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The Lost Goddess

Tom Knox

Viking

*****

     The Lost Goddess is fiction, but it does use historical facts as a basis for the plot. There is a reallocation in Laos called the Plain of Jars. These are large stone containers scattered around fields and meadows of central Laos. No one knows the purpose of their existence. Burned human remains have been found in the vicinity with strange wounds in their heads.       The strange wounds are the focal point of the story. Archaeologist Julia Kerrigan finds some of these bones. The sculls have holes drilled into their foreheads. Examination reveals that this was some kind of ancient brain surgery. The position of the hole indicates that the target of the operation was the Frontal Cortex of the brain. Were the surgeons trying to perform a lobotomy?

     Julia thinks her find will make her famous, but that doesn't happen. Instead, she is told her find is insignificant and to go home. Suspecting a cover-up of some kind, Kerrgan teams up with photographer Jake Thurby to investigate.   Investigating may be a bad idea because the surgeries are still going on, and if these two are not careful, they may end up on the operating table. They discover that during the reign of Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge, many were not only slaughtered, but went missing as well. Were they used in medical experiments? What would happen if you only removed part of the frontal cortex? Could you create the perfect soldier that would be more animal than human? The man, if you could still call him that, could kill without any remorse or feelings that would get in the way of his duty. The truth is what these monsters plan to do is even worse.

Paul Zunino