Time of Isolation, Chapter 12, Part 2

Available now, two new novels: Of Gods Strangers and Messengers, Science Fiction Adventure (And the link to the webpage for this book: (http://www.fdbrant.com/page21.html), and Unexpected Unplanned and into the Unknown, a Post-Apocalyptic episodic novel, (And the link to the webpage for this book: http://www.fdbrant.com/page20.html) Both are available as paperback and in the EBook format. They were released on July 14,2017.

The Harsh Lands is available as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-00-5), for Kindle (ASIN: B01N69YCCW), or in the EPub format (ISBN: 978-1-946179-02-9). This novel is the complete Survival trilogy in a single book with a length of over 1150 pages.

Time of Isolation: Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-06-1) Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-946179-07-4) and Epub (ISBN: 978-1-946179-08-1) and Desperate to Survive: Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-09-8) Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-946179-10-4) and Epub (ISBN: 978-1-946179-11-1) are available for purchase as of April 21, 2017. These releases are second editions with the novels revised and updated. At this time A Taste of History Past will remain as a first edition and EBook only with this being the final book in the Survival trilogy.

The Woman in the Snow 2nd edition. Contemporary Christian Fiction available now: Paperback (ISBN 978-1-946179-03-6) Kindle (ISBN 978-1-946179-04-3) and Epub (978-1-946179-05-0).

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Last week we left Keenan not happy with the response from the leadership, and is worried because there are eight cities that have gone dark. And with no explanation as to why, other than the fact that it has happened in almost the exact same way for all eight, he is left frustrated. Meanwhile back at the Alpha Seve and Staven return to the security office looking for Saige and Shellian. They have something of importance to run by them.  And when they do get together in the meeting room Seve relates what had come to his mind convincing the leaders that he is probably right. Then Saige asks a question about another of the teams who is out searching the complex. And with this we now move on to part 2:

“Yes.” Seve replied, “We met them while eating the midday meal. And they may be on to something. Anyway, they had found another way, which they thought would lead out of here, but hadn’t had time to explore it yet. I suspect that we will know much more tonight when they come back. As far as the rest of us, we’ve come up empty.”

“That may be true, but what you’ve come up with here, Seve, may be the most important thing so far. I mean once you presented it, then it was just obvious. Is that feed set up yet Saar? Oh, and add the area where Starr and Sabryn are working, if you please.”

“Yup.” Then pointing to one of the larger monitors he said. “See, there they are.” And as he said that the ones in the meeting room nodded their heads in response. He pointed to another one and they could see the women.

“Okay, can all of you hear us in there?” Saige asked. Again they nodded yes. Smiling for a moment before continuing he said. “Now come on, would one of you please speak so we can adjust the volume in here.”

Laughing, Shellian approached the monitor and said. “No Saige we figured we would pantomime the whole thing and make you figure it out. So how’s this sound?”

At about the same time Starr whispered. “Sommer is asleep, so we are going to remain quiet.”

Nodding he said, “Fine.” Turning back to Saar and Seirra he said, “I’m going to have Seve repeat to you what he told us, and I should have thought about it at the time he presented it to us, and then all of you could have heard. But then again, I had no idea. Seve, if you will?” Then Seve gave a much shortened version of what they had covered in the meeting room.

Seirra then asked. “I wonder if these letters and numbers that keep coming up at the bottom of the screen when we are searching from the sky mean anything.”

Looking over her shoulder Saige asked. “What are you talking about Seirra?” She then pointed at the screen she had been studying and said. “Right here, Saige.”

He then looked closer and saw what she was pointing at and asked. “Do they stay the same?”

“No silly, if they did that I wouldn’t have thought anything about it. If they had never changed, I would have assumed that it was probably some serial number or such that had to do with what we were using, but it changes according to what I am viewing. Now watch and I’ll show you.” He watched as she changed the view and as she had stated the numbers changed but the letters did not. Seve came over to join him and paused a moment. He had the look of concentration on his face as if he was trying to recall something. “I think we need Sabryn to come in here. She commented that she had found both in the computers and in the administrator’s office in hard copy, something similar to this.”

Looking up at the other monitor Saige asked, “Sabryn, can you come here now?”

She nodded and tiptoed out of the room and away from the camera, obviously heading to the security office, leaving Starr to watch Sommer.

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“These double doors are really large.” Stone commented. “Hmmm, did you look at that other room that moves and see if it might have been the same size or maybe larger than the one we rode?”

“Why do you think that something like that would be important Stone?”

Gesturing with his hands he said. “Look at the size of these doors. I mean there has to be a reason for them to be this big, and the moving room that we just left isn’t big enough to require doors this size. So I’m wondering if the other one is larger that’s all.”

She turned around and pushed the button on the wall that activated the moving rooms and waited until both the sound of the ding and the panel above the doors lit. She stood in front of the one that was to the right of the button and waited while the doors opened. She then peered inside and said. “Yup, this is at least twice the size of the one we were in, and if I am honest, these doors are larger also. So what do you think it means, Stone?”

“My guess is that it’s a way to move large things, maybe supplies, or whatever, out through those double doors. So, it could be that where this leads, is a storage area and that would explain the size. But until we actually go through them it’s all conjecture – shall we?” He pushed through the doors and found that they were in a small room with a second set of doors similar to the first. But unlike the first set these were not manually operated. Try as they may, the doors would not push open. Looking around Sorrel saw a square silver plate on the wall closest to her. She reached out and pushed it and then the doors swung outward allowing them to pass. Stepping through the doors they found themselves in another tunnel, again, he suspected that originally it had been a steam vent caused by the extinct volcano. Still, he could see that it had been modified to accommodate whatever their ancestors had used this area for. Along the floor and ceiling there was recessed lighting which turned on as they approached, and on one of the walls, an identical panel to the one Sorrel had pushed to open the doors. “Must have some type of motion sensor for these lights – good way to conserve energy, to only have them light when they are needed. And doing it this way means that someone cannot accidentally leave them turned on.”

The tunnel changed in direction bending to the right in a gentle curve and then coming back to the original direction. Up ahead, in the distance, they could see what appeared to be another set of doors. Once there, like the first of the double set, they were able to push through them, only to find once again a set that required pushing a plate. When the doors opened they were hit with a blast of fresh cool air, but from what they could see, they were not yet truly outside. Walking through the doors they found themselves in some type of building. Yet the floor was a mix of dirt and straw, and looking around they could see some the areas had concrete floors. Just past the entrance, and looking up, they saw a pulley system set up that could hoist items and move them around this building. Above they could also see shelving and platforms for storage, and presently most were vacant. There was a musty smell and they could hear the bleating of animals somewhere in the distance. After leaving the warmth of the compound it felt almost cold and both shivered in response to the change in temperature. Both looked at each other and then Sorrel said. “I think this place is probably where they take care of the animals, and obviously they used it for some type of storage. But since this seems to be open to the weather, I don’t know what that might be?”

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With this new knowledge, and then the further lack of knowledge when something that’s being observed makes no sense there is elation in the fact that there may be a way to contact the cities to let them know what’s happening. But those letters and numbers that Seirra pointed out must have some significance and importance also. Seve mentions that someone else had seen something similar and maybe between them they can identify what this means.

Meanwhile Stone and Sorrel are exploring an area that they recently discovered. After going through a number of tunnels and doors they enter into a large structure, with the floors being a mix of concrete in some areas, and dirt with straw in others. In the distance they hear the sounds of herd animals, and both shiver as the cold air hits them making them realize that this building appears to be open to the outdoors and weather. And with this we close out part 2. Have a great week, and God Bless! (http://www.fdbrant.com)

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Time of Isolation, Chapter 12, Part 1

Available now, two new novels: Of Gods Strangers and Messengers, Science Fiction Adventure, and Unexpected Unplanned and into the Unknown, a Post-Apocalyptic episodic novel. Both are available as paperback and in the EBook format. To learn more please follow the link to my website at the bottom of this page where each novel has its own page. They were released on July 14,2017.

The Harsh Lands is available as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-00-5), for Kindle (ASIN: B01N69YCCW), or in the EPub format (ISBN: 978-1-946179-02-9). This novel is the complete Survival trilogy in a single book with a length of over 1150 pages.

Time of Isolation: Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-06-1) Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-946179-07-4) and Epub (ISBN: 978-1-946179-08-1) and Desperate to Survive: Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-09-8) Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-946179-10-4) and Epub (ISBN: 978-1-946179-11-1) are available for purchase as of April 21, 2017. These releases are second editions with the novels revised and updated. At this time A Taste of History Past will remain as a first edition and EBook only with this being the final book in the Survival trilogy.

The Woman in the Snow 2nd edition. Contemporary Christian Fiction available now: Paperback (ISBN 978-1-946179-03-6) Kindle (ISBN 978-1-946179-04-3) and Epub (978-1-946179-05-0).

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Two weeks ago we closed out chapter eleven, and now we go into the final chapter for this novel. A lot has transpired, and the team at the Alpha are desperate for answers, including the need to find a way to contact the remaining cities, however many there might be. With this in mind, and the fact they now believe their ancestors maintained herds so they could mingle with the natives of this world, they are searching the whole compound to find those answers. Time is against them, yet each new discovery is giving answers that should allow them to solve the overall puzzle that is before them. And with this we now open chapter twelve:

Eight cities had gone dark. Rumors flew, but there were no hard facts. And while the city of Keahilani was considered the pivot city, the one all communications passed through, the knowledge they presently had wouldn’t fill a thimble. One would have thought that by now something would be known, and they could begin to solve the puzzle that had been presented. And while it was not his place of expertise, Keenan knew that somewhere there had to be a reason for this to be happening. Especially since all of the cities that went dark, did so, in the exact same way, and approximately at the same time of day. These facts alone spoke strongly of a correlation, something in common, but for the life of him, he couldn’t figure it out. There was just too little known. The one thing that he could lay his finger on was the overall nervousness the permeated the air here. He suspected that it was the same for the rest of the cities. Well, his shift was almost over and soon it would be time to return to his residence. As usual, except when the cities disappeared, all the communications traffic was normal, routine, almost boring in fact. Standing at the railing that overlooked the floor he saw his people preparing to leave their shifts and the replacements waiting quietly to replace them. Sighing deeply he thought, Yep, another normal day . . . Not that one cannot see the tension that is flowing through everyone, but, other than that, a very normal day.

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Seve and Staven headed back to the security office. At the moment they couldn’t remember which section of the compound that Saige and Shellian were searching. Once there, Seve asked. “Saar, where is Saige right now?”

Looking up from their search he turned around and was silent for a moment. “Has something come up? Have you finished the area you were searching or what?”

Shaking his head no, Seve said, “No. No, but something occurred to us while we were working our area and we need to run it past Saige and Shellian. We feel that it’s important enough that we run it past them right now.”

Turning back to the equipment, he first looked at Seirra and said. “Seirra continue if you would. I’m going to switch this so that I can locate Saige and Shellian. If they are close enough to one of the speakers then I’ll contact them.” Then turning back to Seve and Staven he said. “They are searching the grounds, and that would mean that the meeting area would be closest. So why don’t the two of you head there, and when we get their attention we will, or I will, send them there.” At this point Seve and Staven nodded and headed back out of the security office. “I do hope they find them quickly. And yes I know it can wait, but we really need to be pursuing this, as well as everything else we are doing, and I have a feeling that the place to set such a thing up would be the security office, or the office of the one who had been in charge here. But it just seems like the security office would be the most logical place.” Staven commented, as they reached the meeting room and waited the arrival of their leaders.

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“You know Shellian, we’ve been over the grounds a whole number of times and so far we haven’t really found anything new. I mean other than the fact that some of these trees are different, and that small area, where it appears that they used some type of climate control to allow the residents here to cultivate plants that wouldn’t normally grow in this climate. I’m sure there are a few things like that that we have overlooked, but nothing on the scale that we are trying to find.” They continued their search of the grounds and were heading back towards the main building that Saige had first found when he had fallen into the hidden valley. Shellian couldn’t disagree with him. Everything he had said was true, and she was beginning to wonder if what they were trying to locate really existed. It seemed so plausible at the time. After all, it would have been an easy way to make contact and observe, without raising any suspicions on the part of the primitives. Shaking her head slightly she continued her thought process. I would have sworn that our ancestors would have done this. But so far we have no proof at all, other than a brief statement or two saying that it was a viable option.

“Saige, Shellian, this is Saar. Can you report to the meeting room? Seve and Staven want to discuss something with you, and they felt that it was something that needed to be brought to your attention immediately.” Snapped out of her thoughts she asked, “Now what could that be about?” Not realizing she had said it she turned to her brother who just shrugged before answering her. “There’s no way I’m going to know sis.” They picked up the pace since they were heading back in that direction anyway, and in a short time entered the room from the same entrance where he had the first time. Once their eyes adjusted to the dim interior lighting they saw Seve partially sitting on the edge of the table and Staven looking out through the windows. Both turned towards them as they entered the room.

“Okay you two, what’s so important that you needed to see us immediately? By some chance did the two of you find something?” Saige asked.

Seve and Staven looked at each other and the Staven said, “Well Seve, it was your idea, go ahead and tell them.”

With a slight pause Seve got up off the table edge and said, “Yes, and no. No in the sense that so far in our search we have come up empty. But as we searched the two of us were discussing some things and then from that we realized something.”

“Okay, you realized something and what would that something be? I mean we were not privy to your conversation so we really have no idea.”

Smiling, and shaking his head Seve said. “Sorry Saige, it’s just I was trying to set it up so you could see how we came by this. Anyway, we began to ask ourselves that if our ancestors had to abandon this place, like they did, and then set up the cities, like they did, then they had to have put in place a way for any rescuers to contact them. I mean, think about it. If rescuers found this place abandoned, would they just leave, or would there be something in place that would allow them to know what happened, and then have a way to contact our ancestors from here.”

Quiet for a moment as the implications of what Seve just said really sank in, he sat down and put his arms on the table and then leaned forward. “That’s an interesting thought Seve. And it makes total sense. But what would they have done? I mean . . . I’m sure that it is something that was standard, but standard for them not for us. Now all we have to do is figure out what that was.” He laughed bitterly before continuing. “And since we are far removed from that time, and from what we have discovered here, we know that we have adjusted facts and our societies have changed, and with no known information left, I haven’t a clue.” Then turning to the others in the room he asked. “Any of you have an idea what they would have set up?” Once again there was silence and he could see that the rest were just as much in the dark as he was. “So in your thinking Seve, did you have some ideas as to where the rescuers might first go if they found this place empty?”

“Yes, that was the easy part. At least once we found out how this place was laid out and how it worked . . .”

“Let’s keep the explanation short if you would. After all you’ve already convinced both of us, and I have to admit that I can kick myself for not thinking about it.”

“Sorry Saige, I think either the administrator’s office or the security office, and of the two I believe that the security office would be my first choice.”

“Again I have to agree with you. So I guess we need to head there, and I know that all of us can’t fit in there very well, but we can get a feed from there into this meeting room which allows communications in both directions, so Seve, you and I will go, Shell’, you and Staven can monitor from here and give us any ideas and suggestions that need to be addressed.” Saige then signaled Seve to precede him out the door and both of them headed directly to the security office. Once there, Saige said, “Saar can you set up a complete feed to the meeting room? Seve has come up with something critical and we are going to need all of us to figure out the solution. By the way has anybody had contact with Stone and Sorrel?”

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We start this chapter with Keenan feeling frustrated with the lack of progress towards understanding why eight cities have gone dark, gone silent. This is followed by returning to the Alpha and following the teams as they continue to explore and add to their discoveries. Meanwhile Seve and Staven return to the security office wanting to discuss an idea with Saige and Shellian. They meet in the meeting room and convince the leaders who then  want a video conference with the rest of the team. Saige then asks if anybody has had contact with Stone and Sorrel. And with this we close out part one. Have a great week, and God Bless! (http://www.fdbrant.com)

Sixty Years On

Now available in July, two new novels: Of Gods Strangers and Messengers, Science Fiction Adventure, and Unexpected Unplanned and into the Unknown, a Post-Apocalyptic episodic novel. Both are available as paperback and in the EBook format. Release date was yesterday, July 14, 2017. Blurb and information can be found on my website (found at the bottom of this page).

The Harsh Lands is available as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-00-5), for Kindle (ASIN: B01N69YCCW), or in the EPub format (ISBN: 978-1-946179-02-9). This novel is the complete Survival trilogy in a single book with a length of over 1150 pages.

Time of Isolation: Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-06-1) Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-946179-07-4) and Epub (ISBN: 978-1-946179-08-1) and Desperate to Survive: Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-09-8) Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-946179-10-4) and Epub (ISBN: 978-1-946179-11-1) are available for purchase as of April 21, 2017. These releases are second editions with the novels revised and updated. At this time A Taste of History Past will remain as a first edition and EBook only with this being the final book in the Survival trilogy.

The Woman in the Snow 2nd edition. Contemporary Christian Fiction available now: Paperback (ISBN 978-1-946179-03-6) Kindle (ISBN 978-1-946179-04-3) and Epub (978-1-946179-05-0).

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I picked this title from the title of a song by Elton John that he sang back in the seventies. I have to admit that I always liked it. Still in many ways what it reflects is a view of when one reaches those older years. And in my case I definitely qualify. If any of you out there haven’t heard the song here’s the link to one of the versions from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEcafVVUxqk

In a sense what one takes away from this song will be as a result of who and where you are personally. For me it has to do with the title referring to sixty years plus, which is where I am, since I’ll turn sixty eight this year. Others may think about the fact that it seems that every generation have their wars to fight, others who want to see guns disappear will see a possible future where they don’t exist. And still others might focus on the religious aspect, and because of this none of us would agree what this song is about – and that’s what keeps life interesting.

What I am writing here will be through my eyes as I’ve viewed events, and marked time. And if we truly think about it for all of us it is this way. What is being witnessed throughout our lives will always be colored by who we are, what our experiences have been, our heredity, the influences that are around us, and where we are in our own timeline. Nothing we see is what it truly is. It cannot be any other way since we view all things from our inner selves, and our personal senses.

For example, in my case I’m partially colorblind. That means that certain colors do not exist for me and when you remove those colors what I see instead is the color that would be created if that missing color didn’t exist. To explain what I mean, here is what would happen. If you remove red from purple the color you would end up with is blue. And we can say the same thing with brown. Since red is the most common colorblind color then if we remove red from brown we get green. So this would mean that to any of us with that particular color blindness trait those other colors wouldn’t exist, i.e. brown and purple.

By the way, back when you were a kid, and for me that’s a long time ago, did you ever try to mix all the colors with your crayons or colored pencils to get white? Logically you’d think it would work since sunlight is white and we were shown and told that it is created from all the colors.  And by using a prism they prove it. Yet when we mix those colors on a sheet of paper we end up with black – one of those mysteries of life I guess.

Memory or memories can be tricky things. It has been shown that what we remember isn’t necessarily what really happened. Time and distance has changed those memories into something different, yet we believe what we see in our minds is correct. There have been a number of experiments done over the years that prove that memories can be implanted and have no basis in reality. So when I look back on my memories I find that with some there are warm nostalgic feelings that can lead me to smile, while others I’d sooner forget. Are they accurate, I believe so, but there’s no way for me to prove them to be so. If we think about this too hard it can leave us on shaky ground with nothing firm to stand upon. It comes down to do we trust or not trust our personal memories. Personally I’d rather trust them until they are proven to be wrong.

So what’s your earliest memory? Mine, and I’d guess I had to be around three at the time, has to do with a family outing to an observatory, standing on the steps leading up to the entrance. That’s it, nothing about going inside, or about the trip to and from, or any other aspect. There must have been something about that one location that created this permanent memory.

Other memories? Well, there’s the one where we went out to look at property when I was six. We turned a corner and everything to the west fell away and suddenly it was like I could see forever. As a boy scout taking that ninety mile hike we did as a troop, graduating from high school, (fifty years ago) the night I left home on the way to a war zone as a soldier, wild fires, where eventually one did destroy our homes, marrying the woman I love, who brought two daughters into my life and our family, being there for the birth of our sons, and now after all these years going to their weddings. As you can see most of these memories are ordinary and as such could belong to anyone. Yet, each and every one makes me who I am, as the ones you have make you who you are.

Local and beyond memories? The Kennedy assassination when I was in high school, the space race and landing on the moon, an airliner crash that almost hit an elementary school, and further back and personal, a military fighter crashing on the property and almost hitting our home, 9-11-2001, and the resulting wars that we still face today, terrorism and the many tragic losses from these extremists, and I guess I can throw in the mine rescue. In this mix I can add the resignation of a president and vice-president, and the first time we had a president who came to office unelected. And all of these form the backdrop of my and our lives influencing how we see and view our world.

The common factor in all of this is time. And for all of us time is the limiting factor. We are only given so much of it before we die. And it’s surprising how fast that time approaches. It seems like yesterday when I graduated from school and while I was in school it seemed like it was forever. Now fifty years later I’m returning from that reunion celebrating a half century since graduating. Yeah this means I’ve been out of school much longer than I was in, and that time between has more than flown – leaving me to wonder what happened

It is here at this time in one’s life that they realize that much of their lives are over, and whatever dreams and goals one had are no longer obtainable. It is sobering when one realizes that all the chances are pretty much used up, and are part of your past. Still I can say that once I retired that it allowed me one more chance at one of those life goals, and here it is right before you. I always had a desire to write, and in truth I never knew if I could be successful or not. I guess, in the end, I can say yes. When I seriously began to write, (after retiring) I set goals, whether I’d ever reach them I didn’t know. I honestly didn’t know if I could write a book or novel and finish it. Yet, in the end, I did reach those goals, surpassed them, reset those goals and will reach and possibly surpass those new ones.

Still, time is piling up, burying me under that weight, telling me that soon those creative juices will probably dry up. So next year as I work on two new novels,  they may be my last. Still I’m happy with the results of my writing. In the end I’ll have written twelve novels, plus one of short stories that I’ve presented over the years on this blog. And when I do look back on my life I see many twists and turns, dead ends, failures, and a few successes now and then. Still overall I have my health – more or less – and a loving family. I believe in God and would love to see a peaceful world. Still, I’m realistic enough to know that this will probably never happen. It still doesn’t mean that I hope to be wrong. We are still a world of tribes and have that tribe mentality. And until that changes nothing ever will.

In conclusion, all I can say is to keep reaching. Keep yourself active mentally and physically. Set those goals, and reach for them. If you don’t make them, at least you tried, and in a sense that’s the bottom line isn’t it. It has been said many many times, it’s the journey, the road you travel. Even though that road will have many unexpected turns, dead ends, and branches that will completely change your life and direction, you only fail when you give up. And unlike the games we play we cannot go back and start a level again. In life we get one chance, and it matters not whether you have the experience to make an educated decision, we must decide and then live by where that decision sends us.Whether my novels become more than a hobby only time will tell. Still I’m happy to have traveled down those many roads, and I love following my fictitious characters through their lives, and must admit that I’ve enjoyed their life stories and journeys as they unfolded. And if I want to admit to it I think I would like to meet many of them personally. Of course this is impossible since they’ve never lived except in my mind and on the pages of those books – still, they are real to me. Remember –

Don’t be afraid to reach high and to seek the impossible. Who knows, you may be the one who makes the impossible possible. God Bless! Have a great week, and learn from all the mistakes we all have a tendency to make. It is only then that we grow. (http://www.fdbrant.com)

 

Time of Isolation, Chapter 11, Part 12

Coming in July two new novels: Of Gods Strangers and Messengers, Science Fiction Adventure, and Unexpected Unplanned and into the Unknown, a Post-Apocalyptic episodic novel. Both will be available as paperback and in the EBook format. The release date is July 14,2017.

The Harsh Lands is available as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-00-5), for Kindle (ASIN: B01N69YCCW), or in the EPub format (ISBN: 978-1-946179-02-9). This novel is the complete Survival trilogy in a single book with a length of over 1150 pages.

Time of Isolation: Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-06-1) Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-946179-07-4) and Epub (ISBN: 978-1-946179-08-1) and Desperate to Survive: Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-09-8) Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-946179-10-4) and Epub (ISBN: 978-1-946179-11-1) are available for purchase as of April 21, 2017. These releases are second editions with the novels revised and updated. At this time A Taste of History Past will remain as a first edition and EBook only with this being the final book in the Survival trilogy.

The Woman in the Snow 2nd edition. Contemporary Christian Fiction available now: Paperback (ISBN 978-1-946179-03-6) Kindle (ISBN 978-1-946179-04-3) and Epub (978-1-946179-05-0).

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We are back from being away and once again have to face reality. Time away from work is always nice, but usually much too short. In the next couple of years my wife will join me in the world of the unemployed, in other words she will retire. Of course when I did this – retire – I began my writing career, and as you can see I will be releasing two books this month. Both are stand alone and fall under the general genre of Science Fiction. And with this it’s time to get on with this week’s post:

A few weeks in the past we left Stone and Sorrel standing outside in an area meant for the staff who worked at the Alpha as a place to relax, and from its size this place could hold everybody that worked here. And from what they can determine the area is built in such a way that it is invisible to the rest of the world making it a safe area. It leads Stone to the conclusion that there must be other such places somewhere in this vast facility. He then notices the two sets of double closed doors with a single button between the two with an arrow pointing down, which are similar to the ones they saw when they first left the vast cavern. It leads to some curiosity and he makes a statement for which Sorrel asks a question in reply. And with this we move on to the close of chapter eleven:

At this point he reached out and pressed the button, which immediately lit up, and then both of them felt and heard a slight rumbling which slowly got louder. It stopped suddenly and there was a loud ding, followed briefly by a second one, both unexpected sounds making them jump because of the silence that had surrounded them. Looking up above the closed doors a light showed and suddenly the doors opened which made them jump again. And before them were the same two rooms they had witnessed at the ground floor. Frozen for a moment, Stone then started to enter one of the rooms, and as he did the door began to close on him. Instinctively he reached out to block it and found that as soon as he put pressure on it the door reopened. After a few seconds with him standing partly inside the door attempted to close again and once again it reopened when he pressed on it. “I guess we can say that whatever these things are, you can’t accidentally get crushed by them. And I guess that would make sense by what we have found so far. Hey let’s have you stand here and you can block the door and I’ll check it out.” And while they had been involved with the one side, the other set of double doors had closed.

Shaking her head, she said, “You’re not going to get me to do that. Besides I’m smaller, let me get by you and I’ll check it out.” And without waiting for him to answer or argue she pushed past him and entered the room. First thing she noticed were the handrails, which were located on three of the walls, and then she turned to face Stone and then a panel caught her eye. “What’s this?” With the way that Stone had been blocking the door his back had been to that side and he leaned around to see what she was looking at, lost his balance and fell inside the room with her. The doors immediately closed behind him and both of them were now inside the closed room. For a moment they looked at each other and then fought a little bit of panic and then she said. “Now you’ve done it, we are both inside of this thing, and now what?”

“I don’t know, but at least it’s lit. Well now that we are in here, let’s look at this panel that you were pointing out to me. She reached down and helped him off the floor where he had landed when he fell inside. “Look this has buttons similar to the one we saw outside, and look there are two more one stating doors open, and the other doors closed.” He pressed the one for opening the doors and they miraculously opened. He then followed it by pressing the other and the doors closed. Looking at her he said, “At least we aren’t trapped in here. And I guess we don’t need to panic either.” Breathing heavily out and giving his head a slight shake he continued. “Okay then, let’s see what this thing is all about now that we have, well, fallen into it.”

She laughed and said. “Don’t look at me. I wasn’t the one who fell into it, as you just said. I was just standing here minding my own business when you stumbled in here and the doors closed.” They looked around the inside once again and she continued. “I guess you probably could fit oh around twenty to twenty five people in here at a time. And if I remember right the other side was larger. Now why would you want to do that?”

He studied the panel and noticed that the bottom button stated “Ground Floor”. So he reached out and pressed it. A number of things happened at the same time – first the button lit up, followed by a small clunking sound and then they could feel themselves descending, as the floor seemed to drop. She screamed in surprise as both of them reached out for the rails. For a moment it appeared that they were falling faster then suddenly it slowed down and came to a stop. As it stopped they looked at each other and she had that look that a mother gives her child when he did something he wasn’t supposed to do. Then the doors opened once again and they found themselves in the area where they had first entered. “Wow, it just took us from the top to the bottom and no stairs to climb. Does it work the other way also?” She asked

“It must, as there are only three buttons here, and the one on top just states “View Deck”. But the middle just has a number two. So I wonder if that is where that other door that we passed as we climbed the stairs on the way to the top? Well I guess we aren’t going to find out unless we try it.” He then looked at her and asked. “Would you prefer that we go back to the top, or do you want to see what this other area is like?”

Looking down at the floor for a moment she said. “We do know what the upper area is, and we are here trying to find out all that we can about this place, so I guess we should go there. Not that I haven’t had enough surprises for one day.” She reached across and pushed the middle button. The doors closed once again. They, at first felt nothing, and then they could tell that this room was ascending back up the way they had just come. But this time the ride was much shorter, they heard that chime again and the doors opened into a room similar to the bottom floor. They quickly stepped out and noticed that again, like the bottom or ground floor, the doorway to the stairs was located directly across from the doors that they had just exited. “At least that’s consistent,” he said. Looking to the right all he saw was a solid wall, but looking to the left he saw double doors, and then looking back as Sorrel he asked. “Shall we?” She nodded in agreement and both of them headed for the double doors.

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“This electric room is huge, and I think I’ve confirmed that it uses steam from the steam room to drive these turbines here.” Seve, looking around at the shear size of the room they were in, shook his head. “I bet this is the largest of the modules that they had to bring in. In fact, I’ll bet this consists of at least two of the buildings that they used. Then these generators – all four of them, would have been individually delivered. And that steam has to be geothermal. I know that back in the cities they used more solar and wind than what we are seeing here. But it must be based on what is available in the areas where they set up. In fact, now that I think of it, I can see similarities in the structures in the old section of our city, to what I am seeing here. So most likely, they used some of the modules to initially set up the cities. It would make it quick an’ dirty.”

“That could be true.” Staven replied, “But if they had done just that, then why is it that this place appears to be complete and still working? I would have thought that they would have cannibalized this place to build the initial cities, but here it stands.”

Again looking around at the large space, Seve shook his head. “I don’t know, maybe they used those industrial replicators to produce them. But who knows, maybe it was important that this place continue to operate. After all, it was here that this research team had been placed, so by leaving it here, then if anybody did finally return, they would know that there were survivors, I think.”

“I don’t know about that.” Staven responded. “I mean if I returned here and found it empty then after doing a planetary search I would conclude that the primitives had wiped out everyone.”

“That does pose a dilemma doesn’t it? How would you let any rescuers know that you were still here, when you knew that it would be necessary to abandon this place? As you just stated, leaving it empty and running would not prove anything one way or the other . . . unless . . .”

Looking closely at Seve, Staven asked, “Unless what? What have you come up with here?” He could see now that something was beginning to excite Seve.

“Look, and I think it’s something that we have completely overlooked – if you were going to abandon this place and still at sometime in the future hope for rescue, then you would have put something in place that would allow the rescuers to know that you were still here and alive. And not only that, but you also would have put something into place that would allow you to communicate to them from your cities. So I think that this is something we’ve completely overlooked, which means if I’m right, we can contact the cities from here and warn them. Let’s go and find Saige, I think right now this is more important than finding what’s here. After all, the remaining cities need to be warned, and as quickly as we can do it.”

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As we close out chapter eleven, we find the teams making additional discoveries, and with this it brings up additional questions. This eventually leads Seve to come to a conclusion that, if correct, might allow the team to actually make contact with the cities from here at the Alpha. And with what they have learned, and what they still need to learn we are now ready to move on to chapter twelve. Next week will be my between chapters post. Have a great week and God Bless! (http://www.fdbrant.com/)

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