My new novel, THE FOURTH, is now uploaded and available on Amazon for $2.99. I will leave the price for NEW ARRIVALS at 99 cents.
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You can be the first to buy, read and review the story. You will find that the story is in 3 parts. Her story, his story and their story. Don't let this throw you off.
Tara woke up inside of a cylinder in an underground chamber with no memories. She is told that the world has been devastated by war, disease and mutations. Humankind had evacuated Earth and fled to hundreds of different worlds far away. A quarantine was declared, but this did not prevent pirates and slavers from raiding the villages of the remnant left behind.
Tara feels strangely compelled to "fix" Earth, knowing this could take decades and generations.
Greyson was born and raised as the only child of a high government official on the world called Roma, which modelled itself after the Roman Empire. The women of Roma are created artificially and have no rights. Thus, Roma is a pariah among civilised worlds.
As a young man Greyson is framed for a crime and his own father exiled him from his home world.
Tara wants to find out what it means to be "The Fourth" and to bring Earth back from the dead. Greyson wants to go home and clear his name. Their paths are destined to cross.
“Have the civilians sent to the bunker.” Tara told Gax, he ran off. Then she turned to Rik “Protecting the people is more important than fighting, Rik, don't forget that.”
“I will protect you.” Rik said “We can't lose you like Sara.”
“Yes, you can!” she said, “None of this depends on me anymore. You and Gax and Dellum and everyone I met along the way, you can do it. You guys are civilized, you guys can move Earth back to what it should be. Even if it takes generations, it needs to happen. I am expendable!”
“Yes. Listen to me. There will be a fifth, and a sixth and so on. We aren't going to rebuild Earth by ourselves, that isn't the mission. The mission is to prepare you to do it for yourselves. I think that mission, that particular mission is accomplished!”
An interview with Tara “The Fourth”
Q: Do you know where you came from?
A: From the desert. I was created by a machine put there long, long ago just before the Earth collapsed into total devastation. Centuries I think.
Q: You are the fourth, does that mean there will be more?
A: I guess. I don't predict the future.
Q: Who set up the machine? Who put aside the supplies and uniform for you?
A: The Third, of course.
Q: The Third left you a sidearm, did you need it? Did you want something more powerful?
A: Yes, I needed it. It got me to where I needed to go.
Q: Will Earth be able to recover from this? The human race has quarantined the whole planet. Doesn't that make it much harder to recover?
A: Those remaining on Earth have to do the hard work, it can't just be given to them. You cannot just gift civilization to the uncivilized and expect they'll be just like you. They have to earn it, learn it and understand it.
Q: The remnant remaining on Earth are deformed, zombies, insane or any mixture of these. What kind of chance at civilization do they have? Pockets of radiation still exist in some regions.
A: They have their minds. They have the same tools and abilities that humans have always had. They can overcome the mindless zombies and the environment that has been left behind for them.
Q: Okay let's assume you have sent Earth on its way to recovery. Your compulsion to fix it is over? Will you settle down and live a normal life, find a man and raise children?
A: (lol.) No, I don't think so.
Q: What about Greyson? Wouldn't he make a good husband?
A: Spoilers. Let's not go there.
Q: After the events of the novel, what's next?
A: It's a big galaxy.