StarPassage: Cyber Plague is the 4th book in a series by author Clark Burbidge. We stopped doing book reviews, for awhile due to personal events, so I haven’t had the pleasure of reading this series. When I read the excerpt (below) for StarPassage: Cyber Plague, though, I was immediately intrigued! I’m hoping to check out the e-book version of the first book from our local library and start reading it! I’m excited for this book tour and wanted to share a little about the book and author with you, in case you’re looking for a good winter read. On cold, dreary days, I love snuggling up with a warm blanket and mug of hot tea or cocoa and settling in with a good book.
Middle Grade/Young Adult
About StarPassage: Cyber Plague
BOOK 4 OF THE STARPASSAGE SERIES by Clark Burbidge
Mike Hernandez and the Coleman twins return, but just when the friends think they have the Star of Passage, it’s riddles, and Orion’s Belt figured out, they discover a new relic. All of Tim and Martie’s rules are tossed aside when Tocho, a member of the Native American Shoshoni tribe which roamed the Rocky Mountains, knocks on Callie and Courtney’s Astoria, Oregon door with the mysterious Star of Hope. The new relic has the shocking ability to transport the teens forward in time, where cartels and gangs are a rising threat and technology has advanced so far that computer viruses affect humans. As Mike, Callie, Courtney, and Tocho struggle to remain free of the
virus, they also have to dodge the shadowy Trackers, those wicked souls who are doomed to haunt history and desire the relics to free themselves from their eternal prison. The teens find themselves racing to save a possible future, but
can they change it for the better?
Excerpt From The Book
Across time and space another dreamer was greeted by confusing images. Courtney moved rapidly through a long dark hallway. She was led by someone, who pulled her by the wrist. She seemed to have difficulty running. Something was wrong. But she couldn’t tell what it was. Moving with urgency, she sensed they were being hunted by something dangerous. A tug on her arm told her she needed to move faster. The danger was closing the distance. They approached a double door with signs that were unreadable in the dark. She wanted to slow down and figure out where she was. What is going on? Her guide burst through the double doors into a large space. It was pitch dark, but suddenly, as if Christmas tree lights had been turned on, small pinpoints of multi-colored light appeared randomly scattered around the room. Their greens, yellows, reds, and blues were not bright enough to provide real light, so she continued to stumble along behind her guide. They ran, looking for something. The double doors they had just passed through flew open, banging against the walls, and she heard footsteps and voices — lots of them. An angry mob! Her mind flooded with fear. Everywhere she looked she saw the multi-colored pinpoints. The guide turned a corner, then another, and a third. The pursuing mob’s footsteps faded a little. She heard someone fumbling with a doorknob and a door squeaked open. “In here,” a voice said. “Stay down. I need to think. Be very still.” She followed the hand into the room, heard the door latch lock, and sat down against the cold metal door they had just entered. The footsteps grew closer and stopped outside the door. She heard rhythmic chanting as if words were being repeated in unison by the mob. Courtney couldn’t understand what they said. Suddenly, she felt as if she’d sat on an ant mound or had burst open dozens of spider sacks. Thousands of little legs were crawling all over her. She let go of the guide’s hand and frantically tried to brush them off. Courtney wanted to scream but knew the pursuers would hear. Valiantly, she tried to swallow the cry. Her panic mounted as she felt the crawling things burrowing into her skin. It overwhelmed her senses. Self-control vanished, and a blood-curdling scream exploded from her as she sat up in bed, viciously fighting to get the crawling things off her. She felt arms wrap around her. “It’s just a dream, Court. You’re all right. I’m here.”
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About The Author
Clark Burbidge was born and raised in the high mountain valleys of the Rockies. He earned an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BS from the University of Utah. Clark and his wife, Leah, live near Salt Lake City, Utah, where they enjoy their blended family of ten children and nine grandchildren. Clark’s award-winning works include the StarPassage series, Giants in the Land trilogy, the acclaimed Christmas book, A Piece of Silver: A Story of Christ and a nonfiction work, Living in the Family Blender: 10 Principles of a Successful Blended Family.
Have you read any of the StarPassage series? If so, which book is your favorite, so far? If you haven’t read the book, what is your favorite place/way to read a book? I prefer hard copies, but ebooks are great when I can’t find it on the library shelves and when we’re traveling. I also love to curl up with a cushy pillow and warm drink and blanket. Tag us on Instagram @CinnamonHollow with your answers to the above questions, or drop a comment in the comment box, below.
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