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"Monkey Trap" is a metaphysical fable about the agonies of love and power, wrapped around a story of unrelenting action and suspense during the possible evolution of a new humanity.
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Overview

"Monkey Trap" is a metaphysical fable about the agonies of love and power, wrapped around a story of unrelenting action and suspense during the possible evolution of a new humanity.
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Editorial Reviews

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.
Anonymous Reviewer
..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.
Harriet Klausner
Monkey Trap is a terrific science fiction starring two humans who become the battle armor for aliens at war. Readers will wonder who the evil species is as the evidence is cleverly designed so that the audience keeps switching perspective to include one or the other, both and even neither. The father-daughter team Denning opens the Nova Sapiens trilogy with an exciting, fast-paced thriller that keeps fans on the edge of their seats wondering who contains the potentially pandemic killer.
Mayra Calvani
..An impressive, ambitious first novel. The first of a trilogy, Monkey Trap is an action-packed, suspenseful, fascinating extraterrestrial story that will keep you reading compulsively until you discover the conclusion. Its originality sets it apart from the rest of SF novels being published these days. If you enjoy action stories with a strong touch of mysticism and scientific detail, you'll love this book.
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.
Dr. Roger Nelson
...I have not often seen such an evocative presentation of what [Global Consciousness Project] is about, both the science and the philosophy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931201346
  • Publisher: Day to Day Enterprises
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 423
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Denning, a pen name, combines the first names of Denning Powell and his daughter Leanne Powell.

Denning has been a soldier, scientist, engineer and entrepreneur. The Connecticut resident recently sold his environmental consulting firm and moved to Hawaii. His extensive background in the physical sciences underpins their stories.

Leanne is a California resident, and a psychologist and corporate writer by day. By night she turns her passion for words and ideas to fiction and poetry. She contributes much of the metaphysical and psychodramatic content of their stories.
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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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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific science fiction

    At the Goddard Space Flight Center, the staff observes a fight between aircrafts in outer space, which end with both objects plunging toward earth. One crashes in Columbia and the other in Washington DC. Officially the government claims space debris. In Columbia, Black Ops drug lord assassin Captain John Jacob Connard takes a bullet during a jungle fight and lies near death in a cave until an entity somehow enters his body. John quickly learns to heal himself and to use other telepathic powers. For saving his life, his symbiotic partner demands John kill the enemy who will destroy all living beings on earth unless stopped. --- FBI Agent Lara Ellen Picard rides her bike when a bee flies into her mouth stinging her several times. Struggling for air she stumbles off the path and is near death below the biking path until an entity somehow enters her body. Lara quickly learns to heal herself and to use other telepathic powers. For saving her life, her symbiotic partner demands Lara kill the enemy who will destroy all living beings on earth unless stopped. --- MONKEY TRAP is a terrific science fiction starring two humans who become the battle armor for aliens at war. Readers will wonder who the evil species is as the evidence is cleverly designed so that the audience keeps switching perspective to include one or the other, both and even neither. The father-daughter team Dennng opens the Nova Sapiens trilogy with an exciting, fast-paced thriller that keeps fans on the edge of their seats wondering who contains the potentially pandemic killer.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2005

    Mayra Calvani -- Midwest Book Review

    Two objects resembling asteroids approach earth. They collide in a flash of green and blue light. One falls on a Columbian jungle, the other on Washington. In the Columbian jungle, John Jacob Connard, US Special Forces veteran, better known as Assasin, is on a mission to eliminate a drug lord. He is shot and mortally wounded. Upon waking, he discovers his wounds have miraculously healed and an alien voice in his mind is `talking¿ him. In Washington, Lara Picard, environmental lawyer and mother, has a serious biking accident, grave enough to end her life. Yet, as she is rushed to the hospital, she can feel her own wounds mysteriously healing as if by magic. And just like Connard, she now seems to share her mind with a strange being. Alien, intelligent entities have invaded the consciousness of the two protagonists. One is good and wishes earth to step into the next level of consciousness. The other is evil and seeks nothing but human destruction. But which is which? What exactly are they? And why do the computers at the Global Consciousness Project suddenly seem to go berserk? An impressive, ambitious first novel. The first of a triology, Monkey Trap is an action-packed, suspenseful, fascinating extraterrestrial story that will keep you reading compulsively until you discover the conclusion. Its originality sets it apart from the rest of SF novels being published these days. If you enjoy action stories with a strong touch of mysticism and scientific detail, you¿ll love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2004

    They are watching us. They are testing us. They are ready to destroy us.

    MONKEY TRAP By: Lee Denning ISBN: 1-9301201-34-X Twilight Times Books http://twilighttimesbooks.com Available for pre order now. e-book or Trade paperback 422 pages. They are watching us. They are testing us. They are ready to destroy us should we fail their test. MONKEY TRAP, is the first book in a new, exciting Sci-fi thriller trilogy by father-daughter writing team, Denning Powell and Leanne Powell Myasnic. Writing together as Lee Denning, they weave together mythology, fantasy, religious theory, scientific fact, and fantastic, imaginative speculation into a roller coaster adventure of possibility. Dr. Aaron O¿meara is a bit early for his shift at the Goddard Space Flight Center where he is involved in a 2-week ongoing test of their satellite/laser system to track and destroy threats. He and the entire X-room staff watch in amazement when Aaron is playing around a bit with the equipment before the next scheduled exercise happens across what appears to be a dog fight in space. There is a flare, a final flash of blue and green light, and two objects are suddenly hurtling toward earth. Their tracking equipment shows the larger object heading for the Columbian jungle, and the second¿Washington. They grab on, duck for cover, but the expected impact never comes. Despite the disagreement and disbelief of his controller and colleagues, Aaron works with Adrienne, a cracker-jack programmer at the GCP, Global Consciousness Project at Princeton, and sets out to prove his theory that ET has landed. Deep in the jungle of the Purace District, Columbia, the assassin has acquired his target. The drone delivery system works perfectly and the dart injects Diego Corrano, el jefe with the genomic toxin geared specifically for his DNA. He will die, slowly, painfully, or give the assassin¿s secret organization information that will help take down the drug cartels in exchange for the antidote that will save his life. But the assassin is spotted, pursued, shot, falling, dying. A flash, a flare of blue light, then he is laying in a cave, broken and bleeding, with his life flashing before his eyes, just like they say it does. Lara Picard is enjoying an early dawn ride on the Canal Bike Trail in Washington, DC, before preparing breakfast for her son, Joshua, and Uncle Ham. She is speeding along down the hill, muscles screaming, and then suddenly vocalizing that scream when a rock on the trail sends her flying through the air. A flash, a flare of green light, then she crashes to the embankment, broken and bleeding, her life flashing before her eyes, just as they say it does. Lara and John are both a bit surprised to find themselves whole and healthy a short time after suffering fatal injuries, but strangely unperturbed and comfortable with the alien voices in their heads. They each learn from these voices that have great mental and physical powers and will be taught control over these powers. Taught to utilize these powers against the 'other,' an enemy set on the destruction of mankind. Each becomes determined to use them to destroy the other and save humanity from the evil entity that has invaded earth. Monkey Trap, the survival of the entire race rests with two humans chosen to host alien entities in a test to prove humanity is ready for the next step of consciousness evolution. Will they prove humanity ready for the power of the next step, or ensure its destruction by proving the adage ¿absolute power corrupts absolutely?¿ 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 believab

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