Raising Abel: A Novel

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Warner Books, 2002 - Fiction - 572 pages
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""Dr. Tremain, your brother is dead." With one call from the FBI on a bright Colorado afternoon, paleoanthropologist Veronica Tremain's nightmare begins. Her brother, Dr. Scott Ferris, an anthropologist, has been tortured and murdered, his mutilated body left in the torched ruins of his home. Then the charred corpse of his girlfriend, Dr. Amanda Alexander, is found in Ohio. In fact, scientists on three continents - from New England to New Mexico, from Kiev to Tel Aviv - are dead or missing, their notes and labs destroyed." "Stunned by the ghastly news, Veronica can only recall that her brother mentioned solving a 60,000-year-old mystery - and that his lover said their work was "a matter of justice." Even as Veronica is trying to sort out the perplexing and horrific events, fugitives reach her home, including missing computer expert Dr. Bryce Johnson and a little boy who turns out to be Scott and Amanda's young son, Abel. Mere hours later, assassins strike." "Now Veronica, Bryce, and Abel are on the run in a world with no refuge. Hunted by a death squad brazen enough to slaughter FBI agents and bomb federal offices, they will learn with horror that the terrorists' real target...is Abel. For a global conspiracy exists to kill one small child - along with everyone who has met, seen, or merely heard of the boy. And the killers may even be protected by the highest power in the land. Somehow, Abel is the key linking the present to a discovery from the ancient past, an amazing truth that can forever change humanity's future - if anyone survives to reveal it..."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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W. Michael Gear was born on May 20, 1955 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He received a master's degree in anthropology from Colorado State University in 1979. He married Kathleen O'Neal Gear in 1982, and they have collaborated on a series of books for young adults. The theme of these books is ancient civilizations, and the titles include People of the Wolf, People of the Fire, People of the Sea, and People of the Lakes. They own Wind River Archaeologist Consultants, which is a private research firm. He has also written several books by himself including the Forbidden Borders Trilogy, Morning River, and Dark Inheritance.

Kathleen O'Neal Gear was born on October 29, 1954 in Tulare, California. She received a B.A. from California State University in Bakersfield and a M.A. from California State University in Chico. She conducted Ph.D. studies at the University of California in Los Angeles and did post-graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. In the 1980's, she worked as the Wyoming state historian, and later as the archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska. She received the federal government's Special Achievement Award twice for outstanding management of our nation's cultural heritage. She married W. Michael Gear in 1982, and they have collaborated on a series of books for young adults. The theme of these books is ancient civilizations, and the titles include People of the Wolf, People of the Fire, People of the Sea, and People of the Lakes. They own Wind River Archaeologist Consultants, which is a private research firm. She has also written several books by herself including the Women of the West series.

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