x0
GenreSci-Fi / Travel
Age Rating:R15
Submitted:Wednesday, 28 March 2012
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Read by:979 different readers
 

Somewhere between fanciful places and the world one knows is the universe of x0, where an ancient organization stays hidden while seven billion people lead normal lives and seven hundred or so do not. This latter group includes Lola, a Texan geophysicist who doesnít believe in nonsense, and Somadina, a young Nigerian who thinks her telepathic abilities are perfectly normal. These women have at least two important things in common, and they are about to learn how well that will forge a powerful link.
When Somadinaís sister becomes a captive, the young Igbo woman draws upon her power to find an ally. Across an ocean, an unexpected lay-off and a near fatal accident combine to reintroduce into Lolaís mind a rather disturbing phenomenon. Lola disregards it. Medicates it. Analyzes it. Sips more wine on her porch. However, the changes taking place inside her will not be ignored.
Once Somadina accepts that her sister has become a strategic pawn in a larger and more dangerous game, she realizes that she must get the attention of this kindred, uncooperative lady.
x0 reluctantly emerges from the shadows, because somebody really needs to intervene. Both women are far more powerful than they realize, and to make matters worse, a fringe fanatic may be on the verge of altering a nationís future.

 

List of chapters

Ch. 1 A START: FEBRUARY 1986
Ch. 2 A BEGINNING: FEBRUARY 1993
Ch. 3 JANUARY 2009
Ch. 4 FEBRUARY 2009
Ch. 5 MARCH 2009
Ch. 6 APRIL 2009
Ch. 7 MAY 2009
Ch. 8 JUNE 2009
Ch. 9 JULY 2009
Ch. 10 AUGUST 2009

Comments

 
surfingpanda7 Thursday, 27 December 2012
Great piece of work you have here. I really like it so far. There were typos, but everybody has typos, even the best. I would really appreciate it if you checked my book, The Jewels of Neora out, I need some feedback and comments.
 
Andre Jones Sunday, 3 June 2012
G'day

I have to say, I was surprised about being drawn into this chapter - considering I'm a male, and the bulk of the writing is about a pregnant female.

You portray Lola as an intelligent, likeable and diminutive yet competent woman very well.

I also like the character-building you give Chuck and Alex.

Is the underlined section 'accepted' in novel writing? (the bit about banning the Beach Boys)

When the boss introduces her, he says Lola. Zeitman. Are the two periods (full-stops) a tpo, or intended?

I picked up a couple of typos... but for the life of me, can't find them now :(

Well done!
 
Bob Craton Thursday, 5 April 2012
I liked chapter 9 too.
MESSAGE TO ANYONE ON THIS WEBSITE: Don't be put off by the fact that this story does not have vampires, teen romances, or other current fads in it. You should read this.
 
Bob Craton Friday, 30 March 2012
I'm fascinated. I read all 8 chapters non-stop. I have a daughter who is a college professor teaching English and literature. From her, I learned the term 'magical realism' and you have a great example of that genre here. If you have finished more chapters, please post them.
I saw what you wrote on you info page, and I'm glad to discover that I'm not the only person who is no longer a youngster on this website. I started writing as a hobby after I was laid off and retired early at age 57, expanding on ideas for stories which I had thought about (but never written down) years earlier. Creating my own little worlds in books is very satisfying to me, even if no one else reads them. Do you find that true also?

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