The core of any ongoing story is its protagonists–the person or persons that we follow through its world, and that we get emotionally invested in. It is also through the protagonist’s eyes that we experience the story.
In Liquid Cool, the reader will be introduced to a wide array of unique characters, some good, some bad, and some we really won’t know. With the exception of the main character, Cruz, some of our main characters were already introduced in the Liquid Cool prequel (short) These Mean Streets, Darkly. The main Liquid Cool characters are:
He is founder and owner of the Liquid Cool detective agency. Life sometimes picks a person to be something that, in retrospect, they were always meant to be. One moment Cruz is an occasional classic hover-car restorer living like so many in Metropolis, from gig to gig, then the next, he is the private eye at the center of the biggest crime cases in the city dealing with uber-government agents, megacorporate middle-men, tech-trickster hackers, digital samurai gangsters, and analog cyborg hoodlums.
Cruz’s fashionista girlfriend. She is the second-in-command of the Eye Candy, the city’s premiere beauty and style emporium. The wives and girlfriends of the rich and powerful do let slip their secrets–and Eye Candy is where they do it.
Cruz’s lifelong best friend, but also the Founder, CEO and President of Let It Ride Enterprises, one of the biggest and politically-connected, megacorporations in Metropolis.
Cruz’s number one “frenemy,” but he’s not a bad person, just untrustworthy. Then he becomes Cruz’s confidential street informant and weapon’s supplier because an unarmed detective in Metropolis is a soon-to-be dead one.
Cruz’s other “frenemy.” Then Cruz hires the cyborg, ex-posh gang member, ex-French citizen as his secretary. Why not? She can punch a hover-car through a window.
Officers Break and Caps
Not friends, but with so much violence happening around Cruz, the two Metro “Peace” Officers become very close acquaintances.
Next week’s post: Villains
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Austin Dragon is the author of over 30 books in science fiction, fantasy, and classic horror. His works include the sci-fi detective LIQUID COOL series, the epic fantasy FABLED QUEST CHRONICLES, the international futuristic epic AFTER EDEN Series, the classic SLEEPY HOLLOW HORRORS, and new military sci-fi PLANET TAMERS series. He is a native New Yorker but has called Los Angeles, California home for more than twenty years. Words to describe him, in no particular order: U.S. Army, English teacher, one-time resident of Paris, ex-political junkie, movie buff, Fortune 500 corporate recruiter, renaissance man, futurist, and dreamer.