When the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) came online in Europe for the first time, the lunatic fringe concocted fantastic conspiracy theories. The internet troll army mobilized and online bullies the world over tried to link every unexplained incident to the LHC. Could this colossal atom smashing behemoth wreak havoc on our planet? Could it create miniature black holes or tiny hot spots?
Increasing incidents of spatial distortions caused the government to create an agency to track and oppose what came through these dimensional portals. This need gave rise to a special breed of agents to intercept and close the gateways from these otherworldly realms. And if an alien monstrosity entered our reality through one, then terminate the interloper with extreme prejudice. These agents protected the US citizens from unfathomable horrors, yet no one knew they even served on their behalf.
Agent Killarney ‘Arnie’ Byrne is a maverick free-agent among these unsung heroes and inside are tales of his service and sacrifices. He opposes the worst of the living nightmares so you never know they exist or face them in real life. This is only part of his story but he does it for you because someone has to.
Targeted Age Group:: 17+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
All my books begin as a small seed planted in my imagination. It sprouts tendrils and then pushes up the stem idea from which the chapters sprout from. I love all things offbeat, mysterious and unexplained and use them as my topics.
How is writing Science Fiction different from other genres?
In SciFi, your technological innovations must stay true to form. If you cite technology, you must research that technology before you can run with it using your imagination.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I start with a main character and personality and flesh this individual out based on the secondary characters they interact with. This promotes character growth and development readers enjoy seeing become real in their mind's eye.
From Chapter 2:
“You already have my greatest trust,” Dakota replied. “I trust you with my life, so what more is there after that? This is what Grandmother confided to me from her world view and First People’s spiritual frame of reference. The wise, old woman is our head shaman, a traditional healer, guardian of ancient tribal knowledge, and the spiritual authority of our tribe. Grandmother believes Great Spirit sent you to prevent an evil spirit from entering our world. She foretold of a time when our white brothers would send a warrior to stop this horrible manifestation from walking among our people. This eternal diabolical presence goes by many names among the different clans of my people. Mainstream white stories co-opted our folktale traditions, among other things. The old ones called it a shape-shifter, skin-walker or wendigo. Grandmother’s visions tell her the time is nigh and you are the white brave sent to battle the powerful ages-old demon. It is my job to clear the path into our lands so you have freedom to kill the beast. You need to prevent it from entering our land or send it back to the world between worlds where it comes from. We hope and pray you kill it so many years can pass before another arises. Is that what you are here for, Killarney Byrne? Do you believe this and are you equal to the task, warrior?” His eyes were on the road but he knew she focused those dark laser beam eyes on him, awaiting his response.
“Wow, I believe I do now, Dakota,” the agent answered. “My explanation is a little more scientific. But I can’t ignore Grandmother’s description, especially since she had visions to support her prophecies. I’d like to tell you this isn’t my first rodeo, but the truth be told, it kinda is. All my training tells me I’m up for the task, but your colorful folktale angle makes me wonder.” He glanced over and she continued to stare at him.
“Tell me what you are here for in your scientific terms and we can compare the white findings with native wisdom,” his guide declared. “You didn’t laugh as I told you my side, so I have to think your mission isn’t as cut and dried as find the bad guy and kill him.” His passenger turned back to look down the road as she listened.
“Recently, unknown energy anomalies began popping up all over the planet,” Arnie started with. “We are unsure of what causes them, but we have ideas. The Federal Research Oversight Agency tracks these random occurrences all over the nation. We use a cutting edge sophisticated national sensor array built for that sole purpose. Agents try to be on location when they manifest and deal with them. These things take many forms and can be harmless, like orbs of light that fizzle out after a short time. Then again, it could take down a plane or wreak havoc in many other ways you might imagine. Sometimes, there’s something alive that tries to cross over without success, yet some make it through. These are inhuman life forms, hybrid abominations you can recognize parts of, but others are so alien they’re the shit you dream up in nightmares. I worked with other agents during my training but they sent me out on my own this time, I mean, I was alone. But you’re with me now, so what do you think?” Her answer took him unawares, but he listened and followed her instructions.
About the Author:
I am a lifelong resident of the eastern PA/Philadelphia area. I also spent three years in the US Army stationed up and down the east coast. I am a fan of anything quirky, off-beat and unexplained. The love of my life and I have a marriage spanning over forty two years together.
I now have the time to write as I retired from my career as a buyer of hi-tech electronics for a local manufacturer. I need to get these stories out of my head and down on paper or electronic media.
My books to date are all lighthearted fiction-fantasy-romance-science fiction and it is hard to contain them in any particular genre box since they cross over the lines. And that's part of my personality, too. I don't always color between the lines and writing accords a freedom to do as you wish, not as you're told.
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