Well, that took longer than I expected. Thanks for waiting!
FLIGHTPACK picks up eight months after the first book of the series, FLIGHTSUIT. The synopsis is available here.
The stories are science fiction adventures, but as a number of reviewers have noted, they are books of exploration. Leo becomes an explorer of the Appalachian Mountains behind his little faded-yellow house in Bumpas Cove because he can’t follow the rest of his generation into the digital environment that so captivates them. In FLIGHTPACK, Leo makes first contact with the FLIGHTSUIT’s Artificial Intelligence. In the book’s conclusion we all become explorers along with Leo as the secrets within Area 51 are exposed.
Underlying the exploration and adventure of FLIGHTPACK though, is exploration of the first relationship we each have. All of us were born into the care of people who cared for us. These are the people we’ve known longer than any, and yet we often understand them least. We grow up, striving and reaching for life’s next peg; riding without training wheels, a driver’s license, a mate, a family, children, a house, a job. It’s only after the wheel spins around and puts us in the parent’s perspective that we even begin to realize, that for every peg we climbed, there was someone down there cheering for us to go higher and trying to hold on at the same time.
So, if you’ve always believed that you don’t enjoy science fiction, I hope you’ll give the books a try anyway, because that’s not all that’s going on in the story.
Hopefully, I’ve told a story in these books that gives parents and children a perspective pause that helps us understand each other.
Of course, if you are here because you love science fiction adventure, I hope you’ll enjoy, the adventure and realistic descriptions of Area 51 as a battlefield, tie-ins with historic events, Ethan’s awesome entropy control and of course the FLIGHTSUIT’s Artificial Intelligence.