I got started way late today because, to be honest, I had a case of the “F*ck its”. You know what I’m talking about. That wonderful feeling when Life isn’t feeling so great and you just want to pack it in and go back to bed. Thankfully, after a few hours the feeling passed and I felt like my usual productive self.
Today I want to discuss the principal players in Parallax, my newest novel out on Amazon now. I’m going to try very hard not to reveal spoilers so this should be interesting to pull off…hehe.
1. John Pratt: Parallax’s Main Character and Chief Protagonist. Pratt starts out as your basic garden variety space fighter pilot who holds the rank of Lieutenant in the United Earth Union Navy which is a member of the Stellar Alliance with the Paran Star Nation. He is 35 years old, rather old for a Lieutenant, but an incident in his past cost him his Lieutenant Commander rank. He is an intelligent, courageous and professional officer who thinks outside the box and while these are admirable traits in a heroic figure, they tend to land him in hot water when he deviates from his missions. Pratt’s family works in both the military and in Science, his parents are flag officers but his brother and sister work as Terraforming scientists and may show up in either Book 2 or 3 but I haven’t decided whether or not that will happen yet.
Pratt is also blessed (or cursed) with an obsession to find the Truth no matter where it takes him. In Parallax, it takes him across Known Space to the Orion Nebula where he participates in one of the last climactic battles of the Stellar Alliance / Locknar Hegemony War of 2220-2223 before his life and career take a hard right turn and he finds himself branded a traitor due to mysteriously disappearing and reappearing at the end of a major battle with a missing or dead co-pilot and all indications that he has been compromised according to an old protocol left over from the AI Rebellion, an incident that took place on Earth from 2183-2190 where a renegade computer software engineer attempted to take control of the United Earth Union using a bioelectronic virus that enabled control over electronic devices and human beings. The conflict devastated civilization to the point where it almost collapsed. As a result, he grew up in a world where many aspects of normal life are strictly controlled and loyalty oaths and monthly vaccinations for essentially half the population are strictly enforced.
2. Ariel DuBois: Pratt’s Main Ally in Parallax and a representative of Alliance Intelligence who is sent to investigate and arrest him. She is young, competent and attractive with a sharp wit and a fierce intelligence and heart that at first doesn’t mesh well with Pratt. She also represents the side of Humanity that is subject to loyalty oaths and compulsory vaccinations because during the AI Rebellion, women were found to be particularly susceptible to being co-opted and as such are viewed with general distrust although by Parallax’s Time that view has been steadily changing for the positive.
DuBois starts out rather naive when out of her element but over time she learns to adapt to her surroundings and becomes quite adept at rolling with the punches as she assists Pratt first as his arresting officer, then as an equal partner.
3. Koren: Another Pratt Ally and the leader of a Locknar Hegemony Clan, he is a reptilian alien who is very tall, very strong, and possesses a unique sense of humor that centers around pointing out the literal differences between Humans and Locknar. He is also extremely adventuresome and preferring to eschew his leadership duties in favor of traveling the galaxy and getting into one imbroglio after another in defense of his home and family. Koren is well-versed in how to fight, fly a ship, and possesses a battle staff with some unique optional extras. He also has a great sense of timing where he manages to show up at just the right times.
There are many many more characters in Parallax, but these are the Big Three and I didn’t want this post to go too terribly long. Thanks for you time. 🙂
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