In this fast-paced science fiction thrill ride, gravely ill Shannon Kendricks, attorney and seaquarium volunteer, must return the alien child Essi to her world, while trying to free a captive beluga Juneau, and combat a pair of ancient aliens set on destroying Earth. Her friends can help, but not everyone will survive. On the upside, with the arrival of the alien child, Shannon’s physical appearance changes dramatically and she now possesses useful, near-magical traits to help her with barriers that appear insurmountable. Will Shannon succeed in her quests before it is too late, or run out of time? Find the answers in POWER OF THREE, a thrilling novel from Cathy Parker.
Like her protagonist Shannon Kendricks, Cathy Parker is an attorney. She volunteered as a zoo keeper's aide for eight years and did have a very special beluga buddy, Mauyak. As to encounters with alien children, she is not saying. She was also a radio and print journalist and once was the 'Jill of all trades' for a small satellite paper in Wyoming. She did everything from taking to the photos to writing the articles and op-ed pieces to helping with layout and hauling the newspapers through blizzards once a week. As a result, she saw lambs being born and went on a cattle drive and ate her first (and last) Rocky Mountain Oyster. She has seen mountain gorillas in the wild in Rwanda and orangutans in Borneo and even rocked an orphaned baby orangutan to sleep on her chest. She has volunteered with a chimpanzee sanctuary for former research subjects. So you can see where her heart lies. Currently she is happy at home with her black brindle mastiff and her black cat. All similarities between her cat and Narcissus are purely and probably coincidental.
In this excerpt from Power of Three, the first in the trilogy Power Rising, Shannon is facing what used to give her joy but now does not. As an attorney, I can tell you that spending your days as Shannon once did leaves you with little time or energy to read. Don't you love it when you have time to read? I have that right now for a number of reasons, one of which is that my county can't seem to get to Phase 2 of Washington State's reopening plan, where one can go to restaurants, hair stylists, dog groomers, all those places. ☹️. I am a night owl, so the fact I am about to lay on you isn't quite as bad as it sounds, but it's pretty bad. Last night I went to bed and intended to read for a half hour, but I got into the story and didn't want to give it up--and read right on through the night until 7 a.m. Oops. I managed to get 4 hours of sleep but needless to say I am drooping now. Still. How delicious to be able to power right on through dawn on a good book. ????
Power of Three
She sighed. And yet, even a hard day at the SeaQuarium rated higher than the one facing her tomorrow. Back to her “real” job. She must finish a difficult legal brief on one of her cases, conduct a deposition, attend a staff meeting with her petulant, petty, pasty-faced boss, who was, unfortunately, the head of the County Legal Department, and work her way through a mountain of legal paper sitting on her desk. She once loved days like that. Where had the joy gone?