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Kenneth E. Baker
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Zeb’s world has gone to hell in a handbasket. Not only has the disease killed the few people he knew, now he has to deal with something that has taken control of his body and most of his mind. The entity controlling him has gathered thousands upon thousands of dogs around Zeb. They are to protect Zeb as he goes after the elusive Joe, who the entity hates with a passion. Zeb fights back with little hope of success until he meets another outcast like himself. Then the real battle begins.
Zeb/Org stood on top of the hill looking at the sealed doors of the tunnel. Hundreds of dogs, small and large, sat around him, waiting for him to tell them what to do.
Beside him, a small mongrel dog lifted its head. Zeb asked, “What are we going to do now? The human, Joe, is out of our reach.”
“Don’t worry, old one. He won’t be in there for very long. Things are happening which will compel him to leave the shelter of the mountain. All we can do now is bide our time until he is out in the open where we can get to him,” Zeb heard in his mind.
Zeb heard and knew everything happening to him, but was unable to control many of his actions. A few months ago, he was a ninety-one-year-old man trying to make sense of a world gone mad.
Now he was locked in a small portion of his own mind, while an alien force used the rest of it, and his body. Although unable to control his actions, Zeb discovered if he was careful, he could fool the alien who had taken over his body. He discovered the force in control of him had a few misconceived ideas about humans. For one thing, the being thought that because Zeb was ninety-one years old, he required a lot of rest. Actually, Zeb was as hearty and healthy as a man in his late forties. He used this knowledge to give Joe and his people a chance to escape. By faking exhaustion, Zeb forced the being to rest more than it would have preferred to.
He discovered the small dog, Squeeker, that had been his companion for the last several years, was the true alien force that controlled him. Somehow, the being had placed a small part of himself in Zeb’s mind as he slept a few months ago. Used to living by himself, Zeb had no living relatives.
Several months ago when the world started going crazy, Zeb noticed a change in Squeeker. She became listless for awhile, then overnight, she became aggressive as all get out. Zeb’s first thought was she had been bitten by a rabid animal and he was concerned. He was about to take her to the vet in town when she appeared to become her old self again.
He lay down to sleep one night and woke up the next morning feeling strange. His thoughts were muddled and he had a hard time concentrating on anything. As the day progressed, he heard a voice in his head asking if he was in control yet. Zeb thought he was getting the sickness spreading across the country at the time.
His head hurt so bad, he took a whole bottle of aspirin that day. It felt like something was inside his mind, shifting portions of his brain around. The morning after that, he woke up and discovered that even though he was still Zeb, something had sealed away the part of him that controlled his body.
At first, the alien was confused as to how the human body func¬tioned. Zeb remembered his body taking its first jerky steps under the alien’s control.
It took a while for Zeb to realize what had happened to him. Never a quitter, Zeb tried to fight the alien for control of his mind. Almost at once, Zeb found himself forced into the background and shut off from any control of his own body.
After awhile, the alien learned the basic functions of the human body, but not before Zeb had soiled his pants. The ripe aroma of feces continually assaulted Zeb’s nostrils before the alien realized this wasn’t the way humans eliminated their waste.
Near the end of the day, Zeb heard, “Zeb, can you hear me?”
Still in a state of shock, Zeb asked, “Who are you? What have you done to me?”
“Who I am is unimportant. I have taken control of your short, furry friend. The one you call Squeeker. I have placed a small part of myself in your mind. It is useless to fight it. What I want to tell you is if anything should happen to me, you will also die. What I require is your knowledge of this world so I can function properly. I could obtain this knowledge by force, but it would destroy your mind. I would rather you gave it freely than have to take it, but I will if I must.”
"Zeb the Dogman: Book Three is another sensational mind-blowing installment by Mr. Baker. This story is suspenseful, compelling, and magnetic and it takes the reader on a roller coaster ride as everyone wonders who to trust in this remarkable thriller. Zeb comes across strong in the story as he tries to think of ways to outwit the alien in his mind. The well-rounded secondary characters lend a terrific cast to the elements in the book as they each work together while wondering if someone in their cluster is on the wrong side waiting to strike. The good versus evil in this magnificent read is brilliantly detailed and well-written. I have read the first in the series, The Chosen One then Stalker’s Revenge and now Zeb the Dogman, which sparks excitement. Mr. Baker is truly creative and generates characters that are driven and well developed. If you have yet to read any books by Kenneth E. Baker, you have no idea what you are missing. His gifted talent keeps you on the edge of your seat. I always feel the power and intense sensations he creates in his stories. This one is no exception."
Reviewed by Linda 5 Angels Fallen Angel Reviews
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
No. of Pages: 352
Paper Weight (lb): 14.7
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