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Counterproductive Man is a comedic fictional eBook by Jeff Inlo, the author of the Delver Magic Fantasy Series and Soul View. A portion of the book is available by download for free on this site. These files are all DRM-Free. The full book can be purchased from Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, Apple, Kobo and Amazon for only $.99.

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He works for the United States Federal Government to ensure the slower pace of progress. He hates unobstructed innovation and accelerated invention. He believes in doing things the hard way, even the wrong way, but especially the inefficient way. To him, waste is just another way to utilize resources, and incompetence is a prized characteristic of human nature. He is… Counterproductive Man!

As a fully licensed agent of the government, it is his sworn duty to protect the interests of the United States by thwarting ingenuity and productivity. Utilizing his own methods of obstruction, he has accepted the role of a hero with enhanced capabilities. He can leap tall buildings with the aid of a magnetic jump pack, and he can break glass with his sonic disruptor pen. With every department of the United States Government at his disposal, he can bring swift retribution against those who oppose him.

Even though he does not work in secret, little is known about this masked crusader. For many inventors, he is simply the personification of oppressive bureaucracy. Technological advancement in product or process is Counterproductive Man’s enemy, and while he is not the brightest star in the Milky Way, he might be the most annoying.

In this story, the origins of his inefficient and combative partner unfold, as do the initial conflicts with his archenemy. Counterproductive Man learns to work with others, something he does not do well, and he feels the stinging pain of defeat. Still, this is a hero who embodies the domineering perseverance of any government agency bent on having its way. He will fight his adversary to the end in order to defeat unbridled progress and to remain true to his name… Counterproductive!

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Author's Note:

Counterproductive Man was first written as a short story many years ago. It was published in Story Rules, a small press publisher of science fiction and fantasy. I turned it into a full novel in 2010 and made minor revisions in 2016. So far, it is my only attempt at fictional humor. I enjoyed comic books as a kid as well as the comics found in the daily newspapers. Counterproductive Man is my attempt to combine my fond memories of both.

I've tried to make both the sample chapters and the full ebook of Counterproductive Man available in as many DRM free formats as possible. With so many new devices and software applications used for reading eBooks, it is very difficult to ensure that all the formats work as they should. If you have any trouble with any of the files, please contact me. I will do my best to fix the problem.

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