Strangers in the Gale

Strangers in the Gale

by Joseph Occhipinti

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Strangers in the Gale by Joseph Occhipinti

An unconscious girl found on a clump of floating kelp radically complicates Bernardo's life. Ondas is officially designated an uninhabited world, so why has the government been hiding the existence of the planet's indigenous people?

In its efforts to colonize the solar system, the League has reached an ocean planet populated by an inscrutable race of seafaring people, whose center of life and culture is the worship of silence. Their ways could not contrast more sharply with the newcomers' machines and bureaucratic rule. Colonization is abruptly halted and only a select few are granted access to the new planet. Save for a few fanciful tales, the existence of the seafarers is wiped clean from history.

Three decades later, Bernardo, an introverted young officer with the simple ambitions of a field biologist, is assigned to Ondas as part of a new colonization initiative. The League has also brought with them a host of servant-technicians, once the nomadic people of Od-Siing, a subjugated planet-moon.

Imagine his surprise when the young scientist finds the native child on a routine survey mission. In this distant ocean planet fraught with ubiquitous storms, Bernardo's discovery propels him into a covert world that is opposed to League hegemony.

Through new friends and uneasy alliances, the young scientist uncovers the existence of a genocidal policy of his government directed against the child's aboriginal culture. By committing himself to the girl's survival and that of her people, Bernardo discovers an ancient truth that will shake the foundations of worlds and foster the seeds of emancipation.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014672719
Publisher: Joseph Occhipinti
Publication date: 07/05/2012
Series: Children of the Three Suns , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 1,163,532
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Joe lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with his wife, Laurie, and son, Paul. As a geographer he teaches as adjunct faculty, and he also co-owns a small, independent used book store and gift shop. Joe has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, and has lived in Italy, Canada and Argentina. He is an avid hiker and nature lover, enjoys the practice of martial arts, and occasionally loves to get his hands dirty behind a potter's wheel, in a woodshop, or some other interesting manual endeavor.


Written from a cross-cultural point of view, the story will interest readers who are looking for speculative fiction that is action-packed and character-driven.
I wrote Strangers in the Gale while living among indigenous people of the Andes Mountains. Their lives motivated me to write a story with a unique cultural perspective on liberation, friendship, and a spiritual connection to the natural world.

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