Imperfect Armor

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IMPERFECT ARMOR, a complete upmarket, science fiction novel of 68,000 words, brings a reader to the plight of an oppressed nation and its struggles against a totalitarian regime.

Andrey, a 22-year-old, self-deprecating, Harvard engineering graduate returns home to Berengaria, an Eastern-European country forgotten by the outside world. Here he reunites with his first and only love—his sarcastic childhood friend Vesna, a physicist, inventor and adventurous genius.

His land bleeds from civil war; what was once his home now seems foreign to him. Though his father is a high-ranking policeman, serving the country’s totalitarian Troika rulers, Andrey’s conscience puts him on the side of the rebels.

The well-equipped Troika army is winning, and the rebels must find better ways to defend themselves. Working in a restricted government facility, Andrey breaks into a secret room that hides unique armor and discovers it protects him from any weapons, ancient or modern. However, this armor is not perfect for his goals. It’s keyed to work only with Andrey’s DNA, perhaps because he is a direct descendant of the ancient Queen Berengaria, the founder of the country, the armor’s original owner.

With Vesna’s aid, Andrey must find a way to steal the armor, replicate it, create the simulated DNA key so that others can use it, and deliver it to the rebels. Andrey’s brilliant but ruthless sister, a counter-rebel officer, with the same unlocking DNA as his, moves to capture his prize and crash the rebellion.

IMPERFECT ARMOR will appeal to readers of The Pariahs by Erik Hofstatter, The Cloud Sketcher by Richard Rayner, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and A Hand Full of Stars by Rafik Schami.