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Summary

Some doors aren't meant to be opened....

While many on Earth grow fearful of the Messengers' remarkable powers and others lament a lack of interplanetary cooperation, two discoveries threaten to turn the world on its head.

One find could simultaneously rewrite the history of two planets; one revelation could tear Dan McCarthy's life apart.

With the stakes higher than ever following the birth of his daughter Piper - a child like no other with a secret the world isn't ready to handle - Dan will do whatever it takes to protect his family.

But as keen as Dan is to help the Messengers at every turn, he might soon come to see that no good deed goes unpunished....

©2019 Craig A. Falconer (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Sci-fi for beginnerd

As my feelings about this book are identical to those of the first I have simply copy and pasted that review for this book and will do so far the third book and fourth book of the series.

I don't want to say too much right now as I'm writing this at a time when I'm half way through listening to the fifth book, and that alone should tell you something.

I usually only listen to educational books but fancied something a little less mentally taxing, and so went to browse the sci-fi section for a stand alone story. I found 'Not Alone' but wasn't immediately persuaded so added it to a list to enable easy location later, and continued searching. Obviously that search returned little else of interest so I started listening.

First impressions were not great. I felt the narration was dreary, and the story didn't seem to be going in the direction I expected or desired.

I increased the speed slightly to 1.20 which was much more pleasant, and the more I got used to his voice the less I could imagine anybody else reading it. Now half way through book five I feel it just wouldn't work with a different voice.

The story it's self whilst not what I expected, got more and more interesting to the point where despite seeking a stand alone story, I was thrilled to learn of additional books.

There are a few unnecessary additions to the story which lead nowhere and could easily be removed but not enough to lower my rating. Also worth mentioning is how easy things are for the characters. Many times circumstances just happen to be right which is quite obviously unrealistic, as is the statuses the main characters find themselves as, and their methods of achieving those statuses. Like I said though, this is sci-fi for beginners.

As for the characters themselves, I believe they are the reason I still listen. Witnessing how they develop themselves as well as how the relationships with each other develop is nice, although again it seems to happen very easily and exactly how the reader would want, with very little tension. The narrator gives each character - well...each of the main characters, the perfect voice, and the story details them to such an extent that I'm sure I'd recognise them in the street.

This series is perfect if you:

Are looking for your first sci-fi series.
Enjoy rolling your eyes at the obvious.
Are more interested in characters than story but still like a good story.

This series is not for you if you:

Are looking for a single book.
Consider yourself any further along than 'introductory' in your exploration of the genre.
You enjoy 'it could happen'.

The following three books in this series would receive near identical reviews from me as my feelings match my words. Currently my thoughts differ for the fifth book so I will likely write a different review, but of course I will complete the book prior to sharing my final thoughts.

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too much recapping and very slow

feels like there is alot of padding out of this story... I'm in two minds whether to waste anymore time and money on this series which is a shame because I've already vested alot of time and money so far

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The last 3 books should be one

Unfortunately, once I start a book, I finish a book. If I enjoy book one of a series i.e. get emotionally involved with characters, I am compelled to finish the series. So I listened to the bitter end, despite the clunky writing, the constant recapping (that would ensure a goldfish could remember the plot from start to finish) and the lack of flesh on characters. People’s motivations appear to change for poor reasons, so characters go against type. Some main characters are sidelined (in a variety of ways) to make room for others and this is irksome.

Apart from the (often times badly worded and way too extensive) recaps - sometimes reminding you of something you read earlier in the chapter - there is way too much telling. Explaining why a character does a relatively unimportant (therefore relevance?) thing, rather than relying on it being obvious or letting the character explain, makes it a tedious listen. Some things are also better left to the imagination than over explained.

The ideas are great, the plot could have been expanded in any number of ways, but as it was, the plot line could be condensed into a more entertaining and less wordy book 4, rather than the flabby and infuriating books 4-6.

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Best so far in the series!

This book is by far the best of the series, you won't be disappointed! I think because it is a bit shorter than the others, the story was better.

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Not perfect but still loving this series

It has quite a focused narrative, it's not the kind of book with 6 subplots going at once. For some people that may be a criticism but I'm comfortable with it. At times the writing and the narration can feel robotic which helped get you in the headspace of the main protagonist. At times it feels unnecessarily clunky but there are some great moments too, especially around the dialogue.

The narrator does a great job giving each character their own voice as well as having a distinct narration voice.

Although I can sympathize with the criticisms I've seen in reviews, I still really love this series. Normally I listen to a couple of different books before returning back to the series but this one has got me hooked and I went straight to book 5

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Absolutely fantastic. I'm hooked 100%

I'm totally hooked. It's had me from the very beginning. Amazing thank you so much

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getting samey

more twists on earth and elsewhere, need to see where its going. Will come back to it after other reads

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Mind blowing

Totally loved it. So many twists and turns kept me hooked to the story big time.
Roll on book 5😁

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Not the best in the series

I think that as soon as you put a baby in the story, it changes it. And it happened here.

That, plus a lot of choices which were much less reasonable than in the previous books.

I'll continue the series anyway though. Have to know..!

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So thought provoking

Absolutely love the Not Alone Series. it could be real life. Narrater puts everything into the story and plays the characters well. a series with reading. getting book 5 now. cannot wait to get listening.

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  • G.W.
  • 31-01-21

Flawed writing foreshadows worse things to come

Having given up on C.A. Falconer halfway through the fifth book of this series, I regret ignoring the warning signs in this fourth book.
I'm still fascinated by the overall plot. Dan and Emma's increasing selfishness of "protect our child at any cost" seems at odds with their previously selfless behaviour, but the "defending momma bear" trope is not unusual.
However, the amount of time spent reminding you of all the previous events that affected a character, then dwelling on the character's own speculation about the future, with a tiny bit of actual plot advancement mixed in - in every chapter - mean this book moves slowly. And that poor, slow writing style only gets worse in the next novel.
The over-used trope of "no matter how bad Dan thought it would be, he would never have guessed how bad the truth would be" reads like bad click-bait. The characters, the story and any quality writing are now obscured behind this space filling, empty writing style.
I pushed through this novel because I am still interested in the story and hoped it would get better. It wasn't worth it.

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  • Angus
  • 10-11-20

Not great—disappointed

I found this book to be long on words and short on story. This is what happens when the author writes to a word count.

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  • Denise Poisson
  • 17-10-20

Fractured

These books are sounding more & more relateable to today's government & politics. Also very much what I have been watching on Ancient Aliens on the History channel. I am absolutely captivated!! I love it.

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  • Michael
  • 10-03-20

Very good

Can’t wait for the 5th book to be written.
This is the first book that I know another book is coming

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  • Shaun M McLaren
  • 04-07-20

I loved this series but...

I love this series and the performance is top knotch.... that being said, it’s time to end it. Unfortunately it’s getting a bit tired.

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  • Carl
  • 20-05-20

Great performance. Good Story.

Another good story in this series from Craig Falconer and another great performance by James Cronin.

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  • ImJustaMess
  • 13-05-20

Wow

This series just keeps getting better and better. Truly a thought provoking story with surprising twists.

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  • BE
  • 15-08-21

Magnificent read

The twists and turns of this series will keep you enthralled. The plot is excellent with unexpected tangents around each corner.

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  • Eakster
  • 30-05-21

Awesone

Very good series. Every book is exciting and goes further into the lives of the characters

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  • Jason
  • 23-02-20

Excellent series and great narration

Great series love all the group agenda stuff I mean who is in charge of first contact and beyond first contact and all the cool alien tech that may come with it or should we even allow ourselves the alien tech. Maybe the aliens choose for us or maybe they dont. If the aliens want a particular civilian in charge do the government's of earth allow it, there is that stuff and much more in this series and the narrator is becoming one of my favorites in the scifi genre.

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