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Solomon's Freedom

Can they take his heart if he has a soul?

Solomon is an extraordinary chimpanzee, taught by primatologist Abigail Philips to understand and use language. But her research center is under a financial death sentence from her university. Desperate to save Solomon from what, for him, would be a dismal life in a retirement facility, Philips agrees to give legal control of Solomon to billionaire Walter Drake. He has agreed to house Solomon in comfort and enable her pioneering communication research to continue.

But the ailing billionaire has really bought himself a heart! He betrays Philips, planning to "harvest" Solomon's heart to biologically engineer it to replace his own failing heart. TheSolomon's Freedom cover #d procedure will not only doom Solomon. Its success will also sentence a thousand chimpanzees in sanctuaries to death on the operating table, and lead to industrial breeding of chimpanzees for organ harvesting.

Solomon's only hope is flamboyant LA trial lawyer R. William “Bobby” Colter, defender of whoever pays his considerable fee. Hired by eccentric dowager Sarah Huntington, he sets out to win the most difficult case of his career: obtaining legal protection for Solomon.

Can Colter succeed against all legal precedent and free Solomon, or will the chimpanzee die at the hands of surgeons, a harbinger for the end of a thousand of his brethren?

Author Dennis Meredith has crafted a gripping, thought-provoking story that resonates with emotion. It also sheds dramatic light on the profound ethical issues of legal rights for our closest living primate relatives.

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"A great read." The Nonhuman Rights Project

Solomon’s Freedom, by Dennis Meredith, is a grand slam. It’s a thriller with fabulous characters, witty dialogue, plenty of action, and most importantly, it raises questions about whether man’s closest neighbor in the animal kingdom should be granted any rights. The North Country Review of Books

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"Dennis Meredith does an excellent job of producing a thought provoking story with likeable, and in some cases, unlikeable characters. Solomon's Freedom is a heart touching story about the moral and legal rights of animals. It is definitely an eye opener toward the plight of the injustices that are inflicted upon animals." Jael

"It is fantastic. It's very well written and moves at a brisk pace. Highly recommended." Jamie

"I became so involved in the story that I had tears in my eyes after staying up to read it to the finish." Veronica Lynne (Amazon Canada)

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"I enjoyed reading this book and rooted for Solomon throughout the entire story. If you like animals, you will like this book. A very easy and enlightening read." Barbara

"I loved this. It has opened my eyes to the abuses and injustices suffered by all animals. I dare you to read this and not want to join an animal rights group. They do have feelings. They should not be considered property. The laws need to change now." Sheryl

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Wormholes: A Novel

Something is devouring Earth. . .

A suburban house in Oklahoma vanishes into a roaring abyss. A supertanker at sea suffers a fiery destruction. A blast in China drills a gigantic cavern into a mountainside. A severed arm plummets from the sky in Missouri.

Could these catastrophes possibly be related? Intrepid geologist Dacey Livingstone is nearly killed by her first attempt to plumb the mystery—a perilous descent into a house-Wormholes coverswallowing sinkhole. Still determined, she joins with eccentric physicist Gerald Meier in a quest that takes them from the ocean's depths to interstellar space.

What are these exotic "wormholes" that threaten Earth? Can their secrets be discovered, their power even harnessed? Or will they spawn a cosmic monster that will annihilate the planet?

Brilliantly original, Wormholes reflects Albert Einstein's famous assertion that "Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine."

Veteran science writer Dennis Meredith has crafted this astrophysical adventure drawing on his decades of experience working at leading research universities such as Caltech, MIT, Cornell and Duke.

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... a first rate thriller in the best tradition of hard science fiction... a wonderful, likable cast of characters and the descriptions of the wormhole 'events' are fast-paced, vivid, and in some cases downright scary." Jeff Soyer, Alphecca.com

"The story takes the idea of wormholes and alternate universes, both scientific facts, and puts a spin on the concepts, writing a brilliantly creative book that stretches known boundaries, reaching beyond known scientific thought into a world of science fiction that kept me up until three in the morning, 'just one more page, just one more page . . .' Leiah Cooper, So I Read This Book Today...

...a ripping good yarn that moves swiftly from one disaster to another... a thrilling ride, crisply told. Physicist Gerald Meier and plucky geologist Dacey Livingstone are well realized, as are the other main characters, the scientists especially; science-writer Meredith knows the tribe’s passions, insecurities, arrogances, occasional evasions, quirks, and dirty tricks, all its strengths and foibles. Paul Preuss, Fiction & Science

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The Rainbow Virus

The Rainbow Virus is a gripping, realistic bioterrorism tale that launches readers on a harrowing adventure with the flips and plunges of the wildest roller coaster.

At first, loner scientist Arthur Lupo seems the most eccentric bioterrorist of all time. After vanishing from his lab at a biotech company, he releases viruses that only turn their victims a palette of colors. But then his chief pursuers—disgraced FBI agent Bobby Loudon and obsessive CDC epidemic-tracker Kathleen Shinohara—discover a horrifying fact. The brilliant Lupo has stolen the world's most lethal viruses from the Army's bioterrorism center.

Lupo reveals that his first viruses were only a test. He dramatically proves their infectivity by transforming the terrified citizens of Denver into a rainbow of colors. In a chilling declaration, he announces that he will now release an unstoppable artificial virus whose spread will decimate the world's population.

Loudon and Shinohara must race against time, a mysterious assassin, and a secret government faction to find Lupo and stop him.

Author and veteran science writer Dennis Meredith has crafted this riveting tale drawing on his decades of experience working at leading research universities such as Caltech, MIT, Cornell, and Duke.

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The characters are colorful (no pun intended) and the story is well-written. There is plenty of suspense, romance, action, and even some moments of levity. Fans of medical thrillers will love this book and other readers can also find plenty to enjoy within its covers. Amazon Customer

A page turning science fiction detective novel with a little romance and some tongue-in-cheeck humor. Science fiction with an emphasis on science ala Issac Asimov and detective/romance like Harlan Coben or Lee Child. A fast read with pauses for laugh-out-loud humor like Dave Barry. Would be a great beach read, but don't wait...curl up this winter with a must-read book!! Vicster

A rogue scientist has developed a complex virus that changes people's colors to mark that they have been infected. The bad part is that this is just stage one of his master plan to infect the world with the most deadly virus ever known. This story follows a drunken, burned out FBI agent and a beautiful CDC scientist as they race to find the madman and stop him. The story has many twists and turns and includes a love story, a hit man, army black ops, work tension, and race issues. It combines to be fast paced and interesting. Tamara Oklahoma

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