ONE OF TWO
by S. R. Cronin
Telepathy creates as many problems as it solves, as everyone in the secret organization x0 would admit. When new member Lola discovers another group of telepaths with a totally different approach, those problems multiply at the speed of thought.
Soon, Lola’s family and friends are in danger. Lucky for her, she’s not your average budding psychic. Each person she is close to has a special gift of their own. That’s good, because it’s going to take every power they possess to stop these others from tearing apart x0.
Maurice woke up in the trunk of a car. He’d always been a positive sort of guy, so he made himself focus on what was good about the situation. Well, it was a large trunk. It was probably a luxury car. Could have been worse. And, he was the only person in it. Plenty of space and no unpleasant dead bodies lying next to him. He’d seen this sort of thing in movies, and no dead bodies was always good.
His hands were bound loosely behind his back, but he could wiggle his legs around for comfort and there was no duct tape over his mouth, so breathing was easier. Better yet, it felt like he’d been drugged, presumably in his sleep. The lingering effects were effusing him with such a nice sense of serenity.
On the down side, the wall that x0 was holding around him was as impermeable as ever. And he was in the trunk of a car. That was definitely a minus. He drifted back to sleep.
Having read all the previous books in this series, I can and will say that this was absolutely the concluding story I wanted. Watching this family of reluctant superheroes, if you will, come together to be something bigger than themselves was fascinating and inspiring. The ways in which they were able to meld their talents for maximum effect was amazing. Even with all they could accomplish, their victories never felt easy, something I commend the author for. It’s difficult to throw up obstacles in the way of people with special gifts in a world that’s not set up to handle opposing those gifts. This did it all and more in so many creative ways. I was never bored.
The characters felt true to themselves from their individual stories. They were who they became as a result of their past adventures. The villains in this book were as terrifyingly real as in all the previous ones. I am continuously impressed by the author’s ability to make me shiver at reality. I want to believe people like these bad guys can’t exist, but it’s all too easy to know they could be real.
The ending rapped everything up nicely. I suppose there could be room for more books about these characters, but they wouldn’t be necessary. Character arcs ended in good places, and there is a bright new future on the horizon. This said, if more books happened to pop into existence, I would definitely read them. This series really caught my interest. Looking back at the first book and how I couldn’t get in to it at first, I feel like I’ve come a long way here. I’m so glad I stuck with it, and I encourage everyone, yet again, to give these books a try.
ABOUT S. R.
Sherrie Roth grew up in Western Kansas thinking there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.
She published her first science fiction short story long ago, and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next story. When it finally came, it declared to her it had to be a 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 how, in a fit of practicality, she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and 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 to be entertaining and ridiculously well-paying. The bad news was the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money. Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and further good news was that they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved, even though, to be honest, that was 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 it had now grown into a six book collection. Sherrie decided she better start writing it before it got any longer. She\’s been wide awake ever since, and writing away.
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