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After 27 years as a newspaper man, Peter Anderson's career is slipping away, at least it was, until he stumbled upon the story of a lifetime. Sent to do a fluff piece about lights in the night sky over Arizona, he discovers far more than he ever expected when he comes across a mysterious young woman held prisoner in a basement. After helping her to escape, she disappears before he can learn the truth about who she is or where she came from. His search for her leads him back to the lights in the sky and leaves him with more questions than answers. The only thing he knows for certain...the only thing he can count on are the two words offered repeatedly by his friend and guide: "is belt."

©2014 Tegon Maus (P)2017 Tegon Maus

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Is Ok, Bob have cousin!

Well tickle me pink!! This was so not what I was expecting. Having never heard of this author before, I was hesitant to start, but it was intriguing enough that I agreed to review it. And I'm so glad I did, it was such fun! Don't let the cover fool you, this is a book with such heart and soul.

I'm not going to go into much detail about the plot because there is a lot packed into such a shortish read. There's aliens, there's chocolate, there's a watch maker, there's nearly an orgy in a mall, there's a girl, there's a reporter looking for a story,there's a seemingly never ending gas tank and then there's Bob!!

You would think that Bob is our protagonist, but he's not. Peter Anderson is, he's a reporter looking for a great story to revive his career. That's how he meets Bob, and that's how he is taken on an unforgettable story that will bring Peter back to his childhood. The plot was fairly fast paced and entertaining. It held my attention throughout and was enjoyable, and that's all thanks to Bob.

Bob was awesome!! He brought some much needed levity to the story and had me sniggering a lot. He is such a memorable character too!! I don't want to say too much about him either because since I went in to the book blind, I found I loved Bob, and I think everyone should go in blind!! All I'll say about him is... "Is Belt".... "Is Ok, Bob have Cousin"!!! Also his wiggling fingers ;) Lol.

In all, a truly surprising little gem!! It was such a fun and easy book to read and I will have to check out more from this author. Seriously, go try it,....is good!!

I was impressed with Jonathan Cook's narration. He had a lot of different tones and cadences and read the story well. He gave the right infection at the right time and made it enjoyable. He did a great Bob!! His Russian accent was really good, though it did fall a few times and the quality of the recording wasn't perfectly clear, which is why he got 4 stars! Still he brought the story to life and I enjoyed his performance overall.

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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A fun listen!

This book wasn't what I was expecting at all! I thought it would be the typical alien invasion story. This book was so much more than that! There was never a dull moment in this book, and it was quite humorous at times. I couldn't help laughing out loud several times at Bob. Bob isn't even the main character of this book, but he's hilarious! Bob also has a lot of cousins lol. You'll understand when you listen. I really enjoyed Bob and hope to see Tegon Maus write a sequel to the story. This was just too good not to continue! Excellent narration by Jonathan Cook. His Russian accent was great. If you like sci-fi or just need a good book to give you some laughs, you'll love Bob!

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I really enjoyed this book

Journalist Peter Anderson is after a great story: some strange sky lights and the possible abduction of some people. But word gets out and there are some agents that want to silence Peter and chase him and his friends.

I didn't know what to expect from this book, but it has been a great surprise. The story is nothing out of the ordinary, but it's told in a very funny way, and the characters are unique and charismatic. I especially enjoyed Bob and his multiple cousins. Curiously, Bob is not the main character in this book, Peter is, but Bob is who interconnects everybody in this story.

Bob's cousins and Bob himself are all very colorful characters, but I think Fred is one of my favorites. There are some hilarious scenes between Fred and Peter that would just justify reading this book.

We get an open ending, that is not my favorite thing, but I think it works well with the rest of the book. It's just a light reading so even though the ending didn't leave me thinking about it, I consider the book a success. It made me laugh out hard, and I think this was Maus' main goal.

Jonathan Cook delivered excellent and very expressive characters' interpretations, making Bob and his cousins shine. I had troubles several times though, distinguishing Peter from other characters, even female. As there are several scenes with more than two or three characters, this made the dialogs a bit confusing. I also noticed a bit more reverberation than what I am used to, and it bothered me a bit at the beginning of the audiobook, but I got used to it after a while.

I really enjoyed this book, and as I was in need of a pick me up, it was the ideal one for it: hilarious, light, and with charismatic characters.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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A fun read!

I was asked to review this by the author. When I first started the book, I wasn't sure what to think. It is very different from anything I've reviewed lately. In fact, I would say that's one of the strengths of Bob: its uniqueness. But at times the story line seemed a bit too forced. I'm not sure I would have stuck with the entire book except ... the strange and funny characters kept me reading to the end. I was eager to find out what they would do next.

There are plenty of twists and turns in Peter Anderson's adventure. But the biggest one comes at the end of the book. The reader is left wondering what is truth and what is fiction. A fun read!

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Somehow I missed writing this review!

My Apology Mr. Maus. You provided the Audible version for free in exchange for a review....and I forgot to write it! This is an outstanding and original thinking series. Top shelf material. I highly recommend this series. I look forward to getting the third book (if it is written yet). And now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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What Can I Say About Bob?

I really do not know how to review this book. I did not like it at first, but then I really liked it. Bob and his cousins are funny and strange. There is a little bit of everything in this story - time travelers, space aliens, flying saucers and beer. Who knew that the combination of all these things could make a great book.
Jonathan Cook is a brilliant narrator. He helps make Bob real.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Cliche story, bunch of loose ends.

I received a free copy of this book from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

The story is choke full of cliche' setup. Similar to any other mediocre alien abduction story, all the usual tropes are present here. The book doesn't offer anything new. I never had my interest piqued and read the entire book indifferently. And then suddenly the book ended very abruptly. There are several loose ends left untied and the biggest mystery of the book is left unresolved. I sorta hate this kind of "left to reader's imagination" endings.

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