Imagine a world of the near future where murder is legal -- provided it's done by a licensed "Shooter" employed by LifeEnders, Inc. That alone would make for in interesting series of stories, but there's a lot more going on in Hit World -- Where everything you don't believe in is real...
Hit World started out as a short story entitled Kill Me If You Can by William Alan Webb. Bill has since expanded that story into a full length novel entitled The Trashman and has taken Hit World deep into a strange world of urban fantasy. The second novel in the series -- a collaboration between Bill and fellow Memphis-area author Larry Hoy entitled A Bullet for the Shooter -- carries on where the first left off.
Both stories start off with the basic premise -- legal murder conducted by licensed agents of LifeEnders, Inc. Licensed by whom? The U.S. government, that's who. Of course, the original plan was that these agents would go around the world assassinating bad guys -- terrorists, brutal dictators who support terrorism, drug lords, etc. But the people at LifeEnders quickly figured out there was a lot of money to be made in the murder-for-hire business... and nothing in their government charter prohibited them from doing just that.
But then, things got really strange, and LifeEnders had to create a Special Activities Division to deal with the strangeness. How strange? Well, you'll have to read the books to find out (see links below), but the covers above might give you a clue. How about an orange rhino appearing from an interdimensional portal? Or maybe a demonic creature masquerading as a little boy?
And that's where I came in... and decided that Hit World needed another dose of strangeness.
Suicide has reached epidemic proportions in Hit World, so much so that the politicians have taken action. They've passed a law against it. Of course, they can't really punish a suicide, but what they can do is seize the suicide's estate, leaving heirs with nothing.
But hey, this is Hit World. What if a would-be suicide just hires LIfeEnders to do the job? The problem is, they won't. Their corporate policy prohibits "First Party Contracts" -- in other words, you can't hire them to kill yourself.
But wait... there's another licensed-to-kill company known as Charon's Ferry LLC. They specialize in assisted suicide. Or so they say -- actually, they'll just murder you for a substantial fee, bypassing the anti-suicide law.
OK -- enough preview. If you want to know more, you'll need to read The Ferryman. But remember... this is Hit World, where everything you don't believe in is real.
The Ferryman ended on a very strange note, as two of the main characters discovered that they weren't really what they thought they were... that a primal force of nature lived within them, waiting to emerge when provoked by a crisis.
Now that force has been awakened and they must learn to live with it. Try as they might to maintain a normal existence -- as strange as 'normal' might be in Hit World -- their lives have changed and there is no going back.
Charon's Ferry has now become the dragons' lair...
... but as far as LifeEnders is concerned, that's not a problem. It's an opportunity.