The Pandora Syndrome is a fact-based science fiction novel that follows a group of researchers from team conception to the discovery of an extremophile life form to the accidental release of the bacteria in a city outside of San Francisco. Through the skill of first responders, fire fighters, law enforcement and other agencies, a pandemic was prevented saving perhaps thousands of lives.
James Taylor is a veteran of the United States Navy and a trained state certified fire fighter with training in first responder and EMS/EMT and draws on this training and the research skills gained from four published English Renaissance biographies to present a fact-based science fiction on “What could happen.” The Pandora Syndrome presents a very real possible situation including the serious results of a deadly bacteria public exposure.
A retired college professor and his son sit down to play a game of chess. The sequence of moves they made are a key that opened a gateway allowing an ancient Egyptian war goddess Menhit, from the reign of Ramses XI, into their time to form a new dynasty, this time on the campus of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
During the time of the pharaohs, two meteorites fell (gifts from the gods) into the land of Egypt. Because one of them fell during the day, they called it a sun stone and because the other fell during the night, they called it a moon stone. The origin of the meteors is not known, but each stone contains powers unknown to modern science. The Egyptians broke the sun stone into four pieces and sent them into the cardinal four directions. The story follows a team of researchers who attempt to track down the location of three sun stones (one was seized by a high priest after the gateway was opened) which is the only way to close the gateway by completing the sequence of moves of the chess game. Military and civilian law enforcement soon realize that their weapons are ineffectual against Menhit and her large army as she slowly expands her new dynasty sometimes leaving a trail of death and devastation behind.
The names of the ancient Egyptians, places and time periods are from ancient history, but the story will certainly change the way we think of the game called chess.
Copyright 2018 James D. Taylor Jr.
This story is of a 17 year old girl growing up on a farm coming of age as rumors of discontent are heard as the Southern states disagree with the anti-slavery proclamations of newly elected President Abraham Lincoln and the lines of division begin to form as states separate from the Union. Her family is pro-Northern. A frightened 18-year-old run-away half black slave girl arrives at their house and captivates her young and innocent heart developing into a very deep relationship.
Before the battle of Ball’s Bluff on 20 October 1861, her younger brother runs off to join the Confederate army. On the day of the battle, a division of Confederate troops camp near their home near Leesburg Virginia. They rape and brutally murder her mother and kill her father and hang the young woman who captivated her heart while she is on a picnic to say good bye to a young man after her heart.
In late October 1861, Henrietta cuts her hair when she realizes that she can pass as a man then joins the Union army because she felt if the Union army had adequate size force at Ball’s Bluff, the brutal death of her parents and the woman who won her heart would have been prevented.
Henry Walker finds herself in some of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War fighting sometimes hand-to-hand to survive. Her gallantry and bravery rewards her with a commissioned officer rank and in a later fierce battle her position is over run and captured by Confederate soldiers and captured. She is held in the brutal Libby Prison (Satan’s Latrine) in Richmond Virginia, to face a new set of hardships never imagined.
Her true identity is discovered by a slightly older Native American Ojibwa woman who helps her to escape then flee to Leesburg through miles of enemy held lines. A deep, everlasting bond and love quickly develops between them. They become Mr. And Mrs. Henry L. Walker as she is reassigned to the new offices of JAG army to follow her father’s desire to have a son as an attorney also.
The story concludes with her passing the bar and with many very successful investments her father had in place, spends the remainder of her life with Mrs. Walker all the while concealing her sex.
Poor born into the Lower East side of Manhattan, Morgan learns how to fight to survive among the rats, murders and thieves on the streets earning a position in the Brooklyn ship yards as a caulker and earning respect quickly, then to join the Union navy at the age of 14 to serve four years defending the Eastern Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico from Confederates including several hard fought battles. While on patrol during the last year of the war, Morgan and closest friend check on a small sinking ship, to discover something that provided the path to a secure future.
Captain Morgan purchased a three masted ship with a small boiler and set out on the same oceans as the great explorers of antiquity. Captain Morgan Ryan thwarted a vicious attack by a Japanese Imperial navy ship and the recovery of only two survivors of the sunken Chinese junk ship that would change Captain Morgan Ryan’s entire life.
As a result of a miscalculation and a sudden violent typhoon blowing north while they were in the Philippine Sea, forced them to run aground on a deserted tropical uncharted island for a month. During that time, Captain Morgan and the two survivors merge Eastern and Western beliefs in a unique way.
The Emperor of China has been assassinated and one of Captain Morgan Ryan’s passengers is the heir to the throne, and fell in love with.
Captain Morgan Ryan was 16 when she made a decision regarding the discovery of a large cache of Confederate gold bars leading her to the discovery of Chinese treasure through life threatening situations evoking human basic primal instincts of kill or be killed while in battle, to the breathtaking Chinese landscapes and rich architectural buildings often a 1000 years to 2000 years old. All the while successfully keeping her sex known to all but three at the time of the American Civil War, then to marry two of China’s great treasures.
Sin in the Forbidden City is based on Chinese Song Dynasty folk tales regarding the ancient belief of the almost magical relationships only shared between women. That experience is viewed through the journals Morgan kept through most of her life, including family accounts and through decades of persuasion, the completion of a book about this truly remarkable, strong, yet very passionate and sharing woman and those she shared it with.
“I feel privileged and honored to have spent so many wonderfully rich and vibrant years with the only person to win my heart and soul for eternity,”
The author of Sin in the Forbidden City was quoted after her first draft was completed in 1919.
“We cried for hours after reading the first assembled book, So many happy, yet sad memories.”
Emperoress Wang, Chan Juan and Dr. Zhang, Chao Xing Li, PhD.
This is a story that most certainly could fit into the vast gap in English early Middle Ages recorded history between 50AD to 600AD. What few documents that have survived are extremely rare and only offer a glimpse into post Roman Briton. This is a story that most certainly could be.
In 1494, a monk discovered obscure surviving text recording orally passed tales of Cinna, King of the Briton’s, while reviewing material in ancient archives in Canterbury England from Briton’s Roman era. The monk was so impressed with the story of that woman, he dedicated all his time to reviewing and accumulating texts and folk songs about this remarkable woman’s accomplishments during England’s Middle Ages. The monk travelled to visit archives in France, England and Italy further accumulating information.
At the time Rome pulled out of Briton to back up their troops elsewhere in about 410, the vacuum created with the Roman protection absent, allowed invasions to begin from mainly Anglo-Saxon’s. Among her numerous recorded accomplishments was the defeat of many of those invasions. Cinna began to unite Briton with the birth of her son that resulted from a brutal rape as the Romans left England when she was only 12, she called him Arthur. The monk discovered many references that she only allowed women into her bedchamber.
In 1518 the monk published the book but found no interest in a woman from England’s early history with scholars or historians, more less one that violated all religious doctrine and people rejected it fearing punishment. The Monk was burned at the stake for his publication under the rule of King Henry VIII, a common form of punishment during the period of Reformation in early Tudor England. All known copies were burned and destroyed.
A librarian discovered a single copy of that book that had fallen behind a stack of books in a Paris library in 1909.