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At Play in the Killing Fields Paperback – February 22, 2007
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Joseph DeMarco was born in New York City; he lived most of his life in Buffalo, NY. He now teaches seventh grade on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. He is also the author of the novels The 4 Hundred and 20 Assassins of Emir Abdullah-Harazins and Plague of the Invigilare.
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The novel is unique in that it is told from three different perspectives, during three different time periods. The novel is actually three separate stories Nightmarchers, The Chemicals Between Us, and The Spit of Siann. Although all stories have similar themes, they are very different from each other.
The Chemicals Between Us takes place in the future after the human race has become extinct, when Drogen (an elephant looking alien) who is a delivery boy picks up the ghost of Joe Kaye on a Lost Planet called Lantis. Through Drogen's flashbacks of Joe Kaye the reader begins to experience many of Joe Kaye's abstract philosophies. We learn about Joe Kaye's obsession with cheating death and his practicing a new religion called Voodoo Botany. We also get to read a bit of his poetry including an amazing poem called The Road Not Taken- The Reincarnation.
The last story (The Spit of Siann) takes place after Joe Kaye has left Hawaii and is from the perspective of a messed-up little girl named Siann Campbell. Siann is about to spawn a virus that will prove to be more fatal than AIDS and the Ebola virus combined, and the virus appears to look a lot like a flower.
The last story fits in nicely with the other two and gives Joe Kaye a depth and realness that most science fiction novels DO NOT HAVE.