Paige is on a desperate quest to find her missing brother Todd. She undertakes a road trip with her friends along the same route where he vanished nearly a month earlier. A broken down car leads them to seek help in Travis, an isolated West Texas town.
Travis harbors frightening secrets. A mysterious energy barrier traps all visitors within the town. Signs of violent struggles are present in many buildings. And horrifying changes have overtaken the few surviving residents.
Efforts to unravel the frightening mystery behind what happened in Travis brings the group face to face with an adversary from across the stars. An enemy they never knew existed has come to Earth. Now the fate of the entire human race could hinge on the survival of Paige and her friends.
Amazon best selling author John Coon delivers a captivating science fiction thriller that explores what it means to be human and the terrifying implications of humanity not being alone in the galaxy.
Targeted Age Group:: New Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I originally wrote this as a short story in college. Feedback from my mom at the time led me to expand it into a novel many years later. I wanted to explore the idea of what would happen if ordinary people encountered a desperate alien race searching for a new home.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters are a mishmash of personalities modeled after people I knew from the years I lived in Texas and Louisiana. That part of the United States also inspired the book's setting. I wanted characters and a setting that felt grounded in reality even while dealing with extraordinary circumstances.
Their original plans did not include making a pit stop after leaving Amarillo. Caroline noticed the road sign almost by accident. She thought it might be fun to take a detour and grab a bite to eat for lunch. Todd smiled when he thought back to her enthusiastic suggestion. His wife never passed up a chance to try out some local cuisine. The more off the map it was located, the more her curiosity drove her to take a “taste-cation” as she termed it.
Caroline's food blog even carried that same word she coined in the title. She relished going on her taste-cations. Each blog post contained almost as many photos as actual words. She always spent a few minutes before each meal at a new restaurant snapping photos from different angles – making sure the lighting was just right – so her blog readers could see the true color and texture of each menu item she ordered.
“I hope you plan to take as many photos of our kids one day,” Todd's words from the last taste-cation they took together popped up into his mind as clearly as if he said them only seconds ago.
So did Caroline's reaction. She pinched her green eyes and crimson lips shut simultaneously and gave him a broad smirk.
“That depends on if their behavior rates five stars or not,” Caroline said, after her lovely face bounced back to its normal sunny demeanor. Todd felt like her usual smile could light up an entire room with the irresistible happiness it conveyed. “If they're being little monsters, I might have to settle for fewer photos and a lower rating.”
Todd shuddered. The happy scene vanished faster than a Texas torrent in the summer. Glass tables. Cushioned chairs. Warm sunshine just outside the beige canopy shading a medium-sized patio. Whether he liked it or not, that cozy outdoor cafe had morphed back into an aging boarded-up house illuminated by every last light he could scrounge up.
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