Gravely ill and paranormally-gifted Shannon Kendricks must return an alien child to her world, while trying to free a captive beluga, and to combat a pair of ancient aliens set on destroying Earth. Her friends can help, but not everyone will survive. Will Shannon succeed in her quests before it is too late, or run out of time? Find the answers in POWER OF THREE, a thrilling novel from Cathy Parker.
Like my protagonist Shannon Kendricks, I am an attorney, I volunteered as a zoo keeper's aide for eight years and did have a very special beluga buddy, Mauyak. As to encounters with alien children, I am not saying. I was also a radio and print journalist and once was the 'Jill of all trades' for a small satellite paper in Wyoming. I did everything from taking to the photos to writing the articles and op-ed pieces to helping with layout and hauling the newspapers through blizzards once a week. As a result, I saw lambs being born and went on a cattle drive and ate my first (and last) Rocky Mountain Oyster. I have seen mountain gorillas in the wild in Rwanda and the orangutans in Borneo and even rocked an orphaned baby orangutan to sleep on my chest. I have volunteered with a chimpanzee sanctuary for former research subjects. So you can see where my heart lies. Currently I am happy at home with my black brindle mastiff and my black cat. All similarities between my cat and Narcissus are purely and probably coincidental.
The beluga Juneau in POWER OF THREE is based on a real life beluga Mauyak who once lived at the Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. [Pt. Defiance is nothing like the SeaQuarium in Ocean City of the novel]. I enjoyed the good fortune of being able to work with her and spend time with her long ago now and when she was shipped off to Chicago, where she still lives, I missed her terribly. Still, I was glad for her because she'd had no luck giving birth to healthy surviving babies here, which I believe was very hard on her, while she has had several offspring who survived in Chicago. I was always torn about my experience with her, because it meant so much to me to spend time with her, while I knew in my heart of hearts she should never have been captured in the first place. This is why, in POWER OF THREE, I tried for a compromise idea; where the whales and dolphins could be truly free but able to come in for husbandry and where people could watch and come to know and love them as I did. Has anybody out in Chicago been to see Mauyak lately? How is she doing?
Power of Three
Juneau swam to greet her, the whale’s snow-white, plump body gliding through the water. The beluga raised her head, with the broad, unmarked forehead, ebony button eyes set well back on each side, short soft curving nostrum, and the mouth that reached so far around each side she always appeared to smile. Beautiful as ever.