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The Autopsy of Planet Earth by Robert Emery - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Science Fiction

Date Published: 10-02-2021

Publisher: Indies United Publishing House


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 Part One: When mankind is threatened by the arrival of an intelligent alien race claiming to have come in peace, Gabriel Ferro, Chief of Staff to U.S. President William Conrad, and Dr. Catherine Blake, become ensnared in not only a CIA/NSA conspiracy, but a world beyond their wildest imagination, a world beyond Earth, beyond the Milky Way. In an effort to learn why the aliens have come at all, together Gabriel and Dr. Blake venture to where no humans gone before.

 
Excerpt

  Chapter 1

 

The year is wherever your Imagination takes you

 November 2nd, Foja Mountain Range,

Papua New Guinea

 As they boarded the single-engine Cessna Skymaster at Papua New Guinea’s Jackson

Airport, ominous dark clouds were rolling in from the West. On board was Dr. B.D. Sanjaya, a prominent archaeologist with the Indonesian National Centre for Archaeological Research, and his assistants, Timoty Budiman and Reza Darmali. The flight took them 6,000 feet above sea level to a remote dirt airstrip in the Mamberamo basin just below the mist-shrouded Foja Mountain Range in Papua’s eastern province. There they switched to a twenty-year-old Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter piloted by an elderly Indonesian man whose craggy face and stoic expression resembled a rough-cut stone sculpture. They took off in a light but steady rain.

An hour into the flight, Timoty shouted over the din of the engine. “You’re sure you know the spot?”

Dr. Sanjaya held up a hand-drawn map and shrugged. “This is all we have to go by.”

 Soon they were skimming the treetops over the remote Birds Head Peninsula. The jungle below looked ominous and all but impenetrable, raising the question, would they find the designated clearing.

Reza was the first to spot a small smudge of open ground about a quarter-mile ahead. “There! I see a clearing just beyond those trees!”

 The old pilot glanced at his copy of the map. Smiling, his eyes went to Sanjaya, who gave the pilot a thumb’s up. Once over the open area, the pilot cautiously circled the spot three times before attempting a descent in light fog. Down the narrow chute they went until the skids gently settled on the soggy ground. The light but steady rain continued.

As they removed the last of their gear from the aircraft, something caught Timoty’s attention. A short, elderly, dark-skinned man, sporting a full white beard, appeared from the edge of the surrounding forest. Under his rain slicker, a multicolored print shirt hung loosely over khaki shorts. In his right hand, he held a menacing two-foot machete.

“Dr. Sanjaya, we have company.”

Sanjaya followed Timoty’s gaze. “Ah, that must be Bayu.”

Reza spied the machete. “You think it’s our guy?”

“Never met him. He sent me this map with these coordinates and said to meet him here on this day at approximately this hour.” Sanjaya glanced at the handwritten map and grinned. “Pretty good directions.”

Turning to the helicopter pilot, Sanjaya raised a hand above his head, made a wide circular motion, and pointed to the jungle. The old pilot acknowledged with a disinterested nod and lifted the helicopter skyward. Within seconds he was over the tree line and out of sight.

Something caught Timoty’s eye.

The man Sanjaya had identified as Bayu trotted toward them while calling out in his native language. “Salamat Sian, saya teman. Dalton! Apa Kabar, Dr. Sanjaya?

Sanjaya waved. “Saya baik-baik saja, terima kasih.

Bayou approached and enthusiastically shook Sanjaya’s hand. “Saya ialah Sanjaya.

Reza scratched at the back of his head. “I don’t recognize the dialect.”

“Not many do. It’s specific to the local Kweba tribe. Bayu is their chief. He welcomed us and I introduced myself.” Sanjaya motioned to his assistants. “Reza, Timoty.”

Bayu smiled and half-bowed. “Reza, Timoty.” He tapped his chest. “Bayu.”

Dimana adalah kebun hutan?” Sanjaya said. “I asked him where the secret place is.”

Pointing to the jungle tree line, Bayu grinned. “Pintu musuk lewat sana.”

“Okay, gentlemen. We follow Chief Bayu.”

It was slow going through the dense primeval forest. Bayu slashed at small bamboo trees, thick thorn-covered underbrush, and menacing low-hanging vines. An hour later, after slogging through muddy streams, dodging the occasional snake, and swatting at swarming insects, they broke through to a small clearing thick with fog.

Bayu tapped Sanjaya’s arm and pointed to the dense jungle. Di luar kabut adalah keajaiban tempat.”

“He says the Magic Place is through there.”

“Doesn’t look too inviting, B.D.”

“No, it doesn’t, Timoty. Stay alert.”

They followed Bayu into the fog. Bugs and flies swarmed around them. The more they swatted at them, the more aggressively they attacked. But oddly, the further they advanced the fog the rain began to dissipate, the insects vanished, and the humidity and temperature dropped to a comfortable level.

Bayu abruptly stopped and listened. From this position, they could hear the faint sound of rushing water. Bayu motioned for them to wait, then took a dozen steps forward before stopping again. Raising both arms to eye level with his palms face up, he said, “Ini adalah tempat qaip!” Then in halting English,The… magic… place.” He turned and waved to the others to join him. When they reached his side the fog and mist beyond was completely gone.

What they saw left them speechless.

There in the middle of this primeval forest was either a grand mirage or something very real that should not have been in a remote Indonesian jungle.

Dr. Sanjaya sucked in a quick breath, “Oh my god!”

Timoty and Reza stood dumbfounded.

There were no words to describe what lay before them.

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Part Two: The sweeping saga continues as Gabriel Ferro and Dr. Catherine Blake prepare to travel to the alien’s planet to learn firsthand how the aliens successfully transformed their society to one that revels in peace harmony and balance. But the question remains… what are the alien’s true motives? Is it their intention to transmute mankind forever?  Together, Gabriel and Dr. Blake venture beyond Earth, beyond the Milky Way to a world they could not have imagined in an effort to solve the mystery.

 

“The Autopsy of Planet Earth is a barnburner, a page-turner… it’s Robert Heinlein on speed—a concept around every corner, an event around every page.” Don Bacue International Features Syndicate



About the Author

During his film and television career, Robert J. Emery, who writes novels under the pen name, R. J. Eastwood, has written, produced, and directed feature motion pictures, television documentaries, national television commercials, political campaigns, and industrial films. Some of the highlights of his career include the award-winning ninety-one-episode television series The Directors for Starz/Encore, the award-winning four-part mini-series, The Genocide Factor for PBS, the award-winning documentary For God & Country: A Marine Sniper's Story for MSNBC, and the award-winning motion picture, Swimming Upstream, for the Lifetime Television Network.

 

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