Eugene Gutierez lost his wife, his pride, and part of his sanity during an undercover anti-terrorist operation in South America. Now, he’s about to be recruited by operatives from the future; and they’re not going to let him say no.
Eugene thinks he has a close relationship with his daughter, he knows that the death of her mother and his employment has not been easy on her but they keep in touch regularly with dinners that sometimes include her boyfriends.
But this dinner is different. When they have eaten and the bill arrives they all choose their fortune cookies, but inside Eugene’s is an activation code. Immediately he starts to accuse this new mess of a boyfriend that his daughter is too good for and storms out of the restaurant. Soon he remembers that he has forgotten his jacket and heads back to confront the young lady who delivered the message, that’s when he world turns upside down and his life is now in danger.
Nancy Fulda creates deep relationships within her characters, deeper than your normal father / daughter connections. Love, commitment, anger, frustration, resentment, a father who has missed out on much of his daughter’s childhood and lost his one true love due to his occupation. Backlash is an adventure that you will not regret jumping into.
I really did enjoy this short story, it was very gripping, full of action, suspense and the connection of the past, present and future.
Coffee Order: Triple with a Splash