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It’s a woman’s world now!

-An existential thriller-

by Réal Laplaine

Copyright © 2018 by Réal Laplaine

All Rights Reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, taping, or by any information storage retrieval system, without the written permission of the author.

Cover design by Cindy Anderson

This is a work of fiction. Any reference to people is entirely in a fictional sense and the work of the author’s imagination.

Books by Réal Laplaine:

Earth Escape

Twilight Visitor

Intrusion – Keeno Crime Thriller #1

Quantum Assault – Keeno Crime Thriller #2

The One – Keeno Crime Thriller #3

Finding Agnetha

See Me Not

Dead but not gone

The Deception People

The Buffalo Kid


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“…their time is up!”

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Science gives us power, a power that must be in balance with our humanity if we are to advance as people and as a culture.”


Dedicated to the children – our future.

Some facts about this book

While WomanEX is a work of fiction, it is a special breed of its own, in the genre of existential thrillers; not in the sense of philosophical, but with reference to existence, the reality of life.

Some facts, not fiction, presented in the book, are as follows:

  1. There are, as if this writing, some 15,000 nuclear warheads in arsenals around the world, of which over 90% are in the hands of the United States of America and Russia. Warheads many times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan at the end of World War II. Of the nine nations possessing nuclear arsenals, all but one of these nuclear states are controlled by men.

  2. Recent studies show that approximately 10% of the world’s nations are headed by women, and none of those nations, bar one, possess weapons of mass destruction, nor are they major players in the global military arena.

  3. The Taurids is a meteor shower that happens annually, coming from a comet called Encke which passes the Earth. The shower is the result of pieces of that comet breaking off and burning up in our atmosphere.

  4. Astrophysicists have been warning us about the potential of large rocks someday coming our way. It is theorized that the Ice Age was the result of just one large meteor striking the Earth and enveloping it with so much dirt and particulates that it literally blocked the sun and plummeted temperatures to freezing.

  5. Krakatoa, the volcanic eruption which occurred in 1883 in the archipelago of what is now known as Indonesia, is still considered the most powerful explosion in known history. It resulted in climatic changes and darkened the skies around the globe for upwards of five years.

  6. Although repudiated as pure “conspiracy”, many reputable engineers, scientists and specialists around the world have provided creditable material showing that the incident known as 9/11, when two planes struck the towers in New York City in 2001, apparently the work of foreign terrorists, could not possibly have destroyed those towers as the US government claimed. Additionally, the 3rd building which fell that same day, known as building 7, a forty-seven-story structure across the street, was never even hit by anything, and yet, it too crumbled to the ground in perfect-demolition-style – an incidental occurrence which was generally accepted without question by most people. As a result, a war on terrorism was declared, individual privacy and rights became vulnerable, national and intrusive surveillance systems were initiated, and millions have suffered or died, including casting a shadow of suspicion, discrimination and violence over followers of Islam.

The Tree of Life

The majestic creature had withstood the test of time.

In fact, even before the age of men, when the first humans had trod upon its small patch of land generations before, the tree was already a strapping youngster, that is, as far as trees go.

Many moons had passed since the seedling had become a towering and mature adult, and it measured that passing time by the many rings which formed around the girth of its broad trunk.

It was a proud and dignified tree, and every day that the sun rose was a joyful day in the knowledge that it provided life to the forest all around it; and by night, security and protection, warmth and cover to the many creatures who lived there.

It stood strong, bearing its many leaves, providing nourishment and life-giving oxygen to the world around, while its roots provided the means of existence for creatures beneath the soil.

As it lifted its leaves to the rising sun, the air was thick with a wondrous scent – the smell of the most wonderful bouquet of all – life itself!

A small shudder trembled within its boughs, a sort of joyful quiver that quaked to its living soul and reached out to the very tips of its leaves which now twisted upwards to embrace the life-giving rays of morning light.

A bird landed and perched on one of its great arms. Its head rocked back and forth in search of something to eat. It was a ritual that the tree loved – to see its friends finding support and safety in its arms.

Suddenly the bird’s inquisitive head stopped, as if alerted to something.

What could it be, thought the tree.

The forest seemed calm enough, the air was gentle – nothing seemed out of place; but as it listened, it sensed it too; a disquieting feeling, a strange dissonance in the taciturnity.

An unsettling trembling soon touched its roots, a tangible vibration passed along through the network that trees used to communicate with one another.

The trembling grew and waxed, becoming raw unabated fear as it rattled the forest.

Suddenly the sky lit up with a brilliant and explosive light, hot and scorching, it screeched outward like a million bursting suns, sending a shuddering and ground-breaking thunder that shook the tree to its very core.

Seconds later, the air burned incandescent, and the tree watched in horror as its leaves turned from brilliant green to deathly withered black, as its countless life-giving tendrils and arms were scorched beyond recognition, and as its very bark began to blister and bubble under the assault of the living flames that consumed it.

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