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The Tomb of the Devils
by Michael D Christensen   

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Publisher:  Booksurge Publishing ISBN-10:  1419619209 Type: 


Copyright:  January 26, 2006

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Three astronauts, themselves castaways on the planet Pluto, must determine why an enormous interplanetary space vehicle mysteriously crashed on this planet nearly a century ago. [IS THE TOMB OF THE DEVILS ABOUT TO BECOME THE BASIS FOR A FULL-LENGTH, FEATURE FILM? See the "my news" on this authors Author's Den site.]

"How old is this?" voiced Nicholas. "The timbers are petrified." He did not move any closer to the huge door, however, to verify his impression. "The Ruins are a big door" stated Philip disparagingly. And it was true that the major feature of what they had located was a door fifty feet high and about as wide, constructed of massive timbers held together by enormous metal bolts, the bolts having gone maroon with rust leaving streaks of that color on the timbers beneath the site of each of those bolts. The three approached the great Door with less caution than they had exercised in advancing upon the circular hatch on the planet's surface although there remained in them some hesitancy. The Door, however, held its own surprise, although not as auspicious as had been the discovery of the hatchway when it was verified that Nicholas had been correct in his evaluation of the state of the timbers. "Petrified," uttered Philip, "like a rock." And as Nicholas and Adrienne lightly struck at the massive beams with fists or ran their open hands lightly over its surface they felt only the cold, utterly unyielding stone. "And these pins," Philip continued, "are eaten up with rust." He then looked around on the ground. "What are you looking for?" asked Adrienne. "A rock. To see if we could knock out one of the pins," responded the pilot. "What are we going to do, Philip? Open the Door?" retorted Nicholas. "It has to weigh hundreds of tons." At that moment Adrienne smiled broadly. Her companions looked directly at her. According to the expressions on their faces they were obviously perplexed. It was not that Nicholas had said anything amusing. Adrienne had, however, since arising felt lightness coming into her mood and it had been growing unabated. As we have seen she had not cared for the sullen, evil look inscribed upon the features of the statue, but she had to admit that finally the foreboding it had engendered was being put out of her mind. At that moment with both men staring at her she could only think of the night before. There was something about that dream, something that should have been disconcerting, and yet was not. "Is the old, bad dream that was with me for so long, gone?" she asked herself. "I haven't been afflicted by it for years. I haven't dreamed it for years. It is so nice that it started out as the same old bad memory, and ended as what?. . .happiness? I haven't remembered any dreams, good or bad, for I don't know how long. Maybe it's my father. It was sad, but I've known for years, in my own mind, that he was ." Her thoughts along this vein ceased abruptly. She looked at Nicholas and Philip with an expression of quandary as if they might offer some further illuminations upon the subject of her pondering. When the two stared back at her with incomprehension, she could do nothing but smile lamely at them, feeling as if she might again smile at their benumbed stares. The two men, for their part, turned back to the huge Door and Philip gingerly scraped some of the rust from one of the large bolts near which he stood. He succeeded only in removing a superficial amount of the granulized substance from this bolt. He did remove enough rust to testify to the antiquity of the structure, but relative to the entire mass of the metal it was a scant inroad. The central stem of the bolt was more than three inches in diameter. Meanwhile Nicholas had begun to investigate something they had all noticed earlier. At each side of the Door there was a wall. The walls were not as high as the Door, rising perhaps eight or nine feet above the level of the cavern floor. It should be mentioned that it was apparent that the lower seven or eight feet of the Door had been buried in the soil at one time, and that the same embankment of soil had almost completely covered the walls on each side of the Door. An excavation had been done entirely freeing the Door. Likewise an excavation has been initiated on the wall to the left side of the Door. A trench, thirty five feet in length, had been dug directly along that wall. A string of light bulbs ran above the trench, hanging on a simple framework pounded together of two by four boards. The trench had been extended to fully uncover the length of the wall; however, the trench was only three feet or so in depth. Obviously, the excavation had not been finished. There was no such excavation to the right of the Door although one immediately sighted in the soil in that direction the unmistakable deformation caused by the buried structure, and indeed, in many places the topmost part of the wall was visible, protruding from the ground. The walls were a foot thick, though not made of wood as was the Door nor of the material used in construction of the lighting systems. To the touch it felt like extremely smooth concrete. Of greater interest were the colorful diagrams, which had been exposed by the digging of the trench. "It's unusual," mused Philip, who had stepped into the trench. "It's got an Egyptian flavor." Adrienne stood slightly stooped at the top of the trench looking down over Philip's shoulder at the paintings on the wall. She thought that a person needed no particular training to think of the paintings of ancient Egypt. "But it's not quite right," Philip continued. "It's an imitation of something Egyptian." Nicholas, who had come over to the trench and was sitting on its edge with his legs dangling down against the soil, interjected his thoughts about the red, black and blue diagrams before them. "It's electrical," and his two companions waited momentarily for an explanation. "These are schematics of electrical circuits. It's been stylized, but it is technical," he said, as he gestured towards wall generally. Philip, being the official archeologist for this expedition in spite of the fifteen years during which he had never given one thought to the discipline, was irritated that Nicholas had possibly made a correct evaluation. "Well," he ventured to say a little pompously, "you can't tell much from one look." "Have you ever seen anything like this?" asked Nicholas in a demanding tone, of Philip, as he pointed towards an example of what he had referred to as possibly being writing of some sort. At this Philip moved closer, bringing his face almost into contact with the wall. He could do nothing but shake his head and add, "I don't recognize it." Within his own mind he believed, nonetheless, that Nicholas was correct, and that the wall figures displayed diagrammatic technical information. At this point Adrienne stepped out from the trench, and walked over to stand again in front of the Door. When previously here, the three had been so involved in the materials of which the Door had been constructed and the petrified condition of the wood that they had not looked closely at the huge sliding bolt which spanned the width of the structure. "That must be tremendously heavy," she thought. "Of course it's heavy" she continued in her own mind. "Why build such a Door? Even if they could have built it, it wouldn't petrify in a hundred years. So what does it mean?" "So you'd like to open it, too?" said Nicholas, who had silently come up to within a few feet of where Adrienne stood, in front of the Door. "Why was it put here, Nicholas? And what for?" asked Adrienne quickly, emphasizing the word "why." "The crew of the Pacifica had some resources that we don't know about," responded Nicholas.    

Professional Reviews

A great work of literary fiction!
This is a great new novel for those interested in literary fiction. It melds genres of science fiction and mystery into an very interesting tale of three astronauts who find themselves on the planet of Pluto, with everything they need to survive. Interestingly woven into this novel are subtheme, which cause the reader to continuously dig for the deeper meaning of the novel, and there is a deeper meaning! (It reminds me of reading Lord of the Rings in 11th grade, and we had to analyze the book afterwards. I remember one individual commenting that there is no way an author write a book to have all of these different meanings. Now, after reading Tomb of the s, I am convinced that authors write in that way. While the book moves slowly during the first three chapters, don't put it down, because once you become hooked, you will be wondering "What is going to happen next". I highly recommend this book, The Tomb of the s by Michael D. Christensen, for your reading pleasure

What I thought of the “Tomb of the s
I liked this book very much, especially as a mystery. I d to put it down and stop reading in the evening when there just was not any more time. I would grab it again the next day when I got home from work. I also liked the fact that the main person in the story is a , or a young woman, which doesn’t mean that the other main people were not also interesting.

There were some parts that I didn’t quite understand. Not that I really couldn’t understand what was going on but I did not see how a couple of these things fit into the story, but, like I say, I was so interested in what was going to happen next that the few parts I didn’t care for do not matter.

I think that the giant Robot started out, at the beginning of the story as a sort of “goofy” idea, but as the one computer expert kept working on it to try and bring it to life, and the learned more about what it really was, I had the feeling that something great and very scary was going to happen. Even though I was watching the Robot during all of time I was reading the book, I was probably the most anxious to know what really happened to the people who had crashed on the Planet in the Pacifica. And then even when Adrienne, the main person, found out, I, as the reader, couldn’t be sure that what she had found out in a very strange and interesting way, was the truth, which in the end, it actually was not.

I don’t want to give the ending away, but I will say that the way everything turned out on Pluto was not what you could ever expect. The surprises, turns and twists in the story are just great, and even if they are a surprise, the were still very believable.

I recommend the book to readers who like both Science Fiction stories and Mystery stories, combined. This was a great one!

---Holli McAffree

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