Hey, Book Sailors! Auntie Obvious here. When Brady started writing the original Power Monkey stories, he was just a little tyke who rode around in a car seat singing along to his favorite song: Mah Na Mah Na from Sesame Street. (OK, it’s still a pretty cool song). Now that he’s older, wiser, and allowed to ride car-seat free with “Rock You Like a Hurricane” blaring, he’s decided to revamp the entire Power Monkey series, starting with this first installment. You’ll meet some of your favorite sidekicks and villains – and a new hero, Alex, who has some weaknesses (he’s afraid of heights) and who is a good person – who doesn’t always make good decisions. We hope you like it!
We live in a reality where millions of years ago a meteorite wiped out the dinosaurs and many other forms of life. Let me tell you a story where the meteor does not hit that long ago, but hits in the present day and humans are wiped out. Monkeys are the second smartest animals on the planet and when humans were gone, over time monkeys began to show their potential. After thousands of years, they learned to speak human languages and to read and write; and in time, they developed opposable thumbs. They became superior creatures to the humans. So, let’s take a look at the future monkey civilization, and a hero, Power Monkey.
Alex and his sister Nartha are playing by a waterfall and Nartha dares Alex to get close and swing out over the falls on a vine and then jump the last few feet to the other side. She has already made the leap. But Alex does not make it and falls! Fortunately, he grabs a tree limb, but he can’t get back up by himself. Nartha at first laughs at Alex, but then she reaches down and helps him up. But from then on, Alex is afraid of heights.
Two years later, Alex is getting bullied a lot on the street. They sometimes beat him up and even steal his money. One day, Alex sees someone else getting beat up, but instead of helping, he just walks past. He instantly regrets it and takes out his old Super-Monkey Halloween costume and decides to fight the bullies and other crimes. But the first thing he needs to do is to work out to get stronger and faster, so Alex works out every day. Nartha is noticing that Alex is getting stronger and more confident. Alex and his siblings, live with their uncle Nanas in their tree house and all of them are noticing the change in Alex. After about two months of training, one day Alex sees two bullies picking on someone and decides to step in. One of the bullies says, “Who do you think you are, Super Monkey?” Alex says, “Nope, you can just call me Power Monkey!” He then punches the first bully so hard, they both run away. He picks up the victim’s wallet and hands it back to him. Alex sees that someone is watching him.
Dr. Piggy, the CEO of PigTech, was watching and was impressed with Alex’s courage. Dr. Piggy, offers him a job. Piggy explains that a large number of monkeys have been going missing, and many of the citizens are frightened, so the public needs a hero. Piggy said they would talk some more at the PigTech Expo in two weeks. Piggy hands Alex five VIP badges so his entire family could come. As he was leaving, Dr. piggy said, “Hey kid, lose the suit.” Alex says, But, but,…” Piggy says, “Lose the Halloween costume. You don’t need it.”
Alex and his siblings, Nartha, Crystal, and George, go to the expo with their uncle Nanas and Piggy announces the new Unisailor card which can teleport people anywhere. He says that there are only two copies of the card and that the age of the booksailors is upon us again with these new cards. After the announcement, Nartha says, “Excuse me, I have to use the restroom.” And she disappears. Nanas yells, “Nartha, the restrooms aren’t that way.” Crystal says, “She can’t hear you.” A few minutes later, a smoke bomb drops and a voice recording plays and says: “Thank you Dr. Piggy. Now that I have a Unisailor card, The age of the booksailors is over and mine has just begun. Everyone who stands in my way will feel the wrath of me, The Predator.” As the smoke clears, Nartha returns and says, “What did I miss.”
After the one Unisailor card was stolen, Dr. Piggy, decides to give Alex the remaining Unisailor card and a new utility belt and bananarang. He asks, “Alex, would you come up to my office on the tenth floor and I will explain how the card, and the utility belt work and show you how to throw a bananarang.” Alex flinches, and says, “Can’t we just do this on the ground floor?” Piggy looks at him oddly, but agrees. Piggy then tells Alex, “Evidently, the Predator has put a spy in PigTech and I would like you to find out who the spy is and where the Predator’s lair is, and return the missing Unisailor card. There is a tracking device in both Unisailor cards, but the missing one has been inactive since it disappeared. If it is started again, you should be able to find it.”
Alex decides to search PigTech files and finds a list of all employees hired who still work there. He learns that only one employee helped Piggy set up the expo and transported the two Unisailor cards. His name was Shelton Doom, and he was known to be a bit skittish around Dr. Piggy. Alex locates Shelton Doom’s computer and finds that he had been sending emails outside the company and also mailed a small package to “Secret Keeper” which must be a code name. Alex now knows Shelton Doom is the spy, but not the identity of Secret Keeper.
Alex notices there is an address for Shelton in New York and decides to check that out. He gets a plane ticket to New York and when he arrives, he gives the address to the cab-driver. “I know this place, said the Cab-driver, it is very famous. After a while in the cab, Alex steps out at the Empire State Building. I thought it would be smaller, said Alex. The address was for a room on the top floor just below the observation deck. Alex knocks on the room door but no one answers. He notices a note that reads; “if you need to see Shelton, I am up on the observation deck. Alex goes to the observation deck but doesn’t see anyone. He wonders out loud, “I wonder where he is?” A voice says, “Behind you, dirty Monkey scum.” ………suspense…………
Alex turns around and sees Shelton Doom and they begin to fight. Alex shoved a chair into Shelton but Shelton picks up the chair and throws it at Alex, who says, “Is that all you got?” In the meantime, Shelton runs toward Alex, but Alex avoids him and asks, “Who is the Predator?” Shelton says, “You will never find out. The Predator never reveals anything to his prey.” Alex says, “What makes the Predator think I am his Prey?” When he gets close enough, Shelton suddenly kicks Alex, but Alex gets right back up and says, “Tell me who the Predator is right now.” Shelton says, “Maybe you should ask him yourself!” Alex throws his bananarang at Shelton but misses, and thinks, “I should have practiced that more.” But Shelton picks it up and throws it back at Alex and does not miss. Alex can’t duck in time and he is knocked unconscious. At that time two guards of the Empire state Building show up and while one tries to help Alex, the other tells Shelton to raise his hands and to tell them the name and location of any of his accomplices. Shelton says, “I have one accomplice and his name is the Predator and his current location is right behind you.” The policeman barely has time to see the masked intruder before he is knocked unconscious by a punch. The other officer stands up to help, but is hit with a grappling hook from the Predator, who reels him in and ties him up. The Predator says to Shelton, “Pick up the monkey and bring him to the lair, I may have some use for him!”
When Alex wakes up, he cannot see and realizes that he has a sack over his head. The Predator comes into the room along with Shelton. The Predator tells Shelton to remove the hood. Now Alex can see that he is in a cell. The masked figure says, “Power Monkey, I am the Predator, or you may also know me as the Secret Keeper, and you are my prisoner.” Then the Predator and Shelton leave the cell and the room. Now Shelton is strong, but not very smart. He has left Alex’s utility belt on him and Alex is able to use a small knife to cut the rope around his hands, and then picks the lock with a paper clip and leaves the cell. Alex sees all of the other missing citizens in cells and is about to pick those locks too when the Predator comes back in and says “Alex, you will not spoil my plan”. “Did the Predator just call me Alex?”, thought Alex.
Then he realizes that the Predator is really Nartha. He is shocked, and lets that sink in, and Shelton takes advantage and overpowers Alex and ties him up again, but this time removes his utility belt and gives it to Nartha along with his bananarang. The Predator then had Shelton herd all of the other prisoners into a large plane. After Shelton secures the prisoners on the plane, the Predator tells him to tie Alex to a pole hanging over the edge of a cliff. The Predator removes her mask and reveals that she is Nartha to both Alex and Shelton. Nartha says, “one move Alex, and Shelton will cut the rope and you will fall. You are not still afraid of heights, are you? Eh, Eh, Eh.” Alex says, “It’s good to see you too, Nartha, loving sister!”
Nartha goes to the plane and begins to take-off with the prisoners and the Unisailor card.
Alex sees the plane taking-off and gets very angry, just when Shelton cuts the rope. Fortunately, our hero grabs a vine. Not a good place for a guy who is afraid of heights. But Alex doesn’t look down, but begins swinging on the vine. He finds he enjoys it. He swings in bigger and bigger arcs until he is over the top of the cliff and times his swing so that he flies about fifty feet in the air and let’s go of the vine……………………suspense…………………….
He flies toward the open cargo door of the plane just as it passes by. He makes it!
He works his way to the cockpit and says to Nartha, “I am sorry I don’t have a ticket, but could I get some peanuts. Nartha is startled and says, “Only paying customers get peanuts.” Alex grabs Nartha and pulls her back out of the pilot’s seat and they begin to fight. Alex pushed Nartha back into the passenger area. Alex jumps in the pilot’s seat but then remembers, “I can’t fly a plane!” Nartha shouts, “It’s a good thing it is on auto-pilot.” Nartha grabs Alex by the shirt collar and pulls him out of pilot’s seat. Nartha realizes that Alex is hesitant to really fight her, so she takes advantage. She pulls a taser gun out of the utility belt and zaps Alex. While Alex subdued, Nartha checks the auto pilot and then begins to pull Alex toward the open cargo door.
She pulls near the cargo door and tries to throw him out. Alex comes to and realized that Nartha intends to throw him out of the plane. He is able to muster enough strength to grab a seat and hold on tight. But now Alex is ready to fight! Alex stands up and sees some bottles on the beverage cart and throws them at her, which startles Nartha and gives Alex the time to punch Nartha. Nartha yells, “Alex, that tickled, don’t you know you are not supposed to hit a girl?” Alex says, “It’s OK when the girl punches you first and tries to throw you out of the airplane.“ But before Alex can hit her again, Nartha shoots him with the Taser gun again and Alex falls to the floor. Nartha stands over Alex and says, “You almost ruined my plan, but now you will be my favorite part of it. I am going to have this plane fly into the capital of Costa Rica and crash there. But of course, I will have parachuted out to a waiting car. With the Unisailor card, I will be unstoppable.”
With that, Nartha puts on her parachute and jumps out of the plane.
Alex notices that there are enough parachutes for him and all of the prisoners. He told them to get ready to jump but he wants to try to change the auto-pilot so the plane just crashes into the ocean, not in San Jose. Alex checks the auto-pilot and realizes he can change the course and he turns the plane away from Costa Rica. Alex throws out several life-rafts and he and the passengers jump from the plane. As they are floating down, they see the plane crash into the ocean.
When they are all safely in the life-boats, Alex calls Dr. Piggy and gives him their location. Soon a power boat arrives on the scene and takes them all to Costa Rica.
Where is Nartha? What is her plan?
A pig walks into a comic book store. He looks at a comic book titled, “Power Monkey – Rise of the banana. Based on a true story.” The clerk says, “Mr. Pigman, would you be interested in that comic book?” Pigman says, “Please call me Oobie.”