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Tarizon: Desert Swarm
Tarizon Saga

William Manchee

Average Review Rating Average Rating 9/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Top Publications Ltd

Published : 2014

Copyright : William Manchee 2014

ISBN-10 : PB 1-935722-82-4
ISBN-13 : PB 978-1-935722-82-3

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What looks like a cathedral suddenly begins to emerge from the sands of the Mojave Desert. Scientist believe it is a natural phenomenon but a local religious leader insists it is a sign from the Lord of the second coming of Christ.

Due to a freak auto accident, Jack Carpenter discovers a strange geological formation in the Mojave Desert near Bat Mountain, California. He thinks little about it until he returns out of curiosity and discovers the formation is growing, and doing so at a staggering rate. Fascinated by this he calls in his friend George Parker, a local geology professor, and together they begin to study the Bat Mountain Formation in earnest. George has never seen or heard of a geological formation that is growing nearly six inches a day, so he contacts a friend at the U.S. Park Service to get him to take a look. Eventually the word of the bizarre discovery gets out and people flock to see this miracle in the desert, which is beginning to look like a cathedral. Seeing an opportunity to save his failing Church of the Living Desert, Reverent John Little proclaims that the Bat Mountain Formation is, indeed, a cathedral and it is being built by God to herald the second coming of Christ. But before Reverend Little and his flock can get their movement off the ground, the U.S. Army steps in and declares the formation a potential public hazard and possible threat to national security. A series of mysterious deaths and the inability of scientist to explain the phenomenon gives credence to the Army's concern.

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Review by Molly Martin (300614) Rating (9/10)

Review by Molly Martin
Rating 9/10
Desert Swarm, Book 3 of the Tarizon Saga offered by writer William Manchee opens with an accident. It was March 1959, Jack had promised his son Jake they would go hiking along the Armagosa River and perhaps do some fishing.

It had been a rough week, but a promise is a promise, and since his divorce Jack has been determined to not disappoint his son. A quick burger and fries and he is again on the road, the trip is going to take at least 5 hours and Jack is already dead tired. Before long he began to yawn, and despite the caffeine he had drunk during his supper, Jack inevitably began to doze. Jolting awake by the sound of his tires drumming on the shoulder of the highway Jack over corrects and his truck begins sliding down the side of the mountain.

Waking up in the blackness of desert night Jack, disoriented began walking away from the highway and into the desert toward Bat Mountain. Set into motion were the events which would ultimately change Jack’s life forever.

A foundation out in the desert created of material concrete contractor Jack did not recognize, and seems to have enlarged between his first viewing and the next, beginning a new romantic relationship, a teaching assistant with a penchant for geology, and a peculiar structure that continues to increase, in addition a large circular area devoid of vegetation, a Park Service Ranger, as well as a member of the Department of Defense all figure in the developing tale.

A series of deaths, each more bizarre than the others seem to center around the odd crystalline material forming the growing construct Preacher Little insists is a cathedral sent from God for his congregation.

The geology Professor is amazed at the rate of growth of the mysterious structure which is beginning to resemble a cathedral, the pastor of a local congregation is certain the structure IS a cathedral, in process of being built by God Himself as a sign of the second coming of Christ, the US Army fears the structure poses potential national danger, and then more structures, miracles, healings, sink holes, mystery and a bit of a surprise.

As he does in his other works author Manchee sets down underpinnings for his tale, peoples it with believable characters, fills in holes with credible dialogue and moves the narrative forward in an acceptable manner. Muddying the water is an overzealous deputy who is searching for a conspiracy, and wants to implicate Jack. A living microorganism, an astonishing attack by relentless bats, a preacher with an agenda, and those ever increasing walls move the reader toward realization of unfamiliar life form, an unknown craft and satisfactory resolution of the mystery entailing the who , what, when and where penned adroitly.

As the fifth in the Tarizon Series, Tarizon: Desert Swarm allows the reader to continue the narrative begun in others of Manchee’s Tarizon series including Tarizon: The Liberator, Tarizon: Civil War, Tarizon: Conquest Earth and Tarizon: Shroud of Doom.
Molly Martin (30th June 2014)

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