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ARTIFACT X is the serialized audiobook science fiction adventure that asks, “How do you save the world— when you’re grounded?” Enjoyable by anyone, it is primarily intended for young people age 7-13. It is written and produced by New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Hennessey.

Artifact X is the story of twelve year-old Brant Haughton, a military family kid from San Antonio. All Brant wants is to be good, really good, at something. He is surrounded by friends and family who seem to have scored off-the-charts talents. But Brant, fearing deep down that he will never have some specialty of his own, has ended up pretty much quitting every sport and hobby he’s tried.

Now Brant believes he has finally found the talent he is destined for. And it's the coolest thing ever: building and fighting handmade, remote-controlled robots. The competition from other kids in elite robotics programs, however, is intense. And Brant’s father, who disapproves, works to keep his son on permanent lockdown in the army base they call home.

Can he be stealthy and resourceful enough not to get caught? Well, he'll try. Brant sneaks out to comb a junkyard for spare parts: disused electronics out of which to engineer his ultimate robot champion. There Brant and his best friend uncover a charred fragment of mystery machinery that seems to have a mind of its own. What is this “Artifact X?” And what does it have to do with a secret alien invasion that has taken place while no one—well, almost no one—was watching?

Artifact X: A Serialized Audiobook Jonathan Hennessey

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ARTIFACT X is the serialized audiobook science fiction adventure that asks, “How do you save the world— when you’re grounded?” Enjoyable by anyone, it is primarily intended for young people age 7-13. It is written and produced by New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Hennessey.

Artifact X is the story of twelve year-old Brant Haughton, a military family kid from San Antonio. All Brant wants is to be good, really good, at something. He is surrounded by friends and family who seem to have scored off-the-charts talents. But Brant, fearing deep down that he will never have some specialty of his own, has ended up pretty much quitting every sport and hobby he’s tried.

Now Brant believes he has finally found the talent he is destined for. And it's the coolest thing ever: building and fighting handmade, remote-controlled robots. The competition from other kids in elite robotics programs, however, is intense. And Brant’s father, who disapproves, works to keep his son on permanent lockdown in the army base they call home.

Can he be stealthy and resourceful enough not to get caught? Well, he'll try. Brant sneaks out to comb a junkyard for spare parts: disused electronics out of which to engineer his ultimate robot champion. There Brant and his best friend uncover a charred fragment of mystery machinery that seems to have a mind of its own. What is this “Artifact X?” And what does it have to do with a secret alien invasion that has taken place while no one—well, almost no one—was watching?

    Artifact X Chapter Fifteen

    Artifact X Chapter Fifteen

    CHAPTER 15

    After nearly a hibernation of nearly a thousand years while crossing the void between stars, E.R.V.E.R.E. is finally woken up. Not only is the alarm clock ringing — alarms are going off all over the place.

    E.R.V.E.R.E. learns that the deadly enemy he has been pursuing may have outwitted him. For help, the Mechanovirus turns out to have reached out in advance... To none other than Gerald P. Rathburn.

    How exactly would a NASA reject get hoodwinked into aiding and abetting a dastardly alien to destroy Earth? Some lost evidence that hasn’t been heard since 1983 (if it was even heard then!) comes out from the archives to shed light.

    This episode of ARTIFACT-X guest stars the voice talent of Los Angeles talk radio legend Brian Whitman. Find him at brianwhitman.com.

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    • 13 min
    Artifact X Chapter Fourteen

    Artifact X Chapter Fourteen

    CHAPTER 14

    Where has Brant disappeared to? That mystery gets set aside for the moment as we return to the pathetic scene of elderly eccentric Gerald P. Rathburn—and the seemingly D.O.A. alien friend he has been waiting for decades to show up on Earth.

    But Rathburn may not have to mourn for quite as long as he has prepared himself to.

    From deep down at the bottom of the Frisbee-sized impact crater his crash-landed Extraterrestrial made, something is about to emerge. Something that never would have been glimpsed even in a disgraced ex-Astronaut’s wildest dreams.

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    • 16 min
    Artifact X Chapter Thirteen

    Artifact X Chapter Thirteen

    CHAPTER 13

    It’s the grim aftermath of a lost Robo-Ruckus bout. And Brant is feeling it bad. For him, the match he failed to win is much more than just a negative mark in his record. It is the final bit of evidence he believes he needs to become convinced he will never be legitimately good at anything. The Robo-Ruckus, by all accounts, looks like it was his last chance for a talent to call his own.

    Things appear to get even worse when Caleb Trager shows up to literally add injury to insult. But there may be a silver lining to what happened in the arena today. That is, if Brant can haul himself out of his deepening gloom to appreciate it....

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    • 20 min
    Artifact X Chapter Twelve

    Artifact X Chapter Twelve

    CHAPTER 12

    Brant has turned the tide of battle. For pretty much the first time in its illustrious career, The Eviscerator is getting the worst of a Robo-Ruckus bout. Our hero’s advantage, however, proves to be short-lived.

    The Trager Brothers are willing to sacrifice quite a bit to get the upper hand in a bout. In fact, putting another win in their column won’t even be enough for them now. The two are dead set on teaching Brant a lesson he will never forget—and dealing him a black eye that will linger long after the arena has been locked up for the night and all the spectators have gone home.

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    • 15 min
    Artifact X Chapters Nine, Ten, and Eleven

    Artifact X Chapters Nine, Ten, and Eleven

    CHAPTER NINE

    We’re back with Brant, Thu, and Uncle Clive.

    Against all odds, the trio has finally made it to the Gulf Coast Regional Robo-Ruckus in Corpus Christi. And Brant realizes that the locals have really rolled out the red carpet. ...For his opponent and arch-rivals, that is.

    Although the audience in the bleachers is hooting and hollering for Team Eviscerator—the undefeated pair of brothers who have beat Brant three times before—Brant is given the chance to recruit a new young fan to his upstart team. But when he rolls out his own electro-mechanical contender, the Haughton Hammerhead, its faults seem to outweigh its features.


    CHAPTER TEN

    It’s handmade remote controlled robot vs. handmade remote controlled robot action!

    On the arena floor Brant’s Haughton Hammerhead goes up against the league’s reigning champion, The Eviscerator. Controlling this buzzsaw-wielding juggernaut are Caleb and Dallas Trager: spoiled and sadistic princelings from a wealthy war profiteering family out of Ft. Worth.

    The Eviscerator, which may or may not have been designed not by some enterprising kids but instead by some high-dollar military contractors aerospace engineers, seems to have it all over Brant’s robot in terms of technology. And it doesn’t, at first, look good for our hero.

    Is Brant going to go down for the fourth time to the dreaded Trager brothers? Or does he have some seriously superior skills up his sleeve?

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    • 24 min
    Artifact X Chapters Seven and Eight

    Artifact X Chapters Seven and Eight

    This installment of Artifact X contains multiple chapters.

    CHAPTER SEVEN

    Start where Gerald P. Rathburn has staked out for his lonely, bizarre vigil. Now take yourself thousands of miles up and roughly in the direction opposite to the rotation of the galaxy.

    There you will find an evil entity preparing to end a long, long, long trip across interstellar space. And preparing to forever alter the long, long, long history of planet Earth.


    CHAPTER EIGHT

    Disgraced and outcast former NASA Astronaut Gerald Rathburn has been waiting for decades for this moment to arrive. And indeed—just like his calculations have predicted—something does come streaking down from orbit to strike a deep hole in the remote Southwestern badlands where the old man has been camped out and waiting.

    But the old man’s celebration quickly turns sour. This isn’t the joyful, extravagant welcome he expected Earth’s first alien intelligence to have for him. As a matter of fact, did the alien even survive the trip? Or even worse, has the old man been imagining the whole thing from the beginning?

    • 13 min

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jsmith457 ,

a unique amazing story.

throughly enjoyed this tale about robo rukus!!! great for kids and very informative on the battle robot scene. love that it's set in Texas!!!

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