Return to Komodo Island

The Brockways and the Giffords return to Komodo Island to try to undo the curse. Except for his face, hands and feet, Luke is covered with feathers, so they must travel as inconspicuously as possible. On the last leg of the trip, they sail on an old cargo ship that will take them directly to Komodo Island. Their journey is perilous, and they face dangers both in and out of the water. Luke explores the lowest level of the ship and finds a creature that has been captured illegally. Trying to save its life further complicates their voyage.

When they finally reach the island, Luke, Austin and Megan search for the fabled pink Komodo. But first they must find Medicine Woman, if she is still alive. The island’s revered Elder tells them where to find her, adding that they must hurry, because the Medicine Woman is very old and may be dying. Lost in the hills of the island, the trio is surrounded by twenty hungry Komodos. They must use all their resources to stay alive.

Luke must defeat an old enemy to save his family and friends, but in doing so he may remain cursed forever. Is Luke doomed to a life with feathers?

Curse of the Komodo
Book 1 of the Komodo Trilogy

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Be careful what you wish for! Luke and Austin Brockway can’t seem to stop arguing. Luke says he’d rather have a grizzly bear for a brother. Austin claims a Komodo dragon would smell better than Luke. While they are on a school trip to the zoo, a violent storm creates chaos in the atmosphere and their wishes are granted! Luke turns into a Komodo dragon and Austin becomes a grizzly bear. Luke can’t eat the frozen rats he gets for supper, and Austin is scared of his seven-hundred pound roommates. A mean guard with a temper and a cattle prod adds to their misery. Gramps tells the boys they are victims of an old family curse that can’t be undone until the next violent storm. Until then, they must help each other survive as zoo animals. Will they ever return to their normal, happy lives again?

Curse of the Komodo by M.C. Berkhousen ISBN number 978-1-946329-39-4 Published by Progressive Rising Phoenix Press
90% Human
Book 2 of the Komodo Trilogy

Luke and Austin Brockway are at camp for two weeks. As a result of an old family curse, Luke has tiny eagle feathers under his arms. He wears a tee-shirt in swimming so no one will see them. The guys tease him about his sun allergy. A cabin mate pinches Luke repeatedly, leaving bruises. Luke doesn’t report the bullying because he fears he’ll be examined by the nurse and she’ll find his feathers. He must deal with this bully on his own. As the days go by, Luke, his brother, Austin, and their friend Megan face even greater perils. When disaster looms, Luke must choose between saving his friends and facing life as an eagle. Will Luke find a way to become 100% human again?

90% Human by M.C. Berkhousen ISBN number 978-1-946329-75-2 Published by Progressive Rising Phoenix Press

Curse of the Komodo and 90% Human were awarded Honorable Mentions in the 2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards Contest, sponsored by Story Monsters Ink.
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