Saturday, January 11, 2014

"Origins," a sci-fi thriller by Mark Henrikson

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Origins, by Mark Henrikson
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276 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 106 reviews

"Greatly entertaining with wonderful characters. The lead character, Hastelloy (a super corrosion-resistant alloy) has crash landed with his crew on Earth along with other aliens, the Alpha. The Alpha convince the Egytians that they are gods (Anubis) while Hastelloy and his crew landed on an island, go through magic alien machines to transform themselves into looking human, taken as slaves by the Egytians to build pyramids, etc. Fast forward to the present time and Hastelloy has committed himself into an asylum and has been entertaining Dr. Holmes, the psychiatrist with his story of the Egytians and how the female "Mosa" led her people out of Egypt. Oh, and Hastelloy is 25,000 years old and the only surviving member of his crew. Meantime back at the Giza plateau, a group of archelogists make major discoveries of hidden chambers inside the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx. Lots of twists and turns. I found it most enjoyable." -- Amazon reviewer

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Dr. Holmes was thoroughly bored with his psychiatric profession until he met Hastelloy. The man is named after a durable metal capable of surviving under high-stress service where more common materials fail; ironic considering he’s an insane asylum patient.

Hastelloy is convinced he’s locked in a battle for the survival of mankind with the mysterious species Alpha. This conflict supposedly began when Hastelloy and his alien crew crashed on Earth during the time of ancient Egypt. Dr. Holmes listens with understandable skepticism to the patient’s story about his involvement with building the Great Pyramid and Sphinx, bringing about the rise of Pharaohs, and even assisting Moses with the slave exodus to the Promised Land. Is Hastelloy crazy, or is it crazy to ignore him?

Meanwhile, a group of archeologists make new discoveries in the Giza plateau. While investigating previously unknown chambers found inside the Great Pyramid and Sphinx they come face to face with elements intent on preserving those secrets. Egypt’s recorded history, and Hastelloy’s true mental state, are drawn into question by what they find.

All the while a National Security Agent grapples with NASA amid the launch of a new deep space probe capable of broadcasting a message that will be heard by others. Is this threat a product of NSA paranoia or an attempt by alien influences on Earth to phone home? Both sides will stop at nothing to further their cause.

Mankind's past present and future are revealed in this gripping thriller that does not let go for a single page, and has enough twists and turns to test even the most sturdy safety harness. The Origins of all will be revealed.

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Meet the Author

Mark Henrikson grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis Missouri and attended the University of Missouri, Columbia where he earned a bachelors degree in Finance and Economics in 1998. He later earned his Masters of Business Administration from Lindenwood University.

Mark's love of story telling began at a young age while listening to imaginative bedtime stories told by his father. His respect for the written word was reinforced by the attentive eye of his mother who taught English for many years at St. Charles High School.

Mark has been happily married since 2000 and is the proud father of two children. He works as a financial analyst and uses his fiction writing as a creative outlet from the rather sterile profession he none the less enjoys. His first novel Origins, which is the first of a five book series, began as a two page plot write-up his older brother decided was not going anywhere. With his permission, Mark used that synopsis as back story for the main character in the Origins series and allowed his creativity to take over from there.

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