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Kathryn A. Graham is a military veteran and holds current aviation licenses as a pilot, an aircraft mechanic, and a ground instructor. She is licensed as owner and manager of her own private investigations firm in South Texas and has made a number of fugitive arrests. She is also certified by the Texas Department of Public Safety as a concealed handgun instructor and teaches classes on the legal and ethical uses of force under Texas Law.

As an experienced aviation consultant and also a security professional, her business has been at the forefront of the events following the terrible tragedies of September 11th of this year. In association with another security company owned by John G. Tarsikes, Jr. (Safetynet Associates), she is currently developing courses for frequent commercial air travelers on various safe and effective ways to counter aircraft hijackings. “Mostly, it’s about attitude adjustment,” she admits with a grin. “For both passengers and hijackers. I think the next idiot to try it will be in for one hell of a surprise.”

Ms. Graham has recently undertaken the job of Texas Director for Armed Females of America and is becoming known as a political activist, having written a number of recent articles on the Second Amendment, firearms, self-defense, the use of force, and many other subjects, including the now famous “10 Principles of Resistance,” available for free download from several locations on the Internet.

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Kris had fallen forward onto the pavement, lying between the two bodies. She wasn't moving. Eric jerked her into a sitting position without a thought for her injured arm and shook her. Her right hand fell from her mouth, and her yelp of pain and protest was sweet music to him. "Kris! Did you–?"

Kris looked down at her hand, her eyes dazed, and forced the clenched fingers to relax. The deadly little capsule fell to the pavement. "It was in my mouth, you idiot," she whispered. "You almost made me—” She shuddered. "—bite down. Did it? Am I–?"

Eric snatched her to her feet. "You're okay," he assured her. "Or you would know it by now.” He glanced up to see several men darting from the building. "Pull yourself together," he added. "We haven't time for this."

Eric steadied her as she started on a wavering run toward the Baron. He got behind her and shoved her onto the right wing. She climbed in and took left seat. Eric gestured the stranger toward the rear seats, then followed him in and took right seat. He kept a wary eye on Kris as she started her engines. She was very pale still and tears streaked her cheeks. Eric stole a glance behind them. Four men were running toward the Baron, but they were still over a hundred yards away.

"I'll take it," he told Kris. "Try to relax for a bit."

Kris shook her head, never looking up. "No. I have to keep us below radar all the way. Under fifty feet.” She glanced at Eric then and saw his expression. "I know I'm crying, Eric. It's just physical. I can ignore it. Do the same."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Iuniverse Inc (October 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595199402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595199402
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,688,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carlos G. Diaz on February 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
Taking a cue from Margaret Atwood's A Handmaids Tale, novice writer Kathryn Graham has crafted an entertaining yet cautionary sci-fi thriller in Flight from Eden. Graham's protagonist Dr Kris Garrick is a talented young pilot and noted astrophysicist who has gone into hiding after a Taliban style movement sweeps over the United States. Along with a few other top scientists Dr Garrick leads a resistance movement that plans on overthrowing the brutal totalitarian government by revealing the truth behind their barrage of anti-science dogma. Their mission is perilous and if it fails will lead to their execution as traitors, yet their reward would free their fellow citizens and push mankind toward a new age. Flight From Eden skillfully blends current events and science fact with a little science fiction, allowing the reader to view a society that we may see if we let our guard down. Graham's writing is well paced and her characters are developed very well, a great first novel and one I will enjoy reading again
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on October 23, 2003
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Set in the near future, the United States is suffering in the grip of a fanatical and repressive theocracy. The people are blinded to the truth. Freedom is no longer part of the Constitution!
A computer expert, a mercenary with admitted sadistic tendencies, a cashiered U.S.A.F. officer, a doctor, and a world-famous astrophysicist have joined forces to create an underground movement. They would give their lives, if need be, to free the nation from the grip of tyranny. If they fail, millions will die. If they succeed, they will die millions of miles from their homes.
**** This is an incredible piece of work! The reader is not given all the information up front. However, the action and suspense keeps the reader glued as everything becomes apparent. I am unable to tell much about the story without giving away vital parts of the plot. Therefore, most of what is written in the synopsis above is from the back of the book. But never believe that there is not more going on than meets the eye in this dramatic sci-fi epic. Wonderful story! ****
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By clay pilkilton on February 1, 2002
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For my money i dont know if i could have read a better book. This book is the best i have read this millenium. Outstanding story line, smooth flow of events and extremely understandable even though this is a technical sci-fi. I am used to reading three or four books at a time and the transition from one to another is a bit choppy, with this book you pick up right where you left off, that is, if you can even put the book down.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on October 23, 2003
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Set in the near future, the United States is suffering in the grip of a fanatical and repressive theocracy. The people are blinded to the truth. Freedom is no longer part of the Constitution!
A computer expert, a mercenary with admitted sadistic tendencies, a cashiered U.S.A.F. officer, a doctor, and a world-famous astrophysicist have joined forces to create an underground movement. They would give their lives, if need be, to free the nation from the grip of tyranny. If they fail, millions will die. If they succeed, they will die millions of miles from their homes.
**** This is an incredible piece of work! The reader is not given all the information up front. However, the action and suspense keeps the reader glued as everything becomes apparent. I am unable to tell much about the story without giving away vital parts of the plot. Therefore, most of what is written in the synopsis above is from the back of the book. But never believe that there is not more going on than meets the eye in this dramatic sci-fi epic. Wonderful story! ****
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dabooda on April 16, 2005
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I confess, I managed to read less than twenty pages of this book before the upchuck factor kicked in, forcing me to stop. I haven't seen writing this bad since some of my own efforts when I was twelve or thirteen. No, I am not some "anti-freedom" ogre, and I count Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, John Ross' Unintended Consequences and L. Neil Smith's Pallas as some of my favorite books. And Victor Koman's incredible novel, Kings of the High Frontier. (Please, read that INSTEAD of this book!)

What we get from Ms. Graham is stilted, unreal dialogue with long adverbial modifiers on every single line of conversation, weighing down the narrative flow like an anchor. Not a trace of humor or irony lightens the writing, nor did I see anything I could count as intelligent observation or insight.

In the first chapter she introduces us to an America "in the near future" which has become such an extreme theocracy as to make Khomeni's Iran look like a paradise of tolerance. Science is not just uncool or unfashionable; scientists are declared to be criminals and are imprisoned just for being scientists. Just how much "willing suspension of disbelief" are you willing to give an author before you just decide, "Boy, is this dumb!"? Yet somehow this repressive society maintains a high tech civilization with airplanes, spaceflight and computers. Yeah, right.

In the second chapter (which is as far as I got), we have Uzi-toting scientists raiding some unidentified "compound" and cold-bloodedly murdering the security guards. How would a scientist get a Uzi, do you wonder? Wonder away; you won't be told. Our lady hero (world class astrophysicist, master pilot and martial arts expert at the ripe old age of 28!) kills a guard, goes into shock, then has a shot of whiskey and all of a sudden she's back on track, not just following, but *leading* the discussion of their planned operation ... maybe you can't wait to learn what happens next.

I can.
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