Love a feel-good family story, don’t you? Gotham Kitty may very well be a book readers can’t wait to finish but don’t want to end. A stand-alone with present tense writing, short (five-or-six-page) chapters, and writing in third-person point-of-view for the characters in the novel, Ann Greyson explores the imaginative world of alien races and their interaction with humans. The story opens in December 2010, and follows the friendship of Gotham Kitty and Cassidy Mkama, an 11-year-old African girl, who end up on a series of adventures to break the nearly two hundred-year-old supernatural curse of the Evil Shadowy Figure on the Chagga in East Africa.
With anticipation, this heartwarming story of magic and imagination about a female alien with human and feline anatomy will affect readers of all ages. After capture by insectoid alien smugglers for the purpose of selling into slavery at Vlar Station, a remote trading port, Gotham Kitty, a female Catusapien, escapes cell confinement when the spaceship slips into a wormhole with turbulence causing the door of the cell to open on its own while the spaceship exits the wormhole in an opposite galaxy with the planet Earth. In the engineering area of the spaceship, she yanks out a few wires behind a wall panel before leaving in an escape pod. The alien vessel explodes and crashes in Tanzania’s Arusha National Park. Allison Banes’ observations of black-and-white colobus monkeys interrupts with the explosion of the spaceship mid-air. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Allison, a pretty twenty-eight year old woman with brown-hair and eyes, slim, very independent, idealistic, and enjoying the single life since a bad break-up before coming to Tanzania where she is conducting her PhD dissertation research in behavioral and reproductive ecology of black-and-white colobus monkeys and documenting the effect of high temperatures on their behavior and health. Obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Zoology from Cornell University of Ithaca, New York is the last leg of her long journey of becoming a primatologist. Suffering from something like jet lag, Gotham Kitty crawls out of the escape pod and falls asleep as her body has trouble tolerating the changeover from breathing the air of her world to breathing the air on the Earth. Allison finds Gotham Kitty asleep nearby the crash site and carries her off to her white Honda Odyssey minivan taking her home with her. Allison keeps Gotham Kitty safe in her house in Arusha. On some nights, she allows Kitty, her pet name for her so if anyone hears her call out to her they think she has a cat, to explore the forest surrounding Lake Duluti.
Sadly, Allison Banes falls victim to the sinister entity Evil Shadowy Figure for harboring the alien, who alongside the descendant child of a victim of the tragic fires on the foothills of Mount Meru in 1809 will end its reign of terror according to the prophecy of the Wa-Chagga, a Bantu tribe for decades an agriculturist people residing on the foothills of Mount Meru, where they grow Arabica coffee, bananas and medicinal herbs that they sell at local markets in Arusha. After Dr. Banes dies of a heart attack which the Evil Shadowy Figure induces, Azita Hussein, a friend of Allison Banes and medical internist at the medical clinic GoHealth Walk-In Urgent Care in Tanzania, discovers Allison’s small field notebook documenting Gotham Kitty as an alien from outer space. Now Azita wants to find this alien, Gotham Kitty, who is living alone in the wild.
After spearfishing on Christmas Eve, Cassidy, a young East African girl, sees the alien in the forest around Lake Duluti and tells Laila who in turn tells the whimsical Mangi Mkuu, or Paramount Chief, Anton Naruma, the administrative and spiritual leader of the Chagga. Chief Naruma now believes that the long-standing curse of the Evil Shadowy Figure on the Chagga tribal people, due to the god Ruwa being angry about a dozen people dying in rapidly spreading fires from a series of fast moving lava flows that make contact with nearby Chagga banana-leaf roof huts when the Mount Meru volcano erupts in the middle of a Chagga sacrificial ritual during the time of the great drought of 1809, will finally come to an end. And with the reoccurring appearance of the spirit of Sayida, a victim of the fires of that hundreds year old tragedy, whose soul is under the control of the Evil Shadowy Figure and seven-times-great-grandaunt of Laila Diwani, Cassidy’s best friend, the prophecy is at hand and the time has come for the victim’s souls to be set free.
A worthy tale of friendship that will have every reader wishing for an extraterrestrial like Gotham Kitty who they can call their own. Because she’s not going home. Gotham Kitty lives the rest of her life in peace in East Africa free from scrutiny. The heads of TANAPA, Tanzania National Parks Authority confiscates the escape pod. Months later they decipher the aircraft as the property of an insectoid alien race. So, the authorities never go after Gotham Kitty nor ever hear about her. For some months they discreetly search East Africa for an insectoid being that they never find. So, the case of the spaceship crash closes.
After the release of Gotham Kitty, other books coming of Ann Greyson’s manuscripts and novelizations of TV programs by 2025 are: Birdwatcher, The Out World, SpaceWoman, Cowgirls & Indians, The Distressed Damsel, Atlanta Penitentiary Hostage Crisis, and O Christmas Tree children’s book.