14. Sneak Peek… Back to Genesis! #RRBC

Nonnie Jules is the founder and President of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, as well as interviewer of RRBC authors in the famed, “Who’s On The Shelf With Nonnie?” interviews. Her interviewing skills are legendary and she decided to accompany Author, John Fioravanti, through space and time to another galaxy 700 years into the future. Nonnie’s goal is to meet the key personalities on planet Genesis featured in Fioravanti’s series, The Genesis Saga, and utilize her formidable skills to find out something more about these characters. This scene is the fourteenth and final episode interviewing the characters from Passion & Struggle.

In the last episode, Nonnie and John disappeared from Marco Rossini’s home where, invisible to Rossini and Brooklynn, they witnessed part of the couple’s first date. They have reappeared on Earth, in Nonnie’s office.


Nonnie:       “John, I’m glad I got to meet those people on Genesis. I hope Marco and Marie can make a go of it. Tell me, do they get married…”


John:        (Interrupting) “And live happily ever after? (Nonnie grins at him.) Good try! Tell you what; I’ll give you a sneak peek at the Prologue of Book Two, Treachery & Triumph…”



A spring storm had pounded the Newfoundland coast, just the day before, and left debris strewn across the stony shoreline. A lonely figure made its way gingerly along the beach, carefully planting each foot, in turn, between the stones and bits of branches. His progress was slow, and the strong, relentless wind slowed his unsteady gait even more. Stopping to catch his breath and steady himself, Marco Rossini looked upwards to the overcast grey sky and took in a deep breath of fresh, salty air. The rhythmic sound of Atlantic waves slapping the rocky shore quieted his anxious spirit.

Redirecting his gaze away from the ocean, the young Vice President from Genesis spotted a downed tree trunk near the edge of the beach. He carefully made his way to the resting spot and sat down slowly to maintain his balance. A grimace momentarily transformed his features revealing his spine’s protest at the change in posture. The discomfort passed quickly and he leaned forward, his elbows resting on his knees, his open hands cupping his face. Heaving a sigh, Marco wrestled with his loneliness.

It had been just one week since the Earther Sloop ENS Flame had departed for Genesis carrying his companions: ArcGeneral Pat Conroy, his oldest and closest friend: Marie Brooklynn, ace investigative reporter for the Genesis Free Press and his new-found love, as well as Annie Pinto, Marie’s media partner and wife of his friend Gian Pinto. He knew it had been the right decision to send Marie home, but his heart said otherwise. He sorely missed the warm embrace of the only woman had touched his heart in many years.


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“Enough moping, Mr. Vice President,” Marco chided himself aloud. He chuckled in response to his own order. “Gods! Things are bad when you start ordering yourself around!” Gingerly, he brought himself to a standing position and turned toward the well-worn path that began at the tree line a dozen meters away. Taking him back to the Caine estate, its well-packed ground would afford him less treacherous footing.

Marco enjoyed these moments, walking alone among the fragrant pines. He was reminded of his childhood in Darymanis City, on Genesis, where he’d often explored the nearby rainforest with Pat Conroy’s older brothers. He noticed a family of wolves who frequented the property, and recognized them as the Caines’ distant relatives. Identifying the human figure as friend, not foe, the wolves formed an escort for Marco as he made his way through the pines.

Rossini made eye contact and smiled at each wolf, in turn, while remembering the fear he’d experienced at their first meeting, a few days earlier. Seeing another fallen log, he decided to rest once more and enjoyed the pungent pine aroma carried on the gentler breeze among the trees. The wolves stopped too and arranged themselves on the ground nearby – like his own personal guard. Smiling, he thought about his personal security detail – his three Alpha Corps agents. His Lead Agent, Ted Gallo, had remained with him on Earth, while James Drury and Ben Grafton had accompanied Marie, Annie, and Pat back to Genesis. Ted had gone to London, for a few days, to confer with leaders of the Guards – the elite Earther marines who were the equivalent of the Genesis Alpha Corps. The smallest cub leapt onto his lap, bringing a smile to his face. Today, these Alpha Wolves guarded him.


Thank you all for joining Nonnie and I on this wonderful trip to a troubled world… Please join us for episode #15 when we return to Genesis to meet characters from Treachery & Triumph!

About John Fioravanti

Author, John Fioravanti writes non-fiction as well as fiction in the sci-fi genre. He's a retired secondary school educator and a lifelong learner. He considers himself a work in progress and welcomes the opinions and insights that others may have about his work. He prizes dialogue about meaningful topics, so please leave your thoughts!

9 thoughts on “14. Sneak Peek… Back to Genesis! #RRBC

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    August 15, 2016 at 3:49pm

    Excellent post, John! Most enjoyable.

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    Gwen Plano

    August 15, 2016 at 1:50pm

    Another great post! You definitely keep things exciting…and prompt me to set aside time to finish Passion and Struggle. It’s an excellent read!

    BTW, your blog graphics are amazing. Did you create the images?

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      John Fioravanti

      August 15, 2016 at 2:41pm

      Thank you and thank you and thank you, Gwen! I’m glad you’re enjoying P&S. This morning, I re-designed the plot plan for Book 3… title still up in the air! I found all the blog graphics online, courtesy of Mr. Google. I used the search line: “Find amazing graphics for Gwen”! Works every time!

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    August 15, 2016 at 7:03am

    I am enjoying Passion & Struggle, at the moment. Its tone and richness in scenic description plays a role into my getting lost in the story as well as the relationship between the characters. I have both books on my iPad, already and I am happy about that. I can just slide over into Treachery & Triumph without pausing.
    This is an engaging post, so I’m looking forward to episode #15.
    Have a great week.
    Shalom aleichem,

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      John Fioravanti

      August 15, 2016 at 7:39am

      I’m so pleased you’re enjoying Passion & Struggle – thank you for the kind words. I’m working on book 3 at the moment and am at a crossroads as to the final plot lines for the book. This is a good thing as the series plan, drawn up a few years ago, is about to be overhauled. Writing these NJ Interview posts and the Genesis Chronicles are helping to keep my creative juices flowing while I figure out Book 3. Thanks for stopping by with your supportive comments, Patricia!

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