After a terrible accident, Claire wakes up in the hospital. Not being able to remember the recent events that led to her accident is disturbing enough but to discover a stranger in her room who only she can see and hear is even worse. Jhidhai can relate. Typically, humans cannot see or hear him, but Claire can do even more. Unraveling Jhidhai’s secrets will take Claire on a journey through both time and space. And Claire’s secrets from herself will lead her toward a destination she could never have imagined.
In early July 2013, the following news article made headlines: “Possibility of First Head Transplant Fraught with Ethical and Medical Dilemmas.” Are head transplants really in our near future, and what will that mean for mankind? Dante Marando understands that the human body is fragile. With recent medical advances, he’s certain scientists will soon be able to keep healthy people alive for longer stretches of time, and he is determined to be a part of history in the making. Is Dante interested in helping mankind thrive, or is he only looking out for himself?
Update: Dr. Sergio Canavero may soon render this story a realistic fiction. Watch his TED talk to learn more.
Keira Maddock has never considered herself a lady. In fact, she often acts in ways that would be considered downright un-ladylike. A hired killer and thief whose only goal is to provide the necessities of life for herself and her sister, she has learned to be brutally effective in her trade, with skills as sharp as the weapons she prefers. And when the head of a huge, shadowy corporation hires her to remove a powerful and wealthy opponent, Keira is happy to oblige. Until she meets him…
Scott Maddock is a hardened Terenian soldier-for-life. His job, to uphold the motto of the realm: “Reliance on Citizens Makes Us Great!” Soldiers work for the Gov, and the Gov is run by heads of corporations. But where do Scott’s loyalties really lie? Only he and his best friend know for sure.
April Maddock is trying to make it on her own and has taken a job with a wealthy family. She has chosen not to fight the system like Keira, nor to fight for the Gov like Scott. Unlike her siblings, she recognizes the good in everyone. Even so, outside appearances can be deceiving. April knows that better than most.
Infested with greed and divided by power, the realm of Terene bears remarkable resemblance to our own society. But opposite despair, there is always hope. Whereas Keira Maddock brings destruction, Guy Bensen brings promise. Wealthy and powerful, yet thoughtful and caring, he is an anomaly who throws her completely off guard. When she learns of his connections to Scott and April, Keira knows she has made the right decision in not only sparing his life but in joining his cause.
In book one of the Reliance on Citizens trilogy, S.L. Wallace introduces a world divided in which not everyone is who he seems to be. In a seamless blend of action, sci-fi, romance and political suspense, we are encouraged to consider the bonds that makes us human.
Greed. Power. Class division. Resistance.
The Terenian government has worked hard to divide the haves from the have-nots. Guy Bensen, Elite bachelor of the year, wants a better life
for everyone. Thief/hired killer, Keira Maddock, hungers for equality. Together, they might be able to change society.
Meanwhile, due to tragic events caused by the Divide, Keira’s younger sister, April, has left her baby in the realm across the sea.
Now she returns to Terene. With the arrival of two very different men, her life becomes complicated. In order to be safe, April must hide her
identity. In order to live, she must open her heart.
In book two of the Reliance on Citizens trilogy, S.L. Wallace delves deeper into political intrigue as we examine the bonds that make us
human, blending the genres of action, sci-fi, romance and political suspense.
With the Elite no longer in control and the Divide closed, the people of Terene expected change. They knew life could be better; they had seen it. During the recent coup led by Guy Bensen and Keira Maddock, televiews throughout the world aired footage of the more technologically advanced and peaceful realm of Mediterra. It was exactly what the Working Class citizens of Terene wanted for themselves and for their children. But change often takes time.
Six years have passed. Life in Mediterra is all eleven year-old diabetic Noah can remember and all his sister, Nadine, has ever known. Now a new President is in power, and their father, Scott Maddock, has decided it’s time to move his family back to Terene. He says things are different now. He says things have changed for the better. Noah isn’t so sure.
At first glance, this is a futuristic dystopian political thriller, but at its core, Heart of Humanity is a story of compassion. By skillfully weaving together several characters’ viewpoints in a first person narrative, the realm of Terene comes to life, magnifying universal issues such as bullying and prejudice. Part three of a trilogy, this novel also stands well on its own.