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About the Book
Book: The Underground Book Readers: United Forces
Author: Terry Overton
Genre: Middle grade, pre-teen, teen dystopian
Release date: March 1, 2023
In the second book of The Underground Book Readers, Leena, Kahn, Casey, Jairus, Asher, and Conroy face unpredicted challenges. The World Force tightens its grip on the remaining teens and children of the Blue Ridge Mountains area. Increased patrols and drones are seen nearly every day as they visit their underground cavern to read forbidden books and study the Bible. The Underground Book Readers attempt to find out the identity and purpose of a new threatening group seen on a nearby mountain while they continue to work on an escape tunnel. But they soon discover there is more under Leena’s house than a cellar. The underground group design a spy mission to the other mountain. Questions remain about possible escapees who left to find a free territory in what used to be called the United States in the world before.
United Forces Excerpt 5
She told the group all their parents would want them to spy on these strangers. Kahn was more frightened when Jairus went a step further stating spying should happen during daylight rather than at night. Kahn concluded Leena’s idea, to find out the identity of these mysterious people, was the most important task for the group. He knew it would be risky, but the group had no choice.
Asher held his hand out gesturing for the night vision goggles. “Let me take another look.”
“Here you go. Maybe you can see more since you are taller than the rest of us.” He passed Asher the binoculars.
Asher moved a bit forward, pushed his long hair out of his eyes, adjusted the focus and looked across to the other mountain. “You could be right. They could be just like us; hiding from the World Force and trying to survive. But it’s dark and they’re moving back further into the deep woods down below. Can’t see them at all.”
Kahn knew what the group needed to do.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Terry Overton obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology and her Ed. D. in special education. She taught in public schools and was a school psychologist and a professor before retiring in 2016. She began her second “career” after retirement writing Christian fiction books and devotionals. She hopes to share the Christian worldview through her writing and touch the lives of her readers. Her novels, middle-grade readers, and picture books seek to entertain readers through the travel experiences and characters included in her books. Her books have earned Bookfest Awards, Firebird Award Winner, American Writing Award Gold, International Finalist Book Award, Reader Views Awards, Reader’s Favorite Awards and the Mom’s Choice Award. She currently resides in Laguna Vista, Texas, near the Texas-Mexico border. She enjoys Biblical history and general Bible studies, writing, and enjoying family and friends. She has seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.