GUEST POST: Book Excerpt From Retribution
Jazrene Vallo’s new life’s journey had begun all those years ago on the day of the massacre.
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She’d been in the middle of the Clan of Hadassah, testing for leadership in the deserts of Jezreal.
Emerging from among the dark caves of the mountain ranges of Theramore, she had seen what she
believed were the first twinkling stars of the approaching night. But she quickly realized they weren’t
stars at all—they were ships in combat, their fire littering the twilight skies high above.
She ran around a tall boulder near a ledge, and in the far distance saw menacing pillars of black
smoke that blotted out the proud cityscape of Moriah, the capital city of Ramah. Fear gripped her
tightly in its claws, and she struggled to breathe. Suddenly, she was released from the paralyzing
shock by a powerful surge of desperation as the faces of her family flashed in her mind.
With their safety her only concern, she rashly traversed more than sixty kilometers back to her
Moriah on foot. Arriving a day later, she found her hometown in ruins. A wave of nausea hit the pit
of her stomach as she reached her home and staggered among what remained. The stench of death
enveloped her. In horror, she collapsed to the ground near the body of her beloved husband with
two of their three children wrapped in his arms.
Jazrene did not know how long she remained there crying for them to come back to her.
Then, the realization hit hard that her daughter Minna Lavine was missing. Finally, she rose with an
adrenaline surge of strength to search for her to no avail. But there was no sign of Minna. She was
The pain of losing her entire family was overwhelming, and she had reached out to the Marium
Kahnet leadership for comfort in her bereavement. She soon discovered that most of the leaders had been slaughtered as well. In an effort to squelch her paralyzing grief, she volunteered as a search
and rescue team member. But the unrelenting cries of despair and unspeakable grief caused by so
much loss, and the countless tiny lifeless bodies that littered the streets took its toll on her soul. The
once strong towers of her will crumbled to dust. The foundations on which she had built her life
were destroyed; now she was estranged, without hope and direction, as the beacons of wisdom that
once guided her were snuffed out.
Disoriented, she moved amongst the rubble of her life in a catatonic state, eventually making her way deep into the Badi Sered desert some distance from home. Her spirit completely broken, she
walked aimlessly day after day among the dry and barren ravines. Occasionally, a breeze carrying the
smell of destruction reinforced her state of mind and spirit. Jazrene couldn’t remember the last time
she was hungry and her dry and painfully split lips cried out for water. She felt the cold shadow of
death approaching—and in fact, a pack of Mongolu Raptors had begun stalking her—but she
couldn’t bring herself to care.
One day as she was staggering among the craggy rocks, and the heat of the sun relentlessly beat
down on her water-deprived body, her vision began to blur. Crumpling onto the hard surface, her
knees struck sharp rubble, and she let out a meager whimper. She pitched forward, harshly scraping
and slicing her once beautiful complexion, completely lacking the strength to break her fall with her
hands. She vaguely felt the scorching heat of the jagged rock against her already sun-burnt skin and
moaned in pain. Blood dripped from her nostril to the side of her mouth. The metallic taste caused
her stomach to heave involuntarily and she tried to spit it out. Hearing the creatures scrabbling in
the cliff faces all around her as she lay at the bottom of a wide ravine, she forced her eyes open and
waited for them to attack. No doubt the carnivores were excited by the smell of blood, and like a
mirror of her life, they were ready to mercilessly rip her to pieces. Completely numb, her life began
to slip from her.
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Meet the Author:
R. J. Amezcua was born and raised in Silicon Valley, and is happily married to Sheryl. As a young boy, one of his favorite TV shows was Lost in Space. Being an entrepreneur and visionary by nature, he has begun his journey as an author and writer. Using his love for science fiction, he created the epic saga “Mantis Force,” which encompasses a vast universe.
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