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This is the second book in a trilogy. Ponter Boddit, a Neanderthal from a parallel earth where Neanderthals were the evolving species, rather than Homo Sapiens, is transported to present times. A permanent portal is opened between the two worlds and cultural exchange begins. In this world, the earth's magnetic field seems to be undergoing a collapse and reversal with potential catastrophic implications. Ponter had befriended the geneticist assigned to study him, Mary Vaughn, and they fall in love. They encounter problems adapting to each other's cultures but resolve to pursue a relationship. Ponter identifies and punishes a co-worker of Mary's who raped her, and deals with the guilt of committing a crime.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one person from different culture of other persons

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   computer programmer Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   an average amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of private male anat.    -   rape/molest (yeech!) How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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