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Summary

The truth is coming. The end is near....  

With Earth in chaos and life on New Kerguelen shaken like never before, a discovery on the mysterious world of Sanctuary blows apart humanity's understanding of just about everything.  

The consequences are almost unfathomable, the urgency unprecedented, and the revelations of a kind that even Dan McCarthy isn't ready for.  

One way or another, nothing will ever be the same. And this time, it's final....

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

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So much promise from such great ideas

By this book, I was spitting every time John Cole spoke in his Phil and Grant ‘Sheffield’ accent and at each and every unnecessary recap and repetition (a promise I make...)

The following is my review for the last three books.

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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  • 02-08-20

Rushed and repetitive

I wouldn't have missed much if I didn't bother with this last book, almost a wasted credit.

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Annoying

a very irritating, droning narration and an annoying style of writing which made it feel more like a lecture than a story.

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great story, highly recommended.

loved it and the whole series. shame it had to finish. Very well read as well.

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A great ending to a great series

I was unsure how it would all turn out after events and build up in previous installments but he did it and did it very well!

Loved pretty much everything about this series!

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A great ending to the series

Loved it!

If you enjoyed the others in this series, there is no reason why you should not enjoy this just as much.

I do realise why some people find this series annoying, but it depends on what you are doing when you are listening to them. I am listening last thing at night in bed, and as my mind wanders to thoughts of the day, I am constantly drawn back into the story and the recapping style of the author means I don't miss anything. It is the same aimless thrills that seem to annoy some reviewers, that I enjoy so much. All the books have been far fetched, but that is the fun of it. You need to be able to suspend your disbelief and be able to chuckle at some of the more outlandish plot lines. Yes, I'm laughing up my sleeve at a lot of it, but it is fun and relaxing.

It could easily be told in half the time, but I enjoy it as a nightly instalment for a couple of hours. With its ongoing recapping it is more like an audio soap opera and I have enjoyed it immensely., I do appreciate the slow pace (and long sentences) could annoy others, but there is a story here and the story is good.

I really like the narrator and am going to seek out some more audiobooks by him (I've already noticed a vampire fantasy one), and I will keep an eye out for the authors other works.

This series is definitely 'martmite'; you will love it or loathe it. But for me, it was a fond and affectionate farewell to characters whose company I have enjoyed.

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Wonderful end to the series!

I have enjoyed all the books in this series and this is no exception. It gripped me from start to finish, a lot of aspects wrapped up and a great ending. Highly recommend!

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Dear Author, we get it, you're a libertarian.

Same as ever. The government is evil and untrustworthy. I've been reading this series from book one but I need to give it a break. The libertarian slant is breaking the suspension of disbelief. At least the aliens are cool.

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fantastic story

another great book in the series, i have enjoyed all of the previous books also

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Brilliant

Have listened to all 6 audiobooks in this Not Alone collection. Have enjoyed every single one. Not something I would normally have read/listened too, but absolutely brilliant. What is going to keep me entertained now? Excellent story, excellent narration.

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  • A.D
  • 02-07-20

One of the most amazing series to exist

This series truly makes you feel as though you are right there witnessing and experiencing everything the characters are. I feel like I’m standing there part of Dans trusted group being told the details while the rest of the world is at a distance. This had been my favorite book so far in the series.
Although I have to admit, as an introvert addicted to science fiction because that can only dream of being on a planet all of my own for even 5 minutes, the final words of this book were slightly traumatizing 🤣
Amazing job Patrick at your reading too! You do so many amazing, individualized voices and each person just comes alive. I am never confused as to who is talking

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-12-20

Barely made it through

The conclusion of this series is terrible. The story is ridiculously convoluted and makes little sense. The author relies on the same annoying turns of phrase over and over, like “in the shape of” to beat home details of the story that we should so obviously know. Plot points and details from the story are repeated and repeated as if the listener could not be expected to remember anything about the story for more than two pages. I understand that some summary of the previous books might be necessary to catch new readers up to speed (although in a serial story such as this, it seems strange for a reader to jump in at the end), however this was so far beyond what is reasonable. I barely made it to the end and probably only did so out of some sunk-cost sadomasochistic sense of completion. This story started out interestingly in book 1, but has sunk to increasingly new lows that expose the author’s inability to handle a story of this complexity. It is a disappointing end, but given the state of the past few books, not a surprising one.

If you’ve made it this far in the series, you too may want to find out the conclusion of the story. To the author’s great credit, I had come to care about what happens to these characters. If you can turn away, I suggest you do so. But if you need to reach the conclusion, be ready for disappointment and a boring road to the end.

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  • Mike M.
  • 05-12-20

As good as it gets.

I have enjoyed the series of books more than I can express. Anyone who enjoys the science fiction genre this is a must read. Unlike so many multibook series this one gets better with each additional story. Now that the story is complete it is easy to binge all the way through. The one rough spot would be book 5 with an over abundance of rehashing the past storyline. The entire series comes hardly recommended.

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  • SMMK
  • 24-11-20

Great work!

Awesome series! Well-written! Sometimes C.A.F. revisits old info, circumstances and relationships all too often. Probably could have shaved an hour off of this particular book. However, the characters developed nicely and I selfishly hope this becomes a TV series.......If they stick to the books! Too bad there won't be a 7th book, but this is a perfect closure!

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  • E. Barrientos
  • 24-10-20

Review? Yes

Sure the book is filled with a lot of review. Some instances it can be helpful depending how long will you read books. Either way it’s a good story and comes to a nice facility. The character development throughout the way has been fun and very enjoyable. The author unwound a wonderful story. In the narrator was great if you’re into sci-fi invite a wonderful story this series is worth a listen

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  • Denise Poisson
  • 20-10-20

Not Alone

The only thing I feel is that th h ih s has come to an end of a fantastic series of books I have enjoyed tremendously. Thank you.

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  • 12-10-20

Not Alone Series

This is a very long series, close to 100 hours of listening in the unabridged audiobook format of six novels. Given the length, you need a voice pleasant to hear and James Patrick Cronin does a terrific job throughout. Pacing, tempo, male and female voices, etc., overall production very well done. Not Alone is a SciFi series and Book One was released in August of 2016, book 6 in June of 2020, all by Audible Studios. Not Alone is character-driven, albeit few main characters – which is nice listening and you get to know everyone. No need for struggling to keep track of who-is-who, and thanks to the excellent narration, no problems with who-is-speaking-to-who.

Plot. Dan McCarthy, while riding his bike on a delivery, collides with a robber who drops an envelope containing definitive proof of a government cover-up. Human knowledge of aliens, i.e., we are Not Alone, has been a fact since 1938. Early on, you're skeptical and before the books are finished - well, no spoilers. But, SciFi lovers will be beyond pleased as Dan's amazing adventures unfold. Start with book one, and read in sequence or you'll miss a great deal.

Liked. Character development, humanoid, and otherwise. You like most, hate a few. The ultimate goodness of mankind, and any potential visitors, is something we all wish to be true.

Not so hot? Repetitive. Most noticeable in the series, Falconer re-caps a great deal, almost as if he needs to remind himself where the plot is and how we got here, reading from his own notes. Painful to listen to for anyone who is binge-listening to all six books in the series. Kept mumbling, 'Yeah, yeah, I know, I know - move on." Actually did have to fast-forward a bit.

No clicking knees, not a blood-and-guts type horror SciFi. This is a first contact story out of a vivid imagination telling us what it might really be like. World politics, wonder, fear, greed, hope - it's all here. No sex, nothing offensive. Recommended!

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  • Daryle C. Taylor
  • 13-07-20

So disappointing

This entire “novel” could have been told in less than half the time with less than half of the unnecessary bologna. The authors disdain for media is once again made abundantly clear and the resolution of everything is essentially a “and they all lived happily ever after “ wrap up. The time travel nonsense is a cop out that I have a feeling only came to be after the author had written himself into a corner. So many pieces of internal monologue were unnecessary and restated the obvious again and again. I got so frustrated with what I view as stalling tactics which were pieces written that didn’t illustrate or illuminate anything new. They drew out conversations needlessly just to make them longer. This would have been much better cut in half.

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  • Glenn T
  • 09-05-21

Great read.

Loved the story and the narrator. Thanks for making my day!
Look forward to next book.

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  • Mario L.
  • 03-05-21

Lazy writing, 75% recaps of previous books 😔😪

As much as i enjoyed previous books, I could not finish this book, way too slow, the little action lingers and drags on and on, and non stop repeat or recaps of previous events. Very disjointed story line, it is now spread too thin, at too many locations and too many carracters. The little bit of new story and action is diluted and stretched so much, i lost interest, I will not finish the serie.