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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Commercial Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Extinct and rare species reappear along with a strange old man who always seems nearby. A mechanic, trying to augment his financial situation by less than honest means has a chance meeting with the old man ... or maybe not by chance. Dedicated biologists try to figure out what is going on.

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Submitted: January 31, 2017

The sightings came with such astonishing regularity as to cast doubt about the authenticity of any of them. Many surmised that so many im... Read Chapter


Submitted: January 31, 2017

  Captain Greg Voss had just slipped into the twilight that arrives before deep sleep when he thought or dreamed he heard the he... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 02, 2017

A few days and time zones away, a father and son fishing on the Minnesota Boundary waters spotted a blur of red and gray fly over their c... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 03, 2017

  Doug McFee sat in exasperated silence at his desk in the regional director's office of US Fish and Wildlife in Vero Beach, Flo... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 06, 2017

It was miserably hot, that heavy, wet, suffocating heat endemic to southwest Florida in early August. Jack Ready peeled himself from the ... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 07, 2017

The night shift creatures were coming to work as he walked back to the van, clicks and small movements in the trees above, unknown things... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 07, 2017

Jerry Gainer imagined himself the teacher of a gifted high school biology class. The two young scientists sent down by headquarters could... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 08, 2017

The sound was apocalyptic, a sharp crack, the canoe nearly tipping as Jack spasmed out of a deep slumber. The spoonbills across the way w... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 09, 2017

The trip back to the canoe launch was less than enjoyable in the searing afternoon heat and on a slack tide. Jack's thoughts spun with pi... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 11, 2017

The afternoon traffic, being light, allowed him to take it all in along with the fond memories of previous trips. There had been precario... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 12, 2017

The drive down the overseas highway was a blur. Any vehicle that stayed close behind became suspect and with only one main drag the lengt... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 13, 2017

Doug McFee slowed to a crawl, counting nine long leaf pines after the last power pole beyond the dirt road on the left. Some day one of t... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 15, 2017

In his dreams the knocking sound was soft at first, but inexplicably grew louder. By the time his eyes opened, it had become a pounding a... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 16, 2017

They walked the length of the property toward the seawall along a drive thoughtfully bordered by Sabal palms planted long ago by the orig... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 16, 2017

The canal waters were murky and bathtub warm as they slipped in wearing cut-offs and t-shirts. At the last minute Al insisted they scuba ... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 19, 2017

Jack held his breath as he edged toward the stern, not wanting his exhaust bubbles to ruin the ambush. He wondered if Al had thought of d... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 20, 2017

The tunnel and the light, the tunnel and the light, son of a bitch, it's true. A radiant light bordered in black filled Jack's consciousn... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 21, 2017

Al staggered off toward the tool shed, looking back and raising his palms in a questioning gesture. He received the same in reply from hi... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 28, 2017

The cooler hit the table to the cadence of sloshing ice cubes, rousing the old man who seemed lost in his thoughts, staring at the distan... Read Chapter


Submitted: March 21, 2017

The old man fished out a beer from the melt waters in the bottom of the cooler. "Jack, you've always been a cynical type, even as a k... Read Chapter


Submitted: March 21, 2017

Jack heard swearing in Spanish from beneath the dull green carcas of the van as he knelt down to look under it. Al struggled to fit the t... Read Chapter


Submitted: March 22, 2017

The beer breakfeast on an empty stomach left Jack with a slightly fuzzy outlook as he finished prepping the van. Despite outward appearan... Read Chapter


Submitted: March 23, 2017

The air conditioner's compressor shut off with a resounding "thunk", waking him from a deep sleep, covered in sweat, on damp sheets. The ... Read Chapter


Submitted: April 06, 2017

No words were exchanged during the drive to Big Pine Key. Seething at the inconvenience and troubled by the expected response of the Tamp... Read Chapter


Submitted: December 21, 2017

    The area became awash in a warm, soothing light, a comfortable brilliance, neither hot nor harsh. Jack felt numb as... Read Chapter


Submitted: December 30, 2017

The distant voices were scratchy, like an old victrola minus the music, then suddenly a clear, close voice. "Sir, sir, wake up! Jack ... Read Chapter


Submitted: January 01, 2018

Turning north on Route 1 for the long trek back to Tampa, his thoughts as well as the eastern sky grew dark and clouded. Jack knew he sho... Read Chapter


Submitted: January 03, 2018

For the second time Jack found himself sitting in the van with the old man, a thousand questions to be asked as he stared blankly through... Read Chapter


Submitted: January 05, 2018

Old habits die hard. Even though the notorious eighteen mile long "suicide stretch" of Highway 1 between Florida City and Key Largo had b... Read Chapter


Submitted: January 06, 2018

Kate remained motionless in her makeshift blind, occasionly gazing out at a boat in the distance, gently wallowing off the old light hous... Read Chapter


Submitted: January 17, 2018

Jerry eyed the sparse afternoon clientele as he entered. A tourist couple conversed with a grizzled old fisherman at one end of the bar, ... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 02, 2018

Kate slowly approached the table. "Hey guys, stay still. Those birds are more rare than that terrapin you're riding with. By the way, you... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 06, 2018

They all stared in silence at the supposed windfall. Three non- believers and Jack, who witnessing so much already, was inclined to think... Read Chapter


Submitted: March 09, 2018

Doug, Jerry and Kate stood in the bar's parking lot discussing the peculiar duo who had made their acquaintance before heading toward the... Read Chapter

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