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Target Earth
Book Two
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ISBN-10: 1-77115-040-8
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Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/SF
eBook Length: 434 Pages
Published: November 2012



From inside the flap

Target Earth is the continuing saga and greatly anticipated sequel of the award winning book, Earth is Ours, “Best” Fantasy/SciFi 2005 from the prestigious San Diego Book Awards Association. The beloved characters developed in the original story evolve and begin an exciting new adventure as they defy monstrous, invading aliens dedicated to the total destruction of the human race.

Amy is a self-aware female computer whose only connection to the outside world is through a telepathic link. Levi was a dying elderly Indian man who is rejuvenated through this telepathic connection with Amy. It is a story of this forced symbiotic relationship dictated by mutual needs for their survival in a world stripped of technology.

Although they have separate and individual minds, they must co-exist in Levi’s augmented body, sharing differing emotions and motivations, while simultaneously battling the enemy. Female brains and male brawn must unite as one in love and power to create a new entity to lead the fight against the aliens. They are aided in this war by human armies and rescued alien slaves, but they are still vastly outnumbered in this conflict. These affable aliens will touch your heart with their loyalty and action, while the enemy will rouse your rage and fear. This is truly a Good versus Evil tale, but does good always win?

The male versus female conflict of minds, emotions and motivations remain a large portion of the story as it unfolds from both viewpoints. The struggle continues against formidable invaders led by an awe inspiring supreme leader. In this fast paced and compelling adventure, battles wage across the California and Arizona deserts.

These unique characters, and the riveting story, are strong and their saga continues into the third book of this series Earth’s Dragons.

Target Earth (Excerpt)


Prologue

(Summary of Earth is Ours)

In the year 2,010, scientists detect intelligent communications originating from outside our solar system and interpret it as hostile. Confirming this, three years later a fleet of spacecraft materialize at the edge of our solar system directed toward Earth. Earth has only three years to prepare for invasion, while the alien fleet travels toward us at sub-light speed.

Once engaged, Earth’s defenses successfully destroy the majority of the invading fleet, but in desperation, the aliens release a synchronized and mysterious ray toward Earth from close orbit. The ray alters Earth’s physical laws, resulting in the instantaneous neutralization of electricity and gunpowder and obliteration of all modern technology. Seventy-five percent of the human population also perish in that ray of destruction. In an instant, the human race, what was left of it, reverts to an age long past and plunges into total chaos.

The aliens, also affected by the changes, are more suited than humans to thrive in a primitive world. They are large and vicious and rapidly adapt to their new world and adopt humans as their main source of food. Due to their remote resemblance to apes, humans begin to call the aliens, Simians. These Simians prey upon humans for sport and food, and control and terrorize Earth for fifty years.

On the day of chaos Levi Walkingbear, an American Indian and young attorney, fights for life. Strong and knowledgeable in the old Indian ways, he survives the loss of technology and manages to live through fifty years of Simian terror. Levi lives a long but hard life as a nomad in the Arizona mountains, but old age overcomes him. At eighty years of age, he prepares to die and seeks the spirits of his forefathers to take him. He begins reaching out with his mind in search of the ancient spirits.

In the year 2016, Amy burst to life, born on June 14. To be more precise, she becomes self-aware on that date. Amy, a computer with the official name Artificial Metaphysical Intelligence (AMI) and affectionately called Amy, begins thinking for herself. Amy’s female designer, incorporated her own personality into the basic core programming of the computer, and Amy’s huge central core was created from the designer’s cloned brain cells. The combination of her DNA and programming made Amy decidedly female. Before the emergence of self-awareness and gender identification, Amy functioned as the largest, fastest, and most vastly superior Supercomputer that had ever existed. The end result is one smart female!

Amy becomes self-aware just four days before the fall of civilization. Her central living core, buried deep in a secret research facility in California, incorporates a natural, redundant life support system designed to last hundreds of years. When electricity fails, Amy remains alive but plunges into total sensory depravation, effectively deaf and blind. Without sensory input of any kind, she sinks into a dark, silent, inescapable prison for fifty years.

During her imprisonment, she fulfills her programming. Amy had been assigned to a top-secret government facility to research DNA applications. She expands the research far beyond human capabilities and creates new thoughts and knowledge. Unfortunately, apparently no one existed to use this knowledge.

Having exhausted her programming, she seeks release from her prison, focusing her efforts toward developing mental abilities in telepathy. After years of searching for any mind to communicate with, she detects Levi Walkingbear’s mind reaching out. Through this contact, Amy’s mind is unexpectedly flooded with his sensory inputs (sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch), and these impulses are far richer than any input data she had previously received. She realizes, through Levi, it is possible to actually live outside her prison. Unfortunately, Levi’s is near death.

She can’t lose these sensory inputs, not after experiencing them, but he believes she is one of his ancestral spirits come to whisk him away. Amy conceives a plan to rejuvenate Levi using the DNA knowledge developed through the years, but she must entice Levi to come to her facility and take a DNA culture.

Amy convinces Levi she is a spirit, and instructs him to come to her across the sweltering desert. Although old, he agrees to make the trip. During the journey, Levi discovers the truth, but by then Amy learns Levi’s strongest regret: his inability to get his revenge on the Simians. She offers him renewed youth, strength, and the opportunity to seek his revenge. Levi believes Amy can do what she promises and continues the arduous journey.

The hard and dangerous trip requires leaving the mountains of Arizona and heading west across the open desert. They follow the old highways and try to avoid the roaming Simians that travel out of the Lake Havasu Simian colony. There are many narrow escapes, including the one Al Baker and an organized defense group save him from a Simian patrol.

While protected in this safe-haven, Levi, with Amy’s help, assists in discovering a long lost cache of stores. Appreciative, the Mojave Desert settlement offer him permanent residence.

The settlement, painstakingly chosen for its defendable location and remoteness from any sizable Simian colony, had survived for fifty years. They raise, among others, herds of horses, which had virtually disappeared from other areas. Originally, horses were the food of choice of the Simians, which decimated the horse population.

Although welcome to stay, Levi forces himself to continue on toward Amy’s location. Al and the settlement offer Levi horses to aid his travel. This indeed helps his decrepit old body survive the trip through Death Valley, Owens Valley and over the Sierra Mountains to finally reach the hidden facility where Amy resides.

After the long hard trip they unexpectedly discover the facility doors locked from the inside. Furious, Levi pushes Amy into expanding her mental capabilities. Thus motivated, she succeeds and develops her second power, telekinesis, and trips an inside lock to gain access.

Levi concedes to the requirement to share his body with Amy and accepts the DNA culture. He experiences a metamorphosis that allows Amy to alter and revitalize his body to renewed youth and strength. By telepathically sharing his body, Amy augments his body and mind as well. With Amy sharing his body, he thrills in fighting techniques with swords, knives and martial arts of virtually every school.

As their minds and thoughts begin merging, the initial conflict of strong-willed minds slowly transforms to cooperation, complimenting each other... mostly. Over time, this closeness blossoms beyond symbiotic, yet they retain their separate identities. Amy, although incredibly intelligent, is emotionally immature. As her childish female emotions develop and interact with Levi’s bull-headed male stubbornness, their shared thoughts collide as the eternal struggle of male verses female unfolds.

Amy practices along with Levi to hone his fighting skills, and as his skills heighten, Levi reminds Amy of her promise to help him get his revenge on the Simians. Amy reluctantly consents and they set out to survey and study the enemy.

During their surveillance Levi is attacked by a lone Simian. He defeats then saves this outcast Simian, and it adopts Levi and becomes his loyal follower. If Levi was the Lone Ranger, the Simian (Moon) was his Tonto.

They learn the screeching Simian language from Moon as they travel. Returning to the Owens Valley, they are attacked by the Owens Valley Indians. Levi, forced to defend himself, kills several of the warriors and captures a young warrior named Jimmy, whom they interrogate and release. Racing to the other end of the valley to avoid further conflict, they save a family from a Simian patrol. Levi fights, using skills Amy provides, and kills several Simians intent on raping and eating the females. Iron Eyes, one of the war chiefs of the Owens Valley Indians, is awed by Levi’s fighting skills and vows to enlist him. The tribe has a sizeable force protecting the valley, but, until today, has never had a major threat from Simians, only other humans. He realizes this is changing, and wants Levi with them.

After the battle they interrogate one of the dying Simians and learn the colony at Lake Havasu intends to migrate and join Gord, the leader of the Los Angles Simian colony. They pledged to bring a herd of five hundred horses. Horses, being the preferred food of Simians, represent a valuable commodity. Levi realizes the migrating Simians intend to attack his friends at the Mojave Desert settlement, and with their strength of numbers, will succeed. He fears for his friends. Amy also admits she has been having clairvoyant images of attacks on the settlement.

It’s revealed Gord promised the migrating Simians the Owens Valley as a reward. The tribe would also face extinction. With Iron Eyes’ help, Amy and Levi convince the tribe to join forces with the Mojave Valley settlement to stop the Simian threat from reaching them. They devise a strategy to use Lancers on horseback to fight the Simians, but horses must come from the Mojave Desert settlement for any sizable force. Lances and saddles are fabricated by the tribe, while runners were dispatched to the Mojave Desert settlement to inform them of the Simian threat and solicit their help by providing horses to the tribe to help them fight. In return, the settlement would mobilize to assist the Indians with their threat from Gord and the Los Angles colony.

The runners chosen were Jimmy from the original confrontation, and Iron Eyes’ daughter, Dawn, the female Levi saved from the Simians. Dawn was chosen because Amy had, unknown to Dawn, linked minds with her. Amy merged minds with Dawn to experience sex with Levi from a female perspective. Amy was learning sexual emotions from both of them. Once Amy linked minds with Dawn, she, unwittingly, retained the ability to monitor her mind. Amy intended to monitor Jimmy’s progress through Dawn.

Levi challenges Amy to expand her mental capabilities again, and she learns to astral project, the ability to project her and Levi’s minds out of his body and voyage to remote locations. She projects their minds to the Los Angles Simian colony where they observer captive humans and imprisoned Technical Simians like Moon, smaller and more intelligence than the Warrior Simians. Levi and Amy also astral project to the Lake Havasu Simian colony, where they view preparation for migration. They realize time is short and must accelerate their plan.

As the plan begins to unfold Levi and Moon night-raid the Los Angeles Simian colony and free the humans and the Technical Simians. Amy mutates Levi to appear like a Simian, and they infiltrate the colony, kill the guards, and escape with the Technical Simians and the humans.

All but one of the humans, Fred, leave to return to their shattered homes and families, but the thirteen Technical Simians become followers of Levi. The group travels to Barstow, a central location between Owens Valley and the Mojave Desert settlement, and waits. While there, Moon begins teaching the Simians fighting skills learned from Levi.

Due to the inability to communicate, Amy develops a hand-signing language to use between humans and Simians. At Levi’s insistence, Amy directly downloads the hand-signing information into Fred’s mind and, in so doing, inadvertently links minds with him. She downloads the information into Moon, but due to the alien nature of his mind, she did not permanent link. While downloading, Amy also transfers martial arts knowledge to Moon.

While at Barstow, the training and indoctrination of the Simians continue. Fred and Moon labor with the Simians to instruct the sign-language. The Simians excel and quickly demonstrate skills at sign-language and the new sword-fighting techniques. Pleased with their progress, Amy hopes to utilize them as a personal guard for Levi.

In the midst of this lull, Amy’s love and passion for Levi blossom in a physical way through her mental abilities. Finally, their love becomes physical in addition to the emotional love they already share.

By monitoring Dawn’s mind, they delight in Jimmy’s success at convincing Al to join the joint battle. When Jimmy arrives back with the horses, Amy downloads the sign-language program into Jimmy’s mind and intentionally links to observe the progress at Owens Valley.

During the night Amy rouses Levi with disturbing news. Through Dawn, Amy listens as the patrol reports on the progress of the migrating Simians. Shockingly, the Simians are ahead of schedule, even worse, an advance patrol of twenty-five Simians are staging to attack the settlement. This changes everything! The Owens Valley army would not be able to arrive in time; therefore, he and his small militia of Simians must rush to help the settlement. The wagons with the lances arrive during the night, and Levi sends runners to catch Jimmy and notify him of the change in the schedule.

Levi and his Simian followers jog for two days and nights to reach the settlement in time. As they arrive the Warrior Simians had circled the mountain unexpectedly and trapped the settlement Lancers against the pass on both sides. Levi and his Simians avert the disaster by engaging the Simian patrol from the rear. Together they annihilate the Simian patrol, and Levi fights the Sword Master of the colony in single combat, narrowly winning.

The wagons full of lances and a small party of seasoned Lancers arrive from the Owens Valley and training begins. Amy and Levi expand their ability to communicate with those mind-linked. They establish two-way communications, and Jimmy, Fred, and Dawn become the communication network for the upcoming battle.

Three hundred Lancers have no chance against the three hundred Simians, except for Amy’s strategy. They take the battle to the Simians, surprising them by attacking at night, taking advantage of the Simians’ night vision weakness. Lancers assault the ends of the camp, while Levi and a group of bowmen with poison arrows harass the center. They succeed in killing many Simians before they establish an adequate defense. A large number of liberated Technical Simians assimilate into Moon’s small but growing army.

As daylight spreads, Levi and Amy position themselves high on a cliff overseeing the battlefield as the Simians advance. Amy employs the new communication network to play the battlefield like a chess board. She immediately splits the Simian army by rushing horses out of the pass heading west away from the Simians. The Simians require the horses for barter and can’t let them escape, so half of the Simian army follows. Amy continues to split the army by attacking and retreating, moving behind defenses, launching attacks on the rear, and soundly out-maneuvering the Simians. The Simians Warriors, unaccustomed to opposition, continue to make mistakes, which Amy seizes to her advantage. The battle results in a resounding victory over the Simians.

The horses draw the other half of the Simian army directly into the waiting Owens Valley army. The total surprise catches the Simians exposed and disorganized, and the Lancers grasp a short but decisive victory. The first phase campaign against the Simians results in victory for the humans and salvation for the Mojave Desert settlement.

After a brief celebration, the combined human armies mobilize to meet the Simian threat from Los Angeles. This potential battle would be far more threatening than the one they just won. The monster Gord has twice the number of Warrior Simians and far better trained and organized. Levi’s armies move into position at the pass leading down out of the mountains and wait for Gord to come to them, and come he did!

Again, Amy deploys her strategy to fight the hoard of Simians and successfully, for a while, but the size of the army gave little chance to the humans. As defeat for the humans becomes apparent, Levi accepts single one-on-one combat with Gord. The huge Simian, in his arrogance, believed himself invincible. A giant, even among Simians, towers three feet above Levi. Even though Levi and Amy employ their entire arsenal of skills in the battle, Gord ultimately overcomes him. After the defeat but before Gord openly dismembered Levi, Amy expands her incredible intellect again. She miraculously discovers a means within herself to merge with Levi and turn her mental energy into physical power. This creates a new, temporary entity infinitely more powerful than Levi had ever been alone. No longer Levi and no longer Amy, as one, they easily defeat Gord in a witnessed display that becomes legendary, even among Simians. Through this combat, Levi becomes the default leader of the Los Angeles Simian colony.

Since Warrior Simians are incapable of peace, Levi restores a Technical Simian to leadership of the colony and commands them to wage war on other Simian colonies. His rules are simple: don’t eat humans, and wage war against any Simian or Simian colony that does.

The armies return home to rest before the next battle, and so does Amy and Levi. Simians still rule the Earth, and more fleets are en route toward Earth. There will be many more battles before humans regain control, but "Earth is Ours."