FLIGHTSUIT, The Lost Cove Series: Book One
A wrecked alien flightsuit is discovered in the Appalachian Mountains, and the alien wants it back.
Growing up poor in a virtual era isolates fourteen-year-old Leo. Others are immersed in a digital world he cannot access.
He’s left to explore miles of wilderness bounded by the Nolichucky River and the encircling Appalachian mountain ridges of Bumpas Cove, Tennessee. Beyond the last broken and tilted pieces of a crumbling asphalt road, he discovers the abandoned village where Iron Mountain’s mine workers lived. He walks inside empty houses and mine-works searching for toys and relics of the families that lived there decades before. In this place, being alone feels natural.
He returns daily, looking for forgotten things. Crawling through a streambed under a tunnel of long blackberry briars, he finds something that isn’t covered with rust. It shines white in the scattered shadows. Freed of muck and mire, the glass-metal sleeve is as light as plastic. He slides his arm inside, but before his fingers can reach down into the two long flat fingers, a sharp hook locks into his arm.
Leo is forced to find other scattered fragments, assembling a full flightsuit. Once restored, it prepares for a thousand light-year return trip with Leo trapped inside, as it waits for its alien pilot to be restored into Leo’s mind.
But the suit has drawn others, like Leo, set apart and isolated. Their fate and Leo’s intertwine as they face an alien entity that has no regard for their lives.
FLIGHTSUIT is a 338-page science-fiction novel.
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2021 cover (Left)
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Readers of the series, especially those who enjoy the region’s hiking trails, can locate many points of interest from the books and hike to see the locations that caught the author’s eye.