The remarkable and exciting debut novel
by Barry Pollack
Available December 2009
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About Forty-Eight X

A colonel with a shadowy past . . .

A new kind of war and warrior . . .

A military science experiment out of control . . .
On the tropical island of Diego Garcia in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the United States has gathered together its most talented scientists to conduct top secret experiments. Their goal—to create a revolutionary new warrior, a warrior so strong, so valiant, so expendable that the age of “casualties of war” becomes only a sad and distant memory. And so, the Lemuria Project is brought to life - by a Nobel laureate in genetics and a three-star general seeking redemption in a past, long lost and forgotten, where the human race had once reached a greater spiritual plane.

Haunted by a dark and dangerous past, Colonel Link McGraw is the officer chosen to train and lead these special "soldiers.” In the course of battles to renew his tattered reputation, he above all knows what constitutes the perfect soldier. It’s simple: Follow orders, command decisively, make no excuses and have no regrets.

When Egyptian beauty Fala al Shohada and Israeli Joshua Krantz, romantically paired archeologists, stumble across the top secret project, they are determined to uncover its true nature and pursue their quest to Diego Garcia. Science and politics clash over the poject as do Krantz and McGraw who vie for Fala's affection. When they discover they aren’t the only ones on the island competing for her attention, shocking truths are revealed.

The future of the human race comes to a crossroads on Lemuria. Will mankind find there its loftier spirit or become a lesser species in earth's evolution?

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