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on April 18, 2012
In a stark future world wrought from man's inclination toward annihilation, two groups of people struggle to survive and shape the future of mankind. The group known as the Myths is led by bloodthirsty, power-hungry Vernon, whose primary goal is to shape the future of civilization the way he wants it, with him at the helm. And he has the power, determination, and lack of morals to achieve his goal at any cost. Working against him are the Preservationists, or Presers, a group of genetically enhanced humans whose lives are centered around a single goal: preserving the knowledge of the past so it may be used in the future when mankind is ready to rebuild a humane and wise civilization. At the heart of the Preser's effort is Shelana, a young woman determined to protect her daughter and pass on the information and knowledge that is her destiny. But that determination puts her at the bull's eye of Vernon's target as he attempts to wipe out the Presers once and for all, changing Shelana's destiny to one of mere survival and, after her family is murdered, one of vengeance. It's a fool's task except for one thing. Shelana possesses a powerful but deadly secret: knowledge of Vernon's one potentially fatal mistake. If she can survive long enough to use this knowledge, it will give Shelana hope for the vengeance she seeks, and all of mankind hope for the future. If she can survive....
I was one of a privileged few who read Memory's Child years ago when Spratley first wrote it and I'm ever so happy to see it finally out there for others to read. It's a definite page-turner, a cautionary tale set in a world that is bleak and depressing, but woven through with threads of hope for a brighter future. Spratley is a talented writer who knows how to turn a phrase, how to create tension, and how to weave an intriguing tale that had me at turns laughing, crying, and biting my nails down to the nubs. It's a story that stays with you long after the last page is turned and leaves you wanting for more. Here's hoping Spratley will soon comply!