Have you ever sat down with a book intending to read only a few pages and ended up devouring the whole book and wishing for more?
I found such a book, “Free Range Protocol, Tales of the Tschaaa Infestation”. It is written by Marshal Miller, “Mark” to his friends. Miller is a retired military man who has held jobs in Homeland Security and several other security positions. His writing is fast and full of action.
“Free Range Protocol” is the first book in a series of four. It contains the first details of how the other stories of “The Tsunami”, “The Gathering Storm” and “Typhoon of Steel” came to be.
I met Miller a few years ago when I attended one of the writers group meetings held in Bremerton. When I found out he was retired from Homeland Security I had a lot of questions because at the time I was just preparing my book about a retired Homeland Security lady and I needed details.
He was kind enough to correct my misconceptions and give me some good usable details. Since that time we have attended many writing events at the same time, and now his books are finished and published.
Science fiction is not my usual genre to read, but this story immediately caught my attention. Imagine this: there is a society on another planet that is dominated by men, but everything is designed to put children first. They eat first, receive the best care, the best education, and are generally considered “precious gems” by all adults.
This company is also very advanced technically and electronically for protection and reconnaissance purposes when traveling to other planets. So when their food source seems to need replenishing, they already know where to go to get supplies for their flocks. Does it surprise you that this “stock” is here on earth?
As the author describes, these beings are “good guys who come from a very caring society, but they have to support themselves.” Just as we earthlings nurture and care for livestock as a food source, they nurture and care for humans, and when the need to build their herd arises, well, the earth here they come.
Their army contains soldiers who are half living things and half machines, and the “regular” guys are a type of amphibian, kind of lizard-octopus, who are good at going on land and water.
Lots of imagination went into this book with great descriptions and battles. And then we find out that these aliens are good, caring beings who aren’t really fighters at heart.
Like I said, I started reading the first book that sets up the other three in this series, and I was hooked. For all you mystery readers, give it a try and I think you’ll be hooked too. This book is available at your local bookstores (Liberty Bay Books and Eagle Harbor Books) and also on Amazon.com.
Now, as you are no doubt aware, there are many, many surveys in the writing world that tell readers what the top sellers are, etc. But recently, polls have come out showing which book is read the most in each state.
A poll said David Guterson’s “Snow Falling On Cedars” was the most widely read in Washington state. Another poll said Stephenie Meyer’s “The Twilight Series” won first place in our state and certainly among teenagers. Have you read one or both? I met both authors and their books are good reads, but I think you have to be a certain age to appreciate one or the other, right?
Today’s quote: “Tomorrow is always fresh, without any mistakes.” – LM Montgomery, “Anne of Green Gables”.
Donna Lee Anderson is a published author and weekly writers for Kitsap Weekly. You can reach her at [email protected]