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The Watchtowers: EarthWatch by J.D. Cortese

Opportuna Libri, LLC
$16.99, paperback / $2.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1732559035
Fiction: Time Travel / Science Fiction
May, 2020
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They are watching us, but we can't see them.

Time travelers watch our downfall from their invisible sky cities, the Watchtowers. Agdinar is one of their Watchers, not old enough to drive an air-vehicle but old enough to get into a lot of trouble with one of them. He rebels against the Watchtowers’ hierarchy by taking aerial joyrides over the perilous world of 2,056’s New York.

After a fight with the lead Overseer, Agdinar runs away and breaks one more rule when he tries to rescue two early-human girls from the Hawks, the band of armed extremists that occupies Manhattan and most of what’s left of the country. He saves Sarinda, the strong-willed Major’s daughter, but loses her friend Tysa to the Hawks.

Agdinar has changed the city’s future and, if found by the Towers, he would be punished with permanent stasis. Ignoring his fears, Agdinar remains in the lower world to help Sarinda rescue Tysa.

But this would be only the first of their problems. New York is approaching what would be known as the Second Descent, the start of centuries of worldwide chaos.

As they battle to save their city, the ultimate design the Watchtowers have for our future would be revealed.

Jorge D. Cortese is a scientist and educator by training, and a writer out of a passion for discovering new worlds. He has written for a widely-read scientific newspaper (The Scientist) and served as editor for educational magazines and publishing houses. Winner of awards for both science and teaching, he has received also the prestigious annual award of The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville for literary fiction.

After extensively pinning a world map, he and his itinerant wife have found a home in North Carolina’s Durham. His two children remain closer to New York, a city he misses as much as Buenos Aires, Shanghai, and Paris. All these places keep appearing in the dream worlds of his stories, as much in the now as in distant futures. When not at his desk writing, he feeds his two lifelong passions, photography and table tennis.

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