United Forces Book Excerpt!

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.

Book Excerpt

The next day, when the guards were not in sight, Conroy proved his skills by catching a fish and cooking it perfectly in a pan on a small outdoor fire. Conroy was at last voted into the Underground Book Readers Secret Society. Kahn believed that Conroy would be useful in the coming months.

And that is how a new family of six had been formed. But Kahn feared the unidentified people in the distance. He wasn’t certain of the kind of danger, but he was uneasy knowing they were moving in and out of the woods, grouping and scattering again, on the nearby mountain. He wondered if the actions of these people were random. He wondered if the strangers already knew about Leena’s house where the members of the underground readers now stayed at night.

Kahn considered Leena to be the bravest of all the members even though she was the youngest one in the group. It was Leena’s idea to spy on these newly discovered people. Kahn, who was hesitant to confront the unknown without planning and calculation, was surprised by Leena’s comments that her own parents, and the parents of everyone in the group, would encourage bravery at this point.

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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.