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Al Clark: Thera by author Jonathan G. Meyer is the third of the Al Clark series. The remaining Earth colonists and recent inhabitants of Avalon are in deep trouble. The highly intelligent predators have banded together and have successfully attacked and destroyed the village, causing many casualties. The survivors are holed up deep inside the mountain in a long unused alien habitat. Al knows this is only a temporary solution. Inside the alien facility is a teleporting device designed for instant teleportation between worlds. Al decides that he must find his people a new home and is determined to do so. The first world he encounters is a vast desert and slowing dying. Al leaves in search of a compatible home, along with a new found friend.
The second world, a beautiful paradise, has a lot of promise once a few little stumbling blocks are removed. The survivors are happy to be transported there and soon settle in among the planet's inhabitants. But, once again, a major crisis arises that endangers all, humans and Therans. Time is running out and Al and two friends must make a perilous journey by small boat to once again find them a new home. The journey must be successful if any are to survive.
The entire Al Clark series is exceptional because of the author’s great attention to detail, making the reader feel he/she is experiencing everything right along as it unfolds. In each book, he has brought out new and likeable characters, but also has kept the older ones fresh and up to date. The plotting introduces the reader to anticipated danger and suspense, but also keeps the expectations high as to workable and just solutions. I’ve been a fan of little rolling Robot from the first, but have quickly become a fan of the newest non-human character as well. I really enjoyed this book and the entire series and would look forward to reading more from Jonathan G. Meyer.