The Alien Underneath by Gary Starta

In the near future where printing a brain is only a click away, the city of Portland, Oregon thrives as the new metropolis of high tech. It also boasts the highest abduction rate in the world and a dark op agency suspects its Forest Park is the major scene of intergalactic crimes. But when those responsible fail to take credit for the missing, the covert agency calls upon the clone of legendary FBI Agent Caitlin Diggs to assist in hunting down the invisible enemy. Equipped with psi abilities, the dark agency hopes Diggs can stop the enemy without exposing an alien threat to the populace.

Just underneath the radar, aliens walk in Portland under the guise of humans thanks to a morphic shaping technology. An alien posing as a biotech acquisitions specialist, Krista Shay, is hoping to find a peaceful way to initiate a first contact. Yet those back on the Zyri home world seem to have a different agenda for the planet Earth and it has nothing to do with extending an olive branch. The real Krista Shay is trapped in an alien body on Zyri and learns the sinister plans of a man she calls the Interrogator will only thwart a peace initiative.

Can Agent Diggs and the peace loving alien posing as Krista Shay find a way to unravel the dark mystery of the forest and take down the invisible enemy before an interplanetary war erupts?
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About the Author

Gary Starta is a former journalist who studied English and Journalism at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

His love for science fiction compelled him to write his first novel What Are You Made Of? published in 2006. Inspired by Isaac Asimov, the science fiction novel focuses on intelligent artificial life and whether sentient androids should possess the same rights as humans. The androids in Starta’s novel are created as hybrids – part machine, part human – further blurring the line between human and machine. Starta foresees a near future where humans will be forced to decide if intelligent machinery is indeed a life form. Possibly, in this near future, some humans will possess computer enhancements to overcome disabilities becoming hybrids themselves. The line between biological life form and mechanical life form continues to be examined in 2010’s Gods of the Machines.

9 Incarnate, along with its preceding Caitlin Diggs (series) novels, Demon Inhibitions, Extreme Liquidation and Blood Web are reminiscent of the The X-files television/movie series. Contemporary authors Laurell K. Hamilton, Rachel Caine, Jim Butcher and Kelly Armstrong also fuel his aspiration to create paranormal suspense. Watch for Diggs and Shay books soon.

Starta’s crime novella ‘ Murder By Association’ blends mystery with forensic investigation. It is a departure from previous books because it contains no science fiction or paranormal elements. It is a prequel to the best selling books Kindred Killers and The Killing Collective. Additionally, Starta foresees his novella ‘ Alzabreah’s Garden ‘ – a fantasy romance – as another out-of-the-box effort.

Coalescence begins a trilogy including forthcoming Time Wanderer and Obsolescence. If you like zombies, check out Dead Market, as a vice cop battles the evil machinations of Big Pharma. Look for more in 2017 and 2018!

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