Travelers is a lite science fiction book by V. S. Holmes. It is the first of the Nel Bently Books. The story follows Dr. Annelise Bently, a hot-tempered lesbian archaeologist working on a prehistoric site in Chile. She confronts vandals, death threats, and a 12,000 year old feud. Travelers was published in February 2016 by Amphibian Press and is followed by Drifters. It takes place within the same universe as The Starsboro Chronicles by Cameron J. Quinn and the short story Starfall.
V. S. Holmes wrote the book in answer to #ownvoices and in hopes of making diverse protagonists more common in modern literature. "I think it's very important to be able to open a book and see a protagonist that looks like you, loves like you, thinks like you."
Back Blurb Edit
Archaeologist Nel Bently has her own crew, her own research, and a private patron to fund her passion for dirt. With her trowel barely into the dry earth of Chile’s coast, however, Nel learns she and her crew are being watched.
Los Pobladores, known to Nel only as vandals and looters, take issue with any archaeologist brave or stubborn enough to set boots on their land. Nel is both and far from willing to give up the site that will make her career. She must keep her crew, her friends, and her life’s work safe, but with a benefactor playing chess with their lives, and angry militants who may actually have a point, Nel is ready to fight dirty.
Main Characters Edit
Dr. Annelise Bently (Nel)
Dr. Michael Servais (Mikey)
Dr. Chad Calligaris
Minor Characters Edit
Dr. Martin de Santos