Saturday, May 23, 2015

Book Review ~ Contact Us: A Jake Corby Sci-Fi Thriller by Al Macy

Contact Us: A Jake Corby Sci-Fi Thriller
by Al Macy

On May 22, 2018, every person on Earth sneezes. Simultaneously.

Hours later, an alien spacecraft appears over New York City and broadcasts a dire message of impending doom. The future of the human race will depend on the whims of a solitary extraterrestrial. He has some nasty surprises for the residents of Earth, and the race is on to figure out the meaning of the sneeze event and the true motives of the alien.

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Is there life beyond Earth?  It's a question that has been debated for ages.  Many a book, whether fictional or not, has been written on this topic, but Al Macy has given us something with a unique and at times quirky twist to the never ending question.  In Contact Us, aliens do exit and the residents of Earth get their first taste with one who appears in the form of Walter Cronkite.  But this alien gives Mr. Cronkite a whole new personality that is indeed quite interesting.  He appears to want to help, but what are his true motives?  With the help of problem solver extraordinaire Jack Corby, the residents of Earth are in a race against time to protect what's left and find out the truth of Cronkite and his true intentions.

Contact Us is a little bit out of my norm when it comes to reading, but how could I possibly resist a story that starts out with every person on Earth sneezing simultaneously?  This story has a little bit of everything - aliens, humor, romance and thrills.  Techy people will love reading about all the gadgets that Cronkite gifts as well.

Mr. Macy is an incredible story teller with a huge and creative imagination.  In Contact Us, he has created an entertaining escape from reality that was difficult to put down.  If you love all things alien, then I would recommend you pick this book up and give it try.  Not only will you get a descent story, you will also find yourself laughing a time or two.

4 stars

Al Macy writes because he has stories to tell. In school he was the class clown and always the first volunteer for show and tell. His teachers would say “Al has a lot of imagination.” Then they'd roll their eyes.

But he put his storytelling on the back burner until he retired and wrote a blog about his efforts to improve his piano sight-reading. That's when his love of storytelling burbled up to the surface, along with quirky words like “burble.”

He had even more fun writing his second book, Drive, Ride, Repeat, but was bummed by non-fiction's need to stick to “the truth” (yucko). From then on it was fiction all the way, with a good dose of his science background burbling to the surface.

Macy's top priority is compelling storylines with satisfying plot twists, but he never neglects character development. No, wait … his top priority is quirkiness, then compelling storylines, then character development. No, wait …