In 2022 I was surprised to see her release two sci-fi novels. Forti’s sudden turn as a sci-fi writer further intrigued me. I downloaded the first in the series, STACKS, with low expectations. First novels by indie authors usually have a lot of rough edges. But, the premise captured my interest, so I decided to at least read a couple of chapters. Well, I was hooked. I’ve finished both books and am anxiously awaiting the third in the series.
From Kathy J. Forti’s Facebook page, “Yes, there really is a portal in the Library of Congress!…I’d say these books are truly channeled and so much fun to write. I call them non-fiction sci-fi.”
STACKS and STACKS: AWAKENING TRUTH are complex, fast-paced, character driven books right out of my favorite Gaia/YouTube channels. The story centers on Zach Eldridge, a young Library of Congress librarian with Acquired Savant Syndrome and Synesthesia. Zach possesses unique psychic powers, high intelligence, and a strong moral compass. He might just be the right guy to save the world. A time-honored hero’s journey set-up. The great fun of this yarn arises from current events regarding the ruling Elite, Big Pharma, Aliens (good and bad), and just about every other conspiracy theory floating around out there.
Book One begins with Zach receiving an urgent message from his mentor, Roone Sawyer, to meet him in his office at the Library of Congress. Zach arrives to discover Roone has committed suicide (not). Having planned for his untimely demise, Roone left clues and instructions for his protege. Zach is soon sucked through a portal to another dimension to the Library of Truth (LOC), where otherworldly beings watch over the evolution of mankind and planet earth. A plot thousands of years in the making is about to overtake the human race unless Zach rises to all challenges coming his way.
The supporting characters are well fleshed out. Cali Caliveri is the hot-shot reporter eager to get big scoops, despite personal danger. Zach’s high-powered parents each play critical roles in world events. Meghan March, a Senator’s daughter, is Zach’s love interest. Her daughter, little Izzie, a crystal child, possesses psychic powers to rival Zach’s.
The story flows. Enough action to make it a page turner, balanced with sympathetic characters and growing relationships. And even some satisfying hot sex scenes. Both books end with dramatic moments and cliff hangers. I’ll definitely be one of the first to purchase book three when it is released in 2023.
Of course, underneath it all, I’m wondering–how much is fiction and how much is fact? Forti claims it is channeled material and dubs it “non-fiction sci-fi.” Hmmm. Very intriguing indeed.
December 21, 2012 marked the end of the ancient Mayan calendar. If you recall, many predicted the end of world in some cataclysmic event. Others saw it as the end of one cosmic age and the beginning of another. Well, we’re still here, so the first camp of believers must have been wrong. Or were they? What if a doomsday device had been set to explode. What stopped it? And herein lies the intriguing set up to AWAKE: The Legacy of Akara by Dayna Dunbar and Julia Nadine Padawer. From the book jacket–
Akara is Home to A Civilization Far More Evolved Than Our Own. Long ago on Akara, a planet in the Pleiades cluster, The Ravaging Era raged. It was a time of toxic greed, rampant warfare, and environmental devastation. Akarans were on the brink of extinction. Out of the turmoil, a critical mass of beings experienced an awakening, which sparked a spontaneous shift in consciousness across the planet and ushered in the Rebirthing.
A Thousand Years Later. Mobius–a candidate for the Discovery Corps, Akara’s elite space program–stumbles upon an ancient relic. The artifact reveals that a rogue space commander from the Ravaging Era attempted to colonize Earth. The legacy of his reign now places Earth in jeopardy.
AWAKE does a cracking job of setting up a classic Hero’s Journey with young Mobius, a less-than-perfect Akaran, given the mission to save Planet Earth. The opening chapters of the book jump between the four-fingered, big-eyed Akaran crew and the drug infested jungles of Guatemala. Diego, a slightly crooked jungle ranger, emerges as a secondary hero. Two story lines ultimately converge when the earthlings meet the E.T.’s and race the clock and numerous bad guys to save the world.
This tale is fun on several levels. Mayan legends and visionary spirituality add dashes of spice and flavor to the sci-fi adventure. Mobius, Diego and their small collected team are all individually interesting characters. Dialogue and action is laced with humor. There’s even a little romance between Diego and the rich American girl, Jillian. A little something for everybody here.
As I write this review Earth seems on the brink of our own Ravaging Era, so the book becomes a timely cautionary tale. We can go the path of destruction, as the doomsayers predict. However, we live in a freewill zone. Hence, a Rebirthing Era is also a possibility, if enough humans Awake.
Author Dayna Dunbar shares a deeply personal out-of-this-world experience in Sedona that changed the course of her life and ultimately inspired the book. She met co-author Julia Nadine Padawer at the University of Santa Monica, a school known for spiritual exploration. This collaboration took seven years to complete. Their work honing AWAKE into a well-paced, layered adventure results in a real page turner.
Enjoy Dayna’s intriguing real-life experience and then click over to Amazon and purchase a copy. Currently only $1.99 as an ebook.
Available at Amazon in paperback, kindle and audio version.