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by Michael Cole
About this Book
Prior to retirement, Justin Hawkins' specialty was locating persons gone missing in foreign countries. When he receives a desperate call late one night from renowned scientist, Richard LaMott, Justin's interest is piqued when he learns that LaMott's archeologist daughter, Angelina, and three of her colleagues have disappeared in Cambodia.
Angelina was attempting to discover more information about a huge, mile-long, hollow metallic object that's buried more than a hundred feet under the ground. Her father had spotted it buried in the jungle using a revolutionary piece of equipment he had invented.
Hawkins has no inkling that his search will embroil him in a maelstrom of such implausible events that he will end up questioning his sanity.
About the Author
Michael Cole lives in Laguna Niguel, California. After earning B.A. and M.A. degrees, he wore a number of different career hats, but none of them ever stirred his souluntil he took up writing.
As a young boy, he was always fascinated with the unknown, the mysterious, and also the unworldly.
Alien Strain is Cole's twelfth novel.
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In Michael Cole's twelfth novel, Alien Strain, an alien and his wife, whose distant ancestors were originally from Earth, decide to pay humanity a visit. Prior to their departure, they place a copy of their psyches inside a couple of spheres. The spheres are used on their planet to prolong life by having their neural network inserted into a clone. They hope that if something happens to them on Earth, and a human makes bodily contact with the spheres, they will be able to continue their lives inside a human host. When they land their spacecraft in Cambodia, a massive earthquake occurs.
Centuries later, his sphere is found. It ends up being sold to a wealthy businessman who wears it as an accoutrement to a masquerade party. Once the alien strain enters his body, the process goes awry, and a battle for survival begins. It's one thing for an alien to enter a clone and quite another for it to enter a living entity, particularly one that's human. The alien attempts to take over, but the human's immune system resists his advances. Eventually there can only be one victor. The question is, who will it be?
Several factors motivated Cole to write this novel: He discovered that scientists have been experimenting with a process that in the not too distant future will enable a human brain to operate a robotic device. This made him wonder if technology might not eventually evolve to the point where one's entire neurological framework could be transplanted into another biological organism.
This premise makes for a fascinating science fiction tale. Could it very well happen?
Alien Strain was published by Foremost Press. It can be ordered through local bookstores and at ForemostPress.com, and at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.
ISBN 10: 1-939870-25-9
146 pp, $11.97