Corr Syl the Terrible
by Garry Rogers
When Corr Syl's friend and fellow warrior Rhya Bright is betrayed by the lynx descendent Able Remington, Corr tracks Rhya to the heart of the enemy Taoso nation ruled by the ruthless Minister Ya Zhōu, a Human who commands a secret network of Tsaeb spies and assassins. Reactivating an ancient warcraft known as Z99, Corr sets out to save Rhya, who has her own plans for escape. As he scours the planet and sees the destruction caused by carelessness and selfishness, Corr realizes that he wants to be more than a fighter. Corr Syl the Terrible is the story of a brave young warrior who must decide if he is more than the swords he carries.
During the ten-million years of war following the dinosaur extinction, Tsaeb warriors had built flying warcraft. One of them sat in the catacombs beneath the Continental Center Museum. Corr’s teacher, Halbert Sims, assumed the plane used antimatter power. Antimatter engines exhausted super-hot air that would add a problem to the complex concerns of the Tsaeb gleaners who cared for the land. No Tsaeb wanted that.
However, Rhya was an important person. Her need justified the plane’s use—if it still worked. Corr called the museum, introduced himself to the curator, and asked if he could use the old aircraft.
“Of course you can use the craft. Anyone can, but you are the first to ask while I have been here. I remember seeing a warrior symbol on the side, so I guess it belonged to the warrior guild. Let me look it up.”
While he searched for the craft’s records, the curator said, “Corr, the old warcraft is mysterious. Warriors must have built it near the end of the Age of War. It’s the oldest relic in the museum. I saw it when I started working here—it looked shiny and new. Ah, here’s the access number. I have to go to the vault.”
A few minutes later, the curator said, “I found a folder, but there’s nothing in it except a sheet of blue material inscribed with two lines. The first line says ‘Key’ followed by a series of letters and numbers. The second line says ‘Designation: IOZ-1899.’
4 out of 5 ( Very Good)
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**Disclaimer I received a copy of this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for a fair and honest review.**
Corr and Rhya are best friends who are recovering from the July war that destroyed the peace that once stood strong between the Tsaeb and humans. Corr finds himself using an ancient Warcraft to fly to get to where he believes Rhya is to save her. He must force himself back into battle mode to save his best friend and crush. Will he be able to conquer those he must fight? Does he hold the power that is necessary to compete against the humans and Tsaeb assassins?
The concept that this author has used and applied towards this story that animals are just as bright, in most cases brighter, than humans is quite interesting and well thought about. His descriptions that he uses are incredible and make for visualization to be done without much trouble. This was a fast read as it is a novella but it isn’t without a great story and story line. As I was reading the story I kept catching myself thinking “what if”.
If you are looking for a quick read that takes you to a new world in your mind and allows you to escape then pick up a copy of Corr Syl The Terrible.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Garry Rogers is an advocate for wildlife and nature conservation. A former professor at Columbia University in New York City and author of the award-winning Arizona Wildlife Notebook, Dr. Garry Rogers has appeared on NPR and PBS, and he is often invited to meet with library and school reading groups to discuss his work. His first novel, Corr Syl the Warrior received the Kirkus Star, and won Arizona Librarians’ OneBookAZ contest (2014—teen category).
Corr Syl the Terrible (paperback: $9.95, 120 pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: . EBook: $2.99, ISBN: ) will be available at neighborhood and online bookstores on May 2, 2015. Excerpts and an advance reading copy are available at garryrogers.com (http://garryrogers.com/corr-syl-the-terrible).
CONTACT: Garry Rogers, 928-925-7191, firstname.lastname@example.org