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Reviewed by Barbara Garcia for Readers' Favorite
Quest of the Hybrid by Ginger Gelsheimer and Christina Keats is the first book in the Aurora Conspiracy Trilogy. Nineteen-year-old Jesse and her older brother James are living on their family farm in Aurora, Texas. Haunted by the disappearance of her mother years ago into the windmill that stands on the property, the very windmill where an alien spaceship crashed in the late 1800s, Jesse is determined to find her mother. Even though she has her mother's journal, she's not sure where to start until she finds what appears to be a crystal key among the things left behind by her mother. Enlisting the help of Marcus, the pilot of a crop duster plane, and a good friend of her and her brother, they end up flying into a portal to another dimension, leaving James behind, completely baffled. From here the story sweeps you away into the Bermuda Triangle, Atlantis, the Pyramids, and an unknown mysterious planet. From alien spaceships to the aliens themselves, Jesse is surprised and amazed at every turn, but this spunky adept young woman has an even bigger surprise ahead of her, one not even she could have imagined.
Quest of the Hybrid is a wild and entertaining read. Already aware of the spaceship crash that was reported to have happened in Aurora, Texas in 1897, I was eager to see how these authors wove fact with fiction in this story. I think they did a great job! The characters are believable, and the descriptive text was kept to a minimum in places it needed to be, yet the back story was given when necessary. As I read, I had no problem envisioning the sweeping scenes laid out by the authors, as well as some of the technology Jesse encountered. I would definitely recommend this book to young and old, and I look forward to reading the next book in this trilogy.