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Boy Gone

Boy Gone, Book 1
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

Mere minutes after arriving at their Nantucket family beach home, nine-year-old Scotty Sullivan was out the back door, scrambling toward the shore with Larry, the family dog, fast on his heels. Late in the afternoon in mid-spring, the typical summer beach crowd visitors were still weeks away. 

Suddenly, Scotty became aware of an odd-looking object, hovering just above the crashing surf. In an age of hobbyist’s drones and all sorts of flying gadgets, he wasn’t overly concerned until the large flying object moved much, much, closer. 

A storm was brewing and dark clouds blanketed the sky. Nervously, Scotty turned and tried to spot his house - somewhere off behind the dunes - but it would be 16 years before he’d see it again.

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Excellent and unusual story

Can’t wait for the next book. Best thing I have read since the Bobiverse series

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  • Merv
  • 13-11-18

Great viewpoint of first contact with our galactic neighbors

I love how Mark weaves a story about how our first contact with our galactic neighbors might turn out. How some of the government’s bureaucrats and politicians might want to elevate their careers over the good of humanity. It’s a real life political drama told in this wonderful fictional story. All political parties do this.
Only fault I can find in the story is the ending. I hope how the story ended is a cliffhanger for the next book in this story. If this is reason for the ending, then I can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Will S
  • 06-03-19

Good first half

I enjoyed the 1st half of this book. The second half...was not there. I get that it's supposed to be a series, but it ended at almost the exact second something actually started happening in the story. Most book series at least have an ending to the story, then carry on in the next book. This was more like a TV show where they leave you hanging for a week before they show the ending. Just like the TV shows, we'll see if I still care when I the second half comes on. By then I'll probably have forgotten about it.

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  • BonSue
  • 14-03-19

Intriguing, but book stopped without an ending

This book contains an interesting premise & mostly interesting characters. The author needs work on making the protagonist sound more like a kid if he wants the character to be believable. For instance, at one point the kid references stuff from his mother’s favorite movie to say how he’s feeling, rather than using a more believable kid reference. This became much less of an issue once the protagonist grew.

My biggest issue with this book, however, is that the ending wasn’t an ending at all... just the end of a cliffhanger chapter. I understand that this is a series, but every book in a series should tell a part of the story that has some resolution. This book’s ending was more like this: Imagine if the story was about cops chasing a madman bomber and the book ended while the cops were still trying to disarm the bomb. Beyond frustrating! I feel cheated and no longer trust this author enough to buy the next book in the series. I figure every book in this series will end the same way... just a cheap tactic designed o get readers to buy the next book rather than giving them a payoff in every installment. No thanks.

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  • Tim
  • 14-01-19

Interesting concept of first contact

The only thing that kept coming up that irked me was the continued liberal political spin he put on things. Fox news was for idiots and serious news was CNN. Space Force was a stupid name from a previous President, etc etc. Why must they inject political bias into a science fiction book?

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  • Valentina
  • 23-11-18

Holy Molly

very interesting. What a great imagination the author has. now have to get next book on series because I really want to know what happens next. Love Scottie, so humble.

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  • Unclefeathers
  • 08-02-19

refreshingly classic tale

Modern twist to the aileins are here to help story. Moves quickly and keeps you pleasently entertained. Looking forward to the series.

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  • Tom Josey
  • 10-12-18

Very enjoyable

I look forward to listening to more of the story. It’s been a while since I have enjoyed an audio book as much as this one.

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  • D.J. Haddad
  • 26-01-19

Good story, awful characterization

Many of the characters were unbelievable, unrealistic and incredibly stupid. The main character is an unbelievably perfect person. The politicians, police and other general characters were unbelievable also. It was very hard not to turn the audio off when characters were doing things so stupid, it was just ridiculous. The story could have been great with a little realism pored into the characters.

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  • Woodenbiker
  • 07-11-19

Slow start

Interesting story but slow start glazing over the main character development and ended just as it was really getting interesting.

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  • Aly
  • 22-09-19

WAITING FOR BOOK 2

I'm giviing this the highest ratings even though I feel like I got tricked into this marvelous book! It came out as an Audible favorite. I was intrigued and there was no mention, other than it being "Book 1" that I'd get to the end to find out who knows when or if there will be a Book 2. So, read and enjoy at your peril