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Summary

They came in peace. But that was last time…

As the world gears up for the first anniversary of Contact Day, Dan McCarthy’s year-long effort to stay out of the limelight collapses in an instant.

A direct call from the Messengers throws Dan into urgent action, but the fallout plants a troubling seed of doubt:

This time, maybe they didn’t come here to help....

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

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finishing on a low note

from the highs and the k lows throughout the trilogy, I found this one to be the most tamest of books. it rises and you think, " heck there going to be 6 more story books" but alas! no. everything tidies very neatly and easily. stupidly so in my opinion.

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Excellent trilogy

The “south” Sheffield/mockney accent aside, this was a very enjoyable listen. All three books have been very well narrated, and the story has been great. Whilst I am sad it’s over, it probably is best left as a trilogy.

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the perfect end

really good end to the series. Dan and the messengers at it again. well worth the listen.

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good carry on

loved it really easy to listen to hopefully the next in series will be the same thanks

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An enjoyable listen in the series

Less Alien, overly American in the author's interpretation of international perspectives. Least of the series

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Sci-fi for beginners

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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OVERALL EXCELLENT

Try and forget the AWFUL atempts at English accents. Just try. To the narrator Sheffield is next door to East London. It's funny but jarring. Other than this niggle I love the narrator. The story continues from the first book in being a great 'page turner'. Hardly high brow but it's throurouhly entertaining.

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Clunky

Still great ideas, good story. I have issues in this book with the narrator and also with the further lack of fleshing out of characters. As with book 2, there are too many main characters for the story to include them all in detail and this is unfortunate, because then all the characters suffer. Narrator- so dodgy with certain accents (e.g. people from Sheffield don’t sound like a character from Eastenders) and some characters sound like others, so it can be confusing. A little wordy, a little too much tell rather than show.

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Good stuff from Falconer

In the preceding books in this series we learned we are "Not Alone", the Earth is threatened by a comet, the aliens save us from it, there are well crafted bad guys, upright good guys and gals and a sprinkling of self serving politicians. The stories are well paced and pretty well written, but most importantly they're enjoyable. The narration is generally good, but JP Cronin's Northern English accent is risible, with his voicing of John Cole coming over as more Estuary than Northern. Still, that's a minor point because otherwise he does a superb job.

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Better than the 2nd part

Usually books in series tend to lose readers interest with every next one as they lose surprises and active plot (like it happened with the 2nd book in the series). But I was happy to see this 3rd part was an improvement. Yes, there are still a lot of obvious things repeated on and on like the author doesn't trust the listener to remember anything that has happened along the way. But this book at least had plenty of action at last. And the pace was faster (which is better). So I actually will search for the next part.

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  • Beth C.
  • 01-08-19

Enjoyable

I listened to all three of the Not Alone series and I really enjoyed them. This was great to listen to as I worked, easy and quick with plenty of twists and turns.

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  • Kimburly K
  • 20-08-19

EXCELLENT!! More please!

Omg I'm sorry it's over. I fell in love with the characters and the story, and the narrator's voices were great. I've had a problem being able to listen to a lot of absolutely terrible narrators whose voices and delivery just ruin the audiobooks. Not this one. I love sci fi and aliens, and this satisfied that need. Great story telling. I'd be very happy with more about the Reconstruction on the alien planet and interactions with our characters. Never got the names of the two Messengers. Oh, and Timo's accent was back! Lol!

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  • M. Habeck
  • 18-08-19

Brilliant series

This is an amazing series. Loved every minute of the story and the narration was excellent. A great conclusion !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-07-19

More!

The regret for this part of the serie it to shore,.... more, more! I hope there will be many more parts to this serie there is much to explore!

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  • Bill Hurley
  • 23-07-19

Steady decline

The first book was great, the second okay, but this was a fairytale. it was acceptable, but a bit contrived. It was a chance to see characters that we liked, play together again, but the story just couldn't compete with the original. It devolved into a chance for characters to play the same roles they always pla, and after all is said and done, they all lived happily ever after. Please don't let there be a fourth book!

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  • Tanner C.
  • 13-07-19

A Wonderful Book and a Perfect Ending

This book is absolutely amazing and a perfect ending one of my favorite trilogy I’ve ever listened to. Do not hesitate to pick this book up. I honestly cannot even put into words how much I loved this book and the series as a whole. 10/10

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  • Clinton Tuggle
  • 11-07-19

Incredible

I was blown away and fell I love with the charters and storyline in book 1. The magic continued in book 2. I have goose bumps after book 3.

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  • Michael
  • 08-01-21

Too Political For Me

I don't know why I got this book, except there is a good story buried in all the political dealings. Not very interesting. Hard to follow. I doubt I'll even try to finish this one.

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  • Denise Poisson
  • 15-10-20

Final Call

This 3rd book had only enhanced my interest. The narrator brings so much life to the characters that I can actually put a face to them Great book. Can't wait to read 4

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  • BookReader
  • 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!