Seven Point Eight: The Second Chronicle
by Marie Harbon
Seven Point Eight:
'The Truth Will Set You Free'
In the second instalment of the Seven Point Eight series, the legacy of the OOBE project weighs heavily on the conscience of Dr Paul Eldridge. Tahra Mamoun needs to muster all her courage and venture back into the alternate dimensions of reality. Through a series of challenging, surreal and frightening experiences, she comes to comprehend the destructive power she can yield and must face her own demons in the process.
Paul continues his quest to understand the ancient knowledge of the cosmos, while dark forces seek to hijack his research to further a secret agenda. With their lives in jeopardy, Paul and Tahra confront their enemies against an international backdrop featuring the pyramids of Giza and the peaks of Switzerland.
Meanwhile, Sam and Ava endeavour to uncover their past, even though it may irrevocably change their lives.
In a tale of courage and tragedy, love and betrayal, their lives are interwoven around the demons of one man, Max Richardson, who'll stop at nothing to achieve his objectives.
Written in the style of a TV series, Seven Point Eight draws together quantum physics, psychic powers, alternate dimensions, time travel, past lives, ancient wisdom and conspiracy in a soap opera for the soul.
It’s the ideal read for lovers of sci-fi, contemporary fantasy, paranormal, metaphysics, ‘Lost’, ‘Fringe’, ‘Touch’, and Dan Brown books.
Like the other snipers, he watched the scene below the ridge unfold. A picturesque cottage nestled between two barns and surveyed an expanse of fields, many already harvested. Its courtyard entertained a host of chickens pecking at random, while a goat chewed nonchalantly, tethered to a gate post. Adjacent to the house, rows of proud runner beans entwined around canes, cabbages sat stoutly and carrots soaked up the rays of impending autumn. A woman tended to these vegetables, appearing relaxed in her surroundings while a little girl exited the cottage, carrying a basket of apples. She had blonde, curly hair and wore a corduroy pinafore, with a roll neck knit underneath and tights to cover her legs. The sight of his rifle homed in on the girl.
Outside the cottage, the woman watered her vegetable plot, admiring their progress and inspecting for pests. A chocolate brown Labrador ran through the open door and joined the little girl, wagging his tail, she responded by stroking his head. Her mother acknowledged the sweetness of the scene with a smile. The radio blared out from the kitchen, playing T-Rex’s ‘Get It On’ and the mother moved her body in a surreptitious dance, singing along under her breath.
“I’m going to feed the horsies,” the little girl said.
“That’s okay, sweetheart, don’t forget to approach them carefully from the front.”
She eyed her daughter discreetly as the little girl opened the gate to the first field. The horses were grazing in the far corner and as she made her way over to them, the dog followed behind her at her heels. She considered her mother’s instructions as she approached, cautious of startling them, as she didn’t want to receive a hefty kick. When she reached them, she stroked their noses and they each received an apple, taking them greedily. All the time, her mother remained aware of her daughter’s movements as she picked runner beans, while the dog ran around her in circles. Then unexpectedly, it barked, causing the mother to pause.
Something upset the horses and the little girl touched the top of her arm, finding a dart stuck in her skin. She screamed. Whatever it was, it made her disorientated; everything started to spin and a moment later, she collapsed to the ground. The dog became frantic, barking and jumping around at the invisible enemy.
Hearing the scream, her mother froze. A wave of nausea gripped her stomach as she became confronted with every parent’s worst nightmare…a nightmare from the past that had returned to haunt her. Instinctively, she vaulted the gate and spurred by panic, she ran towards her daughter, hoping to find her breathing. As she sprinted across the damp grass, she became aware of a sharp pain in her neck, as if a mosquito had just bitten her. However, she ignored it and knelt by her daughter, her priority.
“Come on, come on,” she whispered in desperation, “wake up!”
This couldn’t be happening. The stalkers had quit, tired of the relentless chase, that cat and mouse where the rodent had always been left unscathed, while the predator had cursed his luck and licked his wounds again and again. Her family had just become settled, laid new plans, looked to a future free from fear, but that was just a mere fantasy now.
“Please wake up!”
She laid her head on her daughter’s chest, relieved to discover she was still breathing, but her little girl didn’t regain consciousness. Another sting, this time in her upper arm, reminded her of the danger that lurked.
Not again, please, no more running, no more fighting...
Closing her eyes, she understood what she needed to do, but nothing happened. This couldn’t be. She sensed an adjustment in her awareness, like someone had changed the channel on TV without asking her. Her grasp of the everyday world began to blur around the edges, it felt distant, a mere projection on an antique screen. Something was wrong, the game had changed.
Marie Harbon has worked in both the retail and fitness industry. She has a degree in sport and fitness, and taught group exercise for several years, delivering aerobics and Pilates. For two years, she delivered BTEC sport courses and has also instructed dance and sport with children.
Marie is a member of Nottingham Writers Studio, Her future plans include not only completing the 'Seven Point Eight' series, but involve writing YA, children's and adult books, short stories, novellas and scripts.
Aside from writing, Marie is a self-confessed fabric geek and purveyor of beautiful, often ostentatious bags, bustiers and clothing. She lives in the town of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, which is in England.
Website - www.marieharbon.com
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