washington, D.C., after seeing a video posted by Morgan Lorenz, who claims to be a vampire and demands to know who’s responsible for unleashing EBL-4. Once in D.C., Infinity collaborates with the local F-prot team, who are tasked with hunting down Morgan. But Infinity doesn’t want to imprison Morgan—she wants to help him. When Morgan sues BRHI, a legal dispute arises as to Morgan’s right to sue as a person, and trouble ensues. While raising thought-provoking ethical questions, the legal portion of the story feels long and slows the pacing of what is an otherwise action-packed paranormal thriller. (BookLife)