Ancient Aliens, Horrific Outbreak Add Tension to New Novel

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Francis Lentz’s “Code Centaurus” combines three genres into compelling narrative adventure

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Code Centaurus,” Lentz believes, “… opens spiritual possibilities for a new beginning for mankind, and even though fiction, gives hope for the transcendent.

The new science fiction novel “Code Centaurus” (published by iUniverse) represents the culmination of author Francis Lentz’s ambition to combine suspense, hard science and romance in one novel.

Starting with a bizarre disease outbreak, Dr. Colin Grier is led to the finding of an out-of-time machine, and with the love of Margo and her ESP powers, opens a door to fantastic possibilities.

An excerpt from “Code Centaurus”:

“‘They got here, all right. I found cartons of pharmaceuticals from your office left to rot. All unopened. Hidden outside the village where only the snakes could find them. Somebody didn’t want the Barubi natives to survive.’ Ed looked quizzically at Colin. ‘You know who it might be?’
Colin shook his head. He knew who had the motivation to do it. But would McClure really have done such a thing? And why would he? It was clear to Colin there was a lot going on that he needed time to think through. And right now wasn’t real conducive to cool analysis. Ed gestured toward the cave entrance.
‘If we’re going to find the real cause of all this, we’ll find it in there.’ If I Die I want to know what it is that killed me. You coming in?”

Margo’s visions eventually lead Colin to some 12th century Khmer temple ruins, where they discover part of an ancient telescope. The find is a major victory for anthropology, the group also discovers the source of the disease outbreak. With an impending attack from the World Health Organization’s SWAT team, Colin must decide: will he save the woman he loves or choose to stop the spreading disease and possibly change the course of history.

“Code Centaurus,” Lentz believes, “… opens spiritual possibilities for a new beginning for mankind, and even though fiction, gives hope for the transcendent.”

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