Cat-A-Lyst Author:Alan Dean Foster Shots ring out. The black soldier throws himself forward, using his body as a shield to protect his Northern Captain and beautiful Southern bell. With the ex-slave lying in a rapidly spreading pool of blood, the Captain stoops down to hear the man's heroic last words. But the soldier looks up and says, "I can't do thses lines, man.!" — A whole... more » new war begins as director and actor battle over artistic control, but despite such temperamental outbursts, filming is completed at las. The Civil War Officer, once again back to being just Jason Carter, civilian--at least until his agent lands him a part in some other grade-B epic--is walking off the set for the last time when he notices a glint in the dirt. An unlabeled cd-rom.
With the aid of wardrobe mistress, Marjorie Ashwood, a computer wiz who reads the cd for him, Jason learns that it belongs to a man named Fewick. What's more, Fewick has offered a $1000 reward for its return
Intrigued, Jason and Marjorie decide to visit Fewick's isolated Georgia mansion and return the cd in person. But instead of gratitude and hospitality, the two receive a rather chilly welcome from the eccentric archaeologist and his tomcat, Moe.
When Fewick ends up cheating them out of most of the reward, Marjorie resolves to make use of the data the cd contained--information curiousty had prompted her to decipher and copy. Information that sends her and Jason to South America in search of Incan treasure.
In Cuzco they hire a native guide to lead them into the jungle...and unexpectedly acquire another companion as well--pleasant enough but of dubious value: a dainty, black-and-white Peruvian street cat named Macha.
Then suspecting Fewick and Moe may not be far behind, the expedition sets off with utmost speed, concentrating on their ultimate goal while negotiating the jungle's myriad dangers.
Yet when they at last reach their destination, they almost wish they hadn't. For what the jungle has so successfully hidden for centuries is a secret which could unlock the way not just to treasure, but to a doom beyond imagining--and quite a few cosmic surprises.