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.