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Alien Genes 1
Daughter Of Atuk

Petra Theunissen
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Cathy, a young student, has an appointment with destiny. Unaware of her alien heritage, she is befriended by Eqin, a visiting scholar, and his colleague Hasan. When Eqin unexpectedly disappears—apparently dead—she is left alone, haunted by inexplicable visions and doubting her own sanity.
Years later her path again crosses that of Hasan whose personal quest for power and glory causes her life to take an unexpected turn for the worse.
After a brush with death, she is smuggled to an alien facility by Eqin and his sister S’Tha. Hunted by Hasan and subjected to secret experiments by S’Tha, it seems that her fate is sealed.
Only when she is transported off-world by Anya, a Truth Seeker, into the safety of Atuk’s Sanctuary, does she learn the truth about herself. But is she really who the Antediluvians believe her to be?

BOOK EXCERPTS
12000 BC

The guards yawned as they stood staring into the quiet of the night. The pebbled streets leading to the temple were deserted. Barring a few torches here and there, the city was enfolded in complete darkness.

One of the guards noticed something moving in the shadows. His body stiffened.

“Halt! Who goes there?” he commanded.

There was no response, and the shadow didn’t move again.

The other guard took a sip from his earthen water jug.

“Must be your imagination. You drink too much of your wife’s wine.”

The first guard scowled and spat on the columns at the temple’s entrance. “Shut your mouth,” he growled.

Suddenly, a creature jumped from the shadows and lunged at the two guards. The light from a distant torch reflected off the jagged blade of a warrior dagger as it flashed past the guards’ heads.

The attack was swift and without mercy. Within seconds, they lay lifeless at the temple’s entrance.

The creature with the face of a scarab slipped past the bodies and disappeared through the entrance. Without making a sound it headed down the marbled corridor, moving with the agility and speed of a cat. As it made its way unseen along the interior of the temple the flames of the torches dimmed. It was if a cold breeze had blown through the structure.

At the High Priestess’s chambers the creature paused, seemingly waiting for something. After a few moments, it moved quietly through the opening.

There was a long silence; then the muted sounds of a struggle followed by another lengthy pause. The creature returned, holding its prize—the High Priestess’s golden necklace.

It looked around before hurrying back to the large columns of the temple’s entrance. The bodies of the dead guards lay where they had fallen. The attack had remained undetected.

Out of the shadows of the deserted streets, a man approached the intruder. He moved with the same catlike quality of the assailant, but he was shorter and stockier. By the way he approached the creature, he seemed to be in charge.

The newcomer took the necklace and nodded approvingly.

“You performed well. Your descendants will be well-rewarded.”

The assailant didn’t respond right away. He took off his mask slowly and carefully as if waiting for something. Only when the other man handed him a small bag of what seemed like jewels did he speak.

“My Lord, she said to tell you that she would return,” he said matter-of-factly.

The second man’s body stiffened, but after a few moments, he smiled. “The defiant words of a dying woman. You should not trouble yourself with them.”

“I do not, My Lord, but I believe you should. She had great powers.” He took out a small oval device from under his clothes. “If it was not for this...”

The other man interrupted him mid-sentence. “Do not dwell on things that do not concern you,” he said coldly. “Your task is accomplished. Now we must return home before we are discovered.”

The assailant nodded. His face showed little emotion as he looked up at the night sky.
Suddenly there was a bright flash of light and then they were gone. There was no sign that either of the men had ever been there.

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2004 AD

Cathy held her backpack protectively over her head as she ran through the cloudburst towards the old campus building, wishing she’d stayed at home. She should have known she’d be caught in the rain when she saw the mass of clouds building through the morning. But no, instead she decided to listen to the weather forecast. With all the modern technology, they were still wrong.

She swore as she stepped into a deep puddle of cold rainwater, and grimaced as she felt it soaking her jeans and sneakers. Pulling open the heavy wooden door of the old building’s main entrance, she slipped inside. The small hallway was crammed with students. Apparently, she was not the only one who’d been caught unawares by the cloudburst.

BOOK REVIEWS
Rating: 4 Cups
Ms. Petra Theunissen has written a fantastic story full of past lives and ancient enemies. Cathy is the blunt modern heroine, who takes nothing from any one including her alien self/ancestor in her quest for destiny. Eqin is the self-sacrificing hero who falls in love with the extraordinary human. Their relationship is chaste throughout making their budding romance, sweet and tender. The minor characters enrich the story that is complex and thoroughly engaging making it an excellent mental escape. I was captivated.
Kathy Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance


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“The author definitely displays a very imaginative mind.” Reviewer is Amanda from The Eternal Night.


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“Daughter of Atuk is an engrossing story which weaves the themes of aliens, alien interference with humans, romance, mystery, and love into a plot that will keep readers turning the pages determined to see what surprise twist will appear next. I could not put the story down! Petra Theunissen spins a fascinating tale, which is the first installment in the series Alien Genes. This reviewer definitely anticipates further entries. The characters are realistic and well-drawn, and even readers who don’t usually read science fiction will enjoy this one, I believe. I highly recommend this exciting novel.” – by Frost from Two Lips reviews


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“Daughter of Atuk is an engrossing story which weaves the themes of aliens, alien interference with humans, romance, mystery, and love into a plot that will keep readers turning the pages determined to see what surprise twist will appear next. I could not put the story down! Petra Theunissen spins a fascinating tale, which is the first installment in the series Alien Genes. This reviewer definitely anticipates further entries. The characters are realistic and well-drawn, and even readers who don't usually read science fiction will enjoy this one, I believe. I highly recommend this exciting novel.” – by Frost, Two Lips Reviews


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This story of Alien Genes 1: Daughter of Atuk is an engrossing story that takes place over a period of years. The years do not drag this book down, but give it a substance of living the experience between the pages. It gives plausible reasons why Aliens or non-Earth beings would even have an interest in us, some taste of what past life visions might really mean, what another world could be like that can support an alien human in their environment.

This book carries the thought through that, while there might be destiny for some people, choices are still available for all. We are more in control than we think, and less in control of what we want to be. Many of the philosophies and arguments over the years among academics are played out in this story. Daughter of Atuk provides thoughtful ideas, intriguing action that moves the pages at a quick pace. You find yourself rooting for Cathy, some for the aliens who declare their own right to live as they choose, and for interstellar romance to spice things along the way."
Reviewed by Nancy Louise, Novelspot


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MORE BOOK INFO
ISBN: 1593746024
ISBN(13-digit): 9781593746025
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 352
Paper Weight (lb): 14.8



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