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Monkey Trap

Monkey Trap

by Lee Denning

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Lara and John are given the incredible powers of the next stage of human evolution by two alien visitors. One wants to help the human race fulfill its potential, to transition into the Nova sapiens state. The other wants to use those powers to return the race to a more primitive state of mindlessness and darkness, to assert its power. But which is which? The human


Lara and John are given the incredible powers of the next stage of human evolution by two alien visitors. One wants to help the human race fulfill its potential, to transition into the Nova sapiens state. The other wants to use those powers to return the race to a more primitive state of mindlessness and darkness, to assert its power. But which is which? The human protagonists' identities are concealed from each other, and they are set on a collision course to death and destruction. Thus begins an intricate psychodrama and a furious battling chase in which John and Lara have to penetrate induced alien falsehoods, rely on their inner strengths, and relinquish power in favor of love. If they are to survive. If the human race is to survive.

This story takes place today, in familiar places. It launches from the current cutting edges of knowledge about human development and consciousness. Slight twists from this state suspend disbelief, and embedded mysticism creates a powerful undercurrent.

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Charlene Austin
"MONKEY TRAP is full of twists and turns, undercurrents and subplots, technical and scientific detail and jargon that under the talented hands of this father-daughter writing team will enthrall any Sci-fi fan. They have created a dynamite cast of characters who intrigue, anger, thrill, delight, and astound on every action packed page. They weave the impossible and improbable into the possible. They weave contradicting philosophies and theories into a believable intertwining pattern of compatibility. They introduce detailed fact and theory that enhances rather than detracts when presented with the masterful storytelling skills of these talented new authors. They tie it all together into a tightly written adventure into imagination.

"Available November 15, 2004 from Twilight Times Books, this trade paperback, with its artistic cover design, quality paper and print, is a two thumbs up must read bookshelf keeper. Don't miss Lee Denning's MONKEY TRAP."
August 2004 for Writers and Readers Network

Annette Gisby
"Monkey Trap is a SF thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time, wondering what's going to happen next. There are two alien visitors, one who wants to help the human race fulfill their potential and one who brings only chaos in his wake. But which is which? Will the visitors bring about the next stage in human evolution or its destruction? "
editor of Twisted Tales
Roger Nelson
"...I have not often seen such an evocative presentation... of both the science and the philosophy..."
Director, Global Consciousness Project
Library Journal
Two warring aliens plummet to Earth and quickly find human hosts for their immaterial bodies. One lands in South America, where a lone assassin continues his war against the drug cartels; the other in Washington, DC, where a brilliant Environmental Protection Agency enforcer tracks down enemies of the biosphere. As the hosts become drawn into a struggle for the progress or destruction of the human race, others-including a young mental prodigy and a wheelchair-bound scientist-find themselves inextricably involved in a conflict between love and power. The first volume in a projected trilogy presents a cast of convincing characters and a compellingly paced plot. Denning, the pseudonym of a father-daughter writing team, uses quick changes of scene and character-building flashbacks to create an sf adventure that combines hard science, mysticism, and alien contact. For most libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Day to Day Enterprises
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5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.07(d)

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Chapter 1

Jungle of Purace District, Colombia | Sunday 0505 EDT

The Assassin sat in the crotch of a tree awaiting the time his target would appear. He contemplated the full moon, cradling into the mountains to the west. To the east, the sun would be easing toward the treetop horizon, a fat glowing orange in the humid air. The artist in him admired the ethereal light of the approaching tropical dawn. Viewed from space, he was under the terminator: half the planet in darkness, half in light.

Like me, the Assassin smiled crookedly. The smile faded as his hard hands unfolded the delicate gossamer-winged angel of death. The morning birdsong of the jungle grew muted around him.

Creating the little killer drone had been complex, yet it operated so simply. He marveled again at the miniaturization and technology, proud of his part in its creation. Then he ran down the preflight checklist on his laptop computer screen.

The drone's soft feminine voice whispered confirmation in his ear:

"Wings configured.

"Power up.

"Control surfaces functional.

"Telemetry up, both directions.

"Global positioning engaged.

"Target acquisition up.

"Laser guidance operative.

"Darts armed."

The tiny laptop showed an all-green board. He disconnected the umbilical cord connecting his laptop to the killer drone and stepped out of his tree hammock onto the branch. With the foliage pushed down by his weight, the drug lord's compound became clearly visible, pocketed into a hillside over two miles away on the north side of the valley. The straight lines of the crop fields on the valley floor, and the clear fields offire they allowed, defined the compound for what it truly was: a well-defended enclave.

The Assassin studied it carefully through his binoculars in the growing light, his soldier's training appreciating their thoroughness. He spoke into his headset microphone, ticking off key points:

"The file on security is quite accurate.

"Electronic surveillance and random roving patrols extend almost this far out.

"Physical barriers, landmines, concertina fences closer in.

"Not just your usual small arms; confirm Vulcan cannon on the Hummers.

"Armored vehicles, probably custom-built hybrids, under the camouflage netting; I can't ID.

"They have an array of heavy-caliber machine guns and rocket-grenade launchers, also under the netting.

"Both fixed and mobile antiaircraft platforms; I see four and two."

The Assassin thought back through the intelligence file he had memorized. Security run by ex-Israeli intelligence officers and former Legionnaires; criminals all, but nonetheless some of the most devious minds in their craft. Probably the latest and best technology drug money can buy, he admitted. They certainly had the best security operation in the entire drug trade, both people and equipment.

"Feeling pretty secure, are you?" he concluded the analysis. "Well, not this morning, and not from me." The threat slid out easily through his crooked smile.

The Assassin kissed the little killer drone, and pointed it toward the compound. Within seconds, it integrated its camera view with that of the high-altitude recon drone above them, solving out the global positioning equations, computing its flight path.

Copyright © 2004 Denning Powell

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