GENRE: Sci Fi Fantasy
Seeing the future is a nuisance. Ariel does her best to shut it out, until she stumbles on a group of clairvoyants using their talents to get extremely rich. They have her attention. Then she meets a second bunch obsessed with surviving an upcoming near extinction event.
Both factions seem dangerous and, to be honest, a little crazy. They don’t get along. As they learn more about her, however, each group decides Ariel’s particular abilities are hard to find and exactly what they need.
There is no possible way to help them both. Aligning with either may be a bad idea, but staying out of this mess is no longer an option.
“Thank you,” Baldur said in a bored voice when she finished. “We appreciate you making the trip. I’ll send the video to the other six guiding members of d4 who live outside of Iceland and couldn’t join us.”
The board members were gathering up their coats and hats. Baldur reached for his briefcase, then he stopped and reached out to shake her hand. She pulled back without thinking.
He was surprised by her reaction. Then something odd flashed across his face, a look of understanding. “I wanted to say farewell. I realize I didn’t greet you properly when I came in.”
“I’m sorry. I can be a little jumpy sometimes.” Ariel reached out and took his hand firmly, striving for a business-like shake, but a millisecond after the touch, the premories started.
Her initial flash of fear gave way to curiosity. Ariel was overwhelmed by images much larger than those she was used to. Close-up and huge, like murals on wall, with her so near she couldn’t make out the picture. Amidst the blur she sensed the immediate future, and saw herself pulling her own hand away in confusion. As she tried to steady herself, lest she become engulfed in the intensity of the sensation, she pulled her hand back as she had seen herself do a second before.
Holy s--t. She’d never in her life had something so immediate come at her, and she fought to regain her composure. As her gaze met Baldur’s eyes, she could have sworn he looked bothered as well, and appeared to be struggling to regain his composure, too.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sherrie Roth grew up in Western Kansas thinking there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.
She published her first science fiction short story and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next tale. When it finally came, it declared to her it had to be a whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on.
The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to calm down. He explained that, in a fit of practicality, she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and had spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was she found it at least mildly entertaining and ridiculously well-paying. The bad news was the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money.
Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and the further good news was they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved dearly, even though to be honest that is where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. "It's about time," were his exact words.
Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie's head for decades. The only problem was the book informed her it had grown into a six book collection. Sherrie decided she better start writing before it got any longer. She's been wide awake ever since, and writing away.
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Leaving the Nest to Touch the Sky: http://ctothepowerofthree.org/
Touching the Sky to Save the World: http://dtothepowerof4.org/
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Flicker of Fortune book five from Sherrie R Cronin’s 46. Ascending series. Science fiction is not my usual go to genre, but this book shows that it is sometimes good to go outside my comfort zone. Even though it is part of a series, I did not feel as if I was missing anything by not reading the previous books. I liked this Ariel’s story.
I give Flicker of Fortune three and a half and would be interested in reading the previous books of the series to see what happened prior to this one.
I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion review.