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Destiny Rising (True Calling) (Volume 3) Paperback – August 30, 2015
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EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 1
Mercifully, I've been left undisturbed for the last hour--undisturbed by other humans that is.
My thoughts, however, are entirely another matter.
Severely disturbed is more akin to how I feel at the swarm of memories that are presently invading my mind.
Forced to flee when the government unexpectedly attacked Saoirse's facility in Florida, I can barely recall our arrival here in the underwater military Command Center. It hadn't actually taken that long to travel here even though we are thousands of miles out at sea and scraping the bottom of the ocean floor. That's the beauty of the Velo network, I suppose. Designed specifically as a high-velocity transportation system, it can travel at the speed of light. Okay, so I made that last bit up, but it's probably not far from the truth.
Vaguely remembering Cal going to sort out our accommodation, I had taken flight at the first opportunity. I'd wandered aimlessly for a while until I stumbled into the main lobby area. Levels stretched upward as far as I could see. Curious to discover what was at the top, I'd hopped in the elevator and ended up here.
The observation deck reminds me a little of the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Center but without all the buildings and the crowds. The view is still spectacular though.
Scooting forward on my knees, I press my nose to the glass and stare at the multi-colored fish as they dance on by. The water outside is eerily calm and there's barely a ripple.
The one observation I've made so far about our new home is how weird it smells. If I were standing at the top of the Empire State Building now, I'd inhale the fresh minty air and feel the sting on my skin as wind whistled by, whipping my hair around my face. There's nothing here but a sterile, clinical-type odor that reminds me of a hospital ward, or the whiff you get when you sit in a brand new car for the first time. I wiggle my nose as my nostrils itch aggravatingly. I hope I'm not allergic.
Approaching footsteps break my reverie, and my heart rate rockets when I sense who it is.
There's no hiding from him.
Not now. Not ever.
"I've been looking for you everywhere."
Glancing up, I automatically sweep him from head to toe. Sculptured jawline, check. Sparkling blue eyes, double check. Defined chest and abs, oh, yeah. Before I can continue my ogling, he drops to his knees beside me. My body still presses into the glass, but he gently tugs on my shoulders, easing me back. Twisting around, he snags me onto his lap.
My gaze remains latched onto his, and I know I need to stop staring. But I can't force myself to look away, almost like it's an inhuman feat I'm incapable of achieving. "I feel like man-candy." Cal smirks.
I snort in a most unattractive manner. "I can easily get behind that," I say, visualizing getting all up in his personal space. Yeah, my mind is still in the gutter, though I'm totally blaming my pregnancy hormones for that.
Threading his fingers in mine, Cal stares at me pensively. "Talk to me. What's going on?" Panic builds in my chest and I avert my eyes.
Mission accomplished on the whole staring thing.
"Nothing much," I mutter, focusing on my feet. I won't lie to his face.
"Is it him? Do you remember?"
Even though he's somewhat hit the nail on the head, there's no way I'm admitting to that right now and not until I've spoken to Zane about the horrific memory that's hijacked my mind and threatened my sanity. Though I'm unsure if I'll ever get to do that, for we've been separated again, and this time I fear there's no returning from it.
Zane has been in a coma since he took a bullet for me in the woods outside the Clementia compound. Miraculously, I'd still been able to communicate with him through my mind, but that connection is lost now and I'm terrified for him. Even when we were living on different worlds, we'd found a way to communicate. Now there is nothing but a blank, empty void, and I'm so afraid of what that means.
I'm still mad at him though.
I'd confided in him about the weird dreams I've been having these last couple of weeks. He knew; yet, he said nothing and tried to brush it off. "That sounds very mundane," he'd said. 'Mundane' indeed. I had sensed something was off, but given everything else going on at that time, I'd let it drop.
I know what he would say if he were here now and I could confront him. I was only trying to protect you.
By lying to me.
I'm so sick of all the deceptions, well intentioned or not. And I direct that thought at myself too. I'm the worst culprit, and I hate myself for it. Nonetheless, I'm not breathing a word to Cal about the abhorrent memory that has resurfaced, threatening to derail me completely.
I don't think I even like me anymore, so how on earth can I expect him to if he finds out? Though the temptation to share the burden is riding me hard, I can't risk losing Cal again. "I remember some stuff, but it's not what you think. It's just the enormity of everything and where I am. I had such plans for my life, you know? None of this was on my agenda." I shake my head and bite down on my lip. Risking a peek at him, I note his narrowed eyes and taut jawline. Jeez, I'm such an idiot. I can't seem to stop putting my foot in it.
"I'm not explaining properly," I say, wrapping my arm across his shoulders. "I want to be with you, but all the other stuff ... it's overwhelming. And it's as if it's just hit me, like an out-of-control juggernaut."
"You know you can tell me anything, right?" He twists a lock of my hair around his finger.
He doesn't believe me.
"Of course. And I would if there was anything to tell. I'm just trying to get my head around everything." I hate lying again because I've promised him that there will be no more secrets between us.
But I can't tell him this.
I can't. I won't.
I don't want to see the look in his eyes when he realizes I'm not the person he thinks I am. I always thought I was a good person, but now? Now, I'm not so sure.
My eyes dart to the glass again. "I wish I was a fish," I blurt out.
Cal almost chokes on his laugh. "What?"
"Look at them," I say, motioning with my hand. "They look content, right?"
"Okaaaay. I'll play along." He arches a brow.
My eyes stare transfixed out the window. "Life must be so simple, just swimming along without a care in the world. And if they succumb to a predator, it would be fast. Two seconds of realization and then poof, over and out. No politics, no suffering, no impending war. No ..." I clamp my mouth shut in time, the word 'baby' lying unspoken on my tongue.
If Cal notices, he doesn't let on. "Hhmm," he says, his finger trailing a path down the side of my face. My skin tingles in every place where he touches me and I shudder. He smiles knowingly. "How do you know fish aren't plagued with worries and concerns? That they don't think and feel the same way we do?" His lips tug up at the corners.
"Oh please! What do they have to worry about? Corrupt governments? Fake rebel movements? A deranged bitch with some kind of personal vendetta?"
He frowns, his finger momentarily stalling on my cheek. "If you were a fish, which one would you be?"
I'm caught off guard by the blatant diversion, but I decide to go with the flow.
Anything to avoid a further convo about my recalled memories.
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Top Customer Reviews
The plot is fairly complex, a good Science Fiction background, with much political intrigue, battles, and loads of action and suspense. The reader is carried along with the characters and I could visualize everything as it happened.
As with the first two books, this is a real page turner. The climax is exciting and amazing, and even when the main battle has been won there is more to come and one wonders if there can possibly be a satisfactory conclusion. There is so much packed into this story and so many twists and turns and it would be easy to give some hints, but if you haven't yet read this series I wouldn't want to spoil it for you. One disclosure toward the end confirmed suspicions I'd had for a while, and a question that hung over the series from the first book was answered.There were also other revelations that I certainly didn't see coming. A great finish to the series, and I love the way the author wrapped everything up at the end, answering all the questions and tying up any lingering loose ends, so the reader is left completely satisfied, a very enjoyable read.
I had a hard time concentrating on the other plot lines of the story because I was so flabbergasted by her choice of men.
Now.... the fact that the author can elicit these types of feelings from me with her writing, says a lot about her talent. But i'm still upset. :(
Finally finishing this book and it was nothing short of a roller coaster ride. The whole series was amazing! I loved how attached I got to characters and felt for them. There was excitement, and heartbreak. War in every aspect. Siobhan definitely made me catch the feels towards the ending. I cried. Doesn't happen often but I grew to love Cal over the course of the four books Ive read. I have recommended this series and think you should give it a shot if you want something new and refreshing to read. "It's definitely out of this world"