Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
Our trio of travelers, who came here only to learn about this whole physical existence thing, now find themselves the only chance for saving Earth. They’re best hope is to master a teleporting technique that requires two or more of them working together. Meanwhile one of our heroes appears to be falling for a local Earth girl. How will this all come together to stop a brother who turned himself evil? Perhaps we’ll find out more in today’s chapter.
Chapter 11: The Key
Our image for this chapter is a simple Earth key but I suspect it is only a metaphor. My prediction is this has something to do with the key to the Omega Capsule.
Our trio is practicing more with their powers, trying to teleport into Paul’s bakery after dark because he shouldn’t be there after it closed for the night. Except that it turns out he’s still there, so Hal and Zucker disconnect, but something catches Crede’s eye, a flyer and a newspaper article about an upcoming event that includes a picture of Morris Green with the key to the Omega Capsule around his neck. Focusing on the picture allows Crede to finally complete the transition to the bakery, but he has to concentrate to get himself back to the apartment before Crede sees him. Having had enough for the night (and telling his friend that their Hoylt suspect wears the key) Crede retires for the night…and starts to wonder if this is a trap to get him and control the mark that can summon the Capsule.
It appears that by focusing on the photo of the key, an object in the room, Crede was able to compete the teleportation. So how it works is they first focus on the place they want to go, and then focus on something there to complete the process. Otherwise they’re between dimensions, where they can see the room but can’t be seen. This kind of gives them two powers. On the one hand they can think about the room and watch unobserved but by focusing on something in the room hard enough they can teleport physically to that place. Mastering both skills will allow them to teleport but just the first skill will allow them to spy on their enemies unaware. That’s actually pretty cool and I want to see how they use that.
Then there’s Crede’s worry that Morris Green, who still appears to be Hoylt, has the Omega Capsule key and may be using it to trap Crede. Hoylt can’t summon the Omega Capsule because Crede has the mark. Could Hoylt have a way to steal the mark? Or would he force his brother to call the Capsule to Earth and can it even be summoned that far away? There appear to be a few more mysteries surrounding the Capsule. But the title of the next chapter offers the promise of finally meeting the enemy.
Next time: Hoylt
With a flag with crossbones on it. This may not end well.