In a time not so distant from our own,
the land is scarred; the air tainted;
and the desperate poor are sick and dying,
Dr. Jesse Grange has spent the last thirty years trying to rebuild his protected city and its technology. Now he glimpses the future and sees what may be the end of the world.
In his walled city, Jesse lives as a hero and celebrity, guardian of one of the last remaining safe havens on the continent. But the mistakes of the past are catching up to his best efforts, and with news of the failure of the latest experiment his hopes of a real future for his people are dashed.
Beckoned by his brother, a banished Keeper of the sick, to leave the city and travel to the edge of the sea, Jessie Grange experiences first hand the ash grey air, the bitterly cold sand, and the tainted and unduly warm ocean.
As Jesse enters his brother's house, he catches a glimpse of the girl who may be the savior and salvation of humanity; Robin Sayers.
Robin is Desgastas, born into exile because of the genetic trap in her blood. She has lived all her short life under her Keeper's care, absorbing both his faith and his bitterness. Now her world will change as she is uprooted from the only home she has ever known and forced to shelter in Jesse's sterile sanctum as a "marked" child.
There Robin will begin the battle for her life, her faith, and for the future...
About Leslie Davis
Leslie Davis was born in San Diego CA. "Keeper's Child" is the first novel Leslie Davis is publishing. [MORE]
"Keeper's Child is a lyrical novel, a dirge for a society that didn't consider how its science might react with the world's ecosystem. But it doesn't preach or present its readers with an action-packed plot that pits intrepid survivors against postapocalyptic monsters; it simply unfolds description after description of humanity's gradual decline in a mutating world. Readers who find Michael Crichton's impassioned warnings about science's missteps to be too much will appreciate the more subdued and human-centered approach that Leslie Davis takes in Keeper's Child." - Dru Pagliassotti, reviewer, The Harrow
"It's the near future: the land is dying, the poor are sick, and a doctor has spent thirty years of his life trying to protect and rebuild a protected city and its technology. Jesse's been a hero for his efforts - but he journeys away from his beloved city to experience firsthand the dying world, and possibly its only salvation in a girl who was born with a genetic trap in her blood, struggling for her life. An engrossing story of the future will satisfy any avid science fiction reader." - Midwest Book Review
"The prose in this one is excellent and I enjoyed reading it..." - Don D'Ammassa
"The author weaves a tale that pulls you in and out of believing there is hope for humankind. There is no reliance on sex or violence to keep the reader moving forward. The plot is extraordinary and the dialogue thoughtful. This book is almost impossible to put down once you start reading it. I cannot wait for the next one." - Charles S. Teegarden, Amazon.com
"The scenes and characters are often very vividly drawn, I felt like I could smell the tang of the tainted ocean and feel the grit of the sand under my feet. It is often very immediate, at least one scene made me gasp out loud. It is a complex world and there are many underlying themes; issues of class, short-sightedness, our tendency to hide and hide from what we don't want to acknowledge, as well as uncontrollable biological change and adaptation. Overall, this book is of that rare and precious variety that is likely to leave you thinking long after you have finished it. I recommend it!" - Dr. H. E. Lorimer “Reader and Geneticist”, Amazon.com
"Well-written and often graphic in its descriptions, this novel, at 340 pages, is divided into 21 chapters, and it is a story of a future ecological disaster that is man-made. It is a cautionary tale about a battle for the survival of humanity. Recommended." - Ronald Hore, CM Magazine
"This story reminds us of how delicate we need to live in tune with nature and technology. It is a great book with well develped characters. I loved the detailed discriptions of the setting of the book. I began to feel part of the story and couldn't put it down. This is a page turner and I can't wait to see what happens next." — James Tanner, Amazon.com
"This is a rather "slow" novel, but a really good novel. Stick with it, for the story is very much worth reading." — Dead Trees Review
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