Believing a vasectomy will prevent another unplanned pregnancy, 34-year-old Tom Furst--Melanie's loving husband and the father of their five children--wants more than anything to dig them out of the fiscal hole they're mired in and become financially secure. However, during the procedure, mysterious Dr. Prindar Krakhil secretly implants a worm-like alien seed in Tom's vas deferens that not only ensures Melanie gets pregnant, but plants in her womb a child half alien.
Their children are abducted. Melanie becomes gravely ill. When Tom loses his job, their home, and the sixth seed is born, will he accept the child for what it really is--and conquer the temptation to exchange it for the money Krakhil offers?
|Publisher:||Three First Names|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)|
About the Author
Howard has been a professional writer in the software industry since 1985. Besides editing fiction and non-fiction, he does editing for health and fitness professionals and psychics.
Howard's writer site is http://leeallenhoward.com. Please visit and subscribe.
He also publishes classics of Modern Spiritualism: MEDIUMSHIP AND ITS LAWS, THE NEXT ROOM, ALL THE SPIRITUALISM OF THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE, FALSE PROPHETS AND FRAUDULENT MEDIUMS OF THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE, LETTERS FROM HEAVEN, and his own IN DEFENSE OF DEPARTED SPIRITS. Lee is a practicing metaphysician, spiritual healer, and Spiritualist medium. Howard reads and writes about metaphysical and consciousness issues on his blog at http://buildingthebridge.wordpress.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've lived in both White Oak and McKeesport, areas east of Pittsburgh where this book is set, and the author gets the setting right. (It was certainly creepy to think that the horrific events in The Sixth Seed could be happening right here in my backyard. I'll be sure to lock my windows at night!) Beyond the setting, the characters were realistic, especially the children. My heart ached for their plight in being subjected to repeated abductions and experimentation. I really felt for Melanie as she suffered through her pregnancy, not knowing what was growing inside her. And poor Tom, trying to hold everything together and provide for his family in ever worsening circumstances. What a valiant hero. I would say this book is primarily a family drama in which a typical middle class family deals with the nightmares everyone faces: loss of job and income, problems with health care, and difficult living circumstances. The addition of alien abduction and a meddlesome doctor turn the story dark and surreal, compounding the horror. But this combination lends a realism to the story you don't find in most science fiction or horror tales. The Sixth Seed is not your typical genre production. The unique mash-up that Howard blends here makes the book a true hybrid--like the human-alien progeny in the story--and a gem of a read. I look forward to his next book.
Though aliens hold a special spot of terror in my heart,there is nothing so horror-inspiring to me than being trapped in a mundane, domestic existence--barely surviving, no hope in the daily drudgery, tethered to a life you barely recognize. Add in financial and family responsibilities and I'm begging for the aliens to come and take me. As you can guess, and without giving away too many major plot points, the aliens and their human liaisons are not the biggest bad guys in this story. Greedy bosses, unfair healthcare practices, irresponsible and unmitigated breeding, unpaid bills, and unemployment make the aliens' plot of inter-species hybridization seem like a cake walk. The realism was striking, and Howard's incredible use of the mundane and the monotonous left me feeling for the Fursts long after I finished their story. With a kind of JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO meets X-FILES feel, THE SIXTH SEED will surprise and probe those areas of one's psyche that might hit a little too close to home.