When author Kenneth L. Decroo presented me with Beyond Human, the third in the Almost Human series, I was, once again, delighted with his ability to weave a suspenseful mystery around the theme of the possible existence of human/chimpanzee hybrids, how they might behave, and who might be interested in such creatures. The author’s experience working with animals in the movie industry informs this series, giving it a gritty realism and unique flavour. His characters are ones I always love to meet again: the dwarf, the primate handler and the elephant trainer to name just a few, along with the scientists, and of course, Girlie, the chimp, and the hybrids Oliver and Danny. I felt that Beyond Human was a terrific addition to the Almost Human series, and I had no hesitation in accepting it for publication.
When three families are viciously massacred in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, and three young girls disappear, Dr. Ken Turner and his colleagues suspect the hybrid creatures they discovered in the jungles of Africa who were kidnapped by shady government agents. They find themselves back in pursuit of the half-human, half-chimpanzee creatures, and their missing colleague Dr. Melon. Their quest begins, at risk to their careers and reputations, in the little town of Willow Creek and the surrounding Trinity Forest where the mythical bigfoot is said to roam. Who or what will they find?
Reviews for Beyond Human
Beyond Human is an outstanding thriller, with a plot and characters so compelling, you’ll lose yourself in the taut, suspenseful story of the horror man and beast can create. The twist at the end will leave you gasping.
–Kathryn Lynn Davis: New York TIMES bestselling author
Once again, Kenneth L. Decroo has kept me on the edge of my seat and left me wanting more. Beyond Human finds Drs. Ken Turner and Fred Savage at a crossroads. Chimp hybrids are roaming Africa and, most likely, somewhere in North America. The DOD is building a remote experimental station, and a group of campers are found brutally murdered. Filled with plot twists and the cross-continent connection of mystery and subterfuge the group of scientists and their guides need to find answers. The conflicts that arise are met by rugged determination of these men to protect humans, the creatures, and the secrets from the jungle. Another thriller by a masterful storyteller.
–Jamie S. Morris, English teacher.
“Wow, what a capstone to this amazing, thrilling trilogy. Well worth the wait, Beyond Human continues the excitement, intrigue and solid biomedical foundation, finally intertwining it with American folklore. I couldn’t put it down.”
—Tom Bachman, Research Faculty, School of Biomedical Engineering, Czech Technical University, Prague.
About the Author: Kenneth L. Decroo
Kenneth L. Decroo truly believes you must live a life worth writing about. Before he became an educator and consultant for universities and school districts, he worked in the world of research and wild animal training in the motion picture industry for many years. He holds advance degrees in anthropology, instructional technology, and education. He lives and writes between his ranch (the Lazy D) in Tarpley, Texas and in the San Bernardino mountains of Southern California with his wife, Tammy. When not writing and lecturing, he loves to ride his BMW adventure motorcycle down the Baja peninsula to beaches and bays without names. More about his adventures can be found on his blog, http://bajamotoquest.com.