The Builders

The Builders

by Tonya Cannariato


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Earth's alien progenitors have returned...

Abuse survivor Tara Shifflet just wanted to catch her flight out of Milwaukee after an arduous event planning gig. Unfortunately, thanks to the mysterious bio-tattoos that are cropping up on airport tarmacs across the globe, she's not getting back home to her therapy cat anytime soon.

For Navenah, an alien engineered to mix with humans, her mission has her searching for "generators" to save her dying race. The problem is, Navenah's intel on what kind of humans these generators will be is vague at best, and until she finds one, she's earth-bound...just as stuck as Tara.

A chance run-in at a hotel bar sets the two on a race against time to save Navenah's people. Unexpected pleasure brightens the path, but amidst the worldwide chaos over first contact, will their newfound connection be enough to prevent a galactic die-off?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781539181057
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/29/2016
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

A voracious reader since she was a toddler, and an ordained spiritualist, Tonya Cannariato has now presided over the marriage of her love of reading and her love of writing. She's lived a nomadic life, following first her parents in their Foreign Service career through Africa, Europe, and Asia, and then her own nose criss-crossing America as she's gotten old enough to make those choices for herself. She's currently based in the Washington, DC suburbs with her four loves: her husband and three Siberian Huskies. She suspects her Huskies of mystical alchemy with their joyous liberation of her muse and other magical beings for her inspiration. She loves to sleep, to watch her interesting dreams, some of which are now finding new life in written form.

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The Builders 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
mysticbaby1991 More than 1 year ago
This book had potential... However, I think the delivery just didn't follow through. Poor Tara has had a childhood that makes trying to survive into adulthood almost impossible. But with therapy and her cat she's found a pattern and a way to live doing her job as a planner. The story started out with a bang! We were introduced to Navenah and Tara's unwanted and unwelcome feelings towards the stranger. But this is where the story kind of fell off for me. For more than 50% of the book, it's just filled with Tara's adventures of trying to get home. What's the deal with the suitcase? Why were the agents after her? Did her blood work show something? There were so many things that were left unanswered after reading this book it was a bit disappointing.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite The Builders by Tonya Cannariato is a sci-fi fantasy that focuses on one person's acceptance that she’s worthy to be loved and even save an entire species from extinction. The story opens in Milwaukee, where event planner Tara Shifflet tries to unwind at the bar after a work conference. Her brief encounter with a beautiful stranger named Navenah stirs up her rather routine life, when strange events keep happening to her afterward. When she tries to fly home, the airport is on lock-down after an alien pattern appears on its tarmac. Every time she thinks she’s out of the woods, a peculiar event happens, one after another, delaying and preventing Tara from flying out of the airport and back to her therapy cat, Bear, and the normalcy of her life. I truly sympathized with the protagonist’s predicament, especially when she has a history of mental issues that managed to creep through the psychological wall that took her years to build. Desperate to get home, Tara finds a way to get a flight through another series of unusual coincidences, with the mysterious Navenah tagging along. The story is highly engaging from the start, and the premise and plot are ingenious and intriguing. Tara’s reluctance to accept her self worth is understandable due to her painful past. Nevertheless, Navenah is a savior to Tara, as much as Tara is a savior to her. On the whole, this is an interesting and substantial read from Cannariato. I hope to see more of her work in this particular theme and genre.