The ancient group x0 hides in the shadows until a young Nigerian beauty forces them to emerge. Thinking that her telepathic abilities are perfectly normal, this Igbo woman draws upon her powers to seek an ally to rescue her captive sister. Unfortunately, the telepath she finds is cranky Texan lady who doesn't believe in nonsense and who insists that the disturbing phenomenon in her own mind isn't there.
Realizing that her sister has become a strategic pawn in a dangerous game of international politics, she vows to do anything to get the attention of this uncooperative fellow psychic. As the women struggle with each other, common links begin to forge these two radically different women together in ways that even x0 does not understand. They could intervene, but should they?
(x0 is the first novel in the 46. Ascending collection, which consists of five loosely interrelated novels about five very different family members who each discover that they can do the extraordinary when circumstances require it. The stories are designed to be read in any order as they overlap in time and build upon each other in all directions. The second print edition of x0 was designed for a better reading experience, with links and supplemental information removed from the print version. This information can now be found at the book's website where the reader can browse at his or her leisure. In the third edition, the book was resized for sale in retail stores.)
About the Author
She published her first science fiction short story pretty easily, and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next story. When it finally came, it declared to her that it had to be 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 and 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 that she had found it at least mildly entertaining and ridiculously well-paying The bad news was that 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 that 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 apparently had 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 sternly that it had now grown into a six book series. Sherrie decided that she better start writing it before it got any longer. She's been wide awake ever since, and writing away.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book has everything I look for in a good read: characters you care about, exotic location, culture details, and unique theme. The author points out that although this is fiction, cultural and scientific information is true. I enjoyed the window into Nigerian life and was, likewise, horrified by the abuses the county has suffered at the hands of foreign powers. At the forefront, though, were the family relationships and ESP connections. I look forward to subsequent books in the series.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. If you like fantasy with a little dose of reality this is the book for you. It contains factual information on Nigerian heritage. I loved the interactive style this book is written in. When speaking of a song the author would give a link to the song. I can not wait to read more from this author.
This is a unique book, full of ideas and information and food for thought. It's much more of a full meal than a snack, best read when one is mentally hungry. Luckily there is also plenty of plot and several compelling characters that carry the reader to the action filled climax.