Captain Magigate, a legendary inventor and recluse who is equal parts Albert Einstein and Don Quixote, confronts his own shadowy destiny when two adventurous teens disrupt the status quo of his covert lab on Isla de Tiempo Muerto. When the Captain's nemesis, the Prophet, who once had an iron grip over much of the world's commerce, escapes her island prison taking one of the teens hostage, Captain Magigate must face not only his long-time foe and erstwhile lover but also the ambiguous legacy of his inventions.
Nearly a century ago, the world seemed poised on the brink of disaster. Environmental blights competed with economic catastrophes and hostile regimes for the worst headlines of the day. A special senate convened the Academy to take control before it was too late.
It was called FAIR. But it wasn't.
Suffering in the Academy's iron grip for decades, the world drew what seemed sure to be its final, ragged breaths.
Then a miracle happened: a blow from the heavens struck the Academy straight through the heart in the capital of Aerome. Their steel behemoths fell from the skies. The Rust--a plague that raged through technology and biology with equal fury--was soon cured, and a new invention ushered in an era of restoration and hope. Slowly but surely, people forgot their old fears. They even forgot the woman who had brought them so near to ultimate destruction, the leader of the FAIR Academy: the Prophet of Doom.
That was then.
Michael and Madeleine have grown up in a world run by the silent, clean, affordable technology called glide. To them the tyranny of the Academy is nothing more than a history lesson. But when they stumble upon a ramshackle mansion on a deserted beach, they find that the perils of the past have followed them into the present. As they discover the truth about what happened at Aerome, they unleash a woman long held captive, a woman who--like a sleeping dragon--should never have been awakened.
Now the ashes of war are being rekindled. Michael and Maddy must prevent the Prophet from finishing the work she began so long ago. But they will not be alone. There is still one man in Seaville who remembers those times. Glide is his legacy. Memory is his responsibility. And the Prophet is his destiny.
GLIDE is a dark and quixotic look at what happens when technology and invention reach beyond their pale to compensate for the shortcomings of heart and soul.
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Published March 14, 2011
by Jacked Arts, LLC.
Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure.