I’m really excited about the third book in the Destiny Trilogy. (Each story is a ‘standalone’ and complete.) Although I am garnering some nice, positive reviews from people who have only read ‘Beloved Enemy’ and not the first two books, I thought I’d fill you in on the earlier two books, just to give you a flavour of what to expect, and a little insight into the character of Kerry Marchant. who is the main character in ‘Beloved Enemy’. Kerry is the second in command of the starship Destiny, the ship he designed and built with his friend Jon Quinlan, the commander. He seems absorbed in the ship and her main computer, Metisa and when they rescue Jess from her sabotaged ship, and take her on board the Destiny, she realises it will be no easy task to gain his trust.
EXCERPT from STARQUEST Volume 1 in the Destiny Trilogy
Quietly spoken, often taciturn, he was clearly possessed of a brilliant mind. Although slow to volunteer information, if she asked a specific question relating to either the Destiny or Metisa, he became completely involved with the subject, explaining simply but precisely. However, she could not persuade him to talk about himself, which naturally made her all the more curious about him. She frequently felt his scrutiny as if he were waiting for her to give herself away, although she could think of nothing she had said or done to arouse his suspicions. This was not the only thing about Kerry she found disturbing.
She was coming to know the ship almost as well as she had known her own vessel. A skilled pilot herself, she was happy to tackle many of the routine operating tasks, plus some of those that were not so routine. Despite his aloofness, she found herself learning a great deal from Kerry. She observed the way he handled the ship, the instructions he gave to the computers. It seemed like second nature to him. On one occasion, at Jon’s direction, she was perfecting a complicated navigational manoeuvre with the manual controls, under Kerry’s supervision. “She’s a large, powerful ship,” he said, “and needs handling with a delicate touch. Too much pressure and you would lose her.” Jess glanced at him, frowning. Perhaps the ship wasn’t the only thing that needed delicate handling. He placed his hands lightly over hers to guide them, and to her embarrassment, she felt her heart thud uncomfortably against her ribs and a blush of colour burn her cheeks.
“This is exactly the position these controls need to be in relation to each other, when the readings here, and here, correspond to the coordinates already set.”
To her relief, he appeared not to notice her unease. For a moment, his eyes met hers. She saw they were no longer expressionless, but alight with the pride and enthusiasm he felt for the ship. She looked away quickly to concentrate on the data in front of her, forcing herself to ignore the feelings stirring deep within her. She felt privileged that he and Jon allowed her to handle the controls, and determined to make the most of the opportunity to pilot the immense starship, without any distraction. Besides, she had a mission to accomplish. She had enough to worry about; she didn’t need added complications
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“The lovely, lovely descriptions never slow the action, but manage still to convey emotion and carry the narration forward. This is an incredibly original tale, and for all the science fiction trappings is truly a classic quest for love, and the romance, which at first seems very much at the periphery, will become not only a primary motivation, but the chief joy of the tale. Adventure may be the main motif, but the heartwarming side will be a surprising bonus.”
LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS
“This wonderful tale takes place in a troubled time.
A time in which the Union’s stranglehold on Earth is strong and the enemy, the Grakk’s have spies lurking in every corner. Hywela Lyn’s story is written beautifully, her dialogue on point, and her descriptions magical. I really enjoyed reading Jestine’s story. Her character was outspoken, strong, and selfless. Will Jestine complete her mission, what obstacles will she run into, and will her heart be stolen? “
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