Shortcut – A Jason Maxx Thriller

Author: Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Series: The Jason Maxx/Shortcut Thrillers
Released: September 2023
Publisher: Villainous Press
978-1-62225-1940 hc | 978-1-62225-1957 pb | B0CF6SSSST ebook
| B0CGYGM1RT Audiobook
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For fans of Andy Weir, from the first editor of THE MARTIAN,THE MARTIAN and PROJECT HAIL MARY meet GOOD WILL HUNTING meet THE X-FILES in this page-turning thriller…

A mathematical genius. A formula that speeds up space travel called SHORTCUT. His loving wife. When Laura Maxx disappears after an attack that leaves Jason Maxx in the hospital, his only goal is to find her and bring her back. Then he gets a message: Laura is alive. Somewhere in space. To get her back, he’ll do whatever it takes—even taking on government agents who might try to stop him. Racing against the clock to perfect the formula and the system that relies on it and find a suitable craft to take him out there, Jason finds he needs more than math to succeed this time.

An unforgettable near future, hard science fiction thriller from the producer of Donnie Darko and A Time To Kill and the #1 bestselling author and first editor of Andy Weir’s The Martian, SHORTCUT will have you on the edge of your seat!


“It’s a wonderful story. The characters are believable and sympathetic (the ones that are supposed to be), and it has a message that we can truly get behind.” —Golden Voice, Audie and Hugo winning narrator Stefan Rudnicki upon completing the recording of the audiobook for SHORTCUT.

From the Author
SHORTCUT has been my longest to write, most challenging to research novel yet, but what a blast. I met some incredible people, and I think together we came up with an incredible adventure. I can’t wait for you to read it and, fingers crossed, maybe see the movie sometime soon as well! Thanks for your interest and support!

“Smart, original, and it twists like an ice dancer. You’ll want to read Shortcut. Or see the movie.”—Abyss & Apex

(Watch the video review here) “SHORTCUT is a powerful, fast-paced, science fiction thriller. It grabbed my attention from page one and took me on a heart-pounding ride, with unexpected plot twists, and surprises at every turn. Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s characters are very deep, and the sci-fi, paranormal, space plot is totally engrossing. I was emotionally invested in how it all turned out and could not put the book down. I can’t wait to see SHORTCUT made into a movie. I’ve always been a Trekkie, love Star Wars, The X-files, and more recently Stranger Things. I also love a great thriller. Shortcut has it all! It’s like Apollo 13 only better!”—Sylvana Candela – Author, Monarch Rising: dystopian book series.


Future Bestsellers podcast hosted me to talk SHORTCUT—Listen here:

Frank LoBuono hosted me on his podcast BEING FRANK
I had the pleasure of appearing August 24th, 2023 on Captain Phil’s Planet radio show for WUSB in Stony Brook, NY talking SHORTCUT, among other things. Listen here.