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Below the Surface (Xenonian Origins Book 1)

Below the Surface (Xenonian Origins Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Catrina Taylor

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Merx Tol, a resistance fighter, strives to balance life, his empathic sense, and the protection of his people under his mother's leadership. Everything he desires changes the day Henessa Sar, a young woman presumed dead, appears among the debris of a supply truck.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 192 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Writing Network; 1 edition (13 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00838TX18
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Hooked! Very Enjoyable Story! 25 Jun 2012
By CLynn - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I was pulled right into the story from the opening sentences:

"Merx drop. Everyone down! Incoming!" The older gray haired woman stood four lengths behind the teenage boy. She held a forced propulsion weapon on her shoulder and aimed it at an incoming Ven supply transport."

That tells me a lot. There is an attack going on and it's dangerous. An older woman is holding a propulsion weapon which she aims at the enemy's (Ven) transport."

Now, that's exciting. I'm interested immediately. I can visualize it. What better opening than that?

But it's not just action. I felt for the characters. And I think they were depicted exactly right for a short story.

I cared about them. I was moved when Merx rescues Henessa. The characters had a real feel to them and being likeable, I was moved to caring about this battle of theirs.

Theirs is a very unique world, they're enough like us for us to identify with them but different enough to be extremely interesting what with the different sorts of life styles and ESP.

I care enough to read more. This author got the balance right, too in my opinion. It was interesting sci-fi--new and different and very readable.

I loved it.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catrina Taylor is a writer to watch! 14 May 2012
By sjbgilmour - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Some sci-fi writers, and a lot of fantasy writers load the reader with massive info-dumps to wade through before they get to the guts of the story. Catrina Taylor doesn't do that in Below The Surface. That alone made me really, really like this short story.

There's little to no preamble cluttering up Taylor's writing which makes her a must for the experienced sci-fi reader. She takes you straight into the middle of a war-zone, on an unnamed planet, and bam! You're in the story.

The protagonist is a young Resistance fighter called Merx who, with his two mothers and other family members and comrades, is fighting the Ven. He's also gifted; a telepath. When he helps rescue a girl around his age, also a telepath, from a crashed Ven transport, the intrigue only just begins.

The bulk of the story takes place in the caves in which the Resistance is hiding from the Ven - hence the title, and it leads up to an ending which left me just itching to get more. I'll be sure to bug her on her Facebook page:[...] for more.

Another nice touch Taylor works in is how in the society she's created, there are a few very different social and biological norms. Extra sensory perception, while not common, is recognised as real, and bi-sexuality (and, we can assume all other kinds of non-traditional, non-heterosexual relationships) is no big deal whatsoever. For fans of the likes of Herbert, MacCaffrey and Heinlein, Taylor takes us into more wonderful unknown territory, yet armed with the familiar feel of being in a good sci-fi setting, the way it should be.

For the dedicated sci-fi reader (especially Heinlein fans), Catrina Taylor is a writer to watch.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sold Skeptic 12 Jan 2013
By Hayze1114 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I am leery about reading SCI-FI;I am a fan of the Paranormal. I picked this book up as a recommendation and fell in love. The characters feel like real people with emotions and a sense of honor. The battle scenes are intense, but not overly detailed. The romance is intense, not smut; they truly fall in love. I am a female soldier and loved the commander of the resistance being female. The author uses concepts of loving who ever you want without ever making the story about political views. You see a world where people are truly trying to survive and enjoy life. The ESP is simply apart of these people. The battle is simply that,it does not interfere with relationships or even sibling teasing. You crave for the lead characters to find a purpose and you are excited in the end when they do. I wanted more.

I hate short stories because it is never enough for me. I want more and this book makes you want to keep reading the series. By the time you put this down you will get every other book she has written in this series. You will fall in love with the lead characters and need to know what happens next to them.

The lay out of the book is sound. You don't feel like you need a dictionary to read and at the same time you don't feel like you are reading a kids book. I have read many books and find it fun to find grammatical error that editors do not eliminate before publishing. I did not find any in this book. I have found maybe 3 the whole series.

Overall, Catrina Taylor has taken an exclusive Paranormal Girl and turned her into a SCI-FI Junkie. I look forward to her next book and am tapping my foot. It is taking her too long to publish it. I recommend her to everyone I see with an E-Reader.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A story that makes you demand more! 23 July 2012
By TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I honestly did not pay attention to anything that told me this was part of a larger piece of work. So, there was while in the beginning where I felt like I'd walked into a movie halfway through. That did not prevent me from enjoying a wonderful story. Catrina Taylor is a name I have never heard of, but after reading this, I went straight to Amazon and grabbed Change by Design (Xenonian Origins). I was pulled into this world and that is a feat since I have really been put off by the Sci-fi genre the past few years.

I loved what I read, but felt that there was a lot that ended up being omitted. To but it bluntly...there is a lot of story here that seemed to be summed up in a sentence or two. Perhaps I will get more once the full length novel for this series becomes available. Very few editing issues (I always feel obliged to mention that for good or bad.) Ms. Taylor, you have a new fan.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't take my word for it. Grab your own copy today!! 31 May 2012
By lilgracielou - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Story Line: Merx helps his mother as a resistance fighter. Finding the body of Henessa and connecting with her as they share some common qualities turns into a short story of connection between two strangers that are thrown together in the strangest of ways.

Characters: Merx, Jaylin, Henessa, Renee, Larah, Dak

My Favorite Part: There is a section where Merx is torn between his mother and Henessa. Wanting to be there for both and both wanting him to be there for the other. I like this part most because it really connects you with Merx you can feel his confusion and his frustration as he deals with his emotions and ideas or thoughts of what he should be doing.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. THIS IS MY OWN PERSONAL OPINION ON WHAT I LIKE. THIS MAY NOT BE YOUR OPINION THUS I ADVISE YOU TO READ THE BOOK AND MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND. Now on to my opinion, this is a short story so there is very little room to go into huge amounts of information and still get the story in. I think Catrina did a wonderful job on her story. However, I am the type that likes to know more behind my characters. Again personal opinion. You do get small bits of information randomly here and there. The story unfolds the connection between Merx and Henessa. Ending with Merx making the ultimate choice and growing into the man he was raised to be.
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