THE TEMPTATION AND TERROR OF TRANSITION
Transition. The one-month period during early puberty when all children have the power to perform magic. But with a monstrous catch. The magic must be unique or the child dies. Only a desperate few take the risk. Almost all who do, perish.
Rumors have surfaced of a rogue Chinese program that circumvents Transition's deadly restrictions. The Chinese are seeking to exploit magic for geopolitical domination, using kidnapped children as disposable pawns. An agent for the US Department of Transition Security investigating the reports has been found murdered in his Hanoi hotel room.
Dr. John Benoit and and Stony Hill, his pierced and scarlet-haired young partner, race to pick up the bloody trail, following it to Bangkok, Zurich, Shenyang, and ultimately to a confrontation on the snow-swept plains of North Korea.
The Scarlet Crane is the first volume in the Transition Magic series.
About the Author
J. E. Hopkins is a retired business executive living in the Cincinnati area, experienced in the science of business communication, softer toilet paper, medical software systems, and bumblebee energetics. All of which have been strangely helpful in the writing of speculative fiction.