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Xylanthia is the first book of a new (2017) science fiction trilogy by Thomas C. Stone. The trilogy is referred to as The Xylanthian Chronicles and it's a long read, but the story moves and Stone makes it entertaining enough with his usual unforgiving prose and a vignette-style flow.
Xylanthia concerns the adventures of a scientific exploratory team and how they came to be on a moon orbiting a gas giant around Sirius A. A gateway in time is discovered. Additionally, an enterprising lab technician derives a recreational drug from an alien substance and suddenly, we're off to the races. That's even before the transdimensional beings show up. Yep, that's what I said. Transdimensional beings.
Xylanthia is presented through two main characters, Mackenzie Maguire and Chef. Chef is a cook and Mac is a rookie scientist. Both are just trying to survive. Intrigue and survival? In abundance.
Fans of Thomas C. Stone will appreciate action galore in all three of the books that make up The Xylanthian Chronicles. Xylanthia is intended to be read by a general audience; PG-13 for drug use, mild sexual references, and violence.