Stranded (A stand-alone SF thriller) (The Prometheus Project Book 3)

BOOK: Stranded (A stand-alone SF thriller) (The Prometheus Project Book 3)
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Praise for
T
HE
P
ROMETHEUS
P
ROJECT
: T
RAPPED

“A thriller that you won’t put down until you’ve reached the last page.”

—Kids’ Picks,
Odyssey Magazine

“Trapped
is a complete thrill ride.”

—TCM Reviews

“This adventure will keep kids turning the pages … perfect for middle grades.”


Teaching Pre K-8 Magazine

“Highly recommended for both boys and girls. Wonderful and unique.”

—Discovery Journey

“My class loved it. They were totally engaged. It’s a hard book to put down.”

—Jeff Montag, 5th Grade Teacher
As Quoted in the
San Diego Union-Tribune

“Cinematic. Readers will surely be reminded of Eleanor Cameron’s
Mushroom Planet
series, as well as Heinlein’s
Have Space Suit—Will Travel
, and even Clarke’s
2001
. Vividly speculative. Able to capture the imagination of any teen.”


Asimov’s Science Fiction
magazine

“Keeps you turning the pages. It had me hooked by page two of the first book.”

—The Children’s Book Review

“Captures that pulse-pounding excitement you remember from your
Have Spaceship Will Travel
and
Postmarked the Stars
days. Crisp, clean, and delivers what it promises.”

—SFReader.com

“Brings to mind the classic young reader’s novel A
Wrinkle in Time
. An adventure story for young and old alike.”

—Associated Content

“Fun and suspenseful. Highly recommended.”


Kirkus Discoveries

“An entertaining novel … that reads in a flash.”

—Bookloons Reviews

“The gripping storyline will make young readers read this story in one sitting and want a sequel. I strongly recommend this book.”

—The Midwest Book Review

“I did not want to stop reading.”

—8th Grade Student
Published in the Newsletter of the ISTA

“If you have a middle schooler that is into science or sci-fi, buy this book. If you have a reluctant reader who has an interest in science or adventure stories, buy this book.”

—Amateur de Livre Book Reviews

“I read this book with my class for the first time this year and my class loved it.”

—President, Idaho Science Teachers Association

“Brilliant. Perfect for a class reader for 9-13s, and a ‘must’ for any school library. These books are, I hope, the first of a long series!”


Primary Science
(UK Journal)

“Nonstop action adventure … You really can’t put the book down for very long. A thrilling read.”

—California Science Teachers Association

“Would make a great read-aloud and would foster much talk among families.”


The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

“A suspenseful thriller that you will not want to put down…. vividly written.”


The Science Reflector

Praise for
T
HE
P
ROMETHEUS
P
ROJECT
: C
APTURED

“A page turner that kids—and their parents—will love reading … thrilling adventure.”

—Catherine Hughes, Sr. Editor
National Geographic KIDS
magazine

“Fast paced adventure, mixed with quick thinking. Ryan and Regan are great fun, and the story is just a cool idea! Very well written.”

—TeensReadToo.com (5 stars)

“I would give this book three-thumbs-up, but I only have two thumbs.”

—7th grader, published in the Newsletter of the MSTA

“Fast paced and full of action.”


ForeWord Magazine

“I was captivated by
Captured
. I found the second book in this great series as entertaining and action filled as the first book.”

—TCM Reviews

“An intense storyline that will have you churning through the book without putting it down.”

—The Super Mom

“A sequel that matches the pace and excitement of the original. In
Captured
, the author has added a second gem to the reading treasure chest.”

—The Reading Tub

“A delightful tale of kids working together, much as you would find in the
Lemony Snicket
books. Readers will look forward to more.”

—Curled Up With a Good Kids Book

“Will keep you on the edge of your seat while begging you to read on … full of fast paced action (that) keeps the reader wanting more. I eagerly await the third book.”

—Steve Fielman, Director-at-large,
Intermediate Science, New York State

“Holds even an adult readers attention to the very end. I look forward to his next offering in the series.”

—AAAS

“With
Captured
, the author continues to tell a story that leaves the reader reaching for chapter after chapter with plenty of suspense and cliff hangers. This is a fun and adventurous story.”

—California Science Teachers Association

The Prometheus Project

Book 3

Stranded

The Prometheus Project

Book 3

Stranded

Douglas E. Richards

This book is a work of fiction. The characters, incidents, and dialogues are products of the author’s imagination and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2009 by Douglas E. Richards

Published by Paragon Press, 2010
[email protected]

All rights reserved. With the exception of excerpts for
review purposes, no part of this book may be reproduced
or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or
mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any
information storage and retrieval system.

ISBN: 978-0-9826184-0-0

Library of Congress Control Number: 2009944189

Printed in the United States of America

First Edition

Contents

Chapter 1 Zero Chemistry

Chapter 2 Leaving School

Chapter 3 Isis

Chapter 4 Collision Course

Chapter 5 The Enigma Cube

Chapter 6 Entering Other Dimensions

Chapter 7 Lockdown

Chapter 8 Arrival

Chapter 9 An Ideal Location

Chapter 10 Attack

Chapter 11 Stranded

Chapter 12 Hate Mail

Chapter 13 Cut Off

Chapter 14 Death Awaits

Chapter 15 Flying Bloodhounds

Chapter 16 From Bad to Worse

Chapter 17 A New Hypothesis

Chapter 18 Through the Looking Glass

Chapter 19 Pinned

Chapter 20 Pursuit

Chapter 21 Sweating it Out

Chapter 22 The Hunt Continues

Chapter 23 Starlight and Storm Clouds

Chapter 24 Secrets

Chapter 25 Full Briefing

Chapter 26 Inspiration

Chapter 27 A Missing Device

Chapter 28 Sixth Sense

Chapter 29 A Lethal Decision

Chapter 30 Decoy

Chapter 31 Deadly Encounter

Chapter 32 The Return

Chapter 33 Friends

The Prometheus Project

Book 3

Stranded

C
HAPTER
1
Zero Chemistry

R
yan Resnick squirmed in his seat and struggled to pay attention to Mr. McPherson, his tall, wiry chemistry teacher, as he droned on and on. So far Ryan had managed not to lapse into a coma, but he knew he couldn’t hold out forever. Ryan loved chemistry, but Mr. McPherson could probably find a way to make a daredevil attempt to jump across a wide, alligator-filled river on a rocket-propelled motorcycle seem routine and uninteresting.

It wasn’t so much that Mr. McPherson was Ryan’s least favorite teacher: always in a foul mood and always delivering lectures so mind-numbingly dull that they would be considered torture in every free country in the world. It wasn’t even that Ryan knew the material so well. The main problem was that it was
Friday
. The closer it was to the weekend, the harder it was for Ryan
to pretend to be interested in the ordinary part of his life when the totally
incredible
part of his life was about to begin.

His life outside of school hadn’t always been extraordinary. He and his sister Regan, two years younger, had once been normal kids leading normal lives. But a few years earlier, when their family moved from San Diego to Brewster, Pennsylvania—a wooded town in the middle of nowhere—this had changed forever.

When their parents had behaved suspiciously after the move, they had investigated. They soon learned their parents were members of a top-secret team of scientists assembled to explore the greatest discovery ever made—an immense, abandoned underground city, in
perfect
condition. A city built by an alien race, filled with such fantastic structures and advanced technology that the greatest cities on Earth seemed like a collection of straw huts and Bronze Age tools by comparison. A city code-named Prometheus.

The entire city was contained within a hockey-puck shaped hole that had been hollowed out a mile beneath the woods of Brewster, surrounded by a thin force-field. This energy barrier was so impenetrable that only the genius of Ben Resnick, Ryan and Regan’s father, had enabled the team to finally break through.

When the team entered the city they had discovered its most astonishing feature of all: Prometheus was far
larger than the hole it was in! This
should
have been impossible, but there was no denying it was true. While the hole was about a mile around and thirty feet high, the city inside covered nearly as much ground as
Manhattan
and its ceiling was almost
fifty miles high
. If not for the absence of the sun in its bright, cloudless sky, visitors to the sprawling metropolis would have sworn it was above ground.

After Ryan and Regan had discovered the buried city, their involvement should have ended. Dr. Harry Harris, the head of the Prometheus Project, had refused to let them join the team. But just as they were about to be banished from the city forever there had been an emergency, during which they had saved their mother from almost certain death. They had also made a key discovery—that a race called the Qwervy had built Prometheus using automated nano-robots, with the intention of visiting Earth every hundred years or so to check in on human progress. Dr. Harris had been so impressed with their accomplishments he had allowed them to join the team after all.

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