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The Phoenix Rebellion Prequel: A Lifetime Ago -- PDF

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February 1, 2010
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Jenifer Ranieri

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For eighteen years, Nik has been a solitary man... focused on his career and his career alone after he lost his wife and son. Now, a chance meeting has given him something else, something more, someone to love again.

CJ Montgomery is young, naïve and moldable when she meets Colonel Nik Tanner... except he is the only person not trying to make her into something else.

Time and distance would eventually heal the rift that meddling, vindictive hands create, but their story is just as much in the past as in the future... A lifetime Ago


Sequel to The Phoenix Rebellion Book One: Revolution 

Saturday, February 21, 2043 
Presidential Ballroom Edward J. Holbrook Center for Areth-Earth Alliance 
Washington, Northern Hemisphere Capital City 
Former United States of America

Soft music, laced with subtle string melodies, echoed through the expansive ballroom as military leaders, political figures and scientific pioneers mingled with Areth dignitaries and ambassadors. Subdued conversation hummed just below the surface of the music, blending with the tinkle of crystal and china. 

Doctor CJ Montgomery stood at the top of the sweeping staircase that led to the ballroom floor, taking in the crowd as a giddy excitement danced up her spine. She tightened her hold on the arm of the gentleman walking beside her. He patted her hand affectionately. 

"I take it you've never attended a soiree on this grand a scale, Miss Montgomery?" 

"No," she said as she released a pent-up breath, then blinked and turned to look at Professor Abernathy. "No, Professor." Her voice was stronger this time. 

He smiled behind his full, white beard and took a step forward. CJ walked with him, the flared hem of her silk skirt whistling around her ankles as they took the stairs. "You are the next generation of Genetics Engineering geniuses, Miss Montgomery. It's high time you rub elbows with the men and women that will lead our world into a future full of promise and advancements like none we have ever imagined." 

They reached the bottom of the stairs, and Professor Abernathy led her directly to a small crowd of people gathered together in conversation. She immediately recognized Warrick, High Commander of the Areth fleet, and her heart jumped into her throat. He was dressed in a long robe of deep brown, five gold cubes on each shoulder the only indication of his rank within the Areth Chain of Command. He needed no insignia to set himself apart. There wasn't a person on Earth who didn't know Warrick by sight. She barely heard the exchange between Professor Abernathy and the Areth leader until the saying of her own name snapped her out of her daze. 

"I consider Doctor Montgomery my prodigy, and predict her contribution to the study of Theoretical Genetics will be groundbreaking. She is a brilliant doctor." 

Heat rose in her cheeks and she glanced away from the professor and Warrick… and found herself looking into the most intense brown eyes she had ever seen. 

"Doctor Montgomery, allow me to introduce Colonel Tanner," said someone's voice on the edges of her perception. "Colonel Tanner is one of our honorees this evening." 

Colonel Tanner towered over her, or so it seemed. CJ was five-foot-ten and had on heels and yet she still had to raise her chin to meet his gaze. He was at least six-foot-three, and the blue dress Earth Force uniform he wore accentuated his broad shoulders and a trim physique. His brown hair was cut close in standard military fashion, with the slightest hint of gray at the temples. That, with his rank, told her he had to be in his late thirties at least. Slight lines bracketed his thin, chiseled lips. 

He extended his hand and CJ took it, his long fingers engulfing hers. 

"Doctor?" he said, and his voice was like honey over gravel. 

"Yes," she managed to say, her voice lost somewhere in her throat.

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  1. A little bit more... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Dec 2013

    I didn't need to read "A Lifetime Ago" to enjoy the Phoenix series. A reader rarely is allowed a peek into the backstory. A good writer weaves the backstory into the tale. However, needing and wanting are not the same thing.

    This Prelude isn't needed to appreciate the Phoenix series, but I'm delighted Gail shared it. It's like adding sprinkles to a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream. The sprinkles aren't necessary, but they add a special touch, enriching the enjoyment.

  2. This should be called the Director's Cut 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Jun 2013

    If I never knew "A Lifetime Ago" was available, I could have easily enjoyed The Phoenix Rebellion books -- but having read this free prequel, I feel I have gained the full experience.

    She does such a beautiful job of bringing is right into the moment with Nick and CJ in "Revolution", but this story makes it so much more real.

    You don't need it, but once you read it, you'll be glad you did. You'll understand Nick has always loved and mourned his son. And he adored CJ, loved her with all he is and was.

    It's wonderful.

    Thank you, Gail Delaney, for this added layer.

  3. An extra layer of seasoning... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Apr 2013

    I love that Phoenix Rebellion: Revolution can stand all on its own -- Gail Delaney did a great job of writing it so you didn't feel like you missed anything -- but I also loved that she wrote this prequel to add the extra layering for anyone who read the books.

    I see this like a director's cut. It's something that happened, and it adds to the overall series, and reading it makes it all better...

    And hey, who isn't in love with Nick Tanner after reading ANY of the Phoenix books (That is especially true for Michael Tanner -- love those Tanner men!)? This prequel helps us fans see how CJ could have loved him so much.

    Thanks for this free extra seasoning!

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