Monday, 19 September 2016

The Trap - Francis Mont

The Trap
Francis Mont

A brilliant but young and immature software designer plans his revenge against his manager, but his plans go awry, threatening innocent bystanders.

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Jeff Grey is fed up with his manager, Barry Winter. So much so, that when Jeff is certain he can force a confession regarding a security scandal out of Barry, he implements the perfect software program to make it happen.

Well, not really so perfect. Enter: Susan Blair; a smart, attractive, and (as it turns out) ethically-impaired intern. It's Susan, not Barry who ends up caught in the hot seat—and that's when the real fun begins.

Francis Mont has written a gem of a short story, stuffed with all the right machinations to keep a reader hooked. Delivering a fun narrative from three POV's , I found that I actually liked Jeff, Barry, and Susan equally; all are deliciously diabolical in their own ways.

I highly recommend The Trap to anyone looking for a well crafted story and a brief period of escapism. It's intelligent fiction at its most compact.


Francis Mont has been living in Canada for the past 44 years, after he emigrated from his native Hungary where he studied science and received a degree in Theoretical Physics. Over the years he did research, application and teaching in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science. He is interested in profound questions, both in science and in social philosophy. He is a 'big picture' person, focusing on fundamental principles and the defining essence of the topic at hand. He also pursues independence and self-reliance to the best of his abilities, as his solar power system and year-around greenhouse demonstrate. He writes poetry, plays classical violin, dabbles at wood carving and has not yet stopped building the house where he and his wife and three and a half cats (3 resident, 1 vagrant) live.

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