The Cuckoo’s Progeny

Not-Quite Human

Book 1

(Available on Amazon, lulu and createspace)

Al and Betty aren’t like their classmates. They’ve developed peculiar skills which set them apart, and which sets them in a search for others like them. As they discover who they might be, they become alienated from friends, family and humanity in general. They must discover who they are, and where they belong, as there’s no longer room for them in their old community. Between walking into disasters, ungrateful rescues and government agents tracking their every movement, they’re searching for a way out and a way home, wherever that might be.

Searching out others like them, they build a crew to search for a ship which may take them to a home they’ve never known, to a reception they aren’t sure will be welcoming. What’s more, they have no one to rely on other than each other.


Character List:

Reference for when you forget who someone is.

1) Unfamiliar Terrain

Al and Better find themselves in strange surroundings.

2) Comparing Skills

Al and Betty compare notes, producing odd results.

3) Others Like Us

The two search for the objects calling Betty.

4) Who is Us, Again?

The kids learn an unfortunate truth.

5) Childhood Tormentors Revisited

Al faces an old nemesis.

6) Making Plans

A foursome plan their next move.

7) Information Anyone?

Two new people who know a thing or two.

8) Hashin’ Out all ‘de Details

The groups debate what’s happening with their newest contacts.

9) Intimate Negotiations

Questions arise about who we choose to love.

10) Distressing News

Al’s heroics are cast in a negative light.

11) Crew, Meet Your Science Team

Two new faces with some rather esoteric skills.

12) A Risky Experiment

Be gambles her relationship with her brother on an strange experiment of her own.

13: An Inquisitive Mind

Our crew meets someone with an inordinate interest in their actions.

14: Battlefield Evaluation

The government evaluates the group’s capabilities.

15: In Need of Repairs

The group regroups, considering how to progress.

16: Clipping an Opponent’s Wings

Seems someone isn’t getting the message.

17: The Trail Heats Up

Seems someone isn’t getting the message.

18: Climbing Freaks

The team slips away, for now.

19: The Navigator

The strangest addition yet, adds complexity to an already unsteady relationship.

20: Traffic Stop

One stop threatens to unravel everything.

21: Fatal Confrontation

A life or death confrontation threatens to end our little crew.

22: Hanging in the Balance

A single string threatens to unravel all everyone fought for.

23: A Long Camping Trip

Our team sets off, hiking to escape persecution.

24: Delta Force Rangers?

You never know who’ll try to kill you next!

25: The One

The teams discovers who’s been controlling them.

26: Escaping Humanity

The team realizes what they’ve been searching for.


Entering a New System

Al’s team discovers what awaits them on a new world.




quotegold stargold stargold stargold stargold starAmazon Review by: S.S.Johnson, Oct. 2016:
Awesome story of young adult misfits trying to find their place; only to discover that they don’t fit in ANYWHERE!

It started with Betty yearning to find – something. Then Al becomes involved, trying to save her; his sister. Together they try to discover what is being sought and locate it, without bringing attention to themselves. Impossible! Each step of their journey brings more problems and greater difficulty – but greater resources. It is a race to the finish, against rogue agents, scared citizens, and finally, Special Forces. How can they possibly survive?

This is classic Science Fiction; about people, personalities, unusual abilities, and stressful situations. I am reminded of stories by Robert Heinlein, Alan Dean Foster, and other masters of the genre.

I REALLY liked this book. I cannot wait for the other two books in the series to be published!

quotegold stargold stargold stargold stargold starAmazon Review by: Jon on Nov. 2014:

I found out about this the first story in the Not-Quite-Human saga, from reading another web site. I immediately bought it and read the entire thing through.

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