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Passageways: The Living World Book One by Patricia Vestal

Sea of Mountains Press
$13.00, paperback / $3.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-7375849-1-9
August, 2021
Fiction: Sci-Fi
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Set-in present-day North Carolina (with visits to an extraordinary otherworld), a new adventurous and thoughtful science fiction series opens with Passageways: The Living World Book One by Patricia Vestal. It introduces complex characters who face inner and outer conflicts as they confront new relationships and unprecedented challenges.

Forces that threaten catastrophe to Earth and beyond involve shape-shifting energy beings, a universe tethered to Earth by Passageways, and enigmatic cyberattackers. Can a Cherokee IT tech and his human and alien companions stop it?

A trio of personalities is drawn into a mind-bending adventure: Jeff Hawke left his Cherokee people in North Carolina’s mountains to work as a cyber security tech in the state’s urban Research Triangle, where he’s confronted with the challenge of his life; Tami Grimes is investigating cutting edge artificial intelligence for a science magazine; Synon Queen TuMa’Aye Gra’Vay arrives on Earth from the Realm seeking the source of threats to the Synon mission of maintaining humanity’s diminishing link to The Living World. Their paths touch, catapulting them into a vortex of hurdles and peril that compel them to confront inner selves and outer forces that threaten catastrophic consequences.

A self-contained story, Passageways sets the stage for the astounding revelations and events of the subsequent entries in The Living World series. Watch for Book Two soon.

Patricia Vestal lives in Western North Carolina where she writes and offers workshops in fiction and playwriting. Although NC’s Mountains are her favorite place, she enjoyed many years in New York where she earned her Communications BA from State University of New York and an MA in Drama from New York University while working in publishing, writing plays and creating projects with theater, independent film, and video producers. In addition to readings, stage and television productions of her plays, Patricia’s publications include fiction, reviews, and essays. Patricia is a member of the North Carolina Writers' Network, the Dramatists Guild, and the Alliance of Independent Authors.

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