Flex (Mancer #1) (Mass Market Paperbound)

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Paul Tsabo is an ex-cop turned insurance investigator. He’s the only person to ever single-handedly take down a ‘mancer, aka a magic user. Losing his foot in the process he has left the police job in order to live a quieter life filing paperwork. But that all comes to a fiery end as his apartment is burned up and his daughter scarred. Paul is out for revenge. He knows the fire was caused by Flex, a drug that is made by ‘mancers that causes normal people to have unusually good luck. But that luck comes with a price, (the universe demands balance), and creates Flux, the bad luck that needs to go with the good.

As Paul discovers his own ‘mancy he teams up with a fellow magic user and enters the dark world of Flux and ‘mancy. Having to keep his new skills a secret while pursuing a ‘mancer hell-bent on destroying the world, Paul has to make several decisions that he knows will not have a good outcome. Part Breaking Bad, part Sandman Slim, Flex is a fantastic gritty urban fantasy.

— From Emilo Flores


FLEX Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.

FLUX The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don't.

PAUL TSABO The obsessed bureaucromancer who's turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who's ever filled out a form.

But when all of his formulaic magic can't save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he's never done this before - and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.

File Under Urban Fantasy Magic Pill - Firestarter - Bureaucramancy - The Flex & the Flux ]

About the Author

Ferrett Steinmetz is a graduate of both the Clarion Writers' Workshop and Viable Paradise, and has been nominated for the Nebula Award, for which he remains stoked. Ferrett has a moderately popular blog, The Watchtower of Destruction, wherein he talks about bad puns, relationships, politics, videogames, and more bad puns. He's written four computer books, including the still-popular-after-two-years Wicked Cool PHP. He lives in Cleveland with his wife, who he couldn't imagine living without.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780857664600
ISBN-10: 0857664603
Publisher: Angry Robot
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: Mancer