A boy born with supernatural gifts could be the long awaited prophet; a girl with deceitful intentions will risk it all for his secret.
Sean Marrok lives in the Dredge under the controlling thumb of the Regime. His magic power to forsee events gives him the edge to win a two-million to one bet. But at what cost? Framed for destroying Regime property, Marrok finds himself on a commuter ship to the prison on Roan which gets ambushed, landing at the secret base of the Network. There Marrok again runs into Ambrosia, the exotic woman who believes he is destined to be the Savior of the people, and Chantelle, the sexy charmer who saves his life…again. Will Marrok see what’s to come? Or will his third eye be blinded by his own decisions? A dark science-fiction novella weaving magic with manipulation that shows what happens when the oppressed have had enough and rise up to fight. Awarded honorable mentions in L. Ron Hubbard’s 2013 Writer’s of the Future contest.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting story
By Publisher of The Leopard Queen Books
“I was on the edge of my seat as I read through your book Jaimie M. Engle. It was captivating and held my attention, which anyone who knows me, knows my mind wanders, so to say this book kept my attention, it had to be a winner!!! I would highly recommend this book to all my friends.”
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite by Jaimie Engle to date.
By Christine Edwards, Author & Freelance Journalist
“This was a great read for me and my favorite by Jaimie Engle to date. I truly enjoyed the fast pace and the gritty depiction of the future. The main character’s voice was raw and edgy, which I loved. The sci-fi elements were woven in artfully, which made this an easy and fast read even though I’m not a sci-fi reader by nature. If you’re in to post-apocalyptic tales, you’ll enjoy this story.”
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the book!
By kimberley schulman
“I loved the book and the plot twists! It was well written and entertaining. It is worth purchasing and sharing with others. I don’t want to give away any of the story, but just know that you will enjoy every page…!!!! Kudo’s to the author…!!!!”
4.0 out of 5 stars Tension and escalating action,
By Julie Rew, Editor Third Flatiron Anthologoies
“‘The Dredge,’ a new science fiction novella by Jaimie M. Engle, is what I would call the “Firefly” genre, where Mal and his renegade crew try to live outside of Alliance control. It also compares favorably with “The Darwin Elevator,” another work in the same vein. It’s a story about Marrok, a young miner who barely ekes out a living and is known only by his number by the repressive Regime. After his shift, he goes to a local club to gamble and let off steam and drink a few Stingers. He knows he’s prescient sometimes and takes a chance when he sees the number 13 hit on the roulette wheel. It seems like he shouldn’t do that, because he would be immediately suspect if he won. Anyway, he wins big and attracts the attention of the casino owner Ambrosia, who reveals that she is the leader of a rebel cult that wants to overthrow the Regime. She believes he’s like Neo in “The Matrix”–i.e., “the Savior” in the cult’s prophecy. He’s not interested in joining their cause. But he is interested in Ambrosia’s daughter, the seductive red-haired Chantelle. Somebody burns his apartment down, killing his mom. Chantelle saves his life twice and helps him escape the clutches of the Regime. But can he trust her? As the two are surrounded by Regimist soldiers, it seems there’s no one he can trust. Jaimie Engle brings “The Dredge” to an exciting, unexpected, and ultimately satisfying ending.”
Published by A Writer For Life press.