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The Prophet by Sunshine Somerville

The Prophet

by Sunshine Somerville

Giveaway ends June 30, 2017.

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A terrifying virus.
A global tyranny.
Humanity remembers no better life.
It’s time to give them one.

Troy Kandoya wants nothing to do with his brother’s Kota movement. But when the DRK virus threatens mankind and strange portals open in the sky, the Kota are the only people with answers. Troy becomes Trok, the immortal Kota Interceder, and he soon finds himself responsible for more than he ever imagined.

After 500 years of war, genetic manipulation, viral plague, and the Dominion tyranny, Trok must unite four prophesied Kota Warriors destined to save Earth.  But nothing about these heroes is what Trok expected. Loree is an assassin with the ability to dematerialize.  Zaak is forced to grow up on an alien planet. Alex is a telepath missing a year of her life.  Ryu has incredible mutate-genes of strength.

Together, the Warriors join Earth’s rebels and use their abilities to fight the Dominion. But rebel politics are complicated. And always, the Dominion threatens its subjects with an unstoppable weapon – the dehumanizing DRK virus.

For centuries, no one’s been able to stop the Dominion and the DRK. Can four Warriors really make a difference?

Excerpt:

Lee’s expression was one of complete confusion as he looked up from within the cryogenic bed and saw Trok kneeling beside him. Reviving him had been a shockingly easy procedure, but the Kota scientists with Trok had prepared for this their whole lives.

Lee coughed and struggled to sit up in the steaming cryo bed.

“It’s alright,” said Trok. “You’re okay. Just take it easy.”

He was so excited and relieved to see Lee alive that he nearly grabbed him in a long-overdue embrace. Instead, he placed a hand on Lee’s shoulder to steady him. Trok was tense for several reasons, but first off he wanted to make sure Lee was okay.

He’s my long-lost little brother, thought Trok. Please, oh, please, just let him be okay!

As the doctors examined him, Lee looked beyond Trok at the dozen men and women gathered. Then he looked around the lab-cave. Trok knew Lee would see immediately that a good deal of time had passed – the state of the lab-cave showed centuries of disuse. Trok and the descendents of the Kota remnant had always kept a careful eye on the place, but some things couldn’t fight age. Faint running lights hummed overhead, but the balcony around their lower level had rusted long ago and collapsed in places. Most of the ancient machinery was broken. Only the life support functions remained intact, though the system had been repaired many times by the Kota assigned to guard over Lee throughout the years.

Lee looked back at Trok and examined his face. Lee himself had physically aged maybe ten to fifteen years while sleeping. Now middle-aged, his forehead was wrinkled. His hair and beard were peppered gray. His body underneath the medical scrubs appeared only minimally atrophic, though very pale.

“You…” Lee cleared his throat to find his voice. “You were frozen too?”

Trok lifted an eyebrow. “Not exactly. Let the doctors check you over, and then we’ll take you out of here. I’ll explain everything once we’re safely away.”

“These are the Kota?”

“Yes.”

“How long has it been?”

Trok hesitated, knowing this would be hard, but there was no real way to ease into it. “Five hundred years.”

Lee’s eyes widened, but he’d been prepared for this. He asked no more as the doctors finished examining him.

The doctor in charge stood, lowered his x-ray scanner, and turned to Trok. “Sir, he’s as stable as we could’ve hoped. I think we’re safe to move him. He’s weak and groggy, but that’ll wear off soon.”

“Good.” Relieved by this news, Trok focused on the next concern. He lowered his voice so as not to worry Lee. “I don’t want to stay here any longer than necessary. I’m sure Dominion patrols check this place on a daily basis in hopes of intercepting us.”

“Good thing we brought soldiers, then.”

Yes, thought Trok bleakly. Kota soldiers, anyway. And we’ve only got five with us. They’d be no match for Dominion drone soldiers.

“I’d rather we didn’t have to use them,” he told the doctor. “We can’t afford getting caught in a firefight.” He looked down at his brother.

The doctor nodded and turned to help his partners with their patient. Lee seemed curious about why the Kota deferred to Trok, but he allowed himself to be lifted into a wheelchair. Once he was ready, the whole group hurried for the ancient building’s exit.

Outside, the warm sunlight pouring down didn’t bother Trok’s eyes. He looked over the wilderness beyond the crumbling gates, searching for danger. Trok saw Lee take a deep breath of fresh air and close his eyes to feel the sunshine. This once again reminded Trok how disconnected he was from everything around him.

But now Lee’s with me, thought Trok. I’m not as alone anymore. I just hope he can handle this.

“No patrol activity in the area, sir,” called a Kota soldier from his position near a hover hummer.

Trok snapped into action and took over wheeling his brother toward this soldier’s vehicle. “Let’s be sure we’re gone before they arrive.”

“Yes, sir.” The soldier whistled to his partners. “Load up!”

The Kota doctors and soldiers piled into the other vehicles as Trok helped Lee into the backseat of their hover hummer. Once Lee was secure, Trok closed his door and stepped around the vehicle to climb in the other side. He watched as the first hummer started off toward the road.

So far, so good.

Inside the hummer, Trok ordered their driver to go. They took off smoothly, and Trok relaxed enough to face his brother. He remembered the last time they’d been here – at the lab-cave, in a hover vehicle, with a Kota driver.

Things are so different now, he thought.

Lee took a drink from a thermos the doctors gave him. “I don’t think I can wait until we get to wherever it is you’re taking me.” He was coming to life a bit. “What’s happened?”


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Review of “Discovery” by J.B. Taylor

33583727I’m a sucker for any opportunity to read about a new alien world, and the one in this book is pretty good.  In a few short pages (most of the book is set on Earth), the author does a great job of describing this alien planet, alien animals, and alien people.  You get little glimpses throughout the book at just how different – and more powerful – these more evolved aliens are, and little bits about their history and abilities were interesting to me so that I’d like to see/read more.

Mostly this book is focused on Earth and the impending danger the aliens might bring.  Poor Eckta gets dropped here and stuck with us, and he’s a good character – a little bit Superman, but with more of an “alien” foreignness.  Other than him, it was a bit difficult to lock down who the main characters were going to be early on because of jumping from one character to the next, and no one was ever safe.  But each character along the way is fleshed out just enough to be believable, giving a well-rounded look at how Earthlings might deal with such an alien as Eckta. The government reaction and what they did with him was all-too believable, if a little predictable.

The movement of the plot was rough for me.  Everything moves really, really fast and could have been fleshed out better.  A lot of the government activity behind the scenes (avoiding spoilers) seemed implausible and forced.  A lot of the story just lacked a feel of reality for me – I know this is about aliens, but how the plot moved and what happened with the characters felt unlikely.  Another round of edits would probably help too, as there were a few goofs.

Overall, though, I enjoyed the story.  It’s quick and full of action, with a likeable character at the center.

3.5 Stars

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Review of “The Running Game” by L.E. Fitzpatrick

30345486Some dystopian books show futures that aren’t relatable or believable at all.  This book’s portrayal of the future immediately made me go, “Oh, yep, that could happen… Are we on our way there now?”

I quickly became a fan of Fitzpatrick’s writing as much as I became a fan of this world and these characters.  It’s witty, well-paced, intense, and hilarious in quite a few quips of dialogue.  The whole story is a great mix of genres – not just Dystopian but also Sci-Fi, Thriller, and it reads like a crime novel with mobsters.  The “Reachers” themselves are telepathic/telekinetic and add a unique dimension to a story that otherwise could fit in with a non-fantasy setting.

My one quibble with the story is why on Earth, after hearing her life is in danger, Rachel returns to her apartment.  John and Charlie are supposedly really, really good at this stuff, but then she’s conveniently thrown into danger again by being at this wrong place at an obvious time.  This seemed really not right to me, and the trouble that they all get in as a result makes it seem like it was just the easiest way to move along the plot and get them in trouble again.  It works, but it doesn’t seem like a logical, smart move.  But, oh well, because I still liked everything.

I would definitely recommend reading Fitzpatrick’s accompanying short stories, “Safe Haven” and “The Lost Shepherd,” with this as well.  You can read this book on its own, but those 2 stories combine to give a fuller background to Rachel’s past, what the running game is all about, and why Father Darcy is involved in the first place.

4.5 Stars
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Review of “The Amber Project” By J.N. Chaney

28497458I love dystopian sci-fi novels packed with world-building and detail, and this book is a great example of such. It’s a little bit “Divergent,” a bit “Ender’s Game,” but there’s a lot here that is completely original. The writing is wonderful. The dialogue is sharp and sounds good in your ear. The descriptions pop images in your head. The suspenseful pacing builds with something new showing up right when it needs to – I was never bored.
I really liked how the book goes back and forth between the kids and the adults. A lot of dystopian YA can focus so much on the teens that the adults just become bland or else always the “bad guys.” But this story has a diverse range of personalities and intrigue involved in every circle.
I listened to the audiobook version, and I gotta say the narrator was a bit over-dramatic for me, like he was trying to sound like the movie trailer voice we all know. But, the subtly different voices used for the characters were helpful, and I let the over-dramatic inflection go most of the time.
Definitely give this one a read (or a listen) if you like your sci-fi to be well-written and introspective on human nature. The twist/cliffhanger at the end definitely has me interested in reading the next book.

4 Stars

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#TheFourFriday

Here is part 2 of me reading the original version of The Kota that I found from childhood.

More surprises!  I completely forgot about the green blob alien, Counterstrike’s original identity, and that Silver Eye used to be a rebel.

It’s so trippy seeing how much this story has changed…

 

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IMG_8408.JPGEarlier this week,  I dug through a box of old keepsakes and found the first ever version of The Kota.  I hadn’t even skimmed it for a decade.  So,  I thought it would be fun to read some of it on video.  Boy, were there some surprises in there!

Trok was once our cousin? The Magi were once the Shiks who took people to the planet Frag?  What the heck were GHM and Proth X?

How did I forget this stuff?!  🙂

 

Podcast Interview on The Kota, Writing, and More

What do you get when you put 2 musicians, a writer, a recording device, and a few beers together?
The best bar conversation you’re ever going to eavesdrop.

Many thanks to Justin Stover of Blue Collar Songwriting for the rare opportunity to be interviewed alongside my brother, Christian Somerville, who co-created The Kota Series worlds with me.  This was tons of fun.

May or may not contain:
Stories of how The Kota originated
The influences of family on creativity
My writing history
Why I love indie publishing
Connections between indie writing and indie music
Taylor Swift shout-outs

Enjoy!

https://bluecollarsongwriting.com/2016/05/24/bcs-podcast-sunshine-christian-somerville/

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