Dr. Brigitte Sheen, an ambitious scientist, and her colleague develop a gene therapy system to extend human life spans. Money owed by a Chinese investment conglomerate for bearer bonds taken from the shadow government known as the Horsemen never gets paid—but for good reason. The Chinese want the anti-aging system, but so do the Horsemen. In a fierce battle of East versus West, the future of mankind is at stake
A Step Beyond
by John Molik
Dr. Brigitte Sheen, an ambitious scientist, and her colleague develop a gene therapy system to extend human life spans. Money owed by a Chinese investment conglomerate for bearer bonds taken from the shadow government known as the Horsemen never gets paid—but for good reason. The Chinese want the anti-aging system, but so do the Horsemen. In a fierce battle of East versus West, the future of mankind is at stake. Pursued by a crazed super soldier with enhanced physical abilities, Dr. Sheen, with help from her husband, Jeremy Hughes, Nikita Patel, and others, must overcome dark intentions of unseen powers... But are those intentions really that evil?
Brigitte’s face was as solemn as a mask. “How can I trust you?”
Roth lifted his chin. “What do you mean?” He laughed nervously.
“Let’s just say that I’ve personally had run-ins with certain elements within this government
that seem to be batting for the wrong team.”
“And what team is that, Dr. Sheen?”
“The one that will do anything to see the light of this world extinguished.” She paused. “For good.”
Roth snickered, then leaned forward, placing his forearms on the table. “You’ve been watching too many Allen Jones videos.” His eyes were as impregnable as Gibraltar. “I don’t know these particular elements that you allude to, but let me just say that there is a dialectic always occurring in the minds of men who want to lead us into the future. Some of the goals of those wielding power are merely opportunistic.”
She shook her head and chuckled. “And that’s what bothers me—men. Leading us into our future.” She looked out the window. “We should be all led by inspiration… a common cause. Something beyond ourselves.”
“So, you think that our progress is rudderless? If so, Dr. Sheen, I think you’re rather naive.”
“I didn’t say rudderless,” insisted Brigitte. “Of course we need strong leadership to take us into the future. But this leadership needs to be open. It needs to share. It all comes down to honesty, integrity, and noble purpose. Without inspiration it’s just a drunkard’s search. And without transparency there is little integrity… no need for noble purpose.” She hesitated, then leaned forward and placed her forearms on the table.
“Didn’t Gandhi say that truth never damages a cause that is just?”
“Oh, you can trust us, Brigitte. What I’ve told you today is as open as I can be. In fact, you’ve been brought into”—he made a hand gesture and laughed—“our little circle of trust.”
She smiled, understanding the joke. “Well, thanks, Jack Burns.”
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John grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor's degree in economics, and has worked in numerous corporate finance and project management positions in the consumer electronics and IT industries. In 1990, he took an extended backpacking trip of the South Pacific before attending graduate school. He met his future wife in New Zealand, and they were married in 1991. They settled in Laguna Niguel, California. In 2003, John and his family (now with two kids in tow) relocated to Christchurch, New Zealand.
John's interest in writing began when he was a student at UC Davis and worked as a feature writer for the California Aggie newspaper. Possessing the desire to write again and with a goal on his bucket list to eventually try his hand at thriller novels, he took the plunge and began writing his first novel, The Fiduciary Delusion, in 2014.
John's interests also include science, existential philosophy, health, and both Western and Eastern holistic medicine. John also plays guitar, piano, sings, and writes music. In addition, a self-confessed “gym rat,” John can be regularly found lifting weights, trudging up hills, sea kayaking, and getting out and about enjoying the beautiful wild outdoors.
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