by Scott Overton

Book Cover: The Dispossession of Dylan Knox
ISBN: 978-1-7774308-4-9
ISBN: 978-1-7774308-4-9
ISBN: 978-1-7774308-4-9

Who do we really fall in love with? The person we see, or who they are inside? When Brooke Chappelle, an assistant to the secretary general of the United Nations, encounters her old high school flame Dylan Knox, Dylan doesn’t remember her. In fact, over the course of several days he acts like very different people. Brooke fears he could be an impostor intending to harm the secretary general or sabotage a sensitive space energy project where Dylan works. Or he may suffer from a serious mental disorder. Either way, he could be a threat to national security. Dylan’s own explanation is too bizarre to believe, especially when he claims that Brooke’s own actions will shape the future. She’s going to have to choose whether to trust her former lover or to betray him. Falling in love is the last thing she needs.

Publisher: No Walls Publishing

It was as if the adolescent Dylan she had known was utterly gone, replaced by an adult Dylan who was someone else entirely. What could produce such complete transformation? Some terrible trauma? A medical condition? She’d heard of extreme personality changes triggered by brain tumors and other injuries.

Or was it possible that he’d only been pretending not to know her? If so, the confusion and discomfort she’d read on his face had been the work of a consummate actor.

What conceivable reason could he have for such a deception? Had his feelings for her grown so bitter that he would try any ruse to prevent her re-entering his life? Or did he have some secret agenda that could be put at risk by someone from his past?

She snorted softly. That was the stuff of spy novels!

Yet, as her first coffee of the day seeped into her synapses tugging them alert, she played with the idea, more seriously:


What if he wasn’t the Dylan Knox she knew? What if his memories had deliberately been altered. Or….

What if the Dylan Knox at Draconis was an impostor?

They’d spoken for less than five minutes. Maybe any good actor could impersonate someone for that long. It happened in the movies.

No, that was ridiculous.

Wasn’t it?

Surely not even the most confident of impostors would try to fool a former lover.


About the Author

With a long career as a radio morning show host, Scott’s first novel, the mystery/thriller Dead Air was set in the radio world (and shortlisted for a Northern Lit Award in Ontario, Canada). Since then he has taken the reader to even stranger places, including the human bloodstream in his SF novel debut The Primus Labyrinth, a science fiction thriller that reviews compare to Michael Crichton and Dan Brown. Scott’s short fiction has been published in many science fiction magazines and anthologies.
Scott’s distractions from writing include scuba diving, music, and collector cars. He lives with his wife on a private island in Northern Ontario.