Cat-A-Lyst Author:Alan Dean Foster A sharp and sassy science fiction adventure that would have Indiana Jones begging for mercy! — CAT?A ?LY S T — Alan Dean Foster — Shots rang out. The black soldier throws forward, using his body as a shield to his Northern Captain and the beautiful Southern Belle. With the ex-slave lying in a spreading pool of blood, the Captain down to hear the ma... more »n's heroic last words. But the soldier just looks up and says, I can?t do these lines, man!"
A whole new war begins as director and actor battle over artistic control, but despite such temperamental outbursts, filming is completed at last. 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 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 curiosity had prompted her to decipher and copy. Information that sends her and Jason to South America in search of a legendary treasure.
In Cuzco they hire a native guide to lead them into the jungle... and unexpectedly another companion as well-pleasant enough but of somewhat dubious value: a dainty, black-and-white Peruvian street cat named Macha.
Then, suspecting that 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 at last they 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.
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