The Download by R.E. Carr is a Brilliant Sci-Fi Thriller Sure to Keep You on Your Toes
R.E. Carr is the author of The Download, which is a science fiction thriller novel that was selected by Kindle Press and well worth reading! It's a newer entry and definitely manages to keep readers guessing!
Praise for The Download
"Whether it's vampires, werewolves, or slackers traveling through space and time to fulfill their destiny, Carr writes stories that borrow from yore and compels the reader to eagerly turn the page. THE DOWNLOAD is no different; a wild ride that will enchant as much as entertain."
- Joseph Souza, Author of Unpaved Surfaces and Need to Find You.
An imaginative construct of scientific curiosity amidst a wondrous adventure, leading to questions of the unknown."
- InD'tale Magazine
A Message from R.E. Carr
I hope you enjoy my foray into a bit of Sci-Fi romance. This book took over fifteen years to create, and I'm so happy to get to share it with everyone.
About The Download
It's not every day that your roommate accidentally teleports you across time and space, but Jennifer MacDonald is not having an ordinary day. A chance encounter with a custom-built computer and an ancient pyramid sends Jennifer to a faraway land with six warring civilizations and an ancient prophecy that has a visitor from the stars at its heart. All she has to do is unseal one measly, missing god.
Now the fate of an alien world is in the hands of a gal who's never landed a steady job or boyfriend, but at least she has watched a few years' worth of archeology documentaries. Hopefully that will be enough to get by, since it seems like most of Earth's lost civilizations ended up stranded in this extraterrestrial zoo too. Also, there is the trivial matter of a Mayan assassin sent to kill her...
We are all our own worst enemies, but maybe Jennifer has a chance to break that mold.
Interview with Jenn by R.E. Carr
“So what? You want me to talk about myself?” Jennifer MacDonald asked, plopping down at the breakfast table. Across the way, her roommate, Sara tapped her pencil against her notebook.
“It’s not all about you, Jenn,” Sara sighed. “I need to practice for my stupid writing class, and you want a better job. It’s win-win.”
“It’s not my fault you left your electives till the last minute, MIT,” Jenn said, before grabbing their toast off their improvised breakfast bar in their living room. Sara slathered hers with peanut butter and marshmallow fluff while Jenn elected for the slightly more traditional jelly and microwave bacon. She rolled her eyes, and muttered, “Fine . . . fine . . . I’ll practice, but you know me, I hate this sort of thing.”
“Well, for once in your life let something be all about you, Jenny. Your interviewer is gonna want to know about the wonderful—”
“Slacker,” Jenn interrupted.
“Potential hire,” Sara corrected. She slid one of those ‘what to expect when being interviewed’ books out from under her notebook and flipped through a few pages. Sara’s eyes lit up. “OK, here’s an easy one. What is your name?”
“Jennifer Ann MacDonald,” she sighed, rolling her eyes again.
“Tell me Jennifer Ann MacDonald, do you feel like you have no soul because you were born a ginger, or did you lose it over time and exposure to others of your kind?” Sara asked with a grin. She ducked just in time for a wadded napkin to fly over her messy buns. “Dude, you used to play softball, that is shameful,” Sara teased.
“I knew you couldn’t be serious,” Jenn muttered, returning to her toast.
“Fine, fine,” Sara sighed, holding up her hands in surrender. “Here is a legit question, my wicked pissed roomie. What do you consider your greatest achievement?”
“Other than not pimp slapping you on a Saturday morning?” Jenn asked. She furrowed her brows. “I um . . . I dunno. I worked my way up from last in my class to twentieth after my parents split up. No, that’s not really awesome is it? I worked for three summers straight at my uncle’s shop until I had enough to pay for my car. I can also change my own oil and even do brake pads in a pinch.”
Sara scribbled some notes. “You might want to frame it as ‘you never mind getting your hands dirty’ if you’re going for corporate,” she offered. “You want boring or more philosophical next?”
“Am I really gonna get philosophy if I apply to work at Stop n’ Shop?” Jenn asked.
“Dream a little bigger, darlin’,” Sara said. “You know what your problem is?”
“A lack of a degree and only random odd jobs as experience?” Jenn offered.
“No confidence. You’re gonna get back into BU. Have a little faith!” Sara flipped through again. “I need you to give me a little meat here. Try this one. Which historical figure do you most identify with?”
Jenn furrowed her brows and lost herself in thought. “That is a cheap shot for an ex-archaeology major,” she said with a sly smile. “Hatshepsut – easy-peasy.”
“OK, that must be an archaeology thing—”
“Hatshepsut was an amazing woman. She didn’t end up as queen of Egypt, she became pharaoh. She ruled for decades and brought peace and prosperity to Egypt. She was so popular that her sons couldn’t even erase her after her death. She also may have had a torrid affair with one of her architects. She was pretty badass. Scratch that, not gonna say ‘badass’ in my interviews, unless it’s for like a tattoo parlor or something.”
“See, you can do this, Jenn! OK, if you could have any job in the world, what would it be?”
“Other than billionaire, playgirl philanthropist?” Jenn asked. “I like working outside actually. Not like middle of the wilderness park ranger, but I wouldn’t mind doing construction for a bit longer.”
“I thought you wanted to be Indiana Jones,” Sara said, pausing her notes.
“Yeah, well I grew up,” Jenn muttered. “I’m not ever gonna get to run around the world finding lost treasures and solving ancient puzzles. Also, I look awful in a fedora and the one time I tried anything with a whip . . . well . . . there is a reason Bill is my ex.”
Jenn looked at her watch and grimaced. She started shoveling her toast into her mouth. Sara looked over in alarm.
“Yeah, I do have to get out to that site in Somerville by nine,” Jenn said. “I’d say it’s been fun, but I hate to lie.”
“Lunch later?” Sara offered.
“Nahh, I’ll be up to my eyeballs in plaster today,” Jenn sighed. “I think I’ll just get some ramen and plan on an hour shower.”
“Sounds like quite the day,” Sara teased.
“Meh, it’ll be just like any other boring Saturday. Some of us are well . . . decidedly average,” Jenn sighed. “And I don’t see that changing anytime soon.”
Who is Jenn?
The main character from The Download. She isn't normally willing to give interviews, but she made an exception for R.E. Carr