Invasion

Unseen Things

Book 20
Duane L. Martin
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 Boredom is a horrible thing to suffer through when you're immortal, but it seems to be the normal state of things whenever there's down time between one crisis and the next.

In order to alleviate their boredom one afternoon, the others ask Jake and Lana to tell them the story of how they met, and what happened to them between the time when the Echnids first invaded the Earth, and when the pair finally settled down in the town of Cottonwood, Utah.

Also, the secret that Jarrod and the others have been keeping about their ability to alter reality becomes a bit more public when Sarah uses it to help Jake undo the single biggest regret of his life.

Invasion is book 20 of the Unseen Things series.
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About the author

Duane L. Martin began his writing career when he started a classic film review website back in 2002 called B-Movie Central.  Two years later, he would go on to create another website called Rogue Cinema, which is a monthly online magazine staffed by a wonderful team of volunteer writers that's devoted to film reviews, articles and interviews with film makers and other industry professionals.

An avid reader, he's been inspired by a wide variety of authors, including Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye, R.A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  More recently, he's buried himself in the various series of writers like Jennifer L. Armentrout, H.P. Mallory and Amanda Hocking.

His aunt, a published author as well, once gave him a book on creative writing that changed his life forever.  It was a collection of pieces by various authors, but one piece in particular has always stuck with him.  It talked about how to create characters that feel like real people by giving them real backgrounds, likes, dislikes and personalities.  It inspired him to create characters that feel genuine and real, like people you may know, or people you'd like to know, and helped him take his writing to the next level.

Aside from his writing, Duane is also a musician.  He took his first bass guitar lesson in 1987 and has been playing bass ever since.  He also plays some guitar and a little keyboard.  As he's always been a great lover of music, he often has it playing quietly in the background while he writes.

Born and raised in Northern California, he would later move to Idaho, where he currently lives with his wife Sharon and their border collies Buddy and Rusty.

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Duane L. Martin
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Published on
Apr 20, 2016
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Pages
643
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ISBN
9781311764201
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
Fiction / Science Fiction / Genetic Engineering
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No one believed fourteen-year-old Jarrod Grant when he told them what happened to his family.  They said it was just a coping mechanism to deal with what he'd seen, but no matter how hard they tried to get the truth out of him, all he could talk about was the portal that had opened in his room, and the creature that had come through it to abduct his mother, and his little brother.

His story hit the local news, and he was thrown into a social system that only seemed to exist to make him feel like he was crazy.  Ultimately he was placed with a wonderful set of foster parents, but school was a different matter entirely.  He was treated like a freak, and turned into an outcast whose only comfort was a notebook, in which he obsessively drew page after page of what happened on that fateful night.

When he started his senior year of high school four years later, he expected it to just be more of the same.  He never dreamed that he'd meet two amazing girls named Tina and Sarah who actually wanted to hear his story.  Not only did they believe him, but they made it their mission to try to find him some answers.

Their search eventually leads them to a woman named Patricia Samuels, the caretaker and record keeper of a library full of lost information.  Her books, some dating back centuries, contain some of the answers they're looking for.  To get the rest of the story however, she'll have to fly out to Ohio to visit an old man who could hold the key to everything they've been looking for.

Origins is book 1 in the Unseen Things series. It's an introduction to the characters, as well as the overall theme of the series itself.

No one believed fourteen-year-old Jarrod Grant when he told them what happened to his family.  They said it was just a coping mechanism to deal with what he'd seen, but no matter how hard they tried to get the truth out of him, all he could talk about was the portal that had opened in his room, and the creature that had come through it to abduct his mother, and his little brother.

His story hit the local news, and he was thrown into a social system that only seemed to exist to make him feel like he was crazy.  Ultimately he was placed with a wonderful set of foster parents, but school was a different matter entirely.  He was treated like a freak, and turned into an outcast whose only comfort was a notebook, in which he obsessively drew page after page of what happened on that fateful night.

When he started his senior year of high school four years later, he expected it to just be more of the same.  He never dreamed that he'd meet two amazing girls named Tina and Sarah who actually wanted to hear his story.  Not only did they believe him, but they made it their mission to try to find him some answers.

Their search eventually leads them to a woman named Patricia Samuels, the caretaker and record keeper of a library full of lost information.  Her books, some dating back centuries, contain some of the answers they're looking for.  To get the rest of the story however, she'll have to fly out to Ohio to visit an old man who could hold the key to everything they've been looking for.

Origins is book 1 in the Unseen Things series. It's an introduction to the characters, as well as the overall theme of the series itself.

After her temper led her to walk out on yet another convenience store job, Cindy needed to find herself a new job fast, otherwise she'd end up broke and living on the streets.  After discussing the situation with her apartment manager, he informs her that he has a brother who's been looking to hire an assistant.  The only problem is that he's a private investigator, which was a career field that she had no experience in whatsoever.  Still, she was pretty much ready to jump at any opportunity.  It was a chance at not only quick employment, but possibly a whole new career that would get her out of the convenience store business once and for all.

As it turns out, being a private detective isn't as glamorous as they make it look on television.  It comes with certain indignities and moral issues that she'd never really considered before.  Not only that, but her new boss, Frank, seems to delight in going out of his way to piss her off.  The only thing he seems to enjoy more than pissing her off, is complaining about how horrible her coffee is.  Still, for some reason that she can't seem to figure out, he also goes out of his way to help her succeed in any way he possibly can.

Frank can be terribly passive aggressive, but he's nothing compared to his sister Kayla.  She's like a nightmare on wheels, with no empathy, and no filter whatsoever.  You never know what's going to come out of her mouth next, but it's a safe bet that it'll be something infuriating.  When your temper is already the stuff of legends, having to deal with someone like her, without the encounter ending in a murder rap, requires a tremendous amount of willpower.

The one thing that Cindy has going for her is that she's got a super high aptitude for the job.  All she needs to do in order to succeed is to learn how to control that legendary temper of hers, work hard, and most importantly, learn how to make a decent cup of coffee.  The first two are relatively simple.  The third...not so much.

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