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The Altered (MoorRey Publishing; April 9, 2019). Author MG Hardie creates a world that is as familiar as it is unfamiliar. On the ground level, the world looks and operates like our reality. The reader soon realizes that there are two worlds superimposed over each other.
Destruction on Earth comes in the form of natural disasters. Yes. That earthquake is after you. Yes. The tornado only destroyed your home. These unseen culprits cross into our world through portals called the rifts. These larger, stronger, more powerful, anatomically similar beings come from a dark matter Earth. Their missions of death and destruction are in retaliation to the damage human have done to their world.
These beings murder Devon’s wife and daughter, but he has no time to grieve because being altered isn’t pretty, it isn’t easy. The Altered struggle to feel normal, to make sense of the world, to come to grips with being the only one who can see the otherworlders that dot the landscape and it’s frightening.
Driven by fear, he runs from these beings. Devon his chased around the world narrowly escaping disasters and death. Being altered allowed Devon to gain abilities to fight an enemy only he can see; an enemy that can’t be bargained with; an enemy that doesn’t intend to stop. Devon has mastered his new abilities and he has a plan.
The plan: go through the rift and convince these powerful beings not to carry out their murderous plan. Devon is going to need some help along the way.  Devon finds help in Joshua Dougan, a software developer and college friend and Gina Lawrence, a purchaser. With time running out and the odds stacked against humanity the choice between being altered and allowing the world to be destroyed becomes clear.
How will they react to knowing the whole truth?

Will the altered be enough?

Get Altered April 9th

ISBN: 978-0-9968296-5-6  (Paperback)

ISBN 978-0-9968296-7-0 (ebook)

 

Late on a dark New Orleans, a jogging Peter Gold saw a hoodie wearing man dragging a woman down the street. Gold intervened as the man tried to get the woman into a SUV near the intersection of Magazine and St. Mary streets.  The man let go of the woman, held his gun to Gold, looked him in the face and said ‘I’m going to kill you‘, then he shot Gold point blank in the stomach.

 

Gold lay on the sidewalk and pleaded for his life. The hoodied man put the gun to Gold’s head, pulled back the slide on the black semi-automatic gun and pulled the trigger. “I saw the man squeezing the trigger repeatedly. He said the gun was jamming.” Gold recalled. When the gun didn’t fire the man took the woman’s purse and drove away.

Gold recovered from his injuries in what everyone has called an “incredible miracle.” Gold graduated from Tulane medical school and continues with a residency in orthopedic surgery at a hospital in New York City.  “I’m just very lucky and fortunate to be able to come out of that alive,” Gold said. “I think about that day every single day of my life.”

Every single day Gold thinks about how he almost died, “I wonder what happened in somebody’s life that they were able to create such violence with such ease without even thinking about it.” Gold has a started a nonprofit foundation called MyStrongCity to provide education, mentoring and to raise money for community-based organizations that empower undeserved youth.

The gunman, who was captured later, attacked three other people immediately after leaving Gold.

Gold says that he was “lucky”, but could the gun jamming be attributed to something other than luck? Would he have started this foundation that has helped thousands of people, if this horrible incident had not occurred? Could this happening be something other than fortune smiling on him?

Could this have been  THEM?

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A shower of red sparks shot up from beneath the chassis of the speeding Camaro, and then a bike, folded up from impact. The Camaro had hit a cyclist, and the rider was pinned underneath the car. The Camaro plunged on for ten seconds, dragging along the 18-year-old rider with it.

One of the rider’s legs was pinned between chassis of the car and the frame of his bike, the other was jammed between the bike and the asphalt. After 30 feet, the Camaro slowed and stopped. The rider screamed in agony, pounding on the side of the car with his only free hand.

Without stopping to think, Tom Boyle who was driving by who had stopped, reached under the frame of the car and lifted. The metal bent and groaned and the chassis moved up three inches. “Mister, mister, higher, higher,” the rider screamed.

Boyle braced himself, took a deep breath, and heaved. The front end of the car lifted six more inches. “‘OK, it’s off me,” they boy called out, his voice tight with pain. The driver of the car pulled the rider free while Boyle held the Camaro another 45 seconds.

The biker was badly hurt and he was in a lot of pain, but he was alive and he would live. Some people have called what Boyle did, by lifting the 3,500 lb., car a miracle but maybe it was something more than that…maybe it was THEM.
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