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  • 9781646307876
  • Published: June 02, 2026


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  • Published: June 02, 2026


The brilliant but guarded, Etta Baldwin, has been surviving in the underground of Berlin since she was a teenager, using her self-taught hacking skills to support herself. When the charismatic ‘Artful Dodger’-like woman, Lulu, introduces her to a cult called ‘The V’, she finds the family she always craved, as well as the father she never had, in the guise of the cult’s charismatic leader, Milan Semyonov. Etta finds acceptance and love, contributing her hacking skills to the group’s various criminal activities. But when her deepfake manipulation of social media begins to be used to execute Milan’s true goal of expanding on the ‘Helter Skelter’ vision of Charles Mansion, and the world begins tumbling towards global conflict, she starts to question everything. With WWIII looming, she flees The V and tries to stop the juggernaut that she has created, while avoiding being killed by the people she formerly thought of as family.

"Fun characters keep you hooked until the end." - Advanced Review

Fans of Black Mirror and Westworld will love this original take on advancing technologies.



Alex Schuler

Alex Schuler began his career as a Navy pilot, then developed AI software for the commercial and defense sectors. His systems have been deployed on Navy ships and submarines, as well as NASA space shuttles. Alex turned to writing exciting and accessible science-based fiction to explore the ethical and philosophical implications of the technology he helped develop. His characters question their place and purpose in a rapidly changing world of ever-more-sophisticated—and potentially dangerous—technological advances. 

Code Word Access, the first novel in Alex Schuler's Code Word series, shot to #1 on Amazon in the sci-fi category.

An early fan of Star Trek (the original, of course), The Outer Limits, and Sigourney Weaver in the Alien movies, you might find Alex wandering the halls of ComicCon or reading a great sci-fi book under redwood trees. Which book? Maybe Dune (Frank Herbert) or Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert Heinlein).