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Not Alone: Second Contact

By: Craig A. Falconer
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
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Summary

When a massive meteor lights up the sky over the remote island of Kerguelen, the world holds its breath. In Birchwood, Colorado, Dan McCarthy gets to work.  

Following his incredible experiences of the previous year, Dan knows this was no natural occurrence. The Messengers are back - to finish what they started - and they didn't come all this way for nothing.... 

Not Alone: Second Contact is the long-awaited sequel to Not Alone, an Audible "Best of 2016" finalist.

©2018 Craig A. Falconer (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A New Must Listen

I absolutely loved Mr Falconer's first book Not Alone. There were so many plot twists I was completely blindsided by, I couldn't stop listening to it. This is refreshing for me as few books grip me much anymore as there is very little new under the sun.

I had very high hopes for his second book Teradox. Unfortunately it didn't quite meet the quality and unpauseable nature of Not Alone. I enjoyed it, but it didn't blow me away. I am yet to listen to the Teradox sequel as some reviews and my own disappointment put me off.

I'm SO glad I gave this author another chance. This book is a return to form for Mr Falconer. I've been so tiered today as I stayed awake till 4am as I just could not pause the book, despite knowing I had to take my daughters to school in the morning.

Mr Falconer has now joined Simon Scarrow and Joel Shepard in my very short list of authors who's books will always be, for me, a Must Listen!

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Repetition Hell

I really enjoyed book 1. Book 2 was direly boring. There is a good tale in there but it was completely and utterly smothered by constant repetition.

Honestly, I would have returned it had I not bought it on a BOGOF Audible deal. I got to the last hour before I simply couldn’t take it any more and hoppity skipped my skimming way to the end.

If you enjoyed the first book, keep that warm glowy nostalgia and don’t brave this one - your sanity is at stake.

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A refreshing take and a very enjoyable book.

Thoroughly enjoyed the second book as the first book. It doesn't follow the many cliched sci fi trajectories in terms of plot. It's not a us vs them book, it explores the nature of altruism and empathy. Innate traits that we all have inside, every single one of us. It's a refreshing take on a genre that is saturated with heavily cliched story lines that have been written time immemoral. It does touch on a key point that I believe is true, there are many elements that thrive with conflict as it's a billion dollar industry. Instead of conflict and the inward / isolationistic focus we should be focusing on space exploration. I won't say much beyond that as I do not wish to spoil a good book. There is something that is worth mentioning - the people who whinge and complain how a story should proceed or end - to these people I say go write your own book then you can do whatever you want with your story. Stop trying to appropriate characters created by an author and dictate how a story should go or end. Every. Single. Story. Should always be judged on it's own merits. On that note, if you can keep an open mind and not go batty over the smallest thing in a story then you will enjoy this audiobook as I did. If however you cannot keep an open mind then I suggest you stop listening to audiobooks and reading stories completely. Because the set trajectories will always be out of your control. There more important things to life than stressing over the trajectory of a plot or ending in a book. All emotion is energy, it matters how you channel it.

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A forced sequel

loved the first book but the sequel really didn't cut it for me. it constantly repeats itself a the story crawls along and the big reval moments are anything but.

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Great read loved it.

It was fine and the two book saga was just right any more ans it would become boring. Great read.

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Lame trudge

This book should have finished 10 hours before it did. I can't remember listening to another book with so much unnecessary padding. What an absolute trudge. I only bought it because there were so many positive reviews; I naively assumed Falconer had pulled a rabbit out of the hat after book 1 (another unholy trudge). So many needless things happen; so many things are ultra-explained; so many characters have an extraordinary command of English. This book is verbal diarrhoeah and badly needs an editor. And, after all that, the story is lame. If you thought the first book was not worth the effort you'll definitely want to avoid this one.

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Drivel, Drivel, Drivel, Drivel, Drivel, Drivel, Drivel, Drivel, Childish Drivel, Demonstrable Drivel, Absolute Drivel, Intermidable Drivel, Drivel, Drivel & Drivel.

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Disappointing

I found this very repetitive, with too many recaps that happens far too often. Was looking forward to this after the first book.

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Absolutely brilliant

This book was so enjoyable that part of me didn’t want it to end. Both books are so well though out and and twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat or up until the early hours.

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Stupendous

This was an absolutely brilliant sequel. Listen to it, soak it up, be transported somewhere else.

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  • Peter
  • 12-12-18

Eh - decent but also trite and lacking.

I had mixed feeling about the first one. I liked it, appreciated its unique story and suprising twists and turns. Never been a fan of conversation centric writing though. I prefer more atmosphere, inner dialogue and less talk. Also, it continually felt like a teaser. At the end, it seemed like a teaser for a less than satisfying quicky.

This book was similar yet its worst aspects were magnified. The addition of romance gave the story this sappy cheap element I did not appreciate.

These books are a bit like Cheetos. Addictive yet leaves you feeling unsatisfied with nothing gained from having consumed them.

The narrator did a spectacular job with all the different voices and his work added a great deal to the experience of the book.

If the author continues in this genre, I'd like to have much much more about the aliens and much much less about politicians and media people. We are subjected to them enough in the real world without them invading our fictional lives as well.

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  • 06-08-18

Great follow up

Good follow up and continuation of the story. But...... the book would be half its length if the author didn’t seemingly repeat everything and go on and on about the same stuff.

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  • Greg
  • 25-07-18

A media-age tale of first contact

The first book, Not Alone was a bit of a sleeper hit for breaking the mold of atypical first contact books by merely moving the lens from action or high tier political takes for an alien-obsessed everyman, who stumbles his way into a multi-tiered alien conspiracy. I'd call it, dare I say, anti-dystopian, thus felt like a much-needed breath of fresh air.

This go around, our trio of the idealistic Snowden-like Dan McCarthy, his older brother, and ex-Iraq vet, Clark, media guru wizard Emma, has expanded two seats to Emma's younger sister (post-modeling career) Tera, and eccentric Italian space-enthusiast billionaire Elon Musk stand-in "Teamo".

Most of the action of the book takes place in TV debates on popular TV shows, social media events going viral, all while searching for the last remaining plaque. There are still a few twists, William Godfrey remains mostly villainess (although no character can be described as evil) as he still commands the GSC with an iron fist, while Richard Walker is entirely a hermit. It makes sense that the book is media-obsessive as it's an accurate reflection of today, where national policy can be set via idiotic presidential tweets informed by watching right-wing, and thus reflects the reality as such. If there's something to be said about the first Not Alone book, is it was probably a little too accurate about the power of perception in mass media. The book occasionally drags as full press conferences are penned out in full detail and conspiracy-wonk Billy Kendrick still has far too much insight and prominence for a fringe cultural icon. At least, President Slater, seems a little more balanced this go around.

If the first book was slow and tedious, this book certainly would only expand that feeling, but I found that the reserved nature of Dan & friends, fresh as there are not entirely black and white villains. Even Dan, follows his real-life model, Edward Snowden that despite his desire to reveal all, realizes that all information can't be released in one swoop and thus must be carefully dolled out... Thus, the book ponders the power of knowing too many secrets, the desire to tell people close to you, and it's bonding power between Dan and his friends.

In the end, it's a nice ride although the aliens could be described as slightly underwhelming a unique and reasonably entertaining listen, a parable about leaking state secrets more than about aliens.

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  • cdo
  • 21-08-18

Another LONG Tale

It was good to hear from the characters we met in Not Alone: One.
(Dan, Clark, Emma, and all the politicians and journalists.)
Second Contact is more direct than the first. I recommend listening to the first book before trying this one, as so much in Second Contact will be familiar. You will already know so much about the characters, and this is the fun element of the book. You'll also understand the politics and deceptions.

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 06-09-18

Just epic...

For reference... here's what we said about bk1 (both my husband and I enjoyed the book)...
I was really quite pleased with Craig's tale of international intrigue and aliens, and a not-quite average guy who precipitated the whole mess... I rather enjoyed the narration by J.P.Cronin as well. the only point on which I find fault, is that at around the 3/4 completed point, the story starts to drag a bit... Until the Very Cool revelation at the end! Get it, enjoy it, and thank me later! Lol...

I Loved this book!!! A year has passed, and once again Dan finds himself embroiled in an alien intervention... 
This story throws us back into a tale of intense national, and international  intrigue... keeping me on the edge of my seat!  Unlike the first book, there wasn't any part of Second Contact that dragged on...
James Patrick Cronin proved that he was the right choice for the task of narrating this epic novel!   

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  • ES
  • 05-08-18

nothing there

I could not finish. The countdown became unbearable. I quit around C-37. Falconer writes well but there is negligible content. It goes on and on with nothing really happening.

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  • Mike F
  • 02-08-18

this enjoyable read cannot disappoint anyone!

not exactly sci-fi, not wholly a love story, political elements without being political, enough twists to be unpredictable...simply good stuff and a great read!

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  • Allen
  • 22-07-18

Exceeded my expectations

Characters, theme and ending all great. I look forward for more stories by Mr Falconer

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  • Budd Turner
  • 26-11-18

Epic sequel

With a little getting reminded for character reacquaintances and previous story line away the story went.
There were some long winded sections. Overall another international story, just closer to home this time.

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  • Julee
  • 19-10-18

Epic. Now I want to see the movie!

The characters were so well developed. The writing is so great that I had no problem stepping into this world. I couldn’t stop listening and will be thinking about the D and C days for a long time.

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