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SHRIKE  
Feb. 7, 2014
Author:  Emmie Mears
Category:  Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Description:  If Bridget Jones was bitten by a radioactive spider, you'd get Gwen Maule, a financially incompetent accountant who crashes through a construction site to the tunnels beneath her workplace, discovering a secret lab and a fizzy drink that transforms her into the kind of woman who could squish Peter Parker like a bug.

But the serum wasn't meant for Gwen, and someone's not too happy she's swallowed it up. To investigate the serum and uncover its origins before she or anyone around her can be harmed, Gwen takes on the identity of Shrike, a spandex-wearing, tutu-flaunting vigilante whose namesake is the wee birdie she keeps in her bedroom.

The only baddie Gwen encounters is a perpetual wedgie, until her late night patrols uncover a plot more sinister than the secrets behind her scrambled DNA. The unionist organization responsible for her condition, Britannia, has kidnapped a Member of Parliament, and they don't plan on stopping there. See, they don't just want to interrupt Scotland's hotly debated independence vote—they want to blow it to bloody pieces.

Gwen must race to find the bomb beneath her beloved country and save her loved ones from the vengeance of those who had different plans for the serum, all the while coming to terms with the changes it has wrought upon her body, changes powerful enough to save lives—and end them.

SHRIKE is a timely superhero origin story set against the backdrop of the upcoming Scottish referendum for independence.

Rights available:  film, tv, dramatic adaptation, graphic adaptation
Contact:  Jessica Negron
Talcott Notch Literary Services
JNegron@talcottnotch.net
Item number:  9313
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