Good Fiction Reads
Written By C. Lee Finkle
Step into the world of sacred rites, shape shifting and horror! See what happens when twin Havasupai brothers discover the secrets of the Old Ones Ways, and the dark side of Creation: Sister Moon. There is a beast inside all of us. Which one resides inside of you?
The story begins in the present with the murder of two transients, the subsequent investigation and the discovery by detectives that there is a serial killer on the loose. During the introduction of Ezra and Eli GreyWolf; the antagonists, the story flashes back to their youth in the early 1940s and their days served in World War II.
BEASTS not only introduces you to the characters in the work, but lets you peer into the minds and lives of the killers, their reasoning behind their actions and their beliefs.
C. Lee Finkle is the author of published short stories; "DRIVEN", published in Yellow Sticky Notes Magazine in 1999: "Ninth Hour Of Any Sunday Night", published at Story House online, and her interview with prolific author Arthur Myers; published in Yellow Sticky Notes Magazine in 2000, and won an honorable mention award with Writer's Digest Magazine in 1991.
THE RECLAMATION PROJECT
Written By Ruth Marie Davis
In the twenty third century, mankind has progressed to the point that human clones are now possible. The first human clones are to be copies of none other than King Tut and his wife, Ankhesenamun, for they are possibly the human key that will unlock the wisdom of the ages, recently uncovered in ancient ruins. In charge of this joint project are DR's. Lindsey Larimer and Kevin Sanders. After an inauspicious beginning, the couple quickly falls in love. Though it seems the project is going well, Lindsey finds herself plagued with dreams that hint they have opened a can of worms that might be too much for the world itself. King Tut is power crazy, and the boy king may get a chance to unlock evil that he has been denied for four millennia. The price of saving humanity from his dangerous schemes comes with a heartbreaking cost.
This is an incredible book. I hardly know how to praise it without giving away too much. Mixing profound Christian faith with myths and science so expertly that I can not stop thinking about the possible truths that could be found herein, I am reminded most strongly of Madeline L'Engle and C.S Lewis' classic works. With a scope that takes you from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of Heaven, this book is not to be missed...yet, there is no skimping on characterization. As with Nora Roberts, you get to really know the people, and love them, making the ending that much more poignant. Be prepared to not be able to put it out of your mind easily.
A. Kilgore, Huntress Review
February 28, 2002
Ruth Marie Davis transports us to the year 2250 in her spectacular science fiction romance novel. Davis explores what would happen if the infamous Egyptian Library of Knowledge were found. What would those secrets revel? Dr. Lindsey Larimer and Dr. Kevin Sanders will discover those secrets and how they could change the world, as they know it.
Lindsey is an Egyptologist who discovers the Library along with her famous father. The U.S. and Egypt work together to unlock the secrets of the ancient scrolls. The scrolls reveal that a human key is needed to unlock the pyramids' secrets. Scientists determine that this key is an Egyptian Pharaoh; however, the problem is that Pharaohs have not existed for hundreds of years. As a result, a team at IBAT is given government approval to perform the first human cloning on King Tutankhamun and his wife Ankhesenamun. The hope is that when mature, the clones will be the human keys.
Kevin is a member of the IBAT team and Lindsey is brought on board as an Egyptian expert. The two get off to a very rocky start. However, neither can deny the attraction they feel. Once they meet with the scientists working on the Library's scrolls, they are drawn together for a common goal and to explore the feelings they cannot ignore.
Lindsey starts to experience dreams that are almost too real involving the growing clones. She is concerned about the intensity of King Tut and perhaps ulterior motives he may have. Ankhesenamun becomes close friends with Lindsey and will shock her with unsettling knowledge. During all this Lindsey and Kevin solidify their relationship and start thinking about starting a family. Everything seems to be going fine until the secrets of the Library and the clones comes to a head. Now Kevin and Lindsey will have to make tough decisions to save their world.
Davis' novel will keep you glued to the pages. I will not revel the secret of the Library and the clones here since it will ruin the suspense for you. However, they are wondrous and will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is obvious that this author did the necessary research needed to make this novel a success. You will believe that you are in Egypt with Kevin and Lindsey while on their quest to save the world. I expect great things from this author and eagerly await her next novel.
April 8, 2002
An exciting exploration into the secretive human - alien connection in ancient Egypt.
Ms. Davis explores the fascinating possibility of human - alien contact. The story revolves around the "what it" supposition that ancient Egyptians had established deep roots with aliens. Through research into ancient civilizations, Ms. Davis provides a plausible connection between ancient Egyptian culture and alien contact.
Beginning with the famous King Tut (Tutankhamun) and his princess Wife Ankh (Ankhesenamun), the author describes the incestuous relationships that plagued their lives, when fathers married daughters, and daughters married their sisters' husbands. Age and morality were not issues by today's standards.
The story's heroine is Dr. Lindsey Larimer, an Egyptologist, who yearns to discover the ancient secret of the hidden Library of Knowledge under the Sphinx. Years earlier, she and her famous father had discovered secret tombs and unearthed mummies unknown to their modern world in the year 2250. Yet the dream was always to return one day and solve the mystery.
Now, then years later, Lindsey is fortunate to meet the scientifically-nurtured clones of King Tut and his wife, Ankh. After several meetings with the child clones, Dr. Larimer is curious if cloning can prompt old memories from the original ancestor. Then one day, the child Tut becomes angry with Lindsey and says, "You never listen to me. You don't listen to me now, and you didn't listen to me then!"
Stunned by the possibility that her past was once entwined with the dead king, Lindsey's life becomes ensnarled with her dreams of a horrifying past with the king and the bizarre statements made by the clones Tut and Ankh.
As time passes, both Tut and Ankh grow very fast biologically and Lindsey is soon faced with an unspoken attraction to Tut, who has become a bronzed, handsome young man. These puzzling events inspire Lindsey to share her wish with Ankh to make a return trip to the pyramids, to discover the lost secret of the human-alien connection and her link to ancient Egypt.
The exquisite book cover only hints at the book's fascinating insights into Biblical prophecy, ancient marriage traditions, Armageddon, the role of the Annuaki, archangels and Satan.
The possible connection between ancient Egyptians and Alien Gods will haunt readers with its proverbial question: What if this could be true? This question provides readers with a provocative mixture of fantasy and suspense.
The author is an excellent writer and researcher and the book come highly recommended. Readers will find the story flows smoothly between scientific research, science fiction, fantasy, romance and historical fiction. The author skillfully weaves an intriguing story that would make a terrific movie!
Marilyn Ruben from "Abductions"
May 4, 2002
The body of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature is moving; the old face is cracking and changing shape. With each new idea put to words the genre expands. Authors are beginning to do more within the limits of fantasy and, more often than not, pushing the limits of Fantasy.
Unfortunately, of the authors who are making these exciting strides in Fantasy, readers may only have heard of a few. Everyone has heard of Jordan, Erikson, and Douglass, but what about those authors who are pushing the envelope in unique new ways? What about those authors who dispense with stock characters? What about an author who dares to mix genres? What about an author who dares to write not a conventional ending, but one that leaves the reader to ponder its heart and its significance? To this end, what about Ruth Marie Davis?
In her debut novel The Reclamation Project, Davis writes just such a book. She writes of a world where the past can be tapped to aid the present. The past can also come back to doom the future, as protagonist Dr. Lindsey Larimer learns.
In the beginning of the novel the reader is introduced to her main characters: Dr. Kevin Sanders, the slightly self-absorbed ladies man; Dr. Glen Steiner, witty friend and colleague of Sanders who needs a good man (yes, a well-written gay main character!); and Larimer, the woman who has to come to terms with her past to become secure in her future. As the story progresses you are pulled deeper into their lives and troubles, and feel invested in their future. In the end, the reader will find him or herself hoping that the characters will indeed have a future.
Larimer and company live in the near future on an Earth where cloning has become another tool in the scientific arsenal. Here, the American and Egyptian governments allow the cloning of King Tutankhamun and his princess wife Ankhesenamun in the hopes that they can become the 'human-keys' that they are searching for. Though King Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun come back as children ignorant of their former lives, they quickly progress to their adult forms and regain the knowledge they possessed in their first incarnation on Earth. It is hoped that with that knowledge, along with the help of the scientists of IBAT, they can unlock the ancient mystery of the pyramids.
Among the scientists at IBAT are Sanders and Steiner, two eccentric scientists who team up with Lindsey to work with the Egyptian clones. These characters and a few other supporting characters are put through tests of strength that are both physical and emotional, taking them down to the depths of the Earth's oceans and transporting them to another plane of existence. Not only do they battle forces that could tear Earth apart, they also do battle with forces inside themselves that could tear their relationships apart. In such daunting circumstances Davis allows the characters to form believable and intriguing relationships, a credit to her writing talent.
Soon these relationships begin to bend and flex under the stress of their own weight. Just like real life, some people are able to grow closer, as seen in the romance between Larimer and Sanders. Other people may inevitably drift apart, as King Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun discover. Displaced from his princess wife and consumed by the power of his own goals, King Tutankhamun embarks on a journey that ultimately may doom the future of the Earth.
It is with Larimer's strength, and that of her colleagues, that the Earth must rest its future.
Initially Davis's plot may sound 'done,' but be assured: it is not. Though recognizable elements such as the pending destruction of the world, unlikely heroes, and seemingly insurmountable circumstances are employed, Davis stands out in one important area: she employs these elements well. Excepting wordiness that many authors entering the field with, Davis fleshes out her characters and situations in a dramatic and engaging style. Her writing does not come across as typical, but rather new and full of energy.
As clichéd as it is, the old adage still applies: this novel will keep you turning the pages. Once the reader gets past the character introductions, which suffer a bit from over-descriptiveness, The Reclamation Project is a page-turner.
The best compliment one can give to the new author is the excited anticipation for her next work. Once other readers hear about Davis and dig into her debut, this reviewer will not be waiting in line alone.
- Believable and engaging characters.
- An unconventional and exciting plot.
- Dramatic prose, once the novel gets going.
- Wordiness in the beginning 50 pages prevents the reader from jumping immediately into the novel, though it does pick up pace quickly thereafter.