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Second Eden
     

Second Eden

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by Carlton W. Austin
 

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Envy. Deceit. Murder. War. Can human nature ever change? Will mankind take a fateful evolutionary leap and become a new species? Or are we doomed by our genes to forever spin on what the Hindus term the Wheel of Life?

In Second Eden, the crew of the space shuttle Discovery II, sent to retrieve the Mars probe Areopagus, make an indisputable UFO sighting.

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Envy. Deceit. Murder. War. Can human nature ever change? Will mankind take a fateful evolutionary leap and become a new species? Or are we doomed by our genes to forever spin on what the Hindus term the Wheel of Life?

In Second Eden, the crew of the space shuttle Discovery II, sent to retrieve the Mars probe Areopagus, make an indisputable UFO sighting. Back on Earth they're held incommunicado on orders from CIA Director Carl Snow. Soon they're all dead, victims of a mysterious fire. But the shuttle pilot's best friend, ex-fighter pilot, defense analyst and legendary Cracker Jack fanatic Peter MacKenzie, hears rumors that HAM radio operators picked up transmissions from the Discovery II mentioning UFOs. Suspecting a cover-up, he vows to find out why his friend had to die.

Meanwhile, Professor Miles Lavisch discovers an enigmatic book locked inside a rock brought back by the Areopagus. Set to announce the shocking news at a Smithsonian Museum symposium, he is assassinated and the book disappears. Soon his daughter, Dr. Molly Lavisch, becomes a target too. Molly, a gene researcher who has a fetish for hotdogs and who clings stubbornly to her virginity without understanding why, meets Peter, who has never met a woman he hasn't conquered-until now.

Thrust together in an uneasy alliance, Peter and Molly desperately race to recover the book and trade it for their lives, as a secret CIA cadre and Saudi double agent and terrorist financier Bandar Bliss doggedly pursue them. But a chance translation of the ancient book reveals that the "Reconciliation Project," which will determine the fate of Earth and take the measure of every human soul, is well underway, fulfilling Judgment-Day prophesies from every major world religion in a way no one could have imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595316533
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/12/2004
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Second Eden 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carlton W. Austin has created an engrossing tale of intrigue in his fictional thriller, 'Second Eden'. Although not a big reader of this type of fiction, I enjoyed the book immensely with its unexpected plot twists and gripping action adventure. It is the interaction between the two lead characters from vastly different backgrounds and beliefs, and their mutual journey, that really compells the reader. Caught up in the whirlwind of a major scientific and political discovery, they are each confronted with new realities and personal values as they struggle to protect their future. 'Second Eden' deals with many contemporary issues, such as space exploration, genetic manipulation of the human species and extra-terrestrial life. It also encompasses the age-old discussion of science versus spirituality. Through all of these things, we are drawn into the complex world of a future that, somehow, does not seem too far away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great writing makes easy reading,and this was one of the fastest reads I've had in quite a while. If you like Crichton or Nelson DeMille, this is the book for you. It's a first-rate thriller but it's also much, much more, though it took a while for it all to sink in. When you read this story, be prepared for some sleepless nighs; it doesn'tleave you alone. You'll be thinking about the ramifications long afterward. What scares you most is when you realize-incredibly--it all just makes sense! New Agers as well as hardcore atheists all will get togeather and sing kum bye ah after reading ths book.It's really quite amazing
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have little time to read for entertainment but given an irresistible recommendation I reluctantly started to read 'Second Eden'. I thought I would read a few pages here and there and in time, eventually finish it. However once begun, I found myself putting it down of necessity - but unwillingly - and then looking forward to picking it up again. Even thinking about it during a busy day. I love a good mystery, a suspense/thriller or romance and especially a good Sci/Fi, but never imagined the enjoyment of finding them all in one place. This is a very complex yet easy to follow story that is sure to appeal to a very wide audience that will not be disappointed. As I read one particularly exciting scene early on in the book I suddenly realized that I wasn't watching a movie but I had almost felt as though I were. The description of the scene was so vivid, so realistic that it was like being there, seeing the action with your own eyes - and then it struck me, 'this would make a great movie!'. And this was not just one of 2 or 3 such scenes but one of many through the book. Hopefully the motion picture industry won't miss their opportunity to make this book into what could be one of the greatest Sci/Fi thrillers of all time. Oh, did I say I liked the book?
Guest More than 1 year ago
>>It is said that what makes a great story is mystery, suspense and surprise. Well, Second Eden has all three-in spades. At heart, this book is a thriller in the tradition of Michael Crichton, filled with interesting scientific ideas and conjectures but also loaded with action. Because it involves the search for life on Mars, Israeli-Palestinian conflicts and the ultimate act of terrorism, it is also quite timely. It could be the final scenario in the war on terror-but God, I hope not! As a sort of counter-weight to the concrete actions in the here-and-now are implications for all world religions. In this respect, I'm sure the author will ruffle a lot of feathers. But let's admit a truth that becomes more obvious with every headline we read: religion is at the root of many-if not most--of mankind's conflicts. Beliefs are just that-beliefs! Not the hard, evidence-based scientific laws that have given us airplanes, TV and cell phones. And if you're honest, when it comes to beliefs, as long as they are not destructive like Islam, is one any better than another? What the book says about this seems to me to be an attempt at religious reconciliation. In any event, you can take this or leave it. The story as sci-fi thriller remains intact. So, depending on how you view your own spiritual nature, I'd say this is either the greatest beach book ever or a new Celestine Prophecy or both; it depends on what you bring to the book. I thought it was a great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forget Tralfamador. Who needs 42? Carl Austin¿s Second Eden weaves a fast-moving, illuminating, and thoroughly engaging cosmic gestalt through personal crusades of genomic science, planetary exploration, the charting of mankind¿s destiny, and the fate of our immortal souls. His writing is sociologically savvy, politically astute, scientifically accurate, and epistemologically engaging. This is science fiction, rising to higher ground!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I tell everyone I can, Second Eden is an an excellent thriller. Better, I¿d say, than the Da Vinci Code, which deals with similar, sensitive subject matter. But I think Second Eden is better because it answers the majority of the interesting questions it raises. It challenges what you thought you knew about science, especially as it relates to human origins and early human history, and religion.You may not agree with the philosophy behind those answers, but for me, it was illuminating and satisfying. The writing style is clear, fresh and taut¿very easy to read. The plot, though complex, is surprisingly easy to follow. And best of all, the ending is fully fleshed out with all loose ends neatly tied up. While I won¿t give anything away, the story is basically a new take on how the Judgment Day stories--virtually all major religious traditions have one¿could logically play out in our modern, secular world, where science is the new religion. It may be too easy a comparison, but Second Eden is really a Left Behind story for the rest of us who may not buy every jot and tittle of St. John¿s Revelation, even though we may be Christian. Rather, this story has a much more broadly-based appeal, designed, I believe, to give an overarching spiritual philosophy that embraces ALL peoples of the world¿not just Christians or Jews or Muslims--and offers either hope or despair, depending on your own assessment of Free Will. Quite spectacular, really. But even if you miss the spiritual angle, or just aren¿t interested, at base this is a classic thriller, filled with action, intrigue and adventure. If you like thrillers, you¿ll like this book. Period. But what's even more remarkable is how this book, like fine wine, gets better with age. Now, days after finishing it, I find myself drawn back into the spiritual dialogue it opened within me, making me review my own life and beliefs. And that has to be a good thing. Get the book; you won't be disappointed
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forget Tralfamador. Who needs 42? Carl Austin¿s Second Eden weaves a fast-moving, illuminating, and thoroughly engaging cosmic gestalt through personal crusades of genomic science, planetary exploration, the charting of mankind¿s destiny, and the fate of our immortal souls. His writing is sociologically savvy, politically astute, scientifically accurate, and epistemologically engaging. This is science fiction, rising to higher ground.