The Shape Shifters

The Shape Shifters

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Outdoor writer and adventurer Sydney Wilder is comfortable in her cabin in the Ozark Mountains where she is busily trying to complete an assignment for Cave Explorer Magazine when a visit from a tall slender man of indeterminate age and background causes Wilder to change her whole schedule and head for Colorado. Akiela, the mysterious hermit of the Ozarks, visits in the dead of the night and tells Wilder that he has an assignment for her. He asks Wilder to go to Colorado to assist Monty Linn with a dangerous situation brought on by the greed of an unscrupulous land developer, smuggler of white slaves, and drug dealer. Akiela has powers that Wilder doesn't begin to understand, but she accepts him as a friend. Wilder awakens believing it to be just a dream since her huge watchdog, Aegis, had not warned her of an intruder during the night. But since Aegis knows Akiela and trusts him he doesn't stir except to look up when Akiela opens the window and slides the screen off. Aegis sees it's Akiela and gently lays his head back down and relaxes. Akiela leaves a small leather bag of gold, and a map of a mysterious trail in the Rocky Mountains. He tells Wilder she will know what to do when she arrives at Monty's ranch. When she sees the bag of gold and map Akiela left on her bedside table, she remembers the previous night's visitor and what he had said. Wilder packs up her Jeep Commander, heads west to Colorado, and begins the most exciting and dangerous adventure she has ever been involved in up to this point in her career. When she arrives at Monty Linn's ranch, she finds that a crooked businessman, Luke Grogan, is trying in every way possible to steal Monty's ranch. Wilder meets her uncle Monty Linn and his friend Raven and learns the whole story. Monty is desperate to find a way to pay off the mortgage that Grogan has purchased from the Buzzard Gulch bank. Raven is a mysterious person that just showed up at the M-L ranch and became close friends with Monty. He seems to be a Native American, but we are never quite sure. Wilder has to enter the majestic Rockies following Raven to a mysterious valley where an ancient city once stood occupied by a regal people of indeterminate culture, background, or nationality. She is told that there is treasure there for her to pay off Monty's debt, and that she will meet Khaldun, brother of Odogbe who is somehow related to Akiela. The Ancient Ones she is to meet have strange powers with the ability to disappear in one place and appear somewhere else in another form. With outlaws led by Grogan following Wilder and her small band of adventurers, the Ancient Ones slow down the pursuers by appearing to them as a great snow owl, a very large rattlesnake, and a giant wolf. Many other animals of the great Rocky Mountains watch over and protect Wilder and her adventurous Colorado uncle and friends. Grogan and his hired goons are kept off balance by sounds of the night that sounds like chants and drums that could not possibly be there, but they are. Loud and clear...and scary! Who are these people she is to meet? Where do they originate? How did they accumulate a treasure, and why would The Ancient Ones give it to save Monty's ranch? What are these strange powers and abilities they seem to possess? Mystery and adventure awaits Wilder and she is again ready for the challenge.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 9mm | 286g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • Original
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514324970
  • 9781514324974

About MR Jimmie Dale Brown

About the Author: A Brief History Jim Brown is a former coach of baseball, football, basketball, and track. His successful career was diverse, having guided teams at virtually every level of competition in a variety of sports. While at Harding, Brown was active in intercollegiate baseball and served as Sports Editor of the student newspaper (The Bison), during his senior year. When asked what he considered his greatest accomplishment in his long and successful coaching career, Brown replied that taking teams to state tournaments in five different sports is something he would always be proud of. Brown also says that among his greatest thrills, as a coach, is being able to say that he has coached baseball players who have eventually played in the major leagues, and football players who have been named to All-American teams while in college. While at Burlington, Kansas Brown organized and played on an Independent League baseball team that competed well at the National Baseball Congress tournament at Wichita, Kansas. He was named NBC Coach of the Year for eastern Kansas in 1972. Brown was informed by the National Baseball Congress organization that his team would be featured in that organization's worldwide baseball publication. Brown went back to Arkansas when the position of baseball and basketball coach at Crowley's Ridge Christian College in Paragould opened up. CRC is a Christian college affiliated with the churches of Christ. Brown has been active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was, for a time, the east central regional director for the FCA in Kansas.show more