There are two themes to Radiomen. First, if there are aliens interacting with our world, they are likely just as confused about who or what God is as human beings are; and second, whoever they are, they're probably just as fond of dogs as we are.
Laurie, a woman who works at a bar at Kennedy airport, doesn't remember that when she was a child, she met an alien on the fire escape of a building where her uncle kept a shortwave radio. The radio is part of a universal network of repeaters maintained by an unknown alien race; they use the network to broadcast prayers into the universe. She meets a psychic who is actually part of a Scientology-like cult called the Blue Awareness, as well as a late-night radio host. All have their own reasons for unraveling the mystery of the lost radio network. Laurie is given a strange dog by her neighbor, an immigrant and a member of the Dogon tribe - people who believe they were visited by aliens long ago and repeat a myth about how the aliens brought doglike animals with them. All Dogon dogs are supposedly descended from that animal.
As conflict develops between the Blue Awareness leader and the other characters, the Dogon act as an intermediary between the humans, who want to understand why the aliens need the radio network, and the aliens who need the humans to help them find a lost element of the universal network.
©2015 Eleanor Lerman (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
While the premise is strong and the early chapters of the book portend something unique and uncanny, the book never really delivers on that promise. Fast read, though, so reasonably enjoyable.
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
First 15/20 minutes I didn't like it. But as it went on the story filled out and the vision of the settings and people just materialized in my head.
Ordinary people facing other worldly possibilities and happenings. VERY well done. Loved the characters in a average setting. The writer can really set the picture without an over use of words. Long descriptions can STOP a story and be more of a burden to the continuity. That didn't happen here.
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