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Sonoma Quadrant
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Publisher:  iUniverse ISBN-10:  0595247318 Type: 


Copyright:  Aug 23 2002

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Sonoma Quadrant

More of what the Bible didn't tell you… The Guardians are back...

  Near Fordyce, New Mexico in the midst of the Sonoma Desert lies the Sonoma Quadrant. No airplanes have ever disappeared in the Quadrant. Obviously, no ships have ever disappeared there either.

  What has disappeared there? People–For hundreds of years people have gone into the Sonoma and have never returned. Public records in nearby Fordyce indicate seventy-two such disappearances dating back as far as 1874 when records were first kept. Records from the abandoned Mexican village of Sonoma Rojo indicate disappearances dating back to 1644. Indian legends dating back to the Anasasi hint at the mysterious area as “a place one does not return from”.

  But one man did emerge. In 1880, a prospector known only as Griswald was allowed to leave. Now, in 2003, Griswald is returning to the Quadrant and taking with him Tom and John Fischer. How could he still be alive? Why, after one hundred and twenty-three years would Griswald return?

  In this sequel to C.H. Foertmeyer’s The Cats' Lair you will once again travel with the Guardians and discover things that may change forever the way in which you view the struggle between the powers of good and evil. You really haven’t a clue…
    Tom looked back at the figure in front of him and smiled. He now noticed that the surrounding desert had vanished and had been replaced with a small village, Mexican in appearance, yet not.

    "Hello," Tom greeted the vision timidly. "Pleased to meet you."

    "Pleased to meet you, too, Tom," Quancho said, warmly.

John was dumbfounded and watched in disbelief as Tom talked to the wind. Then he realized that Tom was just doing a damn good job of humoring Griswald, and relaxed a bit.

    Tom watched as Quancho moved toward John.

    "Your turn, John. Shake hands with Quancho," Griswald instructed.

    "Sure!" John said, holding his hand out eagerly, imitating Tom's act, and hoping he could play the part as well.

    John looked briefly at Tom as he felt the distinct grasp of an unseen hand on his. John's eyes rolled back and he collapsed in a queer heap on the dusty desert ground, glancing up only momentarily at Quancho before drifting into unconsciousness.

    "Weak constitution," Griswald commented dryly to Tom.

    "Yeah, I guess," Tom answered, as he knelt down to help his brother.

    Quancho, who up until now had been rather unemotional, let out a loud roaring laugh. "I love when that happens!" he roared, between gasps for air.

    "So, Griswald. What brings you here?" Quancho asked.

    "Curiosity, I guess. That and the need to reconnect with my past; to see if I really didn't dream all this."

    "I believe your lack of rapid aging should have suggested that you dreamt nothing and experienced what few others ever do," Quancho suggested.

    "Yes-Of course you are right about that, Quancho. Still in all-I needed to see it all again," Griswald said, smiling at his old friend.

    As Griswald and Quancho talked, Tom was tapping John's cheeks trying to bring him back to the here and now.

    "So, Griswald. Why have you brought these boys along with you?" Quancho asked, squinting at Griswald in anticipation of his answer.

    "We just ran into one another on the desert. It wasn't planned, but I got to thinking that for once I'd like to have someone to share this experience with. It's hard to bear the knowledge of Melas alone. I can't explain it, Quancho. I just got to thinking it would be nice if someone else knew about my experiences here. I guess I didn't want to take the secret to my grave with me," Griswald answered.

    "Perhaps that's how we would have preferred it, Griswald. Did you give that any consideration?"

    "Yes-Yes I did, but then again, what harm can their knowing do?" Griswald asked.

Professional Reviews

Sonoma Quadrant
Reviewed By
Stacey Bucholz

AllAboutMurder Reviews

5 Daggers

If you've read Mr. Foertmeyers first book THE CATS' LAIR, you will start
reading SONOMA QUADRANT and feel like your
returning to old and great friends. Just a total feeling of
"Ahhhhhhhh... I'm home again."

While on a three day trip out to the Sonoma Desert to look for gold,
two brothers named Tom and John Fischer meet an old
prospector known as Griswald. He's got a story to tell the brothers and
a sight for them to see! Both young men decide to add a
little adventure to their trip and humor the old guy. So they follow him
out into the desert and end up in a strange town called
Melas, filled with even stranger events. For starters, you can't see the
town or the inhabitants till you cross into it. Once there, you
can imagine anything you want and it appears. Or just visualize where
you want to be and you are there. On top of all of this, the
citizens of the town have been living this way for hundreds and hundreds
of years. Yet they don't age but a day for every hundred
that passes.

How did this place come to be and who are the beings that have set this
place up? There is an evil working here and the
Guardians are trying to manipulate events to get Tom and John out of the
Sonoma Quadrant.

I absolutely love this book! Mr. Foertmeyer has an excellent imagination
and his characters are wonderfully written. The Guardians
are some of my very favorite personalities from any book I've read.
The mischief and side stepping that Malic does to get around the rules
and get the help his Kinder needs is heartwarming. It's
even more touching to see that his superiors, Damon and Otheon, look the
other way when he does it.

I can only hope that Mr. Foertmeyer has a need to write another book to
follow this one. I could just keep reading and reading his
stories. He is truly an imaginative and exceptional talent. It would be
a shame for anyone to miss out on this first rate author.

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Reader Reviews for "Sonoma Quadrant"

Reviewed by Casey Jeffries 8/26/2002
An intriguing sequel to Cat's Lair that further expands on the connection between religiona and science. Another great book by Chuck Foertmeyer!
Reviewed by Tim Jeffries 8/24/2002
An excellent sequel to The Cat's Lair with further development of the Guardians and the "world" in which they live. The story presents an interesting perspective on how the powers of good and evil could be working behind our everyday lives. Another easy to read and hard to put down adventure.

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