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 is how Roebor, the dragonpanther in the Power Rising series, might look if his ancestors had wandered down the evolutionary path retaining their scales. However, Roebor's people developed fur along with wings, and became neither lizards nor birds. The big guy pictured here, and he was a big guy, is known colloquially, if I recall correctly, as the Jesus Christ lizard for his ability to zip across water without sinking. Knowledgeable people, feel free to step in and correct my memory if I have his species wrong. Look at the spines on this puppy! Roebor has no spines, and I must say that spines would look pretty strange sticking out of his fur. Luckily for us, this lizard didn't develop the size that Roebor's people have attained, Roebor being one of the biggest among them. This big guy, which I saw running around at Manuel Antonio National Park, was quite as large as I would want to see a lightning-quick, spiny critter on the loose. Oh, but how I would love to see a glimpse of Roebor flying across the sky, blotting out the sun as he soared, his great wings spread wide!