Racing the Clock

Buy the eBook here: Vincent Berg at smashwords.

Alex finds himself with a mission to find as many new followers as he can during the limited time he has left, as he comes to grip with the knowledge that his abilities will likely kill him. Before that happens, he hits the road with his sister and an ex-cop serving as a bodyguard. Along the way, they learn much more about him, about his followers, and about leading a mission when one doesn’t know the way. He needs to connect with enough followers to build a whole new branch on the evolutionary tree, but he only has a limited amount of time to do it, and he has to stay below the radar as he does it.

This is the fourth of a six book series following Alex Jennings as he deals with a variety of challenges as he learns about what he’s ultimately facing.

Character List

Use this to look up anyone you can’t remember.

Prologue:

Alex begins his new adventure by looking back and saying goodbye to his family and friends.

01: Random Roadway Encounters

Alex, Cate and Gail learn a few things on the road.

02: First Night in Town, or a Little Hotel Fun

The first night in Memphis.

03: A Long Day in Memphis (Part I)

New characters, new information.

04: A Long Day in Memphis (Part II)

More people, and Alex learns something new.

05: Recriminations and Acceptance

Cate chides her brother over his behavior, while the others marvel over it.

06: Reacquaintances

Alex returns to New Orleans.

07: Big Events in the Big Easy

Alex gets a few surprises in NOLA.

08: A Pregnant Pause to Consider

Alex has some adjustments of his own to make.

09: The Obstetrician Gets Her Own Checkup

Alex settles in before the hammer falls.

10: Two More for a Grand Reception

Albert Rodriguez’s article about Alex is released.

11: Once You Get a New Ethnic Group, Someone Brings up Bussing

Patricia and others provides Alex with a few more surprises.

12: A Handful of Events

Alex deals with changing events in New Orleans.

13: Odds and Ends (Who You Calling an End?)

Alex deals with more people and situations.

14: Discussing Closet Space

More problems from Albert Rodriquez.

15: Cate and Gail Get Their Chance

Alex gives those most loyal to him some time.

16: A Hot Time in the City of the Blues

Alex finally flees New Orleans.

17: Odds and Ends – and Clara

Clara returns, with her usual results.

18: Reintroductions

Alex meets his new traveling companions.

19: First Night Jitters

Alex’s first concert.

Thanks for reading. Read Book 5

Touring Under Pressure

 

quotestar star starstar star  “good story” Amazon review by Mr. Rowland R Denniss

Really good story one of a set (catalyst) couldn’t put it down and when I’d finished it I was so disappointed I didn’t want it to end.

 

quoteI am REALLY enjoying this story!!!! It’s GREAT!!!!!! Aubrey

 

quoteGreat story! I am looking forward to reading the rest of it. Thanks for writing it so well!

 

quoteAn extraordinarily captivating story. I am like an addict…I must have more now. So, the steady drum beat of chapters being issued is agony to the impatient.

I like your writing style. I have always heard – let the participants tell the story. And they do. I watch through Gail’s eyes as she searches the crowded room for threats, & Cate’s constant frustration that she cannot learn more about what Alex is creating while wishing to be a seer.

The amount of work to create these narrations is breath-taking.

Mark

quoteI’ve been waiting just a few weeks for this and have not been disappointed. Keep running with this series as you have me hooked.

Mohawk

 

quoteReview by: TerryStephensonJr on Dec. 29, 2013 : star star star stargray star
Just finished this one, I honestly didn’t get as engrossed in it as I did the previous one. I think because the core group being fractured and the massive influx of new names and faces. Still good however.

4 thoughts on “Racing the Clock

    • Just FYI — chapter 9 has two titles inside — chapter 9 and chapter 8. Also it lacks
      your traditional ‘trailer’

      Thanks for alerting me. Silly me, I posted the chapter and then headed out of town for the day, thus I never got a chance to check it. Turns out I copied the chapter to the site before I’d saved the final version. Duh!

      It’s fixed now, and thanks for bearing with me.

  1. Regarding the frequency of posting … I suggest you continue with the twice per week schedule.
    I for one would rather wait for errors to be fixed before reading the result. That does mean I have to discipline myself to wait for the story to be concluded.
    However, if you have already completed the Catalyst series on Smashwords, I’d hate to find errors after paying to read them.
    Anyway that’s my 2 pence worth. 🙂

    • > Regarding the frequency of posting … I suggest you continue with the twice
      > per week schedule.
      > I for one would rather wait for errors to be fixed before reading the result. That does
      > mean I have to discipline myself to wait for the story to be concluded.
      > However, if you have already completed the Catalyst series on Smashwords, I’d hate to find
      > errors after paying to read them.
      >
      > Anyway that’s my 2 pence worth. 🙂

      Thanks, John. Though I think you’re getting the wrong impression about what I’m doing in the ‘revisions’.

      While I do make a small number of ‘corrections’ (mostly substituting better words), they’re mostly cosmetic. I’ll typically replace a one paragraph summary with a couple pages (typed) of dialogue, or replace “he said worriedly” with something like “He ran his hand through his hair, considering the statement before responding.” Essentially, they make the story easier to read, but the story itself isn’t changed and there shouldn’t be any more errors (except for those I introduce by making last-minute changes).

      Hope that helps clarify the discussion. As my newest post details, I’m planning on increasing by only one additional chapter each week, and only for “Touring”. I don’t think that will overwhelm my readers too much (he says, as this weeks chapters are both 12,000 words each, almost twice their normal length!).

      Finally, I always update my ebooks to reflect any corrections or improvements to the story. Thus updated stories (available for free once you’ve purchased the book) should have fewer errors, but I don’t think they’re that obvious. However, if you ever notice an error in one of my stories, please feel free to notify me and I’ll try to correct it.

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