The year is 2077 and the planet is reeling from centuries of human abuse. Worldwide, humans and a new race, genetically-evolved numans, compete for survival as water and food become increasingly scarce. Humans face the prospect of extinction at the hands of the numans who, like Homo sapiens when they pushed Neanderthals into extinction, have a small but decisive edge.
Investigative author Jack Janis and his golden retriever Max find themselves at the center of world events after they fall for Alice Algafari, an alluring but enigmatic researcher, in their quiet rural village. Jack's hopes for an idyllic life with Alice and Max crash amid conspiracy and lethal risks when Alice's boss tries to ensnare them. Alice, Jack and Max are forced to run for their lives.
Meanwhile, Mark Milner is squeezed out of his job at the Numan Broadcasting Corporation, once the British Broadcasting Corporation, and heads for a new life in FedOz as part of a numan government scheme to push humans into emigrating. The life he discovers is far from what he was promised.
Alice's boss, a powerful genetics scientist, is caught in the jaws of numan rebellions, World Council politics and the Military High Command's ambition to let civil authorities fail and then take control. His most dangerous enemy, however, is in his own research center.
A final showdown between compassion and science erupts in Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization, with Max emerging as a key to shaping the future of the planet
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About the Author
John Keeble is an international journalist with thousands of published articles and photographs to his name. He left his last paid job at The Guardian in London 12 years ago and has spent his time giving media services to NGOs, non-profits and individuals to promote animal and social causes. This work includes writing, photography, and videography. His books are: Brothers, Lovers, Killers, a chase thriller set in his favourite places in Southeast Asia and southern England; Dying To Write, a good-natured parody of writers groups; and Automatically Better, an unconventional photography guide that focuses on the creation of meaning and impact. His TV movie, Shadow Trade, is an undercover investigation of the dog meat trade in Thailand, and his YouTube Channel (113 subscribers, 120,000 views) is Volunteer Media Asia. The author is a lifelong animal advocate, sometimes as a writer, sometimes as an activist. He is also a lifelong vegetarian/vegan. And a science fiction fan since the 1950s BBC radio series Journey Into Space frightened the life out of him as a child. He now lives in Cuenca, Ecuador.
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Reviewed by Keyla Damaer for Readers' Favorite Beyond Extinction by John Keeble is a dystopian story about evolution. A super race of ‘numan,’ a new Terran species with 96% of human DNA, is taking slowly control of the economic power on Earth, confining humans (considered as animals and treated as such) to the margins of society. The numans' mental abilities are superior and they multiply so quickly, while the human population’s reproduction decreases exponentially. Numans themselves are evolving through DNA manipulation. At the beginning of the story, the leadership is in the hands of numans, while their downgraded versions live to serve them. Jack, the main character, experiences a lot of changes throughout his life, finding out a new truth about himself and life at every turn of the tide. Dystopian sci-fi stories are my favourite and John Keeble excels in Beyond Extinction. I felt like I couldn’t put down the book after the first line. Like all good fiction, it starts from something quite real: the idea that we’re moving fast toward extinction. And the solution to that seems even worse than the problem. You've got to get to the last page to find out if that is true or not. The book is self-conclusive but leaves a lot of doors open for a sequel, which would be quite interesting to read. It’s not hard sci-fi, as the author manages to explain how numan DNA manipulation works, but I appreciated it even more because of this. Sometimes technical descriptions feel like a lot of info dump and I was relieved to find none of that in this story.