Title: The Refugee
Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller
Ross Chambers is used to dodging bullets. All kinds, too, from musket balls to machine-gun fire.
For years he has been the top agent at Hourglass, an underground organization dedicated to "Protecting the Present by Preserving the Past," as its motto goes. Its teams of highly trained time travelers police history, making sure that it unfolds naturally -- without interference from the skilled terrorists who wish alternate outcomes upon certain events.
But when his fiancé perishes in a fire, Ross will do anything to get her back -- even if it means becoming a so-called terrorist himself. That is, changing the past.
Which wouldn't be too difficult, were his memory of the tragedy not as black as smoke. Every time he tries to return, he spirals to a completely different time and place. Like Paris, 1793, where he is mistaken for a long-awaited hero with a knack for depriving the guillotine of its victims. A Scarlet Pimpernel in Nikes and blue jeans.
Rescuing his fiancé is one matter, but saving total strangers is a whole 'nother -- a sure-fire way to get himself killed, that's what. Not to mention he spent half his life working to maintain history's established melody. But when he sees firsthand that he has power over life and death, he's not so sure if altering the bloodstained past is necessarily a bad thing. It might, in fact, lead to a better world, one person at a time.
Worth a shot, in his eyes.
But it doesn't take long for his work to gain him unwanted attention from people like Robespierre, and Hitler, and Torquemada -- all of whom want him dead. Though not as much as Dr. Lorraine Field, his former boss and the director of Hourglass. She wants to feed his heart to Aztec gods and strap his corpse to the hull of the Titanic. To her, his daring adventures through time pose a threat to modern society, or so she tells her agents. Changing history is a dangerous game, and the world's timeline cannot depend on the whims of one man -- even one like Ross Chambers. Especially one like Ross Chambers.
That's why she'll stop at nothing to make sure he's the Most Wanted Man of All Time. Literally.
THE REFUGEE is a sci-fi thriller complete at 100,000 words. Thank you for your time and consideration.