DJ Hall: The Third Last Communiqué

Today I’m joining the blog tour for The Third Last Communiqué. I’m sharing an extract from the book with thanks to Zoe O’Farrell for inviting me on the tour and to the author for my copy of the extract.

Blurb:

Three people with unique gifts from totally different backgrounds will come together in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Through tragedy and euphoria, these three individuals will discover mind-bending knowledge that could change the world as we know it forever.

James, an Australian family man, becomes increasingly disturbed by nightly visits from an unknown entity. Haloke, a female native American astronaut, unwittingly gets caught up in the most bizarre of hoaxes after discovering a Coca-Cola can on the surface of Mars. And Nadeeka, a little girl living in a small fishing village in Sri Lanka, suffers horrendous injuries after stepping on a landmine while playing on a banana plantation.

Found guilty of murdering his psychiatrist, James is committed to a psychiatric prison ward for life. Submerging into mental chaos when he discovers he has and will live again in another time and place. Befriending an Aboriginal corrections officer while serving out his sentence, they both uncover together what James’s mission in life is to be, from an unfathomable visitor who finally reveals who and what he is.

After returning to Earth from the international mission to Mars, Haloke’s life becomes intolerable, as the press and the U. S. Government hound and scrutinise her relentlessly over her suspected involvement in the embarrassing episode that had occurred on the red planet. Succumbing to alcoholism, she seeks refuge with her grandfather on a Navajo Indian reservation. While living there, she experiences inexplicable trances, causing her to write down complex mathematical theorems on bits of scrap paper that are so advanced, making everything that had come before redundant.

Recovering in hospital from the loss of both her legs, Nadeeka mysteriously develops tremendous skills in painting, compared to such geniuses as Rembrandt, Caravaggio and Vermeer. Her photorealism art of the Brazilian Rainforest vegetation is so accurate. It beggars belief that she has never seen any images or never visited the world-famous rain forest. This phenomenon astounds everyone, especially a renowned botanist who attends her first art exhibition. Noting she had illustrated rare trees and plants to the finest of details and unbeknownst to the botanist, Nadeeka has also painted yet-to-be-discovered flora that will finally cure every known and yet to come human disease.

James is the linchpin to this strange tale of futuristic intrigue. Ultimately he will visit both Haloke and Nadeeka in another dimension in their moments of dire need, comforting them as he finally comes to terms with the unanswered questions of our times. The story ends as it began, only it happens at a different time and in another place.

Extract:

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As Mike and Ted got up to leave, Ted asked if he could remain.

“There is something of national importance I need to tell you, Madam President.”  

“Oh God, there’s more!” she complained as the Press Secretary closed the doors behind him.

“No-one knows what I’m about to tell you, apart from a few insiders in the CIA, who over time have all passed away. Amazingly, I seem to be the only one still around who knows about this. How can I put it? Improbable information,” Ted said slowly and deliberately.

“For Christ’s sake, Ted, get on with it.”  

“This is going to blow your mind, Madame President.”  

“If you take one more second, I’m going to have my security people throw you out!” growled the exasperated President.  

“There was another flag on the Moon,” declared Ted.  

“What! Another flag?” she repeated, throwing her hands up into the air. “What the hell do you mean? Another flag? Whose flag – ours? Someone else’s?  What utter bullshit.”

“After Apollo 11 landed, Neil Armstrong, as instructed, collected rock and soil samples. Then his following procedure was to make his way towards the designated area where he would place our flag. Armstrong suddenly froze, utterly dumfounded. He then told us there was another American flag already there! We cut transmission immediately, citing a glitch in our communication system, and informed the world we would continue transmitting as soon as possible.”

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The Third Last Communiqué is available from Amazon.

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