Archaeologist meets alien in new novel ‘Dire Mission’

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Fredric Allan Wheatley’s science fiction novel examines meeting of intergalactic civilizations

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When author Fredric Allan Wheatley thinks of the possibility of life outside of Earth, he doesn’t imagine intergalactic space battles and a war between mankind and extraterrestrials. Instead, he considers the implications the discovery of alien life could have on civilizations – on Earth and beyond. His new science fiction novel, “Dire Mission” (published by Archway Publishing), tells the story of an astonishing discovery that shocks civilizations worldwide.

Archaeologist and college professor Peter Harrigan is enjoying an early morning hike in the deserts of the Southwest with his dog, Chance. As they begin to turn home, Peter sees what he believes to be a child being attacked by a coyote. The truth shocks Harrigan and ignites a chain of events that threatens the very existence of human life. Harrigan will work with the U.S. government and international officials to thwart disaster and prevent global panic.

An excerpt from “Dire Mission”:

“Peter arrived at the site of the attack and was immediately stopped in his tracks. What he saw trying to crawl under the brush was not a child, at least not in the human sense, but a creature of a different sort. The head and body appeared to be like that of a young child, with the head disproportionately larger than the body, but all else was decidedly different.”

Dire Mission
By Fredric Allan Wheatley
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 536 pages | ISBN 9781480809406
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 536 pages | ISBN 9781480809420
E-Book | 536 pages | ISBN 9781480809413
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Fredric Allan Wheatley is retired from the aviation industry in which he was an air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Administration, then later an aircraft dispatcher, manager of training and compliance, and director of training with several commercial airlines. Wheatley lives with his family in Bradenton Beach, Florida.

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