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Dr. Harry Olson, an American paleoanthropologist, and his wife, Dixie, have returned from the mountains of Mongolia with two live Yeti, a male and a female. A team of scientists in Harry’s anthropology department at California Pacific University are now trying to uncover a link between human and Yeti genetics. But when the Yeti escape, Harry’s in a race against time to recapture the animals, knowing only too well how the terrible consequences will be if the creatures make it off the desolate high-desert facility and reach a human city.

Richard Edde, author of YETI UNLEASHED, spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing his latest novel:

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

Although a work of fiction, my Yeti series demonstrates that it is entirely possible that we have unearthed all of our human ancestors and cousins. What we may yet discover may entirely amaze and frighten us.

How does this book make a contribution to the genre?

This book bridges the gap between fiction and reality by using genetic discoveries and principles. It uses our current scientific knowledge of our human origins to make the case for strange ancestors.

What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?

Charles Dickens for his beautiful prose. James Rollins for his ability to weave science into his novels. Larry McMurtry for making his world and landscape come alive and seem so near.


Richard Edde was born and raised in Oklahoma. After graduating from Central State College, he attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree in 1971. After spending a few years in family practice in two rural Oklahoma towns, he completed a residency in anesthesiology. Following a long career in academia and private practice, he retired to devote time to writing. The first of his Yeti trilogy was released in 2015. Dr. Edde resides in eastern Oklahoma with his wife.

To learn more about Richard, please visit his website.

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