Trying to remember a Sci-Fi novel I read close to 20 years ago. The main character was a specially selected man who's lineage may have been tinkered with through the generations. He is made aware that he has the ability to physically modify his body to adapt to any environment or situation. This is done through concentration and mental visualization of the desired modification and ingesting large quantities of food that aid in facilitating these physical changes.

Somehow, he finds himself teleported or transported to an alien planet where the animals are very dangerous. The planet itself, if I remember correctly is many times larger than the Earth is and the main character decides to modify his body to allow him to fly. Unknown to him there is a very large and fast flying predator that nearly kills him. In the process of recovering he modifies his body to something similar to an armored rhinoceros. He manages to jump onto the back of one of these flying predators to speed his travel.

The main character has developed an intrusive probe that he inserts into the brain of the flying predator and in the process discovers it's somewhat intelligent. They travel together for some time but this is where my memory of the book ends.

As far as the title and author are concerned... I believe the author may have had the first name of Peter and that the title began with a "T" beyond that....I have nothing else. Thank you to everyone who may know something and if this same novel has been identified previously, my applogies.


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Parts of your description sound very much like Threshold by David Palmer. Specifically the way he modifies himself to fit the environment as he goes around the planet and how he gets stronger and faster to be able to fly. Also the main character being called Peter and the novel starting with a T :)

I don't remember anything about a brain probe, though, so either I'm guessing incorrectly or you have two stories confused.

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HAHA!!! This is my thread, I registered my account and this one disconnected itself from mine. Anyway....Thank you tons @moopet – Destroyer73 Feb 6 '15 at 20:31

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    Threshold matches. During Peter's journey he does attach himself to a giant flying predator and try to take control of the body via a "brain probe" or nervous system interface. This is towards the end of the book. Once he has a partnership with the apex predator there are is not much left to stop him. Commented Feb 5, 2015 at 23:18
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    HAHA!!! This is my thread, I registered my account and this one disconnected itself from mine. Anyway....Thank you tons @moopet Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 20:31
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