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Crimson by Russ Linton - a superhero novel

Sample Chapter – Chapter One


Nineteen-year-old Spencer Harrington is the son of the Crimson Mask, the world’s most powerful superhero. Since witnessing his mother’s abduction two years ago, he’s been confined to his father’s arctic bunker. When the “Icehole” comes under attack by a rampaging robot, Spencer is forced to launch into his father’s dangerous world of weaponized human beings known as Augments.

With no powers of his own save a multi-tool, a quick wit and a boatload of emotional trauma, Spencer seeks to uncover his mother’s fate and confront his absentee father. As he stumbles through a web of conspiracies and top secret facilities, he rallies a team of everyday people and cast-off Augments. But Spencer soon discovers that the Black Beetle isn’t his only enemy, or his worst.

Reviews for Crimson Son:

“Crimson Son is a strong, rite-of-passage piece, examining the bonds of father and son and the impact each can have on the other, set against the worlds of augmented super-beings and shadowy government conspiracies. It shouldn’t work as well as it does, but it does. In spades.”
Fanboy Comics – 5 stars

“This bright, quirky fantasy, gives “superhero” a whole new meaning… The world Russ creates is so real, so believable, that you’re left wanting more of this character driven, action packed book.”
The Author Visits – 5 stars

Crimson Son is a 5-star book. Fast paced, engaging, character-driven, and a fun voice I love to read. As far as non-traditional Superhero books go, Crimson Son blows Steelheart out of the water.
– Laura Masiano – Hidden Corner of the Interwebz – 5 stars

“More than just a “superhero” novel, it has emotional subplots that touch on coming of age, seeing your parents as other adults, trusting friends, and the triumph of the human spirit. “
– Bookie Monster – 5 stars


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They were never designed to be heroes. State-sponsored superhumans known as Augments, they were designed to be living weapons to end a war against a tenacious enemy. But what do you do with a living, thinking weapon when the wars are fought? The enemy routed? What do you do when you’re no longer the only State with those secrets?

Their creators couldn’t surrender the power so they sought a way to hide it in the shadows. But one by one, the Augments began to disappear. The quiver emptying. The world would come to know them by many names; Hurricane, Ember, Aurora. What they could never know was whether their appearance heralded a miracle or a disaster.

Five personal tales of a history gone wrong, relayed through both the eyes of the Augments and the powerless inside the Crimson Son universe.

The ‘Cane Train struggles to keep tabs on the irrepressible, Hurricane and charts the program from the very first operation to a grisly clash of Augments.

Fat Man and Little Boy tells the story of a man of earth-shattering power who can’t escape his troubled past.

Codename: Danger follows an inner city kid who escaped the streets only to live a life of fear. The fear, a gift of the Augment program, has kept those around him safe but at his expense.

Aurora emerges in the waning days as a desperate administration seeks to find a way to regain control. For the first time, women are allowed to apply to the Augment program but greater control is far from what their experiment uncovers.

Alter Ego explores the quiet sacrifices of heroes and one young girl’s obsession with her favorite Augment, Ember.


includes my short story

Includes my short story – An Apocalypse of Zombies

Zombiefied “An Apocalypse of Zombies” – Short Story – Zom Com
Amazon US

Includes my post-apocalyptic short story - Invasion

Includes my post-apocalyptic short story – Invasion

Redacted Story “Invasion” – Flash – Apocalyptic
Amazon US

Includes my horror story - The Doctor's Session

Includes my horror story – The Doctor’s Session

The Mental Ward: Stories from the Asylum “The Doctor’s Session” – Short Story – Horror
Amazon US

Includes my dystopian short story: Prophecy of Numbers

Includes my dystopian short story: Prophecy of Numbers

Carnage: After the End Volume 1 “Prophecy of Numbers” – Short Story – Apocalyptic
Amazon US


Tempest Short Story – Fantasy

Trickster – Flash – Literary

Grandpa in a Box – Short Story – Humor

“The Precarious Perch of Lookout County” – Short Story – Weird West

Anachronistic – Short Story – Science Fiction / Dystopian


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Staff Movie Reviewer for The Speculative Edge
Australia & South Pacific Destinations > Introductory overview on the Solomon Islands

Game Review: Adventure Chronicles

Ghost Writing for a Local Real Estate Blog (December 2010 through June 2011)

College Courses & Majors > Careers in criminal justice for veterans
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Job outlook for clinical laboratory specialists
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First Song (Working Title) – Novel – Fantasy (95k words of 100k; First Draft)


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