In the second book in the Ramtalan Trilogy, Argus Dachel, a far-from-ordinary half-alien teen, finds himself mixed up in the battle between a hostile faction of Invaders and the peaceful Ramtalans he’s come to know as his friends. With his brother Tai held captive at the Citadel and disturbing news about his father, Argus has to come to grips with the truth about who he really is. Not only is the government agency, the Astronomical Urgent Recovery Administration, AURA, hot on his tail, but his relationship with his girlfriend Lola is in jeopardy. As his special abilities increase and become stronger, he risks exposure and capture. When the enemy closes in and the Citadel is attacked, it seems victory is impossible, but losing means certain death. He must find some way to protect everyone around him, but winning is impossible. Or is it?
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Argus Dachel sat in the school cafeteria picking at his hamburger while his girlfriend, Lola, explained what he’d missed yesterday in math. He heard what was she was saying, but he couldn’t process it. There was no shaking the heavy sadness that consumed him. Tai was at the Citadel with Galena and there was nothing he could do about it. He’d tried to use his ability to dissolve and go to Tai, but it was no use. Galena’s security shield around the Citadel was impenetrable, exactly like Aunt Celeste said.
If he had some way of communicating with Tai, it might be different. At least then he could stay in contact. Sure Aunt Celeste said she was in the process of making a formal complaint that Galena overstepped her authority by keeping Tai, but she also said it might take a while. That wasn’t what he wanted to hear. He wanted Tai away from Galena right now.
“Argie.” Lola nudged him. “Are you listening?”
“What?” He looked at Lola, those green eyes of hers filled with concern.
“Are you all right? Is it something to do with the trip you took? Is everything okay? I don’t mean to pry, but I’m worried about you.”
He nodded. “Yeah, it’s fine. No, not fine.” He pushed his hamburger away. “Not fine at all.” He couldn’t tell her what was going on. She wouldn’t understand about how Galena brought Tai back to life by changing his human DNA to Ramtalan DNA. Or how Tai was now a prisoner at the Citadel. He wanted to tell her everything, how he was a New Breed, half alien, but he couldn’t.
About the Author:
Sofia Diana Gabel is a multi-genre fiction writer who was born in Sydney, Australia, but is now living in the United States with her family. With undergrad degrees in environmental science and archaeology, and currently attending graduate school in archaeology, she enjoys learning and being out in nature when she’s not glued to her desk writing or researching a new story idea. Writing is a true passion of hers, born from a love of the written word that can transport the reader to different places or worlds and deliver them back to reality, safe and sound.
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