One of Two

by S. R. Cronin

One of Two - S.R. Cronin - 46. Ascending
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Pages: 396
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Join an extraordinary family on a heart-pounding adventure as they face mortal danger.

Telepathy creates as many problems as it solves, as everyone in the secret organization x0 would admit. Those problems become much worse when budding psychic Lola discovers another group of telepaths associated with a powerful media empire. This group is willing to destroy anyone capable of challenging them.

Soon, Lola's family and friends are in danger. Fortunately, they are gifted with astonishing abilities of their own. Yet, none of them know how to fight. It will take every power they possess, and the allegiance of a helpful warrior, to bring down the arrogant adepts who do the bidding of a man hell-bent on promoting destruction.

Can the talented people Lola cares about learn to trust each other and work together in order to save the world?

Excerpt:

The invitation for this TV appearance had been presented to her as chance to explain her views and defend her ideas against these attackers. Yet now that she was in New York about to go on air, every instinct was telling her this was a huge mistake.

She looked off stage at the well dressed, tall Latina with shiny, long, black hair who had greeted her and appeared to be the producer of this segment. In spite of an otherwise strong, almost regal, body, the woman walked with a cane. A small amount of underlying pain was evident in her eyes. The rest of her mind was a gauzy grey of unreadableness. Very odd.

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Lola’s misgivings were so strong that she considered simply walking back off the stage, perhaps feigning sudden illness. But then the words “on in five” blared, and the chirpy host she had met briefly a few minutes ago walked to his seat. The next thing Lola knew, he was saying, “Meet today’s guest, Lola Zeitman, a quiet geophysicist from Houston who has stirred some people up with her little article called ‘Face Painting for World Peace.’”

As he said the words, Lola was finally able to pick up a clear thought from him. Unfortunately, the thought was that this interview had no other purpose but to make her look like an absolute dimwit.

Telepathy is not always as useful as you’d think, she thought. Do your best to make it through this with your dignity intact.

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Reviews:Fabulous and Brunette wrote:

I can’t believe this is the very last book in the series!!! But I was thrilled to go on one last adventure with the Zeitman family and it didn’t disappoint!!!
This book is overflowing with exciting and intriguing science fiction, mathematics, fantasy, action, adventure, mystery, suspense, and real-world issues!!! ... I couldn’t agree more with the author’s premise – “we humans have so much more potential than we realize."…. Looking back, I seriously felt that message in everyone one of her books. There is so much inspiration, passion, courage, strength, encouragement, motivation, vision, confidence, bravery, fortitude, determination, and fearlessness in those pages!!!

Mary DeSantis, Editor wrote:

Having read all the previous books in this series, I can and will say that this was absolutely the concluding story I wanted. Watching this family of reluctant superheroes, if you will, come together to be something bigger than themselves was fascinating and inspiring. The ways in which they were able to meld their talents for maximum effect was amazing. Even with all they could accomplish, their victories never felt easy, something I commend the author for. It’s difficult to throw up obstacles in the way of people with special gifts in a world that’s not set up to handle opposing those gifts. This did it all and more in so many creative ways.


46. Ascending is six interrelated novels about five family members who each discover they can do something extraordinary. The first five stories overlap in time and can be read in any order. This last book is best enjoyed after reading at least one of the previous books.

The last novel in the 46. Ascending collection, One of Two, returns to Lola’s story as she discovers another group of telepaths with a much different approach to using their powers. Soon, Lola and those close to her are in danger. The good news is she has discovered the people she loves all have special gifts of their own. The less good news is that every power they possess may not be enough to keep these others from destroying all Lola holds dear. One of Two takes Lola and her family to the tip of South America and beyond in this adventure about trust and the power of working together.

About the Author

Sherrie Cronin is the author of a collection of six speculative fiction novels known as 46. Ascending and is now in the process of publishing a historical fantasy series called The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters. A quick look at the synopses of her books makes it obvious she is fascinated by people achieving the astonishing by developing abilities they barely knew they had.

She's made a lot of stops along the way to writing these novels. She's lived in seven cities, visited forty-six countries, and worked as a waitress, technical writer, and geophysicist. Now she answers a hot-line. Along the way, she's lost several cats but acquired a husband who still loves her and three kids who've grown up just fine, both despite how odd she is.

All her life she has wanted to either tell these kinds of stories or be Chief Science Officer on the Starship Enterprise. She now lives and writes in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she admits to occasionally checking her phone for a message from Captain Picard, just in case.


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