Psychic powers, alien warriors, interplanetary battles, on the run for his life, and a prophesy of doom and destruction that seemed to coil around him at every turn; this was Daniel Cross’ life on the planet, Azule, in the year 2341; a little much for a twelve-year-old to handle. It all started when he encountered a being from an ancient race, the oldest and most powerful in the galaxy, the Dark Ones. This creature gives Daniel the Crystal Tear, a psychic weapon of incredible power and overwhelming responsibility, and names him the Finder, a title sought by some and feared by many.
“Billions of souls across your galaxy would give anything, everything, to be The Finder and the carrier of the Crystal Tear,” the Dark One said with a smokey, melodious voice; almost soothing, yet at the same time terrifying. “Daniel, we have chosen you for this task. We believe that out of all the billions and billions in the galaxy, only you can save the lives that may be lost in the Great Conflict that is to come.”
The Dark One paused, and then took a step closer to Daniel.
“Make no mistake, this great battle is brewing on the horizon of time,” the Dark One said into Daniel’s mind, the room utterly silent. “It will be here soon,” he continued, “and if left unchecked, will cause the deaths of many. Only you and the Crystal Tear can tip the balance and save the billions.”
The Dark One stepped even closer. He seemed to grow taller and more menacing.
“Put it on.”
“No, I’m afraid,” Daniel said aloud, his voice breaking the silence in the room.
“PUT IT ON!” the Dark One shouted into the young boy’s mind.
Once he puts it on, the Crystal Tear launches Daniel on an adventure that takes him and his friend, Bookman, his surrogate father, and Skydda, an insectoid warrior of the Krillian Empire, from their homeworld and through the solar system on a Zantarian crystal frieghtor to the dreaded crystal mines of Kryos. Their journey then takes them to the sun baked surface of planet Skia, and finally to the battle scarred planet of Dormas Prime. He picks up more friends on the way, some alien, some not, and learns the painful truth about his past; the death of his mother and the truth about being abandoned by his real father. There, on Dormas Prime, amongst the alien carved tunnels and crystal cities Daniel must face his enemies, and his personal demons. The final battle will challenge his courage, threaten his sanity and cost the life of someone dear to him. Daniel Cross will shake the very foundation of the galaxy as he’s forced to choose the fate of billions. Will the Crystal Tear guide him to the right decision, the peaceful decision, or will his choice damn the fates of all? Praise the Finder, curse the Finder.
The Crystal Tear is an adventure for people of all ages. It’s a story built on a rich tapestry of alien creatures, unique animals and plants, and a detailed pattern of daily life full of the sounds and smells of a distant planet, all of which are formed with such fine and colorful features that the backdrop of the story becomes a character in itself; the canvas on which the tale is painted. The Crystal Tear is a multihued expression with many levels to it; what we see on the surface, struggles with courage and doubt, fear and regret, anger and pain, but also with the larger picture of challenges for freedom and equality, and then hints of something hidden in deeper in the shadows, something bigger and more menacing. The Crystal Tear brings the reader into this world of colors and aromas, emotional upswings of joy and hope and terrible descents into sadness, betrayal and despair. It’s an emotional rollercoaster; enjoy the ride.