Aliens exist, the government knows, and Dan McCarthy just found the proof. When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places. For his whole life, Dan McCarthy has searched for a reason to believe. Now that he finally has one, he might soon wish he didn't.... Not Alone is a stand-alone tale of contact and disclosure for the 21st century.
©2015 Craig A. Falconer (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
"Sci fi nerds will be rewarded"
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).
Craig Falconer proves that he can hit the trifecta - develop his characters, write with wonderful detail without overdoing it, and to be so creative that the reader is happily surprised at his twists and turns.
I got into science fiction novels about a year and a half ago. In that time I've read or listened to about 200 novels. I'm not trying to be a braggart, rather, but want a reader of this review to understand the context when I say that this is in my 'top 10' in this genre.
I hope I'm not steering you wrong, but I sincerely enjoyed this audiobook.
"Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry"
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.
"Science fiction with no science nor fiction "
Not for hard science fans. There is very little dependence or elaboration on scientific facts, logic, and philosophy. Plot moves slowly and writing style more or less meandering chit chat. The author goes frequently into unnecessary details (via dialog or thoughts) on purely random things like hair straightening or media town. Had to return this.
"Brilliant Character Driven Story, Well Narrated"
It would be in the Top 10
Emma Ford is easily the best character, starting as a somewhat annoying person, but as the story goes on, she grows on you, and develops into something different. Her ability to always be there, look after Dan, outwit others, and her integrity all endear you to her. She is pivotal to the story, and comes from a sleezy PR company, but you soon realise she is a smart, sweet girl behind her PR front, and very cunning, clever and caring.
Easily my favourite of the story.
He gives you a lot of expression and brings the story to life, making you feel like you are experiencing the story for real. You feel like you are in the room, listening to the conversations as they take place, not just reading it, or listening someone read from a page.
Cronin does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life, especially Emma Ford, with her accented twang in her voice.
Dan Murhpys search for the truth - are we alone?
This is a really good read, with some brilliant research into things like the 'D' for disclosure concept, and other concepts similar to this. It made the story so much more believable. The Narration was exceptional, giving it so much more depth. The characters are the best thing in this story, expertly developed and evolved, with a fascinating plot for them to explore.
Great story for fans of the X-files or anyone who loves a good thriller.
"Really interesting premise."
Overall, it was interesting, but I feel like it dragged on in the middle with no apparent destination. The action certainly started to heat up again at the end and the twisting and turning helped pull me back in to a story I was last ready to abandon. I have two other pieces of criticism. It was a little tough to swallow the seemingly powerless and incompetent portrayal of world leaders. Making them appear barely competent at best and simply ruthless caricatures of greed and avarice at worst. Also, I wish there was a bit more of a conflict with regards to the main characters. The audio performance was well done.
"Exceptional story...well woven with current info on UFOs"
This is one of the best books I have had the pleasure of enjoying for several years. The plot twists are not easily predictable. The storyline interweaves a lot of currently known UFO information. At the end one wonders if this is just a story or a teaser of something more. I strongly recommend this book. The author did a great job. I look forward to his next book
"Lots of fun"
I bought this to listen to on a long road trip, and I'm so glad I did! The story was unique and entertaining enough to make a solo 10 hour drive feel a little shorter. It was so refreshing to find characters I actually liked in a good story! Maybe I'm too cynical, but I kept waiting for the characters' pessimism to kick in, and I'm happy to say I never found it. The author quite handily creates characters who approach the world with candor and integrity, without making them saccharine or sanctimonious. They actually struck me as people I would like to know.
All in all, even after nearly 24 hours of listening, I was a little sad for this story to end.
"Worst hours spent on a book"
Where was the editor?? Three fourths of words could have been cut- padded like an overstuffed mattress.
"A Story about TV News and Public Relations"
This book needed editing, BADLY
This is a book about the business of TV news and public relations.
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