by Michael Cole

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"Scientists in Antarctica run up against an alien life form that's able to manipulate space as well as time."




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"Look at the water," Ron yelled. "It looks like it's boiling."

"It's the energy field," Tatyana shouted. "The water is parting. It appears to have the Akyna in its grasp."

"Bring the Trident up to the surface. Do it quickly!" Keeves commanded. "I don't want us anywhere near the black hole, or whatever the hell is causing the turbulence."

The whirling mass of water rotated faster and faster within the proximity of the Russian sub and the torpedo it had launched. One minute the Russian submarine was there, and the next it and the torpedo it had just fired were no longer in sight. Moments later, the water in the lake became calm once again.

Tatyana looked away from the monitor. "God only knows where the Russian sub went."

"I must say that was a damned smart move, Admiral," Ron said. "Having the alien do your dirty work for you."

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Dr. Rick Donovan, an astrophysicist, leads a group of American scientists on a secret mission to Antarctica after a roving spy satellite spots a monolithic gray mass five miles long and one mile wide in a glacier's bowels.

Upon their arrival, Donovan soon discovers this anomaly entrenched in the glacier is capable of creating enormous amounts of energy—power strong enough to form a vortex that picks up their three-ton vehicle in its maws. Shaken to the core, but determined to find out what's inside the glacier, he and his team board a nuclear submarine to burrow through the ice. Donovan discovers that a life form of superior intelligence inhabits the gray mass.

To complicate their mission, a Russian nuclear submarine with the same goal in mind enters the area; unfortunately, the captain has an itchy trigger finger. In order to complete their objective, not only must they confront the Russians, but they must also figure out a way to make contact with the alien life form who's made it perfectly clear it wants to be left alone. Donovan and his team soon realize they'll have to pay a steep price both personally and professionally.


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I recommend this thoroughly enjoyable book to any Sci Fi enthusiast, or, for that matter, anyone who wishes for a delightful diversion. I gave it five stars because I thought the book was hugely entertaining.


From The Author

I have been fascinated with space and space exploration for as long as I can remember. As a child my heroes weren't the Lone Rangers or Roy Rodgers. My idols were people like Albert Einstein and Edwin Hubble.

If I were to be granted one wish, I'd want a definitive answer as to whether intelligent life exists somewhere other than on Earth. And if it does, I want to know if we will ever be in a position to reach out to the stars in search of our galactic neighbors.

Astronomy has come a long way when you consider it was only four hundred years ago that the majority of educated people subscribed to the Aristotelian point of view—the Earth is the center of the universe and all heavenly bodies revolve around it. Since then, even though numerous astronomical advances have been made, we know virtually nothing about the universe.

I've heard people say writers like to write the same kind of books that they enjoy reading. This is certainly true in my case. Writers like Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov have done more than just write good science fiction. They were able to predict with uncanny accuracy what our future world would be like.

Michael Cole


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Not of This Earth - A professor of archeology sets out on a mission to identify an ancient Mesoamerican ruin and a mysterious anomaly that lies beneath it. The workers she hires to excavate the ruin flee, claiming there are malevolent forces at work. Thinking that they are just superstitious, she and her team disregard the warning and continue to explore the peculiar metallic structure. What starts out as an archeological dig turns into a maelstrom of death and destruction. more...

Alien Strain - When gold becomes scarce on his planet Phanus, Rodin and his bride explore the feasibility of extracting the precious metal from Earth. Prior to their departure, they place a copy of their psyches inside two spheres as an insurance policy. If something were to happen to them, the spheres would give them a second chance at life. Centuries later, their spheres are found in Cambodia as part of a missing person's search for an archeologist and her team. What results is murder, theft, and a battle for survival. more...

Ghost Ship of the Desert - Against the backdrop of the polluted Salton Sea, Investigative Reporter Jonathan Bruckheimer is challenged to prove the existence of an old, land-locked Spanish galleon that many believe is the ghost ship of the desert. It is rumored to contain a large treasure trove of rare black pearls. Things become complicated when Looney, a Native American Indian, who is instrumental to this quest, is murdered. Although the desert town of Brawley is small, the hunger for riches is great. This makes practically everyone in the community a suspect. Risking the wrath of his editor, not to mention personal danger, Bruckheimer is determined to uncover the truth. Does the ghost ship of the desert actually exist? Who murdered Looney and why? more...

Antiquated Astronaut - Due to a freakish anomaly that takes place in the far reaches of space, astronaut Rory Colt ends up back on Earth five hundred years into the future. But the world as he knew it no longer exists. In its place are two dissimilar civilizations. In one society a cyber world of self-gratification provides its occupants with electromechanical enhancements, while the other is comprised of people who emulate life as it was lived in the nineteenth century. When a beautiful woman hybrid lures Rory into her futuristic world, he soon discovers they are being manipulated by an omniscient, electronic immortal who has ensnared them into a terrifying web of betrayal and deceit. To free the new world from the monster's clutches, he must destroy him. But how does one destroy a creature who lives in cyberspace? more...

Golden Disk of the Sun - A jealous and troubled entrepreneur and his fiancée, a beautiful archeologist, hire Eric Shade, a guide, to lead them into the Amazon jungle in search of a priceless Incan treasure. The golden mirror purportedly lies hidden inside a maleficent mountain, a mountain where it has been rumored the mysterious Star Walkers live. They soon discover that much more than an ancient artifact is at stake. Not only does the journey extract its toll on these adventurers, but once they are close to finding the treasure, rivalry, betrayal, and deceit enter into play. (Book 1 of the Star Walkers Trilogy) more...

Tunnels of the Deep - Deceit and betrayal await a history professor and the beautiful student who convinces him to leave the safety of the classroom and enter the treacherous Amazon jungle. His inner strength is tested by a man who is every bit as much a predator as the giant anacondas that abound in the swampy marshlands they must cross to locate a tunnel. The tunnel not only leads them to an ancient city, but also to a group of natives who have outlandish powers, which they claim they inherited from the Star Walkers. At first the professor refuses to believe in the legend that a group of gods could have actually descended from the sky in strange ships to impart their wisdom to these natives. But that is before he participates in a ceremony. The rite convinces him that the Star Walkers are much more than just a myth. (Book 2 of the Star Walkers Trilogy) more...

Strands of Life - When Eric Shade purchases a 16th-century letter written by a Spanish conquistador that provides information on how the legendary Star Walkers can be found, he sets out into the Amazon in search of them. Things become mighty complicated when Shade realizes that in addition to having to deal with mercenaries who are hell-bent on killing him, he must also contend with a tribe of cannibals. But it is only when he is confronted with the imposing challenges of an infamous mountain that Shade begins to doubt his own abilities. Deep within this mountain, Shade discovers the truth about the Star Walkers. Much to his horror, he realizes that it is up to him to make certain the world doesn't implode. (Book 3 of the Star Walkers Trilogy) more...

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Secrets of El Tovar Canyon - When an unscrupulous antiquities dealer hires an archeologist to uncover the origin of an ancient tablet, he sets off a bizarre chain of events: Ten-thousand-year-old mummies are found in a cave in the Grand Canyon. A golden statue is discovered in the Sphinx’s paw. What's the secret linking Arizona and Egypt? The U.S. Dept. of Defense believes the answer may well put the entire world at risk. more...

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