When earth is suddenly plagued by a race of savage beasts…authorities scramble to figure out where they're coming from, and why they're here!

ALL HOPE OF BECOMING HUMAN

A rash of earthquakes shakes the planet, uncovering vast subterranean burial grounds—one near Four Corners, Arizona filled with ancient skeletons—and a partially exposed metallic object so enormous scientists can’t determine its overall size.

Archaeologist Professor Braden and her assistant Rebecca Duccati are summoned to Four Corners to join other researchers in exploring this rare archaeological find. The underground work is slow and dirty when Rebecca, mysteriously drawn to the monolithic object, touches its exterior and undergoes a life altering experience that will fuel her treacherous search for the truth.

FBI Special Agent Zach Demzey, heading up a special aberrant crime unit of the BAU, is investigating a series of bizarre killings. Accompanied by his assistant, Agent Connie Wegman, Demzey catches his first break when they discover remains of the anomalous creatures and take samples for DNA testing—the results shocking.

Time is running out. In the midst of escalating carnage and savagery, Special Agent Demzey rushes to find clues to the source of the creatures’ exponentially growing numbers, while Rebecca Duccati works to discover her own perplexing connection to this bizarre phenomenon.

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Winner of the 2006 Clay Reynolds Novella Award

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Lonnie Busch is an award-winning author whose work has also appeared in Southwest Review, The Minnesota Review, The Baltimore Review and others. His awards include the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize, finalist for the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, and the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award. He is also a painter, illustrator, animator who has created artwork for many companies including the “Greetings from America” stamps and “Wonders of America” for the USPS.