Mindwar (The Mindwar Trilogy #1) by Andrew Klavan
Published: 15th July 2014 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
They were incredibly fast. Their shrill hawk-like screams—which had been inaudible when they were so far up in the sky—sounded in the distance one moment, and the next moment were filling the air, threatening, it seemed, to pierce Rick’s eardrums.
He looked up at the suddenly deafening noise and could not believe how near the nearest creature was—and what it was: a beast the size of a dinosaur with the horned leathery face of a desert reptile and webbed wings that nearly blotted out the sky. Its gray eyes were the size of cannonballs. Its mouth opened on a double row of bent and bloody teeth. The noise of its cry was like a weapon: the sound waves billowing from its mouth hit Rick like a hammer, stunning him, blasting every thought from his brain.
There was a hoard of them. They were all around, swarming and circling in the yellow air above him. But even as Rick turned to see them, that nearest one plunged out of the tendrils of orange mist and dive-bombed straight toward him at full speed.
In that moment of confusion, dazed with noise and terror, Rick heard Favian cry out, “Run, Rick!”
But Rick was frozen to the spot.
Favian, even exhausted as he was, flashed away like lightning—but Rick just stood there. Even with his legs in good shape, he could never run fast enough to escape that diving thing. Unable to think what to do, he stood rooted to the spot, gaping in helpless terror as the screaming sound enveloped him, as the diving dragon’s mouth grew larger, nearer—opened wider and wider as the thing prepared to rip him in half with those shark-like teeth. In the instant before it struck, the only clear thought pounding at Rick’s mind was: I’m about to die!
Author Bio - Andrew Klavan
Andrew Klavan is a best-selling, award-winning thriller novelist whose books have been made into major motion pictures. He broke into the YA scene with the bestselling Homelanders series, starting with The Last Thing I Remember. He is also a screenwriter and scripted the innovative movie-in-an-app Haunting Melissa.
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