Ever since Communion I've always liked Whitley's tales, although I suspect the whole alien abduction business has been simply his meal ticket, not for real. In this tale, it seems as if he's shaping the protagonist and his wife in a way that wants to lend some credibility to what he would have you believe about his own life. And, virtually every type of paranormal experience ever mentioned on Art Bell's programs gets thrown into the soup. He tries to tie everything together in one story and, sometimes, it seems a little contrived. Aliens, zombies, war of the worlds, reptoids, cattle mutilations, out-of-body experiences, Egyptians, pyramids, parallel universes, ray guns, and on and on. And yet - somehow it all works! Whitely manages to create an enjoyable story and pulls off several great plot surprises. Recommended!
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