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Beware Of Redemption
Book Two
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ISBN-10: 1-77115-423-3
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Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/SF
eBook Length: 242 Pages
Published: August 2018

From inside the flap

In Beware of Memories readers learned there are intelligent civilizations in the galaxy and one of them is attempting to make peaceful contact with a warlike species – mankind. In this continuation we navigate murder, deceit, political intrigue and personal tragedy to arrive at first contact. Can the promise of wondrous advances for humans, be reconciled with crimes against humanity? Difficult choices are made, while one is forced to answer the question: ‘What would you do?’

As the choices are made and second-guessed, Beware of Redemption introduces a much higher level to this three-dimensional chess match. Intricate plans rarely survive contact with reality, and in this case the players don’t even understand the game.


As I was reading Beware of Redemption I soon realized this is an example of Science Fiction done right. There is just the right amount of alien tech, just the right touch of suspense, and just the right number of errors in judgment on both sides of the universe. The Beware series (this is book 2) is the new standard by which I will apply all of my future readings. Patrick Jaynes and Darlien C. Breeze have quickly become my favorite Science Fiction authors. Keep your eye on them. They promise more surprises in store in their next book.

Mae Argilan

Editor, Author “Girl Meets Bayou” Double Dragon Books


Sci-fi fans who appreciate elements of romance, political action, and investigative intrigue woven into their storylines will appreciate the many paths Beware of Redemption takes in the course of presenting a thought-provoking story of a president's connections with alien special interests.

- D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Reviews and Awards

As I was reading Beware of Redemption I soon realized this is an example of Science Fiction done right. There is just the right amount of alien tech, just the right touch of suspense, and just the right number of errors in judgment on both sides of the universe. The Beware series (this is book 2) is the new standard by which I will apply all of my future readings. Patrick Jaynes and Darlien C. Breeze have quickly become my favorite Science Fiction authors. Keep your eye on them. They promise more surprises in store in their next book.

Mae Argilan

Editor, Author “Girl Meets Bayou” Double Dragon Books


Beware of Redemption is Book Two in the Beware series, and blends sci-fi with political thriller elements to create a fast-paced story.

Book One was not read by this reviewer, and the authors do urge readers to partake of the book in series; but an excellent prologue sums up the background explored in the first book and sets the stage nicely for events in Beware of Redemption, which swirl around aliens operating secretly on Earth, the first contact situation humanity faces, and the responses of political leaders around the world to these unusual alien visitors.

It should be noted that Beware of Redemption holds a series of subplots, investigations, intrigue, and plots among nations that lends a feel to the story somewhat between James Bond, Indiana Jones, and Sherlock Holmes. Action is nicely woven into the story and reveals conspiracies and plots, creating a winding account with astute insights into special interests, processes of adaptation, and the changes knowledge brings to all involved: "According to Peter, Ionlin comes off as logical and fairly non-violent. If he’s correct, maybe the group living among us for all these years has adopted some of our aggression.?” “Stuart followed her thought line. “People certainly socialize in such a manner. Peaceful people, exposed to enough violence, certainly can become more aggressive."

From lives devoted to justice and prejudice against aliens to the disconnect between individual perceptions, purposes, and government special interests, Beware of Redemption offers a complex set of insights not for the faint-hearted or quick leisure reader, but for those who like their stories well-detailed, intriguing, multifaceted, and filled with food for thought.

Too many series titles don't link well to one another, or are really one book artificially divided. Beware of Redemption invites newcomers to begin at the beginning with the prior book's details, then provides a solid continuation.

Riveting and revealing, Beware of Redemption will engross and enlighten with intriguing considerations of the opportunities and dangers Earth faces.

Sci-fi fans who appreciate elements of romance, political action, and investigative intrigue woven into their storylines will appreciate the many paths Beware of Redemption takes in the course of presenting a thought-provoking story of a president's connections with alien special interests.

- D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Beware Of Redemption (Excerpt)


PROLOGUE

Beware of Redemptionis Book Two of the Beware series. The stories should be read in sequence if at all possible. Beware of Memories begins with an investigation into the death of Lord Nial Andrew Wooten. Initially believed to be suicide, Deputy Inspector Gardner Poole quickly determines it is murder. The clues lead the Scotland Yard sleuth across Europe to the United States. Soon, Interpol Sergeant Emma Bossert joins the investigation. As the story unfolds, Gardner and Emma discover as much about themselves as they do about the crime. The probe encompasses a variety divergent storylines over time.

Concurrently, the reader is introduced to Lifetime Memories Inc., a fascinating concept developed by Dr. Peter Kirby. He is a celebrated neurobiologist operating the company with his financial partner, Stuart Breckenridge. In short, this is a memory enhancement process. If a person can recall a fragment of a recollection, this equipment can bring that experience to life. People can relive their most treasured experiences. Smells, sounds, plus tactile sensations are indistinguishable from the original encounter. An extremely profitable spa business revolves around people wishing to relive life's most cherished remembrances in palatial settings.

These two plots intertwine when Poole examines Wooten's frequent use of Lifetime Memories. He becomes convinced the process is somehow the murder catalyst.

During the early investigation stages we realize Peter is not the actual inventor of the memory process. The concept is brought to Dr. Kirby by Simone St. John. She's a member of an inscrutable group known as the Consortium. They profess to have discovered the process, but need Peter as a credible front man. They wish to profit, while remaining in the background. Though he struggles with the deception of taking credit for another's creation, Kirby's infatuation with the process and with Simone propels him forward.

It becomes apparent that the Consortium is, in fact, an alien group (Parteans) operating on Earth. Their complex leader, Christian, struggles between his nature and his mission. Their purpose is not the common trope of human conquest, but hopefully Earth's salvation. Using the memory equipment, they seek to implant mental suggestions in users' minds. The idea is to persuade influential humans to greet the coming first contact with diplomacy, rather than nuclear aggression, given Earth's history of violence. Unfortunately, some recipients suspect this subtle manipulation seeking to expose Lifetime Memories. Nial was one such person, leading to his elimination. Poole and Bossert discover he's not alone.

In Book One the Parteans wish to save Earth from humankind's own destructive behavior. Mankind is rapidly approaching a calamitous tipping point. They endeavor to offer technology, which will mitigate human's coming appointment with eradication. As cultures mature they sometimes advance from violent adolescents to thoughtful adults. Regretfully, many species experience extinction before maturity.

Although, this is a major reason for first contact, there's an alien specific dilemma fueling a peaceful alliance. The Parteans believe they perceive the complete story. However, they're not the only advanced players in this game. In Book Two we learn more rests on a successful road to cultural advancement than the fate of these two races.

Book One stitches these two discordant threads into the beginning of one fabric. As the investigation gets closer to an alien connection with Lifetime Memories, more people die and other players are drawn into the storyline. The lives of the characters are enticing and tragic in equal measure. The reader is offered a glimpse into how a more benevolent species might react when confronted with the harsh realities of human historical behavior.

Some of the fascinating complexities of memory are also explored. Professionals hypothesize long-term memories reside in the brain forever, but we lose the access pathways to the remembering process. People exist who remember their lives in exquisite detail. Their memories remain vibrant, while most of us only remember a general gray-toned facsimile. This ability is a blessing and a curse, as all memories good and bad are retained equally. Dwell on the possibility of perfect recall. Scoring the winning touchdown, a picnic with a departed mother, or that feeling of preeminent love. Such a process would be priceless. That's what Lifetime Memories provides.

Beware of Memoriesconcludes with the president of the United States on television acknowledging first contact with an approaching alien ship. Beware of Redemption picks up at that point bringing many of these plots to fruition.