Enemies of the State (Short Story)

A 10,000-word short story featuring Steven Cabbott, a memorable character from the award-winning suspense thriller “Shatter Point.”

Steven Cabbott is fighting some serious personal demons, and with America on the brink of civil war, knowing whom to trust is almost impossible. Especially when the person he trusts least of all is himself.

After joining a special operations unit at a young age, the government turned Steven into a killer, and worse—someone who enjoys killing. He tells himself that was a different version of him, and he has changed. Yet one simple question haunts him: does he really want to change?

As civil war threatens to rip America apart, he yearns only for redemption and a good night’s rest. Two young dissident leaders may hold the key to Steven’s absolution, and to peace, but the government is poised to abduct them.

Faced with near impossible odds, Steven must extract the dissidents, but he encounters treachery at every turn, and he’s running out of time. Can he keep his personal demons in check long enough to save the rebels, or will the government claim them all as Enemies of the State?

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  • Masterful storytelling at its best. This taut action packed thriller of a short story is a dynamite depth charge of action and intrigue. Buy this book and you will enjoy an evening of spine tingling thrilling plot twists.

    Amazon Reviewer

  • Using the short story format, author Jeff Altabef has drawn us into a character driven, high thrills adventure with richly layered characters. Set in the near future, when the ever-widening gap between those who have and those who do not results, not surprisingly, in a dual society with rapidly receding freedoms for those at the lower end. In this setting we met Steven Cabbott, ex-military now private security, struggling to understand who the good guys are and how he fits into this dangerous world. Starting with a seemingly simple charge to protect an individual, he finds honor and courage as well as treachery and evil among the cast of characters he encounters in this fast-paced story.

    Amazon Reviewer

  • Using the short story format, author Jeff Altabef has drawn us into a character driven, high thrills adventure with richly layered characters. Set in the near future, when the ever-widening gap between those who have and those who do not results, not surprisingly, in a dual society with rapidly receding freedoms for those at the lower end. In this setting we met Steven Cabbott, ex-military now private security, struggling to understand who the good guys are and how he fits into this dangerous world. Starting with a seemingly simple charge to protect an individual, he finds honor and courage as well as treachery and evil among the cast of characters he encounters in this fast-paced story.

    Amazon Reviewer

  • Masterfully written. A highly suspenseful and cleverly crafted short story thriller. It sucks you in from the first sentence and takes you on a roller coaster ride that doesn’t stop until the very end.

    Amazon Reviewer