Chad J. Shonk is the award-winning writer of the increasingly popular indie film Dakota Skye and the new science fiction novel Proxy. He is the founder and publisher of Antithesis Publishing as well as a father, a dog owner, a film expert, a reader of history, a decent pizza chef, a music lover, an exceptional lover, a certified X-Wing pilot, and a devoted fan of the Cincinnati Reds baseball club. Not always in that order.
A product of the great states of Ohio, Georgia and California, he currently resides in San Francisco, CA.
Virata Das has it rough, mostly from her own doing. A traitor to her country, she is now exiled in poor and crime-ridden Roma, forced to work for gangsters in order to stay ahead of her ever-growing debt. Nothing has gone right for her in many, many years, and there are no signs of it getting better. She is a desperate and dangerous woman in a desperate and dangerous time and place.
When word comes through the underground that a rich old American is offering a ridiculous bounty for a job, Virata finds herself torn. The money on the table is more than enough to get her out from under what she owes and for her to start a new life where she’ll never need to worry about anything ever again. True freedom. A light at the end of a very dark tunnel.
But the job requires her to do something she has sworn to never do. The American’s wife has been murdered and he wants her killer hunted and treated in kind. Virata killed for country many times during World War VI but has promised herself to never do it again, especially not for money.
Worse yet, the old man wants more from her. Not satisfied with a faceless assassination, he wants Virata to feel what he feels in order to fully appreciate the revenge she is to exact. He wants to implant a chip in her brain that will give her his memories of his dead wife, filling her with the sense of love and loss that he is suffering. He wants his grief to become hers. His wrath to become hers. He doesn’t want a bounty hunter or an assassin.
He wants a proxy.
As crazy as it sounds, Virata has very little choice. She is out of options. One murder to salvage the rest of her once-promising life. It will be her final stand. Her last big play. She will either leave Roma a wealthy and free woman, or she will die there. Besides, it seems simple enough:
Wear the chip. Kill the guy. Walk away rich.
Should be easy. Right?
Proxy is a dark, sexy, mysterious, action-packed, and for-mature-readers-only future-noir about a woman driven to seek vengeance for a crime that has nothing to do with her. Set in a time where both society and technology have plateaued and stagnated, it is a world ravaged by war and nearly bereft of natural resources. An era of great disappointment, for the future we are promised today is nowhere to be seen.
Virata Das, in the course of trying to make her way through the world the best she can, is going to stumble into something far larger than what she expects. All she wants is to do her job and eradicate the demons that have been shoved into her brain. But the world has different plans for her.
She really wishes it didn’t.
Proxy is available exclusively through Amazon.com for both Kindle and in trade paperback:
Dakota Skye is a movie I wrote a few years ago. I like it and apparently so do a lot of other people.
From Amazon.com: “Truth. Lies. Whatever… Dakota Skye (Eileen Boylan) has a super power. She is cursed with the ability to see the truth in any lie she hears. Now seventeen, Dakota has become apathetic towards life – until Jonah (Ian Nelson) arrives and shows her there’s more to the world than just lies. If only he wasn’t best friends with her boyfriend…”
“A FRESH, intelligent comedy… a WONDERFUL achievement.” -JoBlo.com
“A TRUE WINNER… one of the bright shining examples of quality independent films.” – BlogCritics Magazine
Best Screenplay, Phoenix Film Festival
Best Film, Charlotte Film Festival
Best of the Fest, FirstGlance Film Fest Hollywood
Audience Award, Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival
Later this year, Dakota will be making a leap into print, with a series of novels that will expand the original story and then carry it into the future.