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Summary

Sometimes the only way out is to fall further in…

As Earth's leaders gather to usher in a new era of interplanetary cooperation, a remarkable discovery in the skies above New Kerguelen threatens to destroy the peace on both worlds.

The consequences are so immediate and the potential ramifications so colossal, thoughts of a new era quickly fall by the wayside.

And when all that counts is surviving the tumultuous present, responsibility might fall again on Dan McCarthy -- humanity's once unwilling conduit between worlds -- to bravely take a leap like no other...

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

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A bad day at the office!

All the books so far have had me gripped from the very beginning, not so here, this was just full of inane historical chat about every thing. I got to the point of swearing this was my last book in the series, which of course is not the case. Am happy to report that the book improved greatly in the second half.

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Not as good as the earlier books

Overall Disappointed. First half of the book is endless waffle with very little happening, I very nearly gave up but stick with it, whereupon the story finally got going and it rescued a star. I hope the Fifth book is better.

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This series gets more frustrating the further you read/listen. 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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Too much padding

This whole book series has some great ideas and storylines, but there is just too much padding. We are subjected to constant recaps repeating information we already knew. It is clear the author had padded out 3 books into what is now 9.
Books 4-6 I bought in the Amazon sale and I don’t think I have the patience to start book 6 as I’m sure it will be the same repetition, recapping with a tiny bit of story development.
For me this is the last book I will read of this series, just feels like shameful cashing in by the author.

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Another stunner!

This series just gets better and better, with the writing- and narration- being top notch! Thanks for the journey!

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No surprises

By now in this book series you'll know what it's all about. Entertaining but not exactly surprising. Still the characters are as strong as ever.

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  • kylet1975
  • 10-04-20

Reminder to Self: Stop Listening to this Series!

I liked Craig Falconer's first book in this series, a lot. I felt the same with the second book. There were great twists and turns, good character development, and the plot moved along at a great pace.

The plot moved along...

I'll say that again, THE PLOT MOVED ALONG.

Now, there is so much filler, and this is not a joke, that at one point in the book there is three minutes of conversation about where everyone is going - with every person confirming where he or she is headed, and where the others are going and with whom.

It seems likely that Mr. Falconer has done two things. First, completely given up on writing something interesting. And second, knowing where his own story is going.

I won't return this book because I finished it. But I am very disappointed with myself for convincing myself that book 4 wasn't "that bad". It was. This book was. I hope I remember that in the future.

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  • Tina Lawson
  • 09-04-20

Characters still fun; story could be half as long

I have loved this series since the first book was released, and Falconer reasonably repeats key points from past books to catch us back up or welcome new readers. But OH MY, half this novel is rehashing the previous ones. More than once. Worse, the intercut between plot lines has become a reason to rehash the last scene in that thread before moving into the next scene. Pacing, especially in what should be tense scenes, is lugubrious as a result. Discussions are cut into bits with lengthy exposition of previous material, so much that I have had to back up to keep track of the real action. So much telling; very little showing. I feel as if Falconer felt his readership needed spoon fed, else, he wrote each T-minus chapter without rereading previous ones (and his editor was on an extended vacation). Truly painful.

I’m not done with the book yet and am only finishing because I hope this will be the last one, closure for the characters. If this is how his style has evolved, Falconer is off my list of authors to read.

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  • S. Olav
  • 09-06-20

4 good books and then this

most painfull experience ever when... SPOILER... Emma thrusts her child in the arms of an alien, "both worlds can go to hell but please take my child to the dentist first". but after around 80 chapters they did get back on track... Guess I'll give book 6 s chance..

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  • G.W.
  • 31-01-21

Good short story lost among filler and bad writing

Despite loving the first two books and enjoy the next two, I couldn't even finish this slow, dull and poorly written waste of "paper". The third and fourth books spent more and more time looking back to remind you of all the events that had affected a character, then looking forward to how each character thought and felt about what might happen shortly, before finally moving the plot along at all.
In this book, that's all the author does. Each chapter will remind you all all the past actions and experiences of a character, then dwell at length on how those make the character speculate about what will happen next. Somewhere in there will be a brief moment of plot progression. The character's lengthy reaction and all too predictably, a chapter ending along the lines of "and even imagining the worst, Dan could have never predicted what would happen next" or "nothing would have prepared him for what would actually happen".
Think of a space-filler TV program, filled with flashbacks to what happened before a commercial break, then flash cuts to all the exciting things you're going to see, and always ending with a click-bait style headline about what is coming next.
The plot, which is still somewhat interesting, moves incredibly slowly. The writing style fails to "show" anything - it just tells you. The characters seem to be flat and two dimensional, possibly because we see so little of them besides flashback and speculation.
I would love to know where this story is going and finished the fourth book because of that desire. I shouldn't have bothered - this was too painful, slow and frustrating to finish, despite all my curiosity.

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  • Jim Richardson
  • 02-06-20

Yada, yada, yada.

I enjoyed the first four books in the Not Alone series. Fun ideas, good characters, original treatment of alien contact.

But, OMG! Book 5 is dragged down by way too much narrative. Everything is overwrought, over-thought, over-explained. Trying to catch up readers who did not read the first four also added bags and bags of too much.

Honestly, this book bored the heck out of me, whereas I had fun and consistent interest in the first four. Maybe avoid this. Not enough value-add to suffer through four-times as many words as needed. Ugh.

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  • 08-06-21

I adore this series.

Only book two seems like a repeat of book one. but it gives a few other angles. but you won't miss much if you skip it. so far I am addicted to this particular series. sci fi, but no military stuff. I don't like military or dystopian future sci fi. This series is just right

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  • Angel
  • 01-02-21

Great

Exciting I couldn't wait to see what happens next!! I'm very excited about this next book

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  • Patricia
  • 18-01-21

Oh wow!

I started listentin to this book and stay up day and night until it ended. Now it is 3:20 am and I don't think I'll be able to sleep. I won't tell you how it ends buy I am so disappointed that there isn't another book after this. I really need to know what happens after this. This and the very first one are diffenetly my favorite. It will keep you interested beyond the ending. It's sort of more of the same, only bigger, better and the end will leave you in a state of wonder.

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  • Lanette Hightower
  • 24-10-20

love but less background

I absolutely love this series and I will continue to read but I wish that this book would have been filled with more new information and less old information and flashbacks on things that I've already read I read these in a row I know all the story it's almost as if the author wrote this as a book unto itself not expecting people to have read the previous books.

But other than that this book is amazing I love the visual concepts I love that it makes my mind open a new possibilities and create new worlds.

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  • Denise Poisson
  • 19-10-20

Leap of Destiny

I am uncontrollably hooked to these books. Awesome is nothing short of how I feel about this series. The only thing regrettable is that I am not starting the last of the series.