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.
The excerpt here is the reader's first introduction to Shannon Kendricks, a zoo volunteer, an attorney, an independent and yet vulnerable woman. As I settle in for Thanksgiving this year, I find myself wondering what Shannon would have been thankful for as this series, Power Rising, begins. I envision a rather cold and thin Thanksgiving for our protagonist. She would, first and foremost, have been thankful for the beluga whale Juneau, and the volunteer work that allowed her to spend hours with the whale; for her good friend Becky; for the not-so-satisfying job that placed a roof over her head and food on her table; for her health--and that would have been about it. By the end of the trilogy, she will have much, much more to be thankful for and I envision that the Thanksgiving she experienced after Power Stabilized closes will be a good one indeed, punctuated by some sadness and loss, to be sure, but still much fuller and warmer than the one I have pictured here. Pick up a copy when Power Stabilized comes out next month and see if you agree.
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.