The Illumination Query

The Illumination Query

by Ms. Sarah E. Baethge

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ISBN-13: 9781720469513
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/10/2018
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Sarah Baethge was born in Houston in 1982, and grew up in Texas and Louisiana. She was an intern for Lockheed-Martin directly out of high school where she graduated with a national merit scholarship in 2000. She worked loading the software onto computers at NASA in Houston in the summer before college at The University of Texas at Dallas.
In November of 2000 when driving to school, she was in a car wreck that left her in a coma for 6 months. After waking, she began writing and self-publishing short fantasy and science- fiction stories, starting with the original The Speed of Darkness book. Soon after it was out she had greatly expanded the story in her notes. She decided to take the book down from Amazon and Smashwords because it began a bit abruptly, having plans to improve it with a prequel or two.
She currently has other writings on Amazon including a short story piece of the Speed of Darkness series as an ebook. She also has a vampire poem called 'And I Was Hungry' that was published in an online magazine called What the Dickens in March of 2014.

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The Illumination Query 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
3no7 More than 1 year ago
“The Illumination Query” by Sarah Baethge is the first book in “The speed of Darkness” series. The book is presented as journal entries by Ronald Carpenter and Dr. Nigel Hunter who each tell their version of events to the narrator, Joel, who transcribes their accounts. This structure makes the narrative appealing and convincing. The tone is casual and conversational, without an excess of unintelligible science terminology or science fiction jargon. Through his account, Carpenter presents himself as a man of conscience who loves what he does. He and is trapped by “The Eclipse” as the result of both his naivety and his greed. Dr. Hunter’s journal entries add a sinister, dark edge to the narrative. I was given a review copy of “The Illumination Query” by Sarah Baethge, BooksGoSocial, and Net Galley. I am not a regular reader of Science fiction, so I am not sure how it compares with other books in the genre, (hence the three stars) but it had the necessary elements of a good story. It was fast paced and fun to read. I might even check out the next in the series when it comes out.
Anthony Avina More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. A simple tale of a zoo keeper takes a dark turn in author Sarah Baethge’s novel The Illumination Query. Here’s the synopsis: A surreal romp about a dissatisfied zookeeper’s endeavor to contemplate his toxic new allies as they create an terrible situation for his unintended enemy to grapple with. ---- What makes someone a monster?  The zookeeper Ronald Carpenter needs help recovering his escaped charges and is grateful when the secretive Eclipse company steps in to help. Little does Ronald know just how nefarious a company they really are and why they have such expertise in taking unwilling subjects captive. Can their offer of a higher salary make him leave a job he loves and help them do what he feels is just wrong? Nigel Hunter’s experiment in an Eclipse lab looks like it could enable incredible movement powers. Intrigued with the prospect, he voluntarily gets the company’s help to try the procedure upon himself. The Eclipse now decide to take him prisoner with their other test subjects so that they can test the unbelievable speed it has given him more fully.  When the Eclipse pits Ronald and Nigel against one another in this way, can either one of them manage to get away? This story is like Frankenstein meets The Island of Dr. Moreau, where a zoo keeper finds himself in a deal he literally cannot refuse, overseeing security for some of the strangest and most dangerous creatures on the planet, while one scientist takes an experiment into his own hands and suffers the ultimate consequences. This story was filled with twists and turns galore, exploring a world of mad science and exploring the way humanity treats the animals of this planet, often caging them rather than letting them live free and open in the world. The story and it’s background are what really thrive in this novel. The mythology being built of supernatural and scientific creatures alike, amazing abilities and dangerous science gone wrong are all so mesmerizing to read that one can’t help but be drawn into this amazing world created by the author. The scientific methodology used for this story all makes it so believable that you almost start to imagine what kind of secret organizations and creatures are hiding in the shadows of our world… Overall I loved this story. It was fun to read, quick and fast paced, and delivered an incredible first entry in what should be a whirlwind adventure. If you haven’t yet be sure to pick up your copy of The Illumination Query by Sarah Baethge today!
Marcia_CarringtonMC More than 1 year ago
THE ILLUMINATION QUERY by Sarah Baethge is an entertaining, irreverent science fiction novella. At first glance the plot seems simplistic, but the author has created an intricate, labyrinthine chain of events which carried me along with the exploits of the characters until the satisfying conclusion. The scientific terminology was utilized in a proper, but not excessive manner, and not alienating to the reader unfamiliar with these. I also liked the subtle comic tone employed throughout which provided an appropriate contrast to the underhanded goings-on of the characters portrayed.