It’s blog tour day again! This time it’s for David E. Dresner’s The Blighted Fortress, the second book in the Allies of Theo series. I’ve been sent an extract from the beginning of the book to share with you all, I hope you enjoy it.
Unknown to the people of Chicago, a very special sanctuary exists in the center of their great city. Unseen and unapproachable, this sanctuary is home to two very ancient beings.
The older is Theo, a god-being who existed before the Big Bang. On Earth Theo chooses to appear as a large, exotic, black cat similar to the Egyptian god Bast. Joining Theo is M, an ancient Egyptian appearing as a young man. M was born before the first pyramid appeared.
Over countless eons Theo has been forced to flee and hide from searching fire creatures. The creatures are demigods born out of the star dust elements following the Big Bang. The fire creatures have pursued Theo to gain his knowledge that predates our universe. Once acquired, the creatures believe they will evolve into gods and rule the universe.
For millenniums Theo and M have searched the world for potential allies to join them in fighting the fire creatures. So far only M’s mind has proven capable of accepting the physical and mental restructuring necessary to become an ally of Theo.
At the beginning of the twenty-first century their search was rewarded. They found not just one potential ally, but two. Once discovered, teenagers Glenda and Traveler were brought to the Chicago sanctuary where they learned about Theo, his cosmic pursuers, and their threat to our universe. Once offered, both accepted the challenges to become allies of Theo.
For Traveler and Glenda their Chicago sanctuary became a shared home, but is so much more. The sanctuary is where their individual training and development as future allies takes place.
Sentient books work with them to gradually increase their mental and physical capabilities. These books demand total focus and effort. As hard-pressed students they complain, they compete, they struggle, they persevere, they learn, and they develop.
About the author:
David E. Dresner was born and raised in rural Ohio. He was an Eagle Scout and later high school president in both his junior and senior years. The social mores, the friendships, and the rivalries of his youth were character building and era defining and have stayed with him into adulthood. Dresner studied physics and mathematics at Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon, earning a B.S. and M.S, before training to become an actuary. Dresner enjoyed considerable professional success, working at major business consultancy firms at CEO and COO level before taking early retirement and starting a family. He has since dedicated himself to giving back to his community, supporting small businesses, churches and schools by developing their strategic plans, as well as tutoring children in core academic studies. Having travelled extensively and lived in France, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, today David and his wife Nancy live in a rural part of Virginia, near Charlottesville. He is currently working on the fourth instalment of The Allies of Theo series; he will publish his third novel in 2020.
What do you think? I’d love to know what you think in the comments!