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.
Shannon Kendricks is 32 years old as the trilogy Power Rising begins. By the time it ends, she might feel about 102 because of everything she's been through. One of the good things that happened in her birth year was Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan was elected the first Islamic woman prime minister ever--Shannon would have liked that. One of the worst--Pan Am Flight 747 exploded due to a terrorist bomb, killing 259 souls. In my birth year, a lot was going on, but most of it was bad. The Soviets exploded their own atomic bomb. The communists gained power in China. Apartheid became official in South Africa. America's first mass murderer killed 13. Had I known, I might have crawled back into the womb. But Meryl Streep and Bruce Springsteen were born. And George Orwell wrote '1984.' I wonder if the happenings that year left their mark on me.
Power of Three
SHANNON KENDRICKS BURST THROUGH the SeaQuarium fish house door, whipped her unruly hair behind her shoulders, and spun around toward the towering figure following close behind