Fractured Prophecy: Science Fiction Action Adventure by PJ McDermott
Publisher: Patrick McDermott Publishing (July 21, 2019)
Category: Science Fiction, Space opera, Action Adventure
Tour Dates: October-November, 2019
Available in Print and ebook, 282 pages | ISBN: 9780648092162
An alien messiah is missing, presumed dead. Will one woman’s interplanetary search for answers bring resurrection or betrayal?
Auriga, 2183. Empath Hickory Lace is desolated by the fiery death of the alien she once considered the son of God. But a tiny flicker of hope that he could still be alive brings her back to the Corps for a perilous mission behind Bikashi lines to recover the powerful sword of Connat. And although the Teacher’s self-sacrifice burns in her heart, the truth she uncovers on the enemy’s planet ignites a fierce new purpose.
A desperate sprint across an alien landscape unearths two different species kept in slavery by the Bikashi. Hickory decides she must liberate these suffering people and plans a daring rescue. But her assignment demands that she find the high-tech sword before the Bikashi can harness its power to enslave her home world.
Will Hickory use her abilities to save the innocent and thereby allow an alien warlord to conquer Earth, or will she leave the slaves to their fate?
Fractured Prophecy is the fourth book in the engrossing Prosperine YA science fiction series. If you like tenacious heroines and political intrigue with spiritual undertones, then you’ll love PJ McDermott’s epic story.
Follow Hickory in her quest for galactic truth.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Hickory was grieving her recent loss, plus, new discovery, feeling despondent and was unsure of what to believe. She was being called to a new, urgent mission she was being forced into. Her, Jess and Gareth were the only ones who could do it... At the high risk of losing their lives. There was to be a fourth crew member whom Hickory's team felt was incredulous!
After their last mission, Hickory suffered greatly and felt unsure of her telepathic abilities.
The fourth, team member was to be their, much needed, guide. However, Hickory felt he withheld needed information.
Through their difficult journey, the need arose to add, yet, another team member. They were each having to learn to trust "the enemy".
In their, seemingly, doomed adventures, how many would survive? After returning home, what fate would follow?
The characters in this story were very well developed and easily visualized. The scenes were also portrayed well.
This can easily be read as a "stand alone" but would surely have greater impact if the previous books of the series were read.
The Book Cover was colorful, intriguing and very eye-catching for the "browser". The Cover and Title were both "a good fit".
The action and adventures steadily flowed. The only problems I had with this interesting tale, was There were a couple of times the scenes felt abruptly changed in a way that slightly lost momentum. Personally, aside from my rating, I found the strong questioning of a God slightly disturbing. However, I realize this is prevalent in today's society.
*I offer a Four Stars ratting.
** This book was gifted me with no requirement for a positive review. This is my honest review
Praise Prosperine Series by PJ McDermott
“A Great read. Had me at the first chapter. Did not want to stop. Love the plot, the storyline, the action!!”
“Great characters; storyline with action, drama, and fast-paced intrigue; and unique description of an alien planet, society and it’s population. Highly recommended. I would get other books in the series.”
“McDermott creates a very original and hopeful future world similar to the kind of sci fi I grew up loving. His alien characters are delightful and believable. I could not wait to read the second book, Rise of the Erlachi which is even better!”
“This is a full-blown outer space adventure. Well described characters and a story that has a nice flow to it. I read it straight thru cover to cover.”
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Excerpt from Fractured Prophecy, Chapter 7
“It’s time.” The Bikashi shook Hickory’s shoulder. She rolled away, then sprang to her feet. Sikona pointed to the sea which had receded a quarter mile offshore.
“We must follow the tide out.” Hickory nodded then woke Gareth and Jess. They packed their belongings, turned up the collars of their jackets, and ran to join the alien who was striding off into the distance. An icy wind blew at their backs, and their breath froze to their faces. They trudged across the seabed in single file with Sikona in the lead, followed by Hickory, Gareth and Jess bringing up the rear. They hadn’t gone far before Hickory felt a low-level tug on her empathic sense. Although she’d suppressed her higher empathic powers—those related to shared feelings, mind-to-mind communications, and influencing skills—Hickory could still sense if someone was evading the truth and she was still alert to premonitions of imminent danger. She shaded her eyes and gazed into the distance. There was movement, parallel to them but a long way off.
She pointed. “Sikona, can you make that out?”
Sikona squinted. “Something’s there, but it’s too far away for me to see clearly, a herd of ice-grazers, perhaps? They comb the glaciers extracting food particles trapped by the ice.”
Jess reached into her backpack and extracted her spyglass. “It’s a herd of animals, alright.”
“Let me look,” said Hickory. The distant figures became clearer through the glass. “These are bipeds, but not Bikashi.”
She handed the spyglass to Sikona. “Are they the ones you call Lakedwellers?”
Sikona stared through the telescope for a long time. Eventually, he handed it back to Jess. “No. These are the Scarg—mutant beings who evolved after the war, but mutations of what, I know not. In my village, Bikashi parents would frighten their children with tales of their savagery.”
Hickory sensed dissemblance. Sikona knew more than he was telling her. No time to worry about it now. I’ll have to deal with it later.
“They’ve changed direction. They’re coming this way,” said Jess.
“I suggest we don’t wait for them, eh?” said Gareth.
A grunt that passed for laughter came from their guide. “I’m afraid we don’t have a choice. See, they have split into two packs.”
Half of the Scarg number continued to make a beeline for them, while the other half veered off with the clear intention of blocking any retreat.
“We could still make it back before they cut us off from the mainland,” said Gareth, an edge to his voice.
“To what point?” said Sikona. “In the end, we would be pressed against the cliff face, unable to escape."
Hickory’s pulse raced. The main force was clearly visible in her spyglass. She could now see they looked nothing like Bikashi or Lakedwellers as described by Sikona. The Scarg creatures appeared similar in body shape to the great apes of Earth, although these were taller, stood more upright and were covered in short, thick, white body fur. Their chests were broad and muscular, and they ran across the beach on long legs. They were closer now, and Hickory refocused her spyglass on the creatures’ heads, angled forward on long necks. Their faces were round and full, with deep-blue, almond-shaped eyes under bushy brows. One creature pointed at her and screeched at its companions, its thick lips pared back revealing sharp canines. Intelligence plus savagery, she guessed, a dangerous combination.
“Are they Bikashi mutations?” asked Jess, tugging the clothes out of her backpack until she found her revolver.
“Whatever they are, they’re quick and organized, and I wouldn’t put money on them being vegetarian. We might have to swim for it,” said Hickory.
Sikona’s scowl left no doubt what he thought of her suggestion. “We do not want to swim in these waters, Commander Lace. We would never reach the island.”
He was pushing buttons on his data prism, shaking his head. “I do not have specifics, just notes and sketches from ancient seafarers. If we swim, we face death.”
“Then give me a better option.” Hickory felt the onset of panic. She didn’t like the vague threat implied by Sikona, but she didn’t want the Scarg catching up to them either.
About PJ McDermott
Born in Scotland, PJ McDermott moved to Australia 50 years ago, and now lives in the tropics in the North Queensland town of Trinity Beach.
He started writing after he retired from the corporate treadmill and published his first novel in 2015— Small Fish Big Fish, a coming of age thriller set during the sixties. But he has always read and loved adventure and science fiction books. PJ has fond early memories of hiding under the blankets in his bed, torch in hand, reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Gulliver’s Travels.
In his teenage years, like many other kids, he had lots of unanswered questions about God and the purpose of life (is there one?). Even today, similar questions remain unanswered in his mind, providing him with a springboard for his book series, ‘Prosperine’.Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest |
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