The Alien Element, book two in the Translocator Trilogy, is as good as the first in the series (The Auriga Project), a fast paced intriguing mystery set on two worlds millions of light worlds apart but accessible via a translocator (but only if used with the black diamond.) It deepens the mystery on earth and answers the primary questions regarding the mysterious god on the planet Eliana found herself on. Now back on earth Eliana is in the jungles of Mexico searching for links to the Mayan civilisation on the other planet. She has no desire to go back to the planet, until she finds something in the Mexican jungle that she simply has to compare with something in the abandoned stone city on Rakulo’s world.
Her husband, Amon refuses to send her, however, and by the time he realises that he should have said yes, it’s too late to do it in a controlled fashion because she’s leapt through the rift that appeared in his lab and got there herself.
In this book we have three mysteries. Eliana’s as she tries to work out what the relationship is between earth and Rakulo’s planet, Rakulo’s as he tries to discover what’s over the huge wall surrounding their village and how he can defeat the god that holds them captive and take human sacrifices, and Amon’s as he tries to work out who else has a translocator and what they’re planning.
The question of what’s over the wall, who the god is and why he needs the human sacrifices gets answered in this book, but we’re left with the mystery of the human with the translocator. We know who it is, but we don’t know what his end-game is or how Amon can find and stop him. That will have to be answered in the next book. I look forward to its release and hope I can afford it (99c is my usual price point since I read so much). Though, I’d like to know how it turns out, I could also leave the series here. The alien and his technology are most fascinating.
All up it’s an excellent, well-crafted book in all areas. I read it in one sitting.
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