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Resurrection Chapter 30 9

Posted 3 months ago

*This is the last in the free series from forthcoming Paul McGowan’s book Resurrection. Stay tuned for when the full book will be available for reading. The plane crashed through the white fury and skidded across the sky. Then the bottom dropped out, and they were weightless, pressed hard against their seatbelts. “Two thousand feet!” […]
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Resurrection Chapter 29 2

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Laúm and Jaúl walked the path to Land’s End where they turned north and walked along the top of the cliff until they reached a solid landing. At its edge, handrails appeared to lead over the precipice. A group of citizens stood by the scanner and waited their turn. The long ladder down to the […]
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Resurrection Chapter 28 2

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If what Sam had just heard came from anyone other than Professor Bickford, he’d have filed it away in the lunatic raving’s bin. But, this was Harry Bickford, one of the world’s most respected minds on the subject of Anthropogeny—and one of the few people Sam respected without question. “Why haven’t ya’ made this knowledge […]
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Resurrection Chapter 27 1

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Harry looked off into the distance as if he were reliving the events he was about to describe. “Twentysomething years ago, Karl and I were together on a dig near the southern tip of Chile, in Cabo de Hornos, near the southernmost tip of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. One of our students thought she’d […]
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Resurrection Chapter 26 3

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Dinner that evening was laid out by Lial and Muel—sweet arammu cakes and a pitcher of fresh water. “The rations are down again, Jaúl.” Lial tapped the pitcher with a finger. “This is all we have to drink until tomorrow.” Jaúl clasped his hands around the glass, swirling the clear liquid. “I know. The situation […]
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Resurrection Chapter 25 0

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The next morning, Sam and Julia walked down a long green-and-white corridor, reading the names on the doors until they came to Professor Harry Bickford, Ph.D. Sam’s gentle knock drew an immediate response. “Come!” The voice from behind the frosted glass door was slight. Sam slowly opened the door and, before entering, peered inside, Julia […]
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Resurrection Chapter 24 0

Posted 4 months ago

Over the next few weeks, life returned to normal in Laúm’s home. So much of the culture regarded the Ascension as the ultimate ceremony a Quondan passed through, but he did not now feel like a man. He felt like the same old Laúm who he had always been. It was less talked about since […]
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Resurrection Chapter 23 2

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Julia looked radiant that evening. Sam had forgotten her prettiness. “What’re you doin’ here?” Sam asked. “My father’s company supplies Empire Oil…and…oh, goodness. Magnus Sawyer. Your father?” Sam shook his head yes. “I just came along to keep my parents happy,” she said. Sam guided her away from the crowd, to an empty table near […]
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Resurrection Chapter 22 1

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In his dreams, Laúm was unafraid of the bear: 12 feet high and weighing in at eight hundred pounds of pure muscle. The imagined bear sauntered along the top of a slope above a riverbank. The bear cocked his head suddenly and snorted. Then he turned his flat face and sat down next to a […]
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Resurrection Chapter 21 0

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The thunderclouds had moved on, and the Dallas night was humid and hot. Lightning continued to flash far to the east as a white crescent moon, just risen in the west, now floated above the orange horizon. But the courtyard lights of Magnus’s home washed out the stars and Sam missed the stars of Greenland, […]
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Resurrection Chapter 20 0

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Laúm waited for the sounds of sleep from the others before turning on the small light above his bed and reaching into his backpack for the paper-thin document reader storing his ascension speech. The child’s two eyes stared at him in the darkness, reflecting the light of his reading lamp. He turned away from her […]
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Resurrection Chapter 19 0

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By midnight the coffee had stopped working on Sam, but he’d learned enough to keep him awake. The Eemian was the last period of interglacial warming before our current warmer era, the Holocene. Something strange had occurred in the Eemian. 100,000 years ago, in the middle Pleistocene, within only a few hundred years, the levels […]
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Resurrection Chapter 18 0

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The child’s strong grip on Alluria’s hand eased as the doctor’s light sedative began to take hold of the small girl. Laúm didn’t know what to make of her. His entire life, there had been an implicit the Sahu are they, the Sahu are the other, the Sahu are enemy. Finally he had met his […]
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Resurrection Chapter 17 4

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Doctor Peter Walker had confirmed what Sam feared might be true. The Ancients. They were real. Ancient modern humans with technology that surpassed our own? No, it didn’t make sense. It couldn’t make sense…yet there was now no denying Satsky’s treasure. If it was real, why haven’t we uncovered their cities and other artifacts? Sam’s […]
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Resurrection Chapter 16 2

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Alluria assured him they were heading in the direction of home and Laúm kept a sharp watch for anything lurking in the shadows. Sophus began to sing and they both put their hands up in protest. They had not seen any Sahu, but neither wanted to push their luck. A strange feeling washed over him, […]
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Resurrection Chapter 15 3

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Sam drove straight to the UT Dallas campus with the SUV’s windows rolled down. The afternoon humidity wasn’t as oppressive as the atmosphere had been in his father’s office—maybe the exhaust of trucks and cars on I-75 would wash away the stink of Magnus’s latest attempt at subjugation. He had Sam locked down in a […]
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Resurrection Chapter 14 0

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“I have fire!” said Laúm into the darkness. He held the fire device high over his head. The attacking shapes froze and Laúm switched on the flame. “Stay away!” But they started toward him again. The third waited while the other two circled around and came in for the kill. Laúm switched the flame to […]
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Resurrection Chapter 13 0

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Sam had considered washing the red dirt from the SUV before turning onto Beverly Drive, in Highland Park, but thought better of it. Maybe it’d piss Magnus off. The thought made him smile. He pulled into the driveway, but instead of driving around behind the house he parked directly in front of the white-pillared portico […]
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Resurrection Chapter 12 3

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As Laúm turned to leave the building he heard a scraping sound under his foot. Laúm reached into the thick carpet of dust and found a small, round and flattened circle, half the length of his thumb, surrounding what looked like a five sided star, the fifth point nearest where the chain attached. Could this […]
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Resurrection Chapter 11 0

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Sam took a right off Texas Highway 42 North, onto River Road, and parked the rented SUV in the shade of an old cypress. Its smoky, pine-like scent peppered the humid air, reminding him of his days growing up in the oil fields near Gladewater. The Sabine River, gurgling east toward Louisiana, was as muddy […]
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Resurrection Chapter 10 8

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Laúm kept as low to the ground as he could before huddling in a dirt crevasse carved out by the forgotten waters. He waited for the crest of the red wave to pass before he scrambled to the other side, where he quickly scampered up the far embankment before looking back. Even the wind had […]
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Resurrection Chapter 9 8

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The last month of Sam’s time with Professor Satsky in Greenland ground by. The ebbing darkness of winter was lifting and the eternal sunshine of spring would not be far away. If he climbed to the island’s tallest peak at noon he could just see the orange glow of the sun crest the distant horizon. […]
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Resurrection Chapter 8 4

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In the distance, Laúm could hear a low rumble, and he put the book away. The rumble was growing louder. He looked to the north to see the familiar blinking lights—red and blue—moving steadily along the coast. He touched his glasses to check the schedule. Right on time. He zoomed in with his glasses to […]
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Resurrection Chapter 7 0

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A thousand feet below where Sam stood, gray sea foamed against the shore. Halfway down the tall spine, Satsky lay face down on the rocks, his pick still in his hand. Sam negotiated down the jagged slope, stumbled on a rock, slipped on the slick surface. He landed on his side with a grunt, rolled […]
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Resurrection Chapter 6 0

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The westerly sun tinted the few clouds in the sky a light strawberry color while the giant yellow ball lowered itself into the sea. Laúm looked at the waves lapping against the rocky cliff face 300 feet below him. West of his rocky perch, he could see a small cluster of towers, each a different […]
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Resurrection Chapter 5 8

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They dressed in their warmest clothing, and gathered up their lamps, picks, and shovels. “Follow me, Burro. This way. Hurry!” Then Satsky did something Sam had never seen him do. He ran. Satsky had a pick and shovel and a headlamp, but Sam, carrying the rest of the gear, couldn’t keep up with him. The […]
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Resurrection Chapter 4 4

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Over the next few months, Satsky grew more disturbed and agitated as time went by. When Sam asked him what was wrong, he said, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” Sam paused before asking the question he’d already guessed the answer to. “What are we lookin’ for, Doc? The treasure?” “The treasure, Burro?” […]
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Resurrection Chapter 3 6

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Sam came to consciousness slowly. “Where the hell am I?” he mumbled. Julia’s cot was empty. So was her side of the tent. He could hear the clatter of pots and smelled something. Oatmeal? He dragged himself out of his mummy bag and stumbled onto the tent floor. He looked at his image in the […]
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Resurrection Chapter 2 0

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Sam watched as Greenland’s shore receded. He held onto the ship’s frozen metal railing and kept his eyes glued to the sight of Panuk, the two Russians, and their sleds winding back up the hill, until they crested the top and disappeared from view. The ship’s diesel engines puffed black soot into the frigid arctic […]
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Resurrection Chapter 1 9

Posted 4 months ago

*This is the first of 30 chapters of Paul McGowan’s upcoming adventure novel, Resurrection. These chapters are offered free, one per day. I expect to publish the entire book, part of a series of books, in late 2020. Resurrection Panuk got up before the others and started a fire in the woodstove. As the pot […]
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