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The Cloud Catcher

The Unfinished Novel...

Sometime in the not-so-distant future, the weather is going crazy
huge storm systems, drought in some areas, deluge in others.  Clara and her ten-year-old daughter Olivia have been relocated to Illinois after a massive hurricane wiped out Galveston (sorry, guys), and one day Olivia comes home late from school.  She's been exploring an old abandoned hotel, located next to a gigantic national laboratory complex, and she's found three strange objects:  an electronic key card;  a distinctive blue silk scarf with silver stars;  and an opalescent, holographic shell-shaped object that Olivia has decided must be a dragon's scale.  After a newspaper feature writer interviews the family about their experiences in the flood, a picture of Oliviawearing the blue scarfappears in the paper next to a human interest story about flood survivors.  That innocent picture begins to unravel a tightly wrapped national secret and set in motion a series of events that might change the history of the world.

Pam Woll,
Dec 6, 2009, 10:15 PM