Alisha is dangerously close to being demoted again for failing to train the soldiers how to fly her new techniques, so she comes up with a game to help flyers get comfortable in the Wind Tunnel. Turns out their aggressive need to win a game is sufficient to override their fear of falling.
Blurb Stationed on opposite coasts, Alisha and Logan must each face their own demons and challenges. On the West Coast, Alisha loses her rank for butting heads with General Powell and soon discovers the life of a private can be utter hell. On the East Coast, newly promoted General Logan discovers his soldiers do not recognize his authority to command. In an effort to retake control of the East Coast Corps, Logan authorizes unthinkable actions. When Alisha faces a life-threatening crisis, will Logan rise above his own troubles, or will she discover love and rescue with her best friend Jack?
In Alisha’s attempt to find other ways to create comfort in the wind tunnel, she had invented a new sport called tunnel ball. Two players matched against each other. The offense player would attempt to move a ball through three floating hoops within five minutes. The defense player would attempt to prevent the flier with blocking maneuvers by getting to the hoop before the offense.
To prevent the game from becoming deadly, no physical contact was to occur between the players, so all games required a referee. Alisha assigned severe point penalties to actual physical contact between the players. So while a player could win the game, if he won it with high penalties, he could still end up losing points and thus dropping in the overall rank of players.
The game proved remarkably successful in getting the Ryders to lose their fear of falling. It seemed their competitive nature was even a stronger distraction than sex. At first Alisha refereed the games, but once it became too popular for her to manage alone, cameras were established inside the wind tunnels for MAC to referee. Alisha didn’t really believe MAC wanted to be a referee, but the opportunity to study air flight close up probably made it worth the computer’s time. Also, it stopped all moaning about the referee’s call, which had been a problem every time Alisha had tried to let someone else referee.
Another advantage of having MAC cameras in the tunnel was she could sit at the computer and assess the progress of her students as she ate her lunch. Jack would naturally join her to “run the equipment”, since the general didn’t know she was capable of running the equipment herself, thus they no longer had to have lunches at the officers’ table.
She and Jack would bet their desserts on who would win a match. It annoyed Alisha Jack won as frequently as she did. She felt she should be able to spot talent faster than Jack. He, on the other hand, felt he should be able to assess fliers’ capabilities in battle better than her.
“This one’s no contest,” Jack laughed as he watched a pint-size girl and one of the highest ranked players enter the tunnel. “Are we certain they’re planning to play tunnel ball?”
Alisha looked at the girl in surprise. “That’s Daily News. Logan sent her back from the East Coast for training earlier this week. Kevin must be looking to raise his point level with some easy wins. This has to be her first game of tunnel ball.” Alisha shook her head as she clicked the fast forward emblem.
“Stop!” Jack took the mouse from her. He moved the video back and restarted it just before Daily darted up and blocked Kevin from entering his hoop. “Dessert on Daily,” he declared.
Alisha shook her head. There was no way Daily could beat the all-time scorer in tunnel ball. “You’re on.”
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About the Author
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels. OTHER BOOKS BY LIZA O’CONNOR SCIENCE FICTION The Multiverse Series Sci-Fi Soap Opera with humor, romance, and science The Gods of Probabilities Surviving Outbound Surviving Terranue Surviving Sojourn
Alisha learns that being a leader comes with all sorts of extra responsibilities. Unable to bite her tongue, she's put in a difficult position where she's forced to give up on her beliefs in order to survive. But Alisha won't let her dreams die. Alone and isolated, she faces pressure from the General as well as tormenting by other soldiers. Logan faces his own problems and becomes forced to become a man he doesn't like. Just as alone as Alisha, his dreams falter as well.
Ms. O'Connor completes this compelling tale of one girl's determination to save herself and ends up saving her country. As always, Ms. O'Connor's story tugs at the reader's heartstrings as she twists the characters and forces them to face demons both inside and outside their own hearts. I couldn't stop once I started reading so you may want to start it in the morning. This is a story I would read again and again as it left me with a deep understanding of life and dreams.