Subterranean humanoids, existing since the dawn of man, arose from
the belly of the planet. Humanity was unprepared. The
undergrounders came with nails and claws and speed to kill people
in the night, dragging bodies downward into dark tunnels teeming
with rabid life. Civilization is now a ghost of yesterday and the
remaining humans fight for survival. One thing's for sure- a
scientist mommy battling beasties better be handy with a scalpel.
Elise Swanson is a widow and mother. She fights and prays that she
can keep her little, broken family safe. She drives and drives, day
after day, trying to escape a threat that seems... inescapable. Her
hope fades, food is scarce and she watches her eldest daughter's
attempts to soothe the younger babe. Then she meets Jason- a father
mourning the loss of his son, masking his pain with bravado and
charm. He's strong, despite his sadness, and love re-grows within
him. Weeks pass and Jason's singular desire becomes the continued
safety of Elise and her daughters. Bloody fights with beasties
define the survival-road the companions travel. Even a few moments
of safety and relaxation elude the group; time and time again,
Elise must kiss her children goodbye, just in case tomorrow never
arrives. Against all odds, they reach a government safe zone. Even
there, Elise finds that there's no rest for the weary. Doctors
O'Toole and Peters have been studying the beasties under lock and
key, trying to find an answer, but the doctors aren't interested in
saving humanity. Forced to lead two lives, Elise assists the good
doctors in their pursuits while working secretly in sublevel lab 8
with her own team, Nick and Jamie. Their combined knowledge may be
the key- the only hope humanity has of reclaiming the planet from
the beasties. As long as they can keep their research secret, safe
from O'Toole and Peters, they might discover the way home, the
formula to click Dorothy's sparkling red shoes three times and
begin to recreate Earth as it was... before the humanoids came out
to play on the surface. What will happen when Elise, a neural
engineer, Jamie, a medical researcher, and Nick, a computer wizard,
are humanity's best hope? The answer might be surprising. Wrapped
up in all the uncertainty, violence, science lingo and beasties,
they will find a strange solution to a new Earth. And her name is
Margaret. ------------------------------- Reader Comments: "Creepy,
horrifying, and gut-wrenching at times. You will not be able to put
Dead Trees down." Claire C. Riley Author of Limerence and the
upcoming Odium "I must congratulate you on what looks to be a well
crafted story. Well written, too. You have obviously put a lot of
thought and effort into your writing and it shows." -John P. "What
a nice change from zombies, vampires, trolls, aliens and giant
earthworms. Quadruped humanoids who eat their dead are certainly
monstrous enough to qualify for the role of abomination bent on
killing off humankind. Your protagonist, Elise, using the first
person POV makes the narrative introspective and immediate- a
sympathetic character worth cheering on from one impossible
situtation to the next. The dialogue is to the point, even raw at
times, but always true to character. Thank you so much for the
intriguing read." -Ken E.L.
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