‘Karma Kommandos’ by Paul Cook
June 16, 2013
“Karma Kommandos” intertwines two stories.
Rory Koestler is a member the Los Angeles Police Department’s Protean Set, a program with undercover cops who have the ability to change their appearance.
The Protean Set’s purpose is to capture Bob Thermopylae, the dealer of the hallucinogen known as “Chuckle” and to get a quarantine on California lifted.
At the same time, a supercomputer named Eidolon Rex disappears from its lab at Eidolon Technology and reappears 10 hours later.
The stories start to connect when the scientists discover an anomalous number of Rex’s programs containing the name Rory Koestler.
Things get further complicated when a third party appears from out of nowhere (literally) and zaps people into what appears to be cold-induced comas.