Susan Butcher was a four-time champion of the Iditarod Trail sled dog race. Granite was her greatest lead dog, but he didn’t start that way. He was a shy, scraggly pup that the others pushed around, but Susan saw his potential. Together they worked until he became leader of the team.While they were training for the Iditarod, Granite became deathly ill. The veterinarians said he would never be strong enough to run the race. Granite refused to accept this, and slowly he started to recover. By the time of the race he was strong enough to start, but Susan wondered if he could finish the entire thousand-mile race. Confidently Granite guided the team into the lead of the race, when suddenly they were caught in a raging Arctic blizzard. Now Susan and the whole team depended on Granite to get them through the storm. He had to call on all his inner strength and courage to save them—if he could.
Even if they don t know much about rocks, most folks can name at least one place they have encountered granite; but ask them about the rocks graywacke, gneiss, or rhyolite, and they may give you a funny look. That s because speckled, sparkly, and beautiful granite is common and easy to identify. In everyday life you ll find countertops, headstones, flooring even whole buildings made of granite. In the natural world it forms random boulders in fields and many of the planet s loftiest peaks. Commonness aside, no two granites are alike; it is a mysterious rock that crystallizes from magma miles and miles below the surface, far beyond the reach of human observation.The first title in the What s So Cool About Geology Series, What s So Great About Granite? brings this enigmatic rock to the light, exploring some of its mysteries with lively and lucid prose. Learn why some granite is pinkish while some is gray; why some granite crumbles in your hands while other granite can t be crushed by a tank; and why some granite is solid and unbroken for miles while some is riddled with cracks. Illustrated with crisp, stunning photographs and informative figures, What s So Great About Granite? is a must-have for anyone interested in one of the world s most fascinating rocks.
THE ARKANA SERIES: Where Alternative History Meets Archaeology AdventureVolume One - The Granite Key"Think 'MEDIUM meets THE LOST SYMBOL' and it only begins to describe the pleasures of THE GRANITE KEY - 5 Stars." (Kindle Nation)A Wake-Up Call In a nightmare, nineteen year old Cassie Forsythe sees her sister attacked by a man in a cowboy hat who demands something called "the key." Her nightmare mutates into reality when she is called to identify her sister's body, murdered exactly as her dream foretold. Cassie dismisses her vision as a fluke until the night she catches the man in the cowboy hat ransacking her sister's apartment. He bolts with an odd-looking stone cylinder--the Granite Key. From that moment, Cassie's normal world evaporates. A Secret Society She learns that her sister led a double life retrieving artifacts for a secret organization called the Arkana. Members of this clandestine society perform an unorthodox kind of archaeology. They scour the globe for artifacts from cultures predating patriarchy by thousands of years in order to build a compelling case for an alternative history of the origins of human civilization. Cassie's sister had the psychic ability to touch an artifact and relive its past. Cassie has now inherited this gift. The leader of the Arkana wants the girl to take over her sister's role in the organization. She reluctantly agrees in the hopes that they might find her sister's killer.A Dangerous CultThe Arkana learns that the man in the cowboy hat is a mercenary named Leroy Hunt and that he is working for a fundamentalist religious cult known as the Blessed Nephilim. The Granite Key which Leroy stole is inscribed with hieroglyphics revealing the location of a quasi-mythological artifact called the Sage Stone. Although skeptical of its legendary capabilities, the Arkana is afraid to allow the relic to fall into the cult leader's hands. His fanatical belief in its power could be the catalyst to start a war of religious genocide.Unlocking The KeyTeamed with librarian Griffin and bodyguard Erik, Cassie is sent to the Minoan ruins of Crete to decipher the key's code. This unlikely band of treasure hunters is dysfunctional from the start. Griffin has never gone on a field mission, Erik treats his inexperienced colleagues with contempt, and Cassie second-guesses her psychic hunches. Their internal clashes rival the bigger crisis of what to do when they come face to face with their enemies.A Matter Of Life Or DeathEven as the trio rakes through megalithic tombs and Minoan palaces for clues, Nephilim operatives have been dispatched to recover the Sage Stone. The cult members won't hesitate to kill anyone standing in their way.Will Cassie and her teammates avert global disaster or find themselves casualties of the Nephilim's mania to exterminate the world of unbelievers? The adventure of the Granite Key holds the answer.