Power of Three
The Novel of a Whale, a Woman, and an Alien Child (Power Rising Book 1)
by Cathy Parker
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 08 Sep 2020 | Archive Date 14 Mar 2020
An alien child catapults by sheer chance to earth. A beluga whale longs for freedom from the cruel confines of her small blue pool. Two powerful other-worldly beings seek to plunder our world, destroying our people and our resources.
In this fast-paced, science fiction thrill ride, it falls to the fiercely independent bystander, Shannon Kendricks, attorney and seaquarium volunteer, to return the child Essi to her world. To find a way to free the desperate beluga, Juneau. To defeat the ancient aliens. On the upside, with the arrival of Essi, Shannon is startled to find not only does her physical appearance change dramatically, but she now possesses useful, near-magical traits to help her with barriers that appear insurmountable.
But Shannon soon learns the most terrible threat comes from within: a bizarre lavender lightning strike has caused the minds of the beluga and child to enter Shannon’s own mind. Their presence consumes many more calories than Shannon can possibly take in. They are killing her. In a desperate attempt to finish what she’s set out to do before she dies, Shannon enlists the help of her friends. Not everyone will survive. And... who or what is the other dark force that Shannon discovers lurking in the shadows with the alien invaders?
Top 3 Amazon Reviews
***** STAR by Willow Moon Greymoor
The Power of Three is heartwarming, unique, and a great reading experience for those days when you want to read something that is entertaining and out of the norm! I do think both teen and adult readers would be equally entertained by this story.
The main protagonist Shannon is juggling a hectic life between managing as a career woman and caring for an internal whale and alien child. This woman is quite skilled at the art of multi-tasking! Each chapter was well-written with a new character or aspect added to the story.
The importance of animal conservation, mainly saving the whales, is a theme throughout the book. That, in my opinion, couldn't be more on point with the current state of the planet.
Throughout the book, mentions of other worlds and Norse gods add variety to the story and keep the readers turning pages for hours!
The last time I wrote about a book was in grade school, so I'm not a reviewer. I know what I like. I like this and can't wait for a sequel to see what else becomes of the situation. It was an enjoyable read, moved along at a good clip, had believable dialogue and relatable characters, and was simply interesting. There was a point, but it was far from preachy. Don't let the "alien" thing put you off; I'm not into science fiction either, but I love imagination!
***** STAR Shoegal694
What a clever and original story! I enjoyed the fast-pace and witty dialogue in this book. Shannon is a fascinating, strong, and well-developed female protagonist. I'm a huge fan of realistic women with relatable struggles in fiction, as well as social relevance- and Parker nailed this hard-to-achieve connection.
I highly recommend this book- even to those who may not typically read sci-fi as it's a captivating and unique story!
Average rating from 15 members
This was a faced paced sci-fi and I loved it. This follows an alien child, a beluga whale, and a woman who has to figure out how to return the alien child to her homeland, find a way to free the beluga whale and defeat the ancient alien race. This was so captivating and engaging from page one. The atmosphere, setting, and lush descriptions of the world is enthralling. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. This will appeal to readers who want to be sucked into a sci-fi fast-paced adventure.
A very strange tale indeed - dust in your mind? And alien powers? And I did wonder how she kept a dog of that size in a small place, glad she had a dog walker, but still. I really found this tale compelling but odd, I did want the whale to go free as I am very much against all zoos and keeping animals for performances. I understand treating them until they are well, but free them afterwards, so I was urging her on all the time. Would i read a follow-up story? I don't think so. I am not really sure where you can go with this other than using the Lavender to discover emotions and possibly PI work. But it would be interesting if she does go up to the Arctic and work with whale rescue but that is a whole different story.
An interesting read from a voice I'd not heard of before. I enjoyed the sci fi world it created and the descriptions.
The Power of Three is beautifully written, and heartwarming story, of a young girl who offers herself up, to save a magnificent animal from certain death. In the beginning, when I started to read of Shannon, and her willingness to embrace the alien Essi, and to save the whale Juneau, I was quite stunned. But as I went further into the book, I became determined to find out what would happen to Shannon, as she quickly became my favourite character. In this story, there are both good and evil sides, and of course, I was batting for the good side, but also there were characters who became part of Shannon's journey, quite accidentally. I really enjoyed the unexpected dramas, that popped out of nowhere, and got me all excited, and hoping that things would turn out well. And I have to say, that I have never read a book such as this, but I would like to again, and I am contemplating reading the author's second offering.
Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for the advance copy of this book! I loved this book. The atmosphere was everything I wanted it to be. I loved the plot and storyline in the book. It was a fast paced book which kept me involved in the story. I loved the characters in this story. It gave me all the feels I was looking for when I started reading this. I highly recommend this author. I loved the writing. I will be looking for other works in the future from this author.
I have definitely never read anything like it. And I mean it in a good way! What a twisty book, such imagination, loved it so much! Hard to write a review with no spoilers so I am just going to urge everyone to give it a go!
Love this book. This is totally out of my normal reading preference but i still enjoyed it! Perfect for whale lovers. This is truly enjoyable, unique, and a moving story to read