"Thawing Eden". It is a fast paced cross-genre odyssey of science, metaphysics, spiritual intrigue, and romantic themes. It is approximately 82,000 words.
What happens when a rogue glaciologist, Matthew Eisel, discovers the Garden of Eden thriving under the Antarctic ice cap? He murders a colleague to protect the secret, then looks for an Eve, of course.
She happens to be Dr. Olivia Gimel, a professor of geology, estranged from the academic community by her outspoken adherence to a Biblical young-Earth theory. Intrigued by the charismatic 'Iceman' she joins his research team, but is deceived about the nature of the work.
Eisel sends a mysterious leaf to the cocky exobiologist and ardent evolutionist, Dr. Mike Manns. Captivated by its vibrating telekinetic cells and glutted with ambition to prove an extra-terrestrial origin of life on Earth, he injects himself into the return mission.
On board the research vessel Eislander, theories collide and rival suitors emerge as personal histories thaw and divine schemes begin to cook. Delusions, suspicion, passion and faith twist the characters into a hangman's knot. In the end, only one of them will dangle from a tree, and the final twist may tie a noose for us all.
Paul David Binkley