In Asterion by Kenneth Morvant, Taylor Scott and Christine Summers are scientists in a not-so-distant dystopian future that have created a hybrid beast of burden to work in the fields and grow crops. The government sees great potential in the beast as a weapon and the scientists find themselves hunted by their own creation.
In Revelations: Book One of the Merlin Chronicles by Daniel Diehl, Jason Carpenter, a grad student in England from Canal Fulton, Ohio, finds a crystalline sphere in the layers of the earth under a medieval outhouse. The mystical sphere seems to be alive and is a mystery as the technology to make such a sphere wasn’t available in the time period from which is must have come. Jason soon starts to have terrifying dreams featuring an older man with a white beard and when that man appears to him in the flesh and tells Jason that he is Merlin of the Arthurian legend, Jason is sure he’s going crazy. Merlin is on a quest and he needs Jason’s help to stop an old and very dangerous enemy. An enemy set to destroy and then dominate the modern world. Can they work together and save mankind?