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T-H-B (The Coded Message Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Thinking nothing of it, he places it in his pocket and continues to head on it to work at the Houston Aerospace Engineering Center working on tasks for an upcoming Mars mission via his holo-computer which removes the screen as a feature and instead projects a 3-D hologram to work from. He anticipates a way to date a fellow co-worker Sarah, a physician and fellow neighbor out to dinner. The date is set for after work but before he can get a chance to follow through on his intentions, two federal agents show up to arrest Luke, based on the evidence they find on him containing the T-H-B message. Despite his arguments of just randomly finding it on his was into work, he is physically detained and tossed into a holding cell.
A woman enters, that Luke refers to as the Ice Lady, who questions him about what he knows about T-H-B, which is essentially nothing. A man enters to room to provide him with a purple fluid to be injected into him and promises that they will know everything momentarily. When Luke wakes up, he still vaguely remembers why he is still in a holding cell, but can't remember what he told the investigators. Sarah shows up to bail him out and take him home, where his entire apartment has been ransacked. Further more, when he arrives at work, no one can remember anything except that Luke was taken from the facility by two EMT's and they are all concerned about his apparent illness. It seems that Sarah and Luke are the only ones not affected by the circumstances because these people truly believe what they saw. This only leads to the investigation now that Sarah and Luke will begin to discover what exactly T-H-B means, and what is someone hiding that can affect an entire population.
I received T-H-B by Randy C. Dockens compliments of Clovercroft Publishing. This is a unique blend of Science Fiction and Mystery as you find yourself like me, wondering just what is T-H-B and what does it mean? Why are so many working to prevent others from discovering its secret? Join our characters along for the ride as a silent observer and get prepared for the sequel slated to be launched in early 2018. When you look into the authors' background, you get a clear sense that he is writing from experience and that is what makes this novel believable. I would give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars in this readers opinion.
The author, Randy Dockens, does a good job of moving the story along by adding close call intrigue to the plot. As a reader, I began to wonder how many times the main characters, who are not trained in espionage, could realistically get away with breaking and entry endeavors and with using stolen passcodes without getting caught. The primary explanation for this is that everyone, other than the main characters who are immune, gets their mind rebooted every evening. Therefore, there is no memory of the main characters’ recent transgression.
Like all stories told in the first book of a series, this story is not fully resolved when the reader finishes the book. While providing a Segway to the next book in the series, T-H-B has a satisfying ending that achieves the reader’s need for completion.
The Coded Message Trilogy is the name of this series. Book two, F-S-H-S, won’t be available until March of 2018. In a way, I’m regretting that I read this first book in the series before the publication of all three books was complete. I usually like to read a series in its entirety, one book after the other. By March of 2018, almost 6 months from now, I’m afraid that I will have forgotten about T-H-B. Fortunately, I have a hard copy of the book so that I can refer back to it.