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This is still from Tourist Trap. Roi is back on the ground and has the fire pretty well under control. He has decided that though he doesn’t like using his object-reading abilities, he’s going to have to determine who sabotaged his glider
In this case, Roi decided, it might be a very useful skill indeed.
The cooling from the snow he had continued to pile on the upright, together with the reduction of the air supply, had pretty well stopped the fire. Closing his eyes and opening his mind to any lingering impressions, Roi reached out to put his hands on the control triangle. Himself, of course. Traces of Flame, who had helped him set up and inspect the glider just before the flight, and of Penny, who’d helped the day before. Neither, however, had touched the control triangle except at the top, where both had checked its attachment to the wing. The only fresh trace beside his own anywhere near the electronics was — Timi? From yesterday, when he’d held the compartment door open? But this felt more recent …
A vacation with his three best friends from slavery and a manhood challenge: Roi is given the graduation present he has dreamed of. Dogsledding, hang gliding, a chance to see Pleistocene animals transplanted to a Terraformed vacation world, horseback riding, sailing … all the sports he has returned to with his recovery from paralysis, and a few new ones to learn.
They’re prepared for danger from weather, wild animals and extreme sports. But none of them realize that Roi’s half brother Zhaim, determined to recover his old position as Lai’s heir, intends to kill them if he can—and he’s decided that the dangers of the trip will make a perfect cover for his schemes.
How long will it take them to realize that the “accidents” they keep running into are more than just accidents?
Tourist Trap, the second novel of the Jarnian Confederation, won first place in science fiction and fiction book of the year in the 2011 Reader Views contest.
“Fans of Sue Ann Bowling’s novel Homecoming will not be disappointed with its sequel. Tourist Trap returns the reader to the world of the Jarnian Confederation—to Roi, Lai, Marna, and all of their friends and relations. The author does a stellar job of bringing these characters to life, allowing the reader to not only see their actions but to understand the culture and politics that motivate them. (ForeWord Clarion review)
“Tourist Trap” is a great read for anyone that wants motivation and feeling to accompany the action in their sci-fi adventure. Alien beings and super powers are an integral part of Roi’s story but what makes this novel really shine is the heart. Nobody is good or evil just because that’s their assigned role. Just like in real life, everyone has their own motivations and desires, and Bowling does a great job of letting the reader see what it would be like to walk in the shoes of Roi, Xazhar, and even madman Zhaim. (ReaderViews review)
Tourist Trap (iUniverse, 2011) is available from: Barnes and Noble, iUniverse, and Amazon in dust jacket, trade paper, and e-book formats.