Recent college grad Scott Madison, has been recruited (for reasons that he will eventually understand) by the wizard Arion and secretly groomed by his ostensible friend and mentor, Jake Kesten. But his training hasn't readied him to face Vraasz, a being who has become powerful enough to destroy the universe and whose first objective is the obliteration of Arion's home world.
Scott doesn't understand why he was the chosen one or why he is traveling the universe with a ragtag group of individuals also chosen by Arion.
With time running out, Scott discovers that he has a power that can defeat Vraasz.
If only he can figure out how to use it.
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About the Author
Rick Taubold's fiction has been published in The Roswell Literary Review and New England Writer's Network. He has also had a number of his poems published. Rick and his wife live in Rochester, New York.
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Karaydeon is an Elfaeden 'Elf' who lived centuries ago on a planet named Stracos. He imprisoned a malevolent being, Orfo, in a complex set of pocket universes and watched over by two intelligent dragons. Arion is his direct descendant. (Think Merlin the Magician with pointed elf ears.) He is an Adept at Magick. Arion learns that one of Orfo's followers, Lord Vraasz, has found the Tri-Lith of the Yorben. With it, Vraasz can free Orfo. The Tri-Lith combines the three Parton powers (Magick, Psi, and Pneuma) into the all-powerful Bahratic Power. (Okay Readers, this is as simple as I could explain it. Consider it as a very loose description.) Arion eventually travels to Earth to meet Jake and compels him to train Scott for his future. ............................................. Dr. 'Jake' Kesten is a Martial Arts expert, Mathematician, and computer scientist. (Think hacker or cracker.) He convinces Scott to work with him. Their job is to persuade people NOT to attack government computers. At least that is what Scott thinks. It all changes when Jake's old friend, Arion, pops in. ............................................. 'Scott' Madison is the main character and narrator of the story. Before Scott can even properly greet Arion, he finds himself teleported to another world where (once he no longer believes he is dreaming) he joins a group of shady adventures in a quest. Their mission? To save the Elfaeden, the Crystal Dragons, and themselves from total destruction. Their secret weapon? Scott. All poor Scott has been told is that he has a Pneuma Power, even though he is unaware of it. He must learn to control it and use it to save the day. Problem is that no one will tell him just HOW he is supposed to do it. .................................................................... ...................... ***** This novel is hard to write an enlightening synopsis for. In fact, my explanation of the story only touches the main plot. There are quite a few characters, each with interesting attitudes and abilities. There are just as many problems and obstacles too. Just when I thought I understood it all, the 'malapert' author throws in twists. Not just one twist. Nooooo. All-in-all, you will find yourself royally entertained, never bored, and begging for more. *****
A SCI-FANTASY NOVEL THAT IS BOTH CHARACTER AND PLOT DRIVEN. THE CHARACTERS LEAP RIGHT OFF OF THE PAGE. THE VISUALS ARE EXTEREMLY VIVID AND IMAGINATIVE. THE EXCITEMENT IS NON-STOP WITH MANY PLOT TWISTS AND CHARACTER SURPRISES. IF THIS IS RICK TAUBOLD'S DEBUT, I CAN'T WAIT FOR HIS ENCORE!
Wow! This grabbed me from the very first page. Rich characters and great dialogue.
Scott Madison has just graduated from the University of California at San Diego as a marine biologist. Although he has no immediate plans for the future beyond getting a job, he knows what he will not follow in the footsteps of his father The Colonel. He accepts work with Dr. Jake Kesten after reading a weird ad on the bulletin board about a marine biologist working in war conditions. Over the next few years in Colorado, while Scott attends graduate school and Jake teaches advanced math, they stop computer hackers including getting physical with some lawbreakers. Through all this Scott remains a virgin........................... Everything changes when Arion the Elfaeden mage arrives in Boulder. He quickly whisks Jake and Scott to his planet Stracos where magick works. As Scott seems to be a magnet to MORE THAN MAGICK and somehow ¿allergic¿ to magic, he and Jake learn that the twentyish earthling is the key to saving the universe. Hell, all Scott wants to do is make love....................... This epic outer space fantasy is a tremendous tale that sub-genre fans will be thankful for as a one sitting read. The cast is the key as the prime players have unique personalities that enable the audience to believe in elves, dragons, flying horses, non-earthly humanoid species, and bad dudes. Somewhat tongue in cheek, the story line hooks the reader from the moment Jake¿s archeologist pal drags him to Lake Champlain before the Feds arrive and never lets up until the final confrontation in which Scott tries to save the universe from a powerful baddie................... Harriet Klausner