By: Lee Denning
Twilight Times Books
Genre: Science Fiction Thriller
Paperback, 422 pages, $19.50
Reviewed by Mayra Calvani
Monkey Trap would sure make a great SF film. At its worst, it will keep you reading late into the night.
Two objects resembling asteroids approach earth. They collide in a flash of green and blue light. One falls on a Columbian jungle, the other on Washington.
In the Columbian jungle, John Jacob Connard, US Special Forces veteran, better known as Assassin, is on a mission to eliminate a drug lord. He is shot and mortally wounded, and upon waking, he discovers his wounds have miraculously healed and an alien voice in his mind is ‘talking’ to him.
In Washington, Lara Picard, environmental lawyer and mother, has a serious biking accident, grave enough to end her life. Yet, as she is rushed to the hospital, she can feel her own wounds mysteriously healing as if by magic. And just like Connard, she now seems to share her mind with a strange being.
Alien, intelligent entities have invaded the consciousness of the two protagonists.
One is good and wishes earth to step into the next level of consciousness. The other is evil and seeks nothing but human destruction. But which is which? What exactly are they? And why do the computers at the Global Consciousness Project suddenly seem to go berserk?
This is an impressive, ambitious first novel. The first of a triology, Monkey Trap is an action-packed, suspenseful, and fascinating extraterrestrial story that will keep you reading compulsively until you discover the conclusion. Its originality sets it apart from the rest of SF novels being published these days. If you enjoy action stories with a strong touch of mysticism and scientific detail, you’ll love this book.
The sequel to Monkey Trap, titled Hiding Hand is coming out this August and I’ve already asked for the advance review copy. If it looks at all like the first book, it should keep me pretty busy reading at night.