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Authors: Anne-Rae Vasquez

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Doubt

DOUBT
Among Us Trilogy
Book 1

 

Anne-Rae Vasquez

__________
AR Publishing

 

 

This is a work of fiction.
The events and characters described here are purely fictional and in no way represent or resemble real life events, places or people.

 

Among Us Trilogy. Copyright © 2013 by AR Publishing

www.amongus.ca
 
www.anne-raevasquez.com

Developmental Editor: Josefina Rosado

Editor:  Candace Sinclair, WordsRU
Proofing Editor: B. Miller

Cover graphic design by
AR Publishing
Illustration of Mist by Emma Rosado

 

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the author.

 

ISBN  978-0-9864921-4-3  AR Publishing

2
nd
Kindle edition

 

Part One:
Seeking the Truth

Chapter 1:
New York 2008 - Harry

Chapter 2:
Bina Schwartz - Harry’s mother

Chapter 3
: Global Nation 2012 * Harry

Chapter 4
: Serena (alias Lioness)

Chapter 5
: Cristal (alias Mist)

Chapter 6
: Joanna Chan (alias Onyx)

Chapter 7:
Before All Hell Breaks Loose

Chapter 8:
Questions That Need Answers

Chapter 9:
Who to Trust

Chapter 10:
Earthquake or Not?

Chapter 11:
Want Some Answers

Chapter 12:
What Is This All About?

Chapter 13:
Kismet

Part Two:
Nothing is What It Seems

Chapter 14:
Land of Milk and Honey

Chapter 15:
In My Head

Chapter 16:
Calm before the Storm

Chapter 17:
Joanna Makes Plans

Chapter 18:
Agent Is Watching

Chapter 19:
What Next?

Chapter 20:
Safe Zone

Chapter 21:
This Is Not Right

Part Three:
If You Only Knew

Chapter 22:
In The Flesh

Chapter 23:
Akko

Chapter 24: 
‘48

Chapter 25:
Mind Games

Chapter 26:
The Wall

Chapter 27:
Not So Lucky

Chapter 28:
Beginning of the End

Excerpt of Resist, book 2

Between life and death

About the Author

 

 

“…As a big fan of the TV show
Fringe
, this book appealed to me tremendously. The writing was well done, and the way the ‘supernatural’ forces were introduced was great. The characters, primarily Harry and Cristal, were developed and built up very well, and had enough detail about their lives for us readers to understand them as people, not just characters. Genuinely looking forward to reading the rest of the series when it comes out!” –
Melissa Greenberg, Inkspand review


It starts with a game designer and shining star programmer, Harry Doubt. ‘How was he going to convince online gamers to leave the privacy of their virtual world to work with others in the real world?’ is the question that ends chapter three. As someone who is married to an online gamer, that strikes me as a really good question. It was an excellent story that I’m sure both adult and teen urban fantasy fans will enjoy. You don’t have to be a gamer or know one to identify with the characters. They’re very well developed and definitely feel like people. I would definitely recommend it to a friend and I’m really looking forward to the second book.”
– Ginger Lego, Inkspand review


Doubt, Among Us Trilogy
, by Anne-Rae Vasquez, was a good and refreshing read for me. I am not too into books about the supernatural, but the idea of gamers on assignments was intriguing. The author uses this story to show that we are spiritual in nature, either for good or for bad. Cristal and all of her associates often obey orders without question until good eventually overcomes and the reader is left with a lot to think about. I would recommend this book to a friend. I will read book two and three because of the interesting way the subject of angels and demons is approached. A good, clean read for any age.”
– S. Coleman, Inkspand review


Doubt
is book 1 of an intriguing and exciting trilogy by Anne-Rae Vasquez. With enjoyable, vibrant young characters fighting a frightening unknown entity in a world that is about to self-destruct, Doubt will definitely appeal to readers of all ages who love sci-fi supernatural thrillers.”
- Owen Choi, author of Amazon Best Seller, Tendrils of Life


Captivating, thrilling and compelling. The story is original and fresh–a definite ‘have to read’ for new adult urban fantasy fiction readers.”
– Libby Howell, book reviewer


A dystopian adventure, edgy and thought-provoking which raises questions about what we’re doing to our society and planet. This gritty narrative which is fast paced and full of twists and turns is hard to put down till the end.”
– Cid Andrenelli, author of The Burqa Master


International intrigue, encryptions, and clandestine arrangements tumble together in this action-packed plot as young internet gamers use their skills to investigate who, or what, is behind the catastrophic events happening around the globe, led by this season’s newest, and most brilliant, master-mind – Harry Doubt!” –
Emily Hill, author of The Ghost Chaser’s Daughter and the Ghost Stories series.


Doubt
is a must-read novel that has depth and substance mashed up with fringe science. If you read no other book this year, this is the one to read!”
– William Miller, author of Kyrathaba Rising


I like books that go straight to the point without a flood of unnecessary introductory words. And this one grabbed me from the beginning with the idea of time travel… I was also impressed by the fact that there were “pictures” of all main characters, including their avatars. I love being able to imagine exactly how they look like. The author’s style is light and pleasant to read and I read it very quickly. And when thing got more complicated I couldn’t stop reading.”
– R.  Chelebieva, Inkspand reviewer


OMGosh! I just finished reading ”Doubt”... INCREDIBLE! I couldn’t put it down. Well developed characters with thoroughly explained relationships. Great background info - adds so much to the reader knowing what is going on at all times.  Cristal is a great lead. She is strong, smart, beautiful - a brilliant package. 

Harry is a wonderful character - he
’s the smart, fearless leader whose childhood left him with a slight childlike innocence /immaturity and trust issues.  The twists and turns and the espionage involving the gamers and the GN kept me on the edge of my seat. The paranormal aspect was something I wasn’t expecting, but was pleased with.  The flow/pace was great. The writing was smooth and there were enough ups and downs to keep a reader interested. I’m not sure what to expect next, but know that I can’t wait to read more!” –
Lisa W, GoodReads member

 

For
Joseph, whose vision and support inspired me to write this book. For my kids, who inspired me to learn about the hidden talents of online gamers. For Kathleen, who pushed the boundaries of my imagination. And for Josefina, who helped me bring Harry, Kerim, and Cristal to life. Finally, for the Truth Seekers who dared to believe.

I
n loving memory of Manny and Dee who are with us in spirit.

And a special tribute to Aaron S
wartz and Harry Fear whose work inspire our youth to fight for truth and justice.

Acknowledgments

Special thanks to the Truth Seekers for their contributions and participation in Harry Doubt’s missions.

 

Josefina Rosado as Cristal Hernandez (alias Mist)

 

Anne-Rae Vasquez as Harry Doubt (alias Zero)

 

Jeanne Lee as Joanna Chan (alias Onyx)

 

Khaled Talib, author of Smokescreen as Rinaldo Ricci (alias Red Fox)

 

Donna Bonastella as Angelica Martinelli (alias Venus)

 

Macqueline Cajandab as Serena Keensky (alias Lioness)

 

Josefina Rosado, Anne-Rae Vasquez as Kerim Ilgaz (alias Shadow)

 

Kathleen McMahon as Jenna Adams (alias Celestial Nymph)

 

Dear Truth Seeker,

I
believe in capturing history and this is my attempt to leave our story for the future generation of Truth Seekers like you.

I have asked all my Truth Seekers to keep a journal. I encourage each one to write their thoughts, events
, and ideas so as to preserve the story as close to the real events, thoughts, and feelings as possible. I want history to remember us not just from my words but also from the words of my closest and dearest friends—even friends who have ended being my worst enemies.

Your mission is to share these events with other Truth See
kers. Keep the faith that “Good” will prevail. We must stay united in mind and in actions. We must maintain our perseverance to save humanity and the world.

Harry Doubt
Truth Seekers Unite!

Part One
Seeking the Truth

One step at a time
The water feels fine
Think I’ll wade in some more
 

AR Vasquez

 

Chapter 1
New
York 2008 - Harry

COINCIDENCE?
HARRY’S MOTHER always told him that there were no such things as coincidences. Only fools believed in that garbage.

This
may explain her erratic behavior when his father, Aaron Doub, a respected quantum physicist, collapsed in front of them. A simple, impromptu, after-work dinner party, which his mother Bina was hosting at their home, had turned into an unforgettable nightmare.

His father
’s last words were, “We have the theoretical and experimental capabilities to build a time machine to the future. We have also discovered a scientifically feasible way to go back into the past...”

He remembered how his
father’s marble brown eyes bulged out of their sockets; his mouth opened as if to finish the sentence. Then, in slow motion, Aaron fell forward, his face landing into the pile of whipped mashed potatoes on his plate in front of him. The glaring bald spot, which Aaron meticulously polished and combed over every morning, was all that Harry could see from his end of the table.

What
would Dad do if he had built his time machine earlier? Would he be here right now?

Harry glanc
ed over his shoulder wondering if there was the slightest possibility that an ‘Aaron Doub from the past’ was standing in the shadows, observing the circus freak show unfolding at this particular point in time.

His father
’s colleague, Dr. Saeed Nariman, also a quantum physicist, lifted his father’s head from the plate while another guest helped wipe the mashed potatoes from his father’s face. They both lifted his father and placed him on the floor. In a daze, Harry stood up and walked towards his father’s inert body.

His mother
was on the other side, waving her arms in the air, and wailing at the top of her lungs, “They killed him! They killed him!” she cried.

Who killed him?
Harry thought.

Thankfully, a wife of one of his father
’s colleagues came and guided his mother away. Harry stood motionless, watching in awe as Dr. Saeed placed his mouth on his father’s lips. Aaron’s chest rose up and down with every breath Dr. Saeed blew into his mouth.

Dr. Saeed
glanced up at Harry and glared at him, saying, “Don’t just stand there, Harry! Call 9-1-1!”

***

His father was pronounced dead an hour after they arrived at the hospital. Harry was walking back from the vending machine. The ER doctor came out of surgery and found his mother and Dr. Saeed in the waiting room. Harry could read from the grim expression on the doctor’s face that the news was going to break his mother’s heart.


We found a small clot lodged in your husband’s brain,” the doctor said to his mother. “It caused hemorrhagic damage to the surrounding tissue. I’m sorry, Ms. Schwartz…we did all we could.”

His
mother, Bina, pushed the doctor away, screaming, “No! It’s not true!”

The doctor waved to a nearby nurse
who went to get help. His mother stepped forward and grabbed the doctor’s scrubs with both hands.


He’s not dead! What did you do to my Aaron?”

When he didn
’t respond, she turned wildly towards the other people in the waiting room, and pleaded, “They took my husband! Please help me!”

Harry wasn
’t surprised with her reaction. She was an Israeli wife and mother who tended to be over dramatic when she expressed her emotions. But something in her eyes made him wonder if she was right.

Three
nurses came rushing back, grabbing hold of his mother’s arms.


Let me go! Let me go!” she wailed, as one of the nurses stabbed a needle into her arm.


You need to relax, Bina,” Dr. Saeed said in a soothing tone.

He helped guide
Harry’s mother down into a chair.


Everything will be just fine,” he told her.


Saeed, you need to find Aaron,” his mother said, before passing out.

Harry
had observed everything from a distance; not fully comprehending what was happening.

Funny how
a tiny blood clot could bring a man as brilliant as Aaron Doub to his demise
.

***

Harry was only seventeen when his father died; a university senior writing his thesis,
Mind-Reading Computers: Intelligent Assumptions of Complex Thought Processes
.

Besides the fact that his father was
an atheist and that his mother pretended to be one too, growing up in Harry’s home had been anything but normal. The rare times Aaron was home, Harry might as well have been invisible.

Sometimes
his father would notice Harry in the room, turn and ask his mother, “Is the boy studying his Hebrew? He must never forget our heritage. We are Israelis first, Americans second.”

T
hen he would rattle on and on about his theories, asking Harry what his opinion was on the matter. If Harry even tried to respond, eight times out of ten, his father would spin around and say, “Where is Saeed? You’re not Saeed!”

When
Aaron did not confuse him with Dr. Saeed, Harry could actually have a profound conversation with his father. But those moments were so infrequent that Harry had to mentally accept the fact that he didn’t really have a father.

Now that Aaron was dead, Harry didn’t have to pretend anymore. A year later, Harry legally changed his last name to “Doubt.”

 

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