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A Crlllion Armada is detected heading toward Earth. And a single battlecruiser, with the last of the civilized captives fleeing from Crlllion on board, is on an intercept course.
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As the alarm is triggered in Space Command the Pleiades roars off the launching pad. Andrew learns that Adam is on board and is his weapons officer, and with that, knows what type of weaponry he now has. Andrew changes course as an explosion rocks his ship. Adam fires back. Blinding explosions light up the darkness of space as one Crlllion ship after another vaporizes.
Two ships from Crlllion survive the explosions. One with the madman in command, bent on savagery and destruction streaking toward Earth and a confrontation with Andrew and the Pleiades; the other, unknown to Andrew, Adam and the Earth Defenses, commanded by a leader fighting for survival and refuge, was rushing to intercept and protect the vulnerable Earth ship and in so doing, Earth. Could the Pleiades stop the madman's apparent suicide attempt? The fate of Joshua's two sons lay in the balance as well as many lives on Earth if they fail.
Sarah's Landing III
Chapter 1 : Excerpt
On the Hills Outside Star City, Theon
Memories stirred deep within him as Andrew swept his eyes across the boundless deep green valleys and plush hills. Behind him, Star City glistened in the background in mute testimony to the existence of life in a seemingly otherwise silent world. But for the dying echo of his call, which shattered the eerie stillness, not a sound could be heard.
"Where did he disappear to now?" Andrew demanded frowning. "I'll bet he's off somewhere with Maia."
His thoughts turned toward Ballard's younger daughter and his frown deepened. If she was missing as well, then Adam discovered another hiding place where they could be alone. He would only be wasting his time searching for them. Andrew knew he would never find them unless and until Adam wanted him to.
Maia is all Adam thinks about these days, Andrew thought. Guess he doesn't have time for anyone anymore, including me. But then he didn't know I was coming. How could he? I didn't know myself. Well, maybe next time. He remembered a time when it was different. When no one could come between them—not even his mother.
* * *
He was three when his mother left him on Theon and several happy, carefree days passed before he realized she was gone. He cried when he could not find her, when he could not remember the coordinates, which would take him back to Earth. He begged Joshua, his father, to help him. But his father held him tightly in his arms and explained why it was necessary he stayed. Adrianne, Adam's mother, tried desperately to comfort him, while his brother, Adam, begged him not to cry, as he awkwardly tried to pat his arm.
"You'll see. You'll like it here Andrew," Adam said, his eyes glistening with tears as he spoke. "Please Andrew, don't go away and leave me alone again. I want you to stay here with me forever. Please Andrew, please want to stay." Adam pleaded as the tears streamed down his face.
Andrew looked down at his brother from the height of his father's arms and bravely tried to brush away his own tears.
"But Adam," Andrew sobbed haltingly, "my mother needs me. I have to take care of her. She's all alone now."
"No she isn't Andrew, honest! Father will tell you. Won't you Father? Tell Andrew you found Harry and Harry is with Alexandra now. Please Father, tell him!"
"You're doing a good job of that yourself Adam. You tell him," Joshua smiled as he gently lowered Andrew to the floor.
Adam grabbed Andrew's hand and led him into their room, while Joshua and Adrianne, standing side by side, watched them go.
"It will be all right Adrianne, don't worry. Adam will bring Andrew around."
"I hope so Joshua. I really hope so," she answered doubtfully.
Sweeping, Vivid and Imaginative
“SWEEPING, VIVID, AND IMAGINATIVE, this new installment in the “Sarah’s Landing” saga is sure to keep
its readers in page_turning mode!”
—Nina M. Osier, Eppie winning author of Regs, Interphase, and several series, including and first of the new Minders Series, High Places
“AMAZING. Just when you think the Sarah’s Landing Series can’t get any better, Bowman does it again! In
Barbarians the story continues as an attack by an alien armada is launched against both Theon and Earth.”
—Arline Chase, author of Killraven, Ghost Dancer, and the Spirit Series, Spirit of Fire, Spirit of Earth, Spirit of Wind
A Vulnerable Earth Ship
“A VULNERABLE EARTH SHIP. A suicide. What comes next? Read this book before you go to bed and you’ll
be awake all night. Go ahead!”
—Mary Cox-Pace, author of At the Gate Called Beautiful, and editor and illustrator of Christmas in the Country
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