Interlopers [NOOK Book]


Archeologist Cody Westcott knows something is causing random acts of badness--such as upset stomachs, nervous breakdowns, and the collapse of civilizations. He knows it's something ancient, something evil, and something hungry.
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Archeologist Cody Westcott knows something is causing random acts of badness--such as upset stomachs, nervous breakdowns, and the collapse of civilizations. He knows it's something ancient, something evil, and something hungry.
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High in the mountains of Peru, archeologist Cody Westcott discovers an unusually inscribed stone tablet hidden in the ruins of an ancient village. Later, back home in Arizona, he interprets the inscription as a recipe for a potion that will give the drinker great vision. Cody succumbs to curiosity and concocts the potion, then uses himself as a guinea pig. But nothing happens. A sheepish Cody leaves the lab and heads for home, but as he steps out the door, his disappointment turns to shock and horror. The potion did work! It shifted his vision in a way that allows him to see the Interlopers -- grotesque creatures full of teeth and barbs and suckers that inhabit the trees, rocks, plants, and other natural objects around him. They are parasites from another dimension that infect any human being that comes into contact with their dwelling places. They fill their host with a dark mood that causes fear, anger, depression, and other negative emotions that the Interlopers feed upon.

When his wife is infected with these parasites, Cody's search for a cure leads him to the Society, a centuries-old organization dedicated to holding back the infestation and to thwarting the creatures' efforts to cause human misery. As the Interlopers prepare to trigger an event that will cause grief and pain on a global scale, Cody and the Society race to save the world from a threat it cannot even see.

I thoroughly enjoyed the imaginative and absorbing plot, believable characters, and engaging action of this book -- which I heartily recommend to any sci-fi fan. (Kim Corradini)

Creepy and highly imaginative, this is a fun, suspenseful novel with the subtitle "Why bad things really happen to good people...." Archaeologist Cody Wescott, back from a dig in South America, tries an experiment based on what he believes is a formula found on ancient tablets "to improve vision." The alarming result of drinking this formula is that he now sees the Interlopers, a multitudinous group of hideous psychic creatures from another plane that reside in natural objects such as stone or wood. The mostly immortal Interlopers feed off human misery and have played an integral part in human history. They are always attempting to send us back to the dark ages just as we are about to reach a turning point towards more compassionate living. As another such crucial moment approaches, the Interlopers plot to start WW III. Meanwhile, Cody wages a one-man war against the creatures, gaining their hatred. When Cody's wife becomes a victim of several Interlopers bent on revenge, Cody sets out with a mysterious foreign stranger involved in The Society, an underground organization fighting the Interlopers, to save both her and, unbeknownst to Cody, the world. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Berkley, Ace, 313p., $6.99. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Lynn Rosser; Freelance Writer, Asheville, NC , September 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101207932
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 862,988
  • File size: 345 KB

Meet the Author

An award winning author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Alan Dean Foster has been entertaining us since 1968. His restless intellect has found him ranging into many fields of writing, teaching, and traveling. Following his boyhood dreams he has journeyed to the uttermost reaches of our world. He has experienced adventures many of us have only imagined. His mind has voyaged on to even more exotic places, and he has taken us along on these journeys.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2001

    Mankind is Good, but we are not alone.

    Alan Dean Foster gives explains why misery and suffering exists. It is the fault of the Interlopers, beings from another dimension who exist by feeding off misery and evil itself. The main character drinks a solution that allows him to see these creatures, and the story takes off. The story line is fast-paced and will keep you turning page after page. I would classify this as a Sci-Fi/Horror.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    magnificent urban science fiction thriller

    Ever wonder why bad things happen to good people? Why do war, famine, pestilence, and other calamities occur? Blame it on the INTERLOPERS, parasitic malignant beings who exist in nature's products like wood and rock. They have been around humanity forever while feeding off the misery of mankind. They inhabit humans until their host dies. The Interlopers are not of this world, residing in a parallel dimension. <P> Dr. Cody Westcott does not know they exist until he partakes of a dig in an isolated part of Peru. One of his helpers is fellow archeologist Kelli who he falls in love with and marries. Together they accept a teaching job in Arizona where Cody deciphers a formula on a frieze he brought back from the Peruvian dig. He makes it, drinks it, and now can see the Interlopers, who warn him not to interfere or else. He ignores them and they attack his wife sending her into a coma. <P> Alan Dean Foster, author extraordinaire, gives a unique reason for the misery and suffering that exists in the world today. He makes the malignant creatures seem real. The story line is fast-paced, exciting, and contains a unique premise that absolves humanity from evil. The author uses his imagination to provide a magnificent urban science fiction thriller that will stun the reader. <P>Harriet Klausner

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