Shannon Kendricks thought all she had to do was venture to a strange world and face a giant race of aliens to save her friend Roebor. Boy, was she wrong.
In this action-packed conclusion to the science fiction-fantasy trilogy, Power Rising, Shannon answers the call from the tiny Seladoran Salesti to travel to FireWorld to rescue her friend, the magnificent dragonpanther Roebor. She realizes that to save her friend, she must make a great sacrifice. To make matters worse, while she is on FireWorld, a terrible tragedy strikes, with consequences that will set Shannon on a mission fraught with danger.
Back on Earth, as she seeks a way to overcome a Power of untold magnitude, she learns that to save her planet and the entire solar system, she may be required to sacrifice her life.
Obstacles await her at every turn—dragonpanthers from FireWorld set on revenge, her Seladoran friend Essi trapped and in need of rescue, Homeland Security agents bent on discovering Shannon's secrets, and a FireWorld monster terrorizing whales in the Gulf of Alaska. With the help of her ever-loyal and beloved Luke, the indomitable attorney Tourmaline Kulkarney, and her cat Nascissus, Shannon attempts to fight through the obstacles and find a way to defeat the Power—and somehow stay alive.
Like her protagonist Shannon Kendricks, Cathy Parker is an attorney. She 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, she is not saying. She was also a radio and print journalist and once was the 'Jill of all trades' for a small satellite paper in Wyoming. She 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, she saw lambs being born and went on a cattle drive and ate her first (and last) Rocky Mountain Oyster. She has seen mountain gorillas in the wild in Rwanda and orangutans in Borneo and even rocked an orphaned baby orangutan to sleep on her chest. She has volunteered with a chimpanzee sanctuary for former research subjects. So you can see where her heart lies. Currently she is happy at home with her black brindle mastiff and her black cat. All similarities between her cat and Narcissus are purely and probably coincidental.
This little kinkajou lives at a wildlife sanctuary awaaay back on a dirt road in the hills above Manuel Antonio National Park where animals are brought by locals. They have been injured or have been kept as pets and can't return to the wild jungles of Costa Rica. The dragonpanthers of FireWorld in the series Power Rising are huge things, house-sized, who live in mammoth caverns--but with modern technology. Could this tiny creature live on a world with such giants? I think so. This kinkajou lives in a world with people and jaguars and wild boars. He may be hunted [and doesn't that thought make you want to cry] but his species survives. On FireWorld he'd hardly make an hors d'oevre for Roebor, who will go for bigger game when he becomes a hunter by trade ... but that story unfolds in Power Stabilized. Meanwhile, this little one is mostly safe from predators and cared for by kind folks. It's sad, though, that he must live out his life as a captive because he wouldn't make it in his natural habitat. Always the sad case with captive animals, no matter how excellent the reason for their captivity. And infinitely worse, of course, for captive people.