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The Transition Witness: Book 1-Breathe (A Metaphysical/Visionary Science Fiction Adventure) [Kindle Edition]

Teresa Tsalaky
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Book Description

"Wood burns. Roots nourish. Branches shelter. Leaves heal."
—DC-1128's mantra for surviving the world outside


Teresa Tsalaky's captivating new novel is inspiring a devoted following of visionary fiction aficionados. The story is about Transition Witness DC-1128—a woman whose job is to verify the deaths of people who are euthanized at age fifty. She revives one of the transitioners, and together, they escape their totalitarian society.

They find that it is possible to survive the fierce weather outside the protective covering that encloses their city. Now, they must sneak back in to retrieve the man DC-1128 loves and the girl who is like a daughter to her.

As their adventures take them back and forth between two worlds, we are shown the choice point our world now faces and the end result of either choice we make.

At every turn, DC-1128 and her transitioner run into unexpected challenges. Finally, with nothing more than the desire for a better world to bolster them, they must confront the greatest consolidation of power the Earth has ever seen. Will the power of the human heart be enough to alter humanity's fate?

Lively, inspirational and deeply humane, DC-1128's story is a joyous celebration of hope for our future.
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The Transition Witness Trilogy
Book 1—Breathe (new release)
Book 2—Go Inward (Dec 2014)
Book 3—Awaken (June 2015)
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From the Author

Welcome to book one of The Transition Witness trilogy. May it set your heart on fire for the better world we are creating together. May the characters whisk you away with them on the most exciting adventure of your life. May the story seize your imagination and inspire you to seek your grandest version of yourself.
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Readers Love It

"James Redfield started it with The Celestine Prophecy, and Paulo Coelho continued it with The Alchemist. It's a new genre called visionary fiction, and with The Transition Witness, it has finally come of age, with masterful storytelling that equals the message."
—Chris Montanaro

"The story is prophetic, for we see the struggle in our world between self-destruction and sustainability. What future will we choose?"
—Gloria Piper

"It has been a very long time since I have read a book that has made me wish that the book hadn't ended." —India Ensley

"I consider this book a must read for anyone who has an interest in the future of mankind." —Dennis Cardiff

"This is one of those science fiction new releases that is bound to become an enlightened bestseller –one of those esoteric books that will help with human evolution." – Cindy Rigby
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh new voice in science fiction June 18, 2014
By Tembo K
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This novel has characters that you’ll remember long after you’re finished reading it. DC-1128, the heroine, is a fabulously flawed and colorful character – a rebel who will give up everything to gain her freedom. But her journey is really one of redemption. Her faults make you root for her all the more.

Gemini (who supposedly will be the protagonist in the second book), is such a vivid character that she should attract a YA audience. Finn is so lovable that you'll want to bring him home. And you just want to bonk Darby over the head.

The story is about love, desire, ambition and pride. We are shown how these things mold the characters' destinies. It's also about friendship, sacrifice and trust.

The plot is very engaging. It made me laugh and cry and curse and stomp. When I cried at the end, it was tears of both joy and sorrow – sorrow for what DC had lost, and joy for what she had become. After the last page, I sat in my chair with eyes closed wanting to stay in that world for just a bit longer.

Thank you, Teresa Tsalaky, for giving us a fresh, new voice in science fiction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Transition Witness July 29, 2014
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The beginning of this tale hooked me, if for no other reason than I wanted to know who DC-1128 was and why she didn't use a conventional name. I stayed intrigued as I journeyed with DC-1128 and Darby through their escape.

Teresa Tsalaky did a decent job of creating and unfolding a future civilization different from what we are used to seeing in contemporary Sci Fi.  Using vivid narrative, creative prose and multidimensional characters,  Tsalaky tells a story of hope, discovery and change.

The characters grew on me as I continued to read, as should be the case. Tsalaky even managed to turn a river into a character. I was intrigued as I watched the changes in their situations and internal struggles. I am curious to see how Gemini ends up.

My chief issues were the occasional mixing of POV which caused me some confusion at times. The other was that while her ability to write brilliant prose is a fantastic talent, there where times when the prose slowed the story. I found myself skipping through certain areas to get back to the action.

Lastly, I found that there was something missing from this story and after a while, I felt that it was passion. Maybe I was expecting something which the author wasn't intending. There seemed to be a lot of her philosophy heavily woven throughout. While I do understand that authors include their own ideologies, I did think it was a bit overdone here.

I am interested in reading the 2nd installment in this trilogy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!! June 18, 2014
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Hugh Howey, meet your counterpart. Teresa Tsalaky has created a world that leaps off the page into your imagination, with characters as vivid as if they were standing right in front of you.

I stayed up half the night reading. When I'm willing to give up a good night's rest for a book, you can be sure it's a good one. One of the things I liked most was that it has just enough humor to balance out the intensity of the adventure.

I absolutely loved it! I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thought-provoking July 12, 2014
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I am struck by the wisdom and depth of this novel. The characters may be fictional, but they are real. Through using universal point of view, Tsalaky shows us the bone and viscera of their feelings.

Take DC-1128, for example. She hates her job. Every day she must witness the deaths of those who have reached their fiftieth year. Once dead, their bodies will be recycled for the good of her society. Her society, however, may have material goods, but it suffers dullness and a poverty of spirit. DC-1128 lives in an artificial world because the outside is reputed to be incapable of supporting life, having been ruined through greed and war. Is it really true? She doesn't know. Nevertheless she and her friends want something more, and they will fight for it. As a first step toward rebellion, DC escapes with one of the 50-year-olds to the outside, where they are surprised to find a thriving natural world with a happy and intelligent populace. There, individuals practice sustainability and seek psychic development and fulfillment, important ingredients in this tale.

Tsalaky takes us into a plausible future that is both frightening and inspiring. The story is prophetic, for we see the struggle in our world between self-destruction and sustainability. What future will we choose?

Several individuals share the spotlight, but at the story's end, when they find their peace, the spotlight shifts through an open door onto those whose futures are unresolved, and we will follow them in a sequel. Questions accompany us through that open door, which we hope will be answered in the next book. Will Ari surrender to death? How will Gemini, Finn, and Orion survive? Will blue stones play a role in the story? What will be the effect of a broken treaty?

Tense, at times scary, the story grabs you and doesn't let go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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As I read THE TRANSITION WITNESS, I found myself thinking: This is a well-written novel with an interesting premise and decent characters, and yet something seems to be missing.

As I read further, it grew increasingly clear what that missing element was: what I was reading was more of a description of a story than the story itself. It struck me as ironic that author Teresa Tsalaky has her characters speak at length about the life force that binds us all together, and yet she has, in my opinion, failed to breathe the force of life into her novel itself.

To me, the greatest strength of the novel was the passion of the author herself, but in my view – once again - that passion did not manifest itself in the characters and events, which were depicted in what to me was a disconcertingly detached way – as through a glass dully, if you will.

As a non-fiction book on spirituality, I might judge the results differently, because there is a lot to like in it. But this is a novel, and its prime directive is to tell a story, not describe a philosophy. If the author cannot find a way to breathe *fire* into her characters and their lives, then I fear for the fate of her series. I suspect she has the fire within herself; she just has to find a way to release it.
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I got this book honestly for a giveaway. Now this book brought me to my knees and humbled me because I really enjoyed reading it, and forgot all about the giveaway.. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mkittysamom
4.0 out of 5 stars Great blend of sci-fi and social commentary
“The Transition Witness” was a very interesting read, blending commentary on human history and the possible (probable?) human future. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A dystopian story that sticks with you
I read The Transition Witness a couple of weeks ago, and I'm only finally getting around to reviewing it because it has been stewing in my head. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rachel B
4.0 out of 5 stars Genuine Read
From when I started reading the first chapter I felt like I could "live" step-by-step with the main character as the story progressed, that I wasn't left to my own devices... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MamiS
5.0 out of 5 stars Its amazing the transformations the characters go through
This book got me so involved right from the start. I really couldn't put it down. It really makes you think of the unthinkable and wonder what could happen in another future. Read more
Published 3 months ago by misti911
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational spiritual message within a rousing science fiction...
After a worldwide revolution, politicians begin controlling even the deaths of the residents of the dodecahedron - the large sphere they all live inside of - so a "transition... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Caliquail
4.0 out of 5 stars Metaphysical is correct.
The book is well written without most of the mistakes found in SPA books. As a baby boomer I would label this as New Age philosophy couched in a science fiction/post apocalypse... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book
This story really sucked me in, I couldn't stop reading it. I found myself crying, laughing and angry. Read more
Published 3 months ago by India Ensley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by Teresa Tsalaky - Easy to read and ...
Great book by Teresa Tsalaky - Easy to read and get emotionally involved with the characters and what they are going thru in this futuristic fictional novel. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ for everone
This book is a prophecy of what can happen to mankind if we follow our present path, or if we live our lives in LOVE of our fellow humans. Read more
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More About the Author

Thank God for Mrs. Hibbard. She wrote my poem out in big letters on a one-foot-by-two-foot card and tacked it up on the blackboard with a big gold star. And thus, a poet was born in the first grade.

But who can make a living on that? Common sense sidetracked me into the world of journalism, which was great for my ego, because I won dozens of writing and editing awards and ended up in Who's Who by age 30, eventually becoming the head honcho of a daily newspaper on the California coast.

When you're a newspaper publisher, everyone wants you on their boards and committees, because they think that will get them better media coverage (wrong), but that illusion allowed me to add a lot of directorships to my resume.

A perfect life, some would say, but I could never quench the deep yearning to use words creatively - not just to inform, but to inspire, to entertain, to move you. That yearning finally had to be satisfied, and so here you have it, The Transition Witness.

I hope it entertains you, and I hope it moves you deeply. I hope it makes you think and laugh and cuss and cry, for those were my reactions as I watched it being written. May it open your heart and touch your soul.

Now that I've given its characters life, one of them, Gemini, keeps screaming out for her story to be told. So I suppose a sequel must be written, and quickly, before you forget about her.

So please stay tuned. And meanwhile, I'd love to hear from you. You can e-mail me at, or tweet me at @ttsalaky. Let me know if you want to be notified when the next book in the series comes out.

You can also read my blog at


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