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The Culling Dark

By Bettyann Craddock

The Culling Dark
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  • Paperback: Sep 2000,
    490 pages.

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Two groups of explorers are unexpectedly separated and marooned on a mysterious, dying planet. One group must learn to survive the harsh rigors of life returned to its primitive roots. The other, fully supplied with modern conveniences, awaits rescue too long. Fleeing a despot commander, they take up residence in an abandoned alien city of tranquilizing beauty.

Unknown to each other, both groups have brought their evils with them. Life becomes a struggle for life or death against those evils in the interior and exterior dimensions, that we by nature straddle as physical yet spiritual beings.

It is the story of the beginning of civilizations, of myth and legend, of the roots of perception and the unavoidable consequences of choice.

CHAPTER NINE

"Kruseos, thou ancient, mysterious planet, what secrets dost thou guard to thy golden breast?"

Year 2. Book Two.
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Antonio Felipé Perez did not care to eat his lunch. Neither had he eaten his breakfast. Also, though it was yesterday and useless to waste today's thoughts on, he had not eaten his dinner. He was robbed of freedom. Therefore, while he was a prisoner his body would be prisoner to his own will, and if he wished to kill his body by starving, it was his right. For the hidden man is ever free, subject only to himself. God made it so. To emphasize this dear truth, he lifted and kissed the silver crucifix that hung about his neck.

His jailers changed shifts, and the new man who took the post looked in on him often, asking if he needed anything. Felipé knew him well. His name was Sovic, and he had lost a wife at Surface. Still he answered him nothing, and the man kept looking in on him as if he were the one needing something, not the ...

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New York Times - Gregory Mcguire

The intricate details and fascinating characters are the makings of another great science fiction novel.

Danielle Naibert, The Book Reviewer Site

One of the best character driven science fiction books I have ever had the honor to read. Craddock's version of life in space and a completely different planet, was original and so filled with passion, that I was surprised to learn this was her first novel. But then after the interview I truly understand the wonders of this woman, and so will the reader when they close this book...for the first time. Craddock's description of the planet's surface and the sky above were pictures in words. I could see everything she written. I could feel the grit in my teeth, the heat from the sun and the lonely silence of the nights. You know how when you discover a book that shows you everything, you wish you could run out to Hollywood and hand it to a scriptwriter? Well, that is how I felt about this book, a true masterful novel that deserves to be seen in full color besides my mind. The conflicts between the characters were also quite remarkable. Again, the passion Craddock shows with her characters, shows her love for this genre and her book. If I had to remark on one character, it be Felipe. A strong role character that truly takes control of the story. Another character that I felt something for was Wolf. Powerful and enjoyable. Basically the story pertains to the lives and adventures of a group of people on a different system. The conflictions they battle amongst themselves,and the world around them. When you finally get to the epilogue, your breath will be taken away. The words in that epilogue are truly poetic and beautiful. This is a book that anyone will adore, and science fiction readers have been waiting for.

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[Bettyann Craddock] has a fresh and insightful story to tell, and we believe it is well worth the readers attention.

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