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There is an important lesson from this book. If you ever discover evidence of a government coverup about the existence of aliens - the first thing you will do is get a good public relations agent. Who knew Sci Fi could be linked so closely to the recent phenomenon of how we get our news and how ideas are marketed to influence public opinion.
There are a couple of major twists in this epic story and I would be careful of reading too many reviews in case one of them spoils it for you. For those that remember the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoos nest, it would be like being told the Indian talks. When he asked for chewing gum near the end of the movie, instead of being awestruck you would just be saying - so that is when it happens.
This is intelligently done, the characters are multi dimensional, and there are no holes in the story. The author did a great job of presenting opposite points of views as people reacted to the possibility of aliens. I was also impressed by the narrator.
I have been lucky to read two phenomenal Science Fiction books, back to back. Sometimes you are lucky if two out of the last ten were merely good. I just passed the previous one on to my daughter and she texted me that she is loving it. i can't wait to tell her about this one.If you are looking for an inspiring read over the holidays, get this book.
98 of 105 people found this review helpful
I really like Dan (the main protagonist). He works in a bookstore, loves sci fi, reads a lot, and always does what he thinks is the right thing. A kind of person any sci fi enthusiast could admire. But, he's a regular guy and doesn't really know how to move about in the real world (unfortunately, the kind of person many sci fi enthusiast are also like!) and needs his brother and a PR specialist who see him for the special person he really is. All sci fi nerds who believe "the truth is out there" are going to identify with the main character and will see that there is a reward that await them for worshiping at the shrine of sci fi and science.
I listened to this one with my wife (much more entertaining then watching politics, sports or most TV shows for the both of us). A good story such as this one illustrates perfectly how the number of facts that which we become aware of there will always be more than one set of theories that can adequately explain the data. Absolute certainty is always fallible in the hands of a master story teller and with a narrator who makes the story come alive with images that seem more real than TV, I can fully recommend this audible book.
(I'm straying close to a spoiler, but within the story, the author is very explicit that there awaits a reward for the sci fi nerd. I'm being cryptic, but for those who read the story that is made explicit and that was a take away for me from the story).
94 of 104 people found this review helpful
I absolutely loved this book! The story had me hooked the whole way through, I couldn't stop listening (much to my partner's annoyance). It's a long book, but I didn't want it to end.
Only one criticism is that the narrator couldn't do accents AT ALL, it was almost comical!
Bottom line: I love good sci-fi and long audiobooks, and this ticked the boxes!
24 of 24 people found this review helpful
This book focused too much on the politics for me but otherwise very enjoyable and very well read.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
I must say i really enjoyed this book, the narrator was great and articulated the characters well amd was easy to listen too. I like a good conspiracy and loved how this unfolded. it moved along well and kept me engrossed the whole time. There was a wicked plot twist around 3/4 of the way through that i didn't see coming. Alll in all well worth the money.