Murders involving the unseen hand of higher-level puppeteers can get quite grisly in our crime work. Magic Bean Books leads the field of Rural Sci-fi. And Eldon Cene is the man.
The first in a trilogy. Someone is murdering people out along Route 20 in Kimmel County and in a particularly grisly manner. Kimmel County's only lawman, Sheriff Leland Kelly, must become very resourceful in his use of the area's local citizenry to track the killer down. Especially when it appears there is more to this than one lone psychopath's morbid quest.
Part Two of the "Mind Wars" Trilogy. The mystery broadens as dark government entities emerge whom Sheriff Leland must survive for the safety of his town.
Part Three in The Mind Wars Trilogy. Our rouge intelligence evolves rapidly only to meet and greet with another which has evolved ever so slowly. Cows rooted to the pasture provide intelligence. Chippie hides the money. Tech rustlers complicate the mix. The President gets involved. And it all lands on Leland's plate.
The whole series is now available in both printed and Kindle editions. In this final book, entities of vast intellectual capability are both lured and recruited by their human captors and sponsors. All the while Leland and his motley band of Kimmel citizens maneuver to ensure the community's safety and their own.
(Book 1 in the New Eartha Chronicles Series)
In the coming centuries, men become increasingly irrelevant as the Earth’s biosphere collapses, leading to the rise of the Zon Sisterhood. Emigrating from their failing world, they land on an Earth-like planet and conquer the technologically backward natives that they contemptuously call ‘barbarians’. The action never flags as we plunge into the world of the womanly Zon and their rebellious barbarian subjects. Riven with battles over power, culture, gender, and will, the Zon happen on the inklings of a far greater threat.
(Book 2 in the New Eartha Chronicles Series)
Princess Caitlin d’Orr, scion of the oldest House in the Sisterhood, is disgraced and in exile in barbarian lands. Separated from her daughter Lady Asgara, as well as her love, Greghar, she seeks only forgetfulness. But the immortal Malitha channels the Dark and finds willing adherents. As the Dark catches Caitlin, Greghar and Asgara in its tentacles, fear spreads throughout the One Land.
(Book 3 in the New Eartha Chronicles Series)
One by one, the powers of New Eartha are co-opted by the Dark, and its spreading tentacles appear irresistible.
In a medieval city, a young courtesan risks everything to protect a female prodigy from the few who use her and the many who feel threatened by her extraordinary gifts.
James Hancock has everything—a comfortable marriage, grown children who launched into their chosen careers, and the wealth and jet-setting lifestyle of a successful banker. He’s a geeky slightly naive quant who’s risen to the highest echelons of the cutthroat world of high finance on the strength of his prodigious mathematical abilities. But even with all the outward signs of personal and professional achievement, he feels an emptiness inside, a yearning for something more.
Then he’s sent to London, where he meets Roxy Reid, a girl from the mean streets of the East End, the survivor of a tough childhood with a drug addict mother. Lost waif and formidable warrior, unschooled illiterate and genius savant, artless guttersnipe and sophisticated lady, childlike innocent and wise sage, with trusting immaturity and weary cynicism–Roxy is an impossible bundle of contradictions. She enters his life like a bolt of lightning, showing him in a flash how cold and sterile his life has been. Everything about her is wrong—she’s far too young, totally alien to everything in his experience, and has long standing ties to organized crime. Drawn into her violent world of drugs and gangs, he must decide whether to risk everything to pursue her.
Roxy Reid begins life as the abused child of a drug-addict mother. She grows up in a neighborhood terrorized by street gangs. She witnesses the murder of her own child's father, a married man more than twice her age. But she's a survivor.
Heavily pregnant, she escapes to New York to give her unborn child a fresh start. She reinvents herself as a successful banker, a dedicated mother, and strives to forget her violent previous life.
Twelve years have passed. She's built a safe, sheltered arbor of respectability for her daughter and herself. She's content with her life of frenetic work combined with the trials of single parenting a precocious preteen. But then a chance meeting sets in motion a series of events that threaten to bring down her facade of normalcy.
Roxy tries desperately to keep her life on its metronomic routine and preserve appearances. But in a roller-coaster holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, the genie of her past is well and truly released from the bottle. To confront it, she will have to use all the vicious life skills of her youth. But will this cause her to lose the one thing she cherishes, above all else, the love of her daughter?