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Roi has his hang glider flying again, but heat and smoke have convinced him he has an electrical fire in the compensation chip. He’s told Penny of his decision to get on the ground as soon as possible, and she is using her helmet radio to respond.

“I sent Flame and Amber straight to the cabin and told them to get the horses saddled and out here.  I’ll try to circle over you as long as I can to guide them, and Timi will follow you down.”

The ground was closer now, and the air was so warm his parka felt stifling in spite of the wind of his motion.  He felt ahead for thermals, and altered course slightly.  He had no intention of flying any farther than he had to before setting down, so he didn’t want to get into an updraft himself.  But if he set down close to a rising column of air, Penny could use it to stay aloft.

“Penny?” he said.  “There’s a patch of grass ahead, fairly smooth, where I’m putting down.”

Blurb for Tourist Trap: 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.

Tourist Trap coverThey’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?

Reviewers of Tourist Trap say:

“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.

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